Competitive Events

Put in the work, harden your strengths, apply them to industry, come out better than you started.

The array of events to compete in reflects the diversity of business applications in the workplace. From Accounting to Sports and Entertainment Marketing, students will find an area of interest to pursue. To maximize success, choose a category that best matches your knowledge, experience, and access to resources (i.e. if your older sister is a Chartered Accountant, try the Accounting or Finance events and train with her).

The links below contains a list of all events offered by DECA Ontario along with a link to a sample case/topic to help you decide which category is best for you. Availability of these events may vary depending on the level of competition (i.e. no written events at Regionals) and the size of your chapter (i.e. members of a chapter must fill every event category before additional participants for the same categories will be considered). Please see specific details about each event under the black tab.

NEW for the 2019 2020 DECA Year!!!

The Chapter Team Events will now be called the Project Management Events. The Project Management Events require participants to use project management skills to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control and close a project.  Participants in the Project Management Events will:

  • identify a problem
  • develop a project management plan related to the problem
  • implement the project using project management skills
  • develop a written report and presentation on the project

The new event names are:

  • Business Solutions Project    PMBS
  • Career Development Project     PMCD
  • Community Awareness Project     PMCA
  • Community Giving Project    PMCG
  • Financial Literacy Project    PMFL
  • Sales Project     PMSP

There will be a common set of guidelines and evaluation rubrics for the Project Management Events.

Draft guidelines are available here. Click here for resources made available through MBAResearch in partnership with Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF).

  • 1 – 3 members; unlimited number of entries
  • Can compete in any online event as well as any event offered at Regionals and Provincials
  • These events are NOT run by DECA Ontario and will NOT be competing at Provincials; qualifiers for ICDC are determined by DECA Inc.  Notifications are emailed at the end of each round.
  • No exam
  • To register your teams for the DECA Stock Market Game, please visit and go through the registration process.  During the process if you encounter any issues, please contact Carolyn Quest , SMG Coordinator with SIFMA at
Stock Market GameSMG Guidelines & LoginSMG Sample A

SMG Sample B

SMG Sample C
Virtual Business Challenge: Accounting, Fashion, Hotel Management, Restaurant, Retailing, Sports, and Personal FinanceVBC Online
Principles ExamPrinciples PI
PBM Case
PFN Case
PHT Case
PMK Case

*PMK reserved for Grade 9 students only

*Reserved for 1st-year DECA members regardless of grade unless otherwise noted.

PFL ExamPerformance Indicators
PFL Case


The 2019-2020 topic for each career category is the development of a strategy to improve a company’s reputation and online brand presence. Participants will collaborate with a local business or organization to analyze current perceptions of the company or organization as well as its online brand presence. Participants will then present a strategic plan to enhance the company’s reputation and online brand presence.

BOR Sample eventBMOR Sample eventFOR Sample eventHTOR Sample eventSEOR Sample event 
  • Maximum of two entries per event per Chapter; 1 – 3 participants
  • Maximum length of 20 pages and 15 minutes to present
  • online submission by January 15
  • Project Managements Event Guidelines
Sample Events     
Community Giving Project (PMCG)Career Development Project (PMCD)Business Solutions Project (PMBS)
Financial Literacy Project (PMFL)Sales Project (PMSP)Community Awareness Project (PMCA)
  • Maximum of two entries per event per Chapter; 1 – 3 participants
  • Varying lengths and 15 minutes to present
  • online submission by January 15
Start-Up Business Plan1 - 310 pagesESB
Innovation Plan1 - 310 pagesEIP
Independent Business Plan1 - 320 pagesEIB
International Business Plan1 - 320 pagesIBP
Franchise Business Plan1 - 320 pagesEFB
The GRIT Tank NEW THIS YEAR!!! Theme will be an Engineering Consulting Event sponsored by McMaster Faculty of Engineering. There are 10-$15 000 DECA Scholarships being awarded towards tuition; restrictions may apply.
1 - 31 pageDevelop an idea for a new product or service that will reduce recycling contamination to create a more sustainable community.
  • Maximum of two entries per event per Chapter; 1 – 3 participants
  • Maximum length of 10 pages and 15 minutes to present
  • online submission by January 15
  • The following events must submit a good copy of their report based on the specific guidelines outlined in the DECA Guide. It will be read by the Judge.
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Event Guidelines                             Marketing Cluster Performance Indicators
ADC EventFMP EventSEPP Event
  • Maximum of two entries per event per Chapter; individual event
  • Maximum 15 minutes to present
  • online submission by January 15
  • Unlike the US guidelines, a report/research notes/powerpoint presentation slides must be submitted. NO standardized guidelines are required so the student can include whatever they feel is relevant to be read by the Judge.

For 2019-2020 you will assume the role of a financial consultant. A client has scheduled a meeting with you because he/she would like to learn more about the online features available from your organization for financial management. The client would like for you to share and explain different online customization tools for banking and portfolio management.

For 2019-2020 you will assume the role of director of sponsorships for a local event taking place within your community. You are meeting with a local business that has interest in becoming a sponsor of the event. In the meeting, you should explain the sponsorship program, various sponsorship packages available and recommend the sponsorship level appropriate to the business.

For 2019-2020 you will assume the role of a sales representative of a cloud-based technology firm that specializes in workplace collaboration, productivity and project management. The chief operations officer of a new startup has scheduled a meeting with you because he/she has a desire to implement this technology within the startup, which has 25 employees. The chief operations officer wants to learn about your technology solution’s features and why your solution is superior to its competitors.

Hospitality & Tourism Professional SellingHospitality & Tourism ExamHTPS PI
Professional Selling EventMarketing ExamPSE PI
Financial Consulting EventFinance Exam FCE PI