Competitive Events

DECA has many competitive events to choose from. Below you will find all the events Iowa DECA offers.

Hospitality + Tourism

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
Hotel and Lodging Management Series
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series
Restaurant and Food Service Management Series
Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

Description: Hospitality services include marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in hotels, motels, lodging services, related convention services, and related food and beverage services.
Event Overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, role-play
Event Timing: 30 minutes of preparation, 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You enjoy marketing and management functions that can be applied in the hospitality and tourism industries
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research

Description: Hospitality and Tourism includes hotels, restaurants and tourism-related businesses
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You can develop a marketing campaign, or have connections to a local company who will allow you to work with them
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling

Description: For 2018-2019 you will assume the role of a sales manager for a convention and visitors bureau of a major city. A potential client is interested in holding its annual conference for 4,000 attendees in your city and is meeting with you to hear about your city’s meeting package. At a minimum, you should discuss convention facilities, hotel package, potential attractions and transportation.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You enjoy persuading people, or enjoy doing research
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience required

Hotel and Lodging Management Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks in hotels, motels, lodging services, convention services, and food and beverage services.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: You are interested in hospitality, and feel comfortable performing marketing and management functions in this setting
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year before taking

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Description: The business situation will use language associated with careers in Hotels, Restaurants, and Tourism and Travel.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 10 minutes to prepare, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: This is your first DECA competition (or your in your first year of DECA), or you are interested in competing in Hospitality and Tourism events in future years
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks in retail establishments, wholesale establishments and manufacturing firms primarily engaged in the quick-serve restaurant industry.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minutes to prepare, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: You can perform marketing and management functions in the quick serve industry such as: selling a product, making a merchandising decision, fixing a situation involving communications, human relations, economics or professional development; or a business management consideration.
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year before taking

Restaurant and Food Service Management Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks in a full-service restaurant or a food-service business.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minutes to prepare, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: You can perform marketing and management functions in a full-service restaurant or food service business such as: selling a product, making a merchandising decision, fixing a situation involving communications, human relations, economics or professional development; or a business management consideration.
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year before taking

Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Description: Travel and tourism includes marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in enterprises engaged in passenger transportation, travel service, attracting and serving the traveling public, arranging tours or acting as independent ticket agencies, and other services incidental to the travel or tourism industry
Event Overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 30 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You can think quickly on your feet and quickly prepare a presentation, or are interested in the tourism industry
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Finance

Accounting Applications Series
Business Finance Series
Finance Operations Research
Financial Consulting
Financial Services Team Decision Making
Principles of Finance

Accounting Applications Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform management functions and tasks focusing on the application of financial data to business planning, including collection and organization of data, development and use of reports, and analysis of data to make business decisions. Concepts include understanding the source and purpose of financial statements, the impact of management decisions on statements, and the analysis and interpretation of data for planning purposes.
Event overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event timing: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minutes of presentation time
Recommended if: You’ve taken an accounting, bookkeeping, or personal finance class, feel comfortable working with accounting records and can record, report, and evaluate financial data appropriately.
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Business Finance Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform management functions and tasks focusing on high-level financial and business planning, including collection and organization of data, development and use of reports, and analysis of data to make business decisions. Concepts include understanding the source and purpose of financial statements, the impact of management decisions on statements, and the analysis and interpretation of data for corporate planning purposes.

Event overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays

Event timing: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minute presentation time

Recommended if: You have taken a personal finance, or economics class, you can discuss the nature of depreciation, cash flows, corporate bonds, and stocks

Recommended years of DECA experience:  1 year of experience

Finance Operations Research

Description: Finance includes banks, credit unions, accounting, investments and other financial businesses.

