PA DECA Tips of the Week: Issue 1

Welcome to the 2017-2018 DECA year! This year our state theme is “Defying Gravity with PA DECA” and our national theme is “Limitless”. We’re excited to get started, and we hope you are too!

What’s New:

Competitive Event Updates:

  • New Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making and Entrepreneurship Individual Series events will be added. These events will use the entrepreneurship performance indicator list and new entrepreneurship exam.
  • A new Virtual Business Challenge – Fashion event will be added.
  • Evaluation forms for all competitive events with a written entry may have more points allocated toward the executive summary on the written evaluation. Evaluation forms for the presentation of Chapter Team Events and evaluation forms for Advertising Campaign, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan and Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan have been revised.
  • The Start Up Business Plan can now be comprised of one to three members of the DECA chapter.
  • For the 2017-2018 Virtual Business Challenge, teams have access to almost all the full simulation capabilities versus select simulation actions in previous years’ competitions. In addition, this year’s VBC will introduce shorter online qualifying rounds. Each VBC online qualifying round will be 11-days in length. The Virtual Business Challenge – Accounting has mini-challenges during each qualifying round. Visit for complete details.


Things to Remember:


Upcoming Conferences/Events (formal invites to follow):

  • Mock Competitions - Philadelphia University, Philadelphia (October 20th + 27th)
    • Help your members prepare for their competitive events by attending one of the Pennsylvania DECA Mock Competitions held at Philadelphia University! These days will run from 9:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. and will include workshops, role play prep tips, and an actual role play scenario.
    • Cost is free and includes lunch!
  • Career Day with the 76'ers - Well Fargo Center, Philadelphia (November 1st)
    • DECA’s Career Day with the 76ers is an exciting opportunity for students to gain meaningful insight into the marketing and business functions for a variety of professional sports teams & and other entertainment venues.
    • Cost will be approximately $23 or $42 per person and includes game ticket. 
  • The Ultimate DECA Power Trip – Philadelphia (November 10th-12th)
    • Join over 1,500 members from the North Atlantic and Southern Regions for the ultimate DECA leadership experience! This conference will give members the insights needed to be successful in college and their careers.
    • Cost is $130 pp, plus hotel. Registration deadline is October 12.
  • DECA’s Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference – Philadelphia (November 10th-12th)
    • This conference will reinforce entrepreneurial concepts taught in marketing and business classes. Participation in this conference will help students understand the concepts, processes and skills associated with identifying new ideas, opportunities, and methods and with creating or starting a new project or venture.
    • Cost is $130 pp, plus hotel. Registration deadline is October 12.


Chapter Strategy:

  • Develop your strategic plan and budget for the school year.
  • Review the DECA Guide, competitive event changes, and new offerings from DECA Images.
  • Put chapter activities and conference dates on your school calendar and request permission to attend.
  • Review DECA’s programs and determine how you can incorporate them into your classroom instruction.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or for help with getting your chapter started. Let's have a great year ahead!

Jerry DiGiovanni
PA DECA Executive Director

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