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Advice from DECA Competitive Event Judges

March 1, 2023

This April, DECA members participating in the competitive events program will appear before a volunteer judge to present on current business trends in various events and formats. In this article, hear from two of our dedicated volunteer judges as they provide insight on their experience serving the past 20+ years.


Test Your Skills with the Stukent Social Media Marketing Challenge

January 30, 2023

Do you have what it takes to be a successful social media marketing professional? The Stukent Social Media Marketing Challenge is your chance to compete using a social media marketing simulation to earn up to $1,500 in cash prizes.


Demonstrate Your Knowledge with the Unreal Campaign Challenge

January 26, 2023

The Amazon and INTA Unreal Campaign Challenge provides the opportunity for students to speak directly to their peers about the dangers of counterfeit products.


Standout Creatively in Prepared Events

January 19, 2023

Top-tier DECA competitors know to hit all the competition event indicators, but it’s those little touches that elevate a well-prepared presentation to a DECA glass-winning presentation. Color, typography, layout and that perfect personal touch are your secret weapons.


Get Ready for Round Two of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge

January 2, 2023

The DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) is an official competitive event free to high school members and hosted by Knowledge Matters. The event is based on the Virtual Business series of simulations and offers over $20,000 in scholarship money.


Participate in the Knowledge Matters Digital Presentation Skills Challenge

December 5, 2022

The DECA/Knowledge Matters Digital Presentation Skills Challenge will test your skills at creating and delivering a digital presentation.


SBE Chapter Certification Submission Site Is Open

December 1, 2022

The SBE chapter certification submission site is now open for chapters to submit their projects. Check out this article for key reminders as you prepare to submit your project.


Prepare for Role-plays at Association-level Competition

October 17, 2022

Need help showing your students why DECA is the best at preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management? Use this chronological guide to get started and develop role-play champions!


Register Now for Round One of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge

September 19, 2022

You won't want to miss the 21st annual DECA Virtual Business Challenge! DECA VBC is an official competitive event free to high school members. Participate and you could earn a trip to ICDC and a share of over $20,000 in scholarship money.


2022-2023 District-Level Competitive Event Instructional Areas Announced

September 15, 2022

Get ready for competition season! Each year DECA provides the primary instructional area(s) assessed in each of the district-level scenarios to help advisors and members prepare for district competitions more effectively.


Put Leadership into Action with the Lead4Change DECA Challenge

September 12, 2022

Demonstrate your leadership skills by being involved with your community and submitting a community service project. Work in teams and do a project as you go through the lessons.


Produce the Next Big Cause Marketing Campaign with the NPCF Social Impact Leader of Tomorrow Challenge

September 1, 2022

Demonstrate your creativity by producing the next big cause marketing idea for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF).


How to Best Prepare for Your Next Role-play

October 4, 2021

With competition season fast approaching, the number one thing on many competitors’ minds is the thought of how they can crush their role-play in front of their judges. Unfortunately, there is no magical hack to make your presentations better but these tips should definitely help!


The Art of Storytelling

January 12, 2021

Whether we are competing, fundraising, socializing, serving or leading we are constantly telling a story—our DECA story. So, why not make your story the best it can be?!


A Quick Guide to Collegiate DECA Competitive Events

December 4, 2020

So, you've decided to compete in Collegiate DECA. Now what? What competitive events exist? How do you choose? We'll tackle these questions so that you can become a #NextLevel competitor!


Stress to Success: How to Use "Good Stress" to Succeed in Competition

November 3, 2020

Stress is often perceived as a negative experience, but the right kind of stress can actually fuel your success in competition and beyond. Read on to learn about "good stress", how to distinguish it from the bad and ways you can harness it to take your competitive edge to the next level!


Beginner’s Guide to the DECA Stock Market Game

October 13, 2020

The Stock Market Game is an online simulation that helps students develop skills in economics, investing and personal finance. If you are curious about competing in this event, read on to find out more!


Calming Competition Day Nerves

April 16, 2020

Already thinking ahead to your next DECA competition? Despite all the preparation in the world, it’s hard not to feel nervous when you step into the exam room or begin solving the case study! Here are some tips to enter your next competition with confidence.


The Making of Collegiate DECA's Individual and Team Case Studies

April 6, 2020

The Individual and Team Case Studies involve real-world industry trends that present a challenge for competitors to solve. The case study scenarios are derived from input from National Advisory Board partners, industry associations and trade journals. Read on for an inside look at how they are created.


Presentation Anxiety and How to Overcome It

March 26, 2020

You hear the words “presentation” and immediately your heart starts to race. We’ve all been there right? Most of us need a bit more training on calming those fears when presenting to a room of people. You are not alone in this fear and we are here to help ease the presentation anxiety.


Sports and Entertainment Competition Tips from the Pros

March 17, 2020

DECA offers several sports and entertainment marketing competitive events for members to flex their skills. To help you prepare for your next competition, I gathered some insider knowledge from two previous SEM event competitors.


Collegiate DECA Finance Events: Everything You Need to Know

January 28, 2020

It’s the start of a new semester and for many, this time of year signals the beginning of competition season! If you’ve ever thought of competing in a finance event, read on for some helpful tips and tricks to ensure success!


Getting Started with Prepared Events

October 2, 2019

For those of you that have competed in DECA’s prepared events, you know that writing a quality paper, coupled with delivering a presentation, can be hard and tedious work.


4 Things You Must Remember While Public Speaking

September 3, 2019

Did you know that 4 out of 5 people have a fear of public speaking? If you’re one of them, then keep reading because public speaking is such an important part of DECA.