DECA Announces Competitive Event Draft Topics for 2023-2024

April 24, 2023

Get a head start on the 2023-2024 competition season with DECA's competitive event draft topics and resources for business operations research, professional selling, hospitality and tourism professional selling, and financial consulting.

Complete guidelines will be posted in the DECA Guide and on by July 1, 2023.

Business Operations Research

The 2023-2024 topic for each career category is the development of a strategy to combat the talent challenge. Businesses today are facing labor shortages across all industries. Participants will collaborate with a local business or organization to analyze the current process for recruiting, hiring, onboarding and retaining workers. Participants will then create and present a strategic plan to attract and retain employees.

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Financial Consulting (FCE)

For 2023-2024 you will assume the role of a financial consultant. A small-business client has scheduled a meeting with you because they would like to add a peer-to-peer payment platform option for their customers. The client would like for you to share and explain different peer-to-peer platforms and make a recommendation that will have a positive financial impact.

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Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling (HTPS)

For 2023-2024 you will assume the role of a sales manager for a company that promotes outdoor activities and close-to-nature experiences. The company has noticed an increase in guest requests for a glamping experience while participating in the other activities you offer. Your company is interested in adding glamping sites to its offerings and would like you to develop a proposal. You have a meeting scheduled with the director of sales and marketing to present your plan on how to incorporate glamping into your company's current offerings.

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Professional Selling (PSE)

For 2023-2024 you will assume the role of sales representative for a company that specializes in assisting clients with social media selling strategies. Social selling is a sales method that practices incorporating social networks into every stage of the sales process.  A large part of the customer experience now takes place on social media and in more casual communication channels.  You have a meeting scheduled with the Chief Marketing Officer to present the services your company can provide for expanding their company’s social media selling strategies.

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