Event overview: 1-3 participants, 20 page paper (max)
Event timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: you’d like to avoid a test (no test!), you have connections with a local business or organization to analyze current customer perceptions of the company, or can analyze a marketing plan
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Financial Consulting

Description: For 2018-2019 you will assume the role of a financial consultant. A young professional has come to you for advice on setting a monthly budget including recommendations on a savings plan. The young professional’s annual salary is $40,000. The young professional has student loans, wants to live a millennial lifestyle and save for the future. The young professional would like you to make recommendations for a monthly budget.
Event overview: 1 participant, cluster exam
Event timing: 15 minute presentation
Recommended if: You can plan a monthly budget, and can be adaptive to new ideas presented by the judge
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience needed

Financial Services Team Decision Making

Description: Financial services refer to services offered in the finance industry by financial institutions. Concepts include understanding the source and purpose of financial statements, the impact of management decisions on statements, and the analysis and interpretation of data for planning purposes.
Event overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event timing: 30 minutes of preparation, 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You have good speaking skills and can present things with little notice
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Principles of Finance

Description: The business situation will use language associated with careers in Accounting, Banking Services, Business Finance, Insurance and Securities, and Investments.
Event overview: 1 participant, Business Administration cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event timing: 10 minutes of preparation time, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: This is your first DECA competition or it is your first year of DECA, and you have taken a personal finance class, or introduction to business class
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience needed

Marketing

Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series
Automotive Services Marketing Series
Business Services Marketing Series
Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
Community Service Project
Creative Marketing Project
Food Marketing Series
Integrated Marketing Campaign–Event
Integrated Marketing Campaign–Product
Integrated Marketing Campaign–Service
Learn and Earn Project
Marketing Communications Series
Marketing Management Team Decision Making
Principles of Marketing
Professional Selling
Public Relations Project
Retail Merchandising Series
Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making
Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations

Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks in retail establishments, wholesale establishments and/or manufacturing firms primarily engaged in the marketing of clothing and related articles for personal wear and adornment
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: you feel comfortable using marketing and management functions in retail establishments, wholesale establishments and/or manufacturing firms primarily engaged in the marketing of clothing and related articles for personal wear and adornment, or enjoy fashion and merchandising
Recommended years of DECA experience:

Automotive Services Marketing Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks related to auto dealers, service stations and related businesses or auto parts stores
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minute preparation time, 10 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You can perform marketing and management functions and tasks related to auto dealers, service stations and related businesses or auto parts stores.
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year recommended

Business Services Marketing Series

Description: Business Services includes human resources, information technology and personal and contracted services businesses.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 page paper, (no test)
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You enjoy research, and developing a plan, or you’d like to avoid an exam
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Buying and Merchandising Operations Research

Description: Buying and Merchandising includes retail and wholesale businesses that provide consumer goods.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages allowed (no test)
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You can design and run a research study, plan a budget, or have a specific business to research
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making

Description: Employees in buying and merchandising positions get the product into the hands of the customer. This process includes forecasting, planning, buying, displaying, selling and providing customer service.
Event Overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 30 minutes of preparation, 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You are knowledgeable in forecasting, planning, buying, displaying, selling products to get them to the customer, or can plan a impromptu project quickly
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Community Service Project

Description: The Community Service Project provides an opportunity for chapter members to develop a better understanding of the role civic activities have in society, to make a contribution to a community service or charity, and to learn and apply the principles of the numerous components of marketing management. Chapter members demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating a community service project.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages allowed
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: you enjoy community service or can lead your chapter in a community service project
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Creative Marketing Project

Description: The Creative Marketing Project is a research study in the marketing field, planned, conducted and reported by a DECA chapter, the use of which will measurably improve the marketing activities of an individual company, a group of companies (such as a shopping mall), an organization, a club or the business community
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 page paper
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: you have connections at a local company who would be willing to help you complete your project, you enjoy marketing and thinking of new marketing techniques
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Food Marketing Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks in retail establishments, wholesale establishments and manufacturing firms resulting in the sale of food.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minutes of presentation time
Recommended if: You can perform marketing functions for businesses in the food industry
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience needed

Integrated Marketing Campaign–Event

Description: Integrated Marketing Campaign—Event includes a campaign that is related to any sports and entertainment event and/or company event. Examples include concerts, festivals, fairs, tournaments, pet adoption day, charity events, etc.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, cluster exam, 10 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You enjoy marketing for sports and entertainment events
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Integrated Marketing Campaign–Product

Description: Integrated Marketing Campaign—Product includes a campaign that is related to any hard/soft line retail products including e-commerce. Examples include apparel and accessories, retail products, etc.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, cluster exam, 10 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You enjoy coming up with new product ideas, and developing marketing campaigns
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Integrated Marketing Campaign–Service

