Chapter Resources

Virginia DECA Members Win $10,000 Investment for Their Company: Grow Greenly LLC

The group of four Virginia DECA members had made their pitch for a business they started, Grow Greenly LLC, at the 2018 IncubatorEdu National Pitch Competition on July 18th in Chicago, Illinois. The winning teams were about to be announced, and the only thing left to do was to wait.

My DECA Story: Jordan’s Cookies

Jordan Johnson | Founder, CEO and Chief Cookie Creator | Jordan's Cookies

Jordan Johnson took home DECA Glass at ICDC 2018 in Atlanta. The story of her award-winning brand, Jordan’s Cookies, began long before she put on a DECA blazer. Jordan shared her DECA Story with DECA Direct Magazine. Read on to find out how she went from neighborhood yard sales to Chief Cookie Creator. THE FOUNDATION My name is Jordan Johnson and…

Promote DECA Month with a Pro Poster

Mack Bucki | Airport DECA

As the PR (Public Relations) Manager of my chapter, my job involves promoting DECA throughout my school (and to newcomers), taking plenty of pictures, and spreading news from our chapter to the community. This October, I created a poster to promote the DECA Month Photo Competition (which begins November 1.) Are you thinking about making your own items to promote #DECAMonth?…

Explore Entrepreneurship Through Idea Generation: Idea Challenge Launches Nov. 9

DECA is excited to announce another year of the DECA Idea Challenge, a fast-paced experiential learning exercise that dares students of all ages to find an innovative use for a commonplace item in mere days! Once revealed, students must generate a new use for the item. Competing teams finish the challenge by generating a brief video pitch of their new product.

5 Fun Fall Fundraising Ideas

For DECA members, fall ameans that regional conferences are quickly approaching. This year, the Western Region Leadership Conference will be in Anaheim, the Central Region Leadership Conference will be in Detroit, and The Ultimate DECA Power Trip will be in Baltimore. For many chapters, attending a regional conferences is an expensive trip, but have no fear, fall fundraising tips are here!

The One Word to Describe DECA

ENTHUSIASM is the word that comes to mind when I think about the new school year and DECA. I love seeing all the photos of first meetings and events on social media this time of the year. One of the first things I learned at Vector Marketing is that enthusiasm sells.

10 Books to Read This Year

Today is #ReadABookDay, but books deserve more than just one day of love. In fact, if you want to be wealthy, successful, or just really smart, then you should read books. A lot of books. The average CEO reads four to five books per month, which is about one book per week. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills for your Role Play or jumpstart your journey to a corner office, we’ve got the books for you!

Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game Begins September 24

An acclaimed program from the SIFMA Foundation, the Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance. The competition challenges teams with building and managing a $100,000 investment portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Participants manage all aspects of the portfolio including asset selection, buying and selling.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2018-2019 Virtual Business Challenge

DECA’s Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) is a collection of free, game-like simulations that foster development of career skills in the areas of business, marketing and personal finance. Each simulation challenges students to control their own virtual business, managing tasks such as market research, pricing, financial reporting and more. In partnership with Knowledge Matters, seven unique tracks are available to engage a variety of minds:

FIDM Announces the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Challenge

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) is back with a re-vamped challenge for high school DECA members: the FIDM Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Challenge. As the global market continues to evolve, entrepreneurial thinking skills, such as innovation and problem-solving, are becoming even more vital to success. This competition is an exciting opportunity for students to channel their inner entrepreneur by generating a new clothing, beauty, home, health, food or entertainment concept and showcasing their prototype in a brief YouTube presentation.  

Nine DECA Students Receive Over $1 Million in Army ROTC Scholarships at 2018 DECA ICDC

Were you at DECA ICDC in Atlanta, Ga. in April? If so, you probably saw the U.S. Army at a variety of DECA events, including the warm-up session before the 5K run/walk, during the Executive Mentor Session, or you might have participated in the push up and pull up fitness challenge in the exhibit hall. But most importantly, you probably…

4 Ways to Stay Involved with DECA All Summer Long

Grace Agnew | Chatham Charter DECA

One of the hardest things about summer is getting back into the school year in the fall. Next thing you know, it’s time for local competitions! Here are a few tips to stay involved with DECA all summer so that when the time comes, you are #ReadyForIt.   Have a DECA buddy I’ve found one of my biggest struggles in…

Two Hospitality Certificates Available to Collegiate Members

In partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), DECA is pleased to offer Collegiate DECA members two opportunities to boost their resume: The Certified Guest Service Professionals (CGSP®) certification The Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS®) certification AHLEI strongly supports the certification of hospitality professionals in all facets of the industry. The CGSP® certification recipients are recognized for their know-how…

Five Ways to be #ReadyForIt Next Year

Alexandra Miller | Upper Merion DECA

The school year is quickly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean DECA has to! While you’re relaxing over the summer, you can start to prepare yourself for an academically organized, productive, and all-around awesome year. Here are the top 5 ways that you can make sure you’ll be #ReadyForIt next year.