DECA Announces Competitive Event Topics for 2023-2024

Apr 24, 2023

Get a head start on the 2023-2024 competition season with DECA's competitive event 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 employees. 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 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 glamping resort. You are meeting with the CEO of a company that is hosting a retreat for its 12 employees and their immediate families. During the meeting, you should discuss, at a minimum, the setting, accommodations, dining and activities. This meeting is very important to the CEO, who is also wanting to host an annual kick-off meeting during the retreat in a creative meeting space for only the 12 employees.

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Professional Selling (PSE)

For 2023-2024, you will assume the role of a 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 owner of a local retail boutique to present the services your company can provide for expanding their company’s social media selling strategies.

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Christy Rutherford
Education Manager

Christy Rutherford is DECA's education manager. She enhances and manages an educational framework for DECA’s comprehensive learning program ensuring that all student programs are aligned to National Curriculum Standards. Christy also leads the advisor professional learning series and programs to support local chapter advisors.

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