Description: Integrated Marketing Campaign—Service includes a campaign that is related to any service or intangible product. Examples may include pet services, golf lessons, health care services, salons, restaurants, amusement parks, etc.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, cluster exam, 10 pages
Event Timing: 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You enjoy creating marketing campaigns, or have a service in mind
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience required

Learn and Earn Project

Description: The Learn and Earn Project applies entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to a single sales/service activity to be run as a real business venture. In a sense, the project is a chapter entrepreneurship project.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 page paper
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You are interested in running your own business
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Marketing Communications Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing communications and functions and tasks that inform, persuade, or remind a target market of ideas experiences, goods or services.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minutes of preparation
Recommended if: You enjoy, or are knowledgeable in the areas of promoting products, making merchandising decisions, human relations or professional development
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience required

Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Description: Marketing management includes marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied broadly in a non-retail marketing environment
Event Overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 30 minute of preparation time, 15 minute of presentation time
Recommended if: you enjoy marketing in a non-retail environment
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Principles of Marketing

Description: The business situation will use language associated with careers in Marketing Communications, Marketing Management, Marketing Research, Merchandising and Professional Selling.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 10 minutes to prepare, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: You haven’t competed in a DECA competition before/this is your first year, or you are taking a marketing class currently
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience required

Professional Selling

Description: For 2018-2019 you will assume the role of a sales representative of a security services firm. A general manager of a retail store has scheduled a meeting with you because he/she is seeking a firm to provide security services for the store. The general manager wants to learn about your firm’s services as they relate to security guards, security equipment and alarms, loss prevention strategies and more.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You enjoy selling/persuading, of you’ve taken a sales class
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience required

Public Relations Project

Description: The purpose of the Public Relations Project is to provide an opportunity for the chapter members to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating a single public relations campaign conducted by the chapter. The campaign may focus on any topic or subject of interest to the chapter.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: you have good management skills, and would enjoy implementing, evaluating a campaign
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Retail Merchandising Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in any retail establishment.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minute preparation, 10 minute presentation
Recommended if: You can perform marketing and merchandising functions in a retail environment
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making

Description: Sports and entertainment marketing includes marketing functions and tasks that can be applied in amateur or professional sports or sporting events, entertainment or entertainment events, selling or renting of supplies and equipment (other than vehicles) used for recreational or sporting purposes, products and services related to hobbies or cultural events, or businesses primarily engaged in satisfying the desire to make productive or enjoyable use of leisure time.
Event Overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 30 minutes of preparation, 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You are interested in marketing and running events related to sports and entertainment
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations

Description: Sports and Entertainment Marketing includes businesses that conduct sporting and/or entertainment events
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation
Recommended if: You have connections to a local business who would allow you to analyze their company, or are interested in market research
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience required

Entrepreneurship

Business Growth Plan
Entrepreneurship Promotion Project
Entrepreneurship Series
Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
Franchise Business Plan
Independent Business Plan
Innovation Plan
International Business Plan
Start-up Business Plan

Business Growth Plan

Description: The Business Growth Plan involves the idea generation and strategy development needed to grow an existing business. Participants in the Business Growth Plan will analyze their current business operations and identify opportunities to grow and expand the business.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You are able to develop a business growth plan, and have connections to a local business who would allow you to work with them
Recommended years of DECA experience: At least one year before taking

Entrepreneurship Promotion Project

Description: The Entrepreneurship Promotion Project is a chapter project that develops the economic and marketing knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a global economy. After learning the economic principles associated with entrepreneurship, chapter members will utilize their marketing knowledge and skills to communicate the benefits of entrepreneurship to others.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You have an taken any marketing or entrepreneurship classes, or are interested in gaining general knowledge on how successful entrepreneurs operate
Recommended years of DECA experience: At least one year before taking

Entrepreneurship Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform the ability to recognize opportunities and to act on them.
Event Overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event Timing: 10 minutes to prepare, 10 minutes to present
Recommended if: You have taken an entrepreneurship class, or can determine needs, identify markets, utilize marketing research, identify sources of capital and use management skills.
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience before taking

Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making

Description: Entrepreneurship includes the ability to recognize opportunities and to act on them, determine needs, identify markets, utilize marketing research, identify sources of capital and use management skills
Event Overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 30 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You have taken other entrepreneurship events before, have taken an entrepreneurship class before, or are able to think quickly on your feet to solve problems and use management skills
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Franchise Business Plan

Description: The purpose of the Franchise Business Plan Event is designed for participants to present a comprehensive business plan proposal to buy into an existing franchise. The participant seeks to become a franchisee.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You can write and present a business plan to franchise a local business.
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience needed

Independent Business Plan

Description: The Independent Business Plan Event involves the development of a comprehensive proposal to start a new business. Any type of business may be used
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages allowed
Event Timing: 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You have a new business idea, or are able to create a proposal for a new business to be presented to a bank official (judge)
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Innovation Plan

Description: The Innovation Plan Event involves the idea generation and opportunity recognition needed to take advantage of market opportunities to introduce a new business, product or service. Any type of business, product or service may be used.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 10 pages
Event Timing: 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You have an idea for a new business, product, or service, and have ideas for marketing it.
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

International Business Plan

Description: The International Business Plan Event involves the development of a proposal to start a new business venture in an international setting. Any type of business may be used.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You have an idea for a business venture for an international setting, and can write a written business proposal
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience before taking

Start-up Business Plan

Description: The purpose of the Start-Up Business Plan Event is to provide an opportunity for the participant to develop and present a proposal to form a business. The event provides an opportunity for a participant to develop and demonstrate mastery of essential knowledge and skills as they apply to the analysis of a business opportunity.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 10 pages
Event Timing: 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You have an idea for a new business, and can prepare a business plan
Recommended years of DECA experience: no experience needed

Business Management + Administration

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
Business Services Operations Research
Human Resources Management Series
Principles of Business Management and Administration

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making

Description: For the purposes of this event, business law is U.S. law and will include contracts, product liability, employment and types of business ownership. The ethics component involves evaluating competing social values that may reasonably be argued from either side.
Event overview: 2 participants, cluster exam, 1 case study,
Event timing: 30 minutes of preparation, 15 minute presentation
Recommended if: You have taken a Business law, or U.S. law class, or are a good debater able to argue ethical social values from either viewpoint
Recommended years of DECA experience: at least 1 year before taking

Business Services Operations Research

Description: Business Services includes human resources, information technology and personal and contracted services businesses.
Event overview: 1-3 participants, 20 page paper (max)
Event timing: 15 minute presentation
Recommended if: you are a poor test taker (no test!), Enjoy research, and can plan a budget
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience needed

Human Resources Management Series

Description: Students will be challenged to perform management functions and tasks focusing on staffing, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation and safety training.
Event overview: 1 participant, cluster exam, 2 role-plays
Event timing: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minute presentation time
Recommended if: You enjoy and know what it takes to manage a team
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year experience

Principles of Business Management and Administration

Description: The business situation will use language associated with careers in Administrative Services, Business Information Management, General Management, Human Resources Management, and Operations Management.
Event overview: 1 participant, Business Administration Exam, 1 role play
Event timing: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minutes of presentation time
Recommended if: This is your first DECA competition or your in your first year of DECA, you’re enrolled in an introductory-level business
Recommended years of DECA experience: No experience needed

Personal Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Promotion Project
Personal Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Promotion Project

Description: The Financial Literacy Promotion Project is a chapter project that develops the economic and marketing knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a global economy. After learning the economic principles associated with financial literacy, chapter members will utilize their marketing knowledge and skills to communicate the benefits of financial literacy to others.
Event Overview: 1-3 participants, 20 pages
Event Timing: 15 minutes to present
Recommended if: You are interested in finance, or understand the economic principles associated with financial literacy, such as banking, budgeting, and setting and implementing financial goals
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience before taking

Personal Financial Literacy

Description: Students will be assessed on their knowledge of areas such as: financial responsibility and decision making, income and careers, planning and money management, credit and debt, risk management and insurance, and saving and investing.
Event Overview: 1 participant, Financial literacy cluster exam, 1 role-play
Event Timing: 10 minutes to prepare, 10 minute interview time
Recommended if: You can manage income and assets, and can manage financial resources effectively for financial security
Recommended years of DECA experience: 1 year of experience before taking