August 21, 2016

Back to School, Back to DECA!

Author: California DECA

As summer comes to end, a new school year begins and so does another year of DECA! Although the district and state conferences may seem far away, in order to truly maximize your DECA experience, you need to start strong. Here are 5 tips that ensure your success in DECA this year:

  1. Get Involved Early and Often

Whether you are a chapter officer or a new member, use every opportunity you get in these next few months. Whether it being helping your chapter with its membership campaign, attending a restaurant fundraiser, or even organizing a community service event, being involved will allow you to create a set of memories that you can build off of at conferences.

  1. Decide Your Competitive Events

Because district conferences are a while away, you may put off your competitive event for later. However, choosing an event and your team at the beginning of the year will give you a much larger time frame to work on, and refine, your project which will translate to a much better final product and results.

  1. Recruit Your Peers to Join

DECA is only as great as its members. Make sure to convince your peers to join as your chapter accepts membership registration so that you all can have the time of your lives at conferences!

  1. Participate in Virtual and Video Challenges

Although you can’t compete in roleplay and written events until conferences, you can get a head start on qualifying for ICDC by competing in the DECA Stock Market Game or Virtual Business Challenge, both of which begin in the early fall. Additionally, show off your creativity through the DECA Idea, FIDM, or Herff Jones Marketing Results Challenges. (Learn more here).

  1. Network with Fellow DECA Members

Why wait till conferences to get to know other members from DECA? Reach out and network with fellow DECA members, and build connections and friendships that will last even after your DECA career.
With these 5 tips, you should be in good shape to #OwnYourFuture this DECA year and reach all of your goals!

About California DECA
California DECA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Career and Technical Student Organization, endorsed by the California Department of Education. With over 4,500 members in 59 schools throughout California, California DECA works to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in four fields of business: marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. For more information about California DECA, visit


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