2018-2019 State Conference
Date: February 13-15, 2019
Location: Manchester, NH
The State Career Development Conference has been held since 1957, and for 2019 it will be at the Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 13-15, 2019. One of the highlights of DECA membership, this conference gives students a chance to show their stuff in competitive events and presentations, all based on skills learned in their business classes, jobs, and DECA. From written tests to case problem solving to business plans and ad campaigns, there are over 40 categories of events for students to enter. The conference doesn’t just start on February 13th, by the time they arrive on site, most students have spent many hours studying, preparing, polishing and practicing for their events.
Categories include, but are not limited to, Marketing, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Travel, Hospitality, Sports Marketing, Business Management, Market Research, and much more. Awards are given out on the final day at the Closing Awards Breakfast, and students placing in the top categories are eligible to move on to compete internationally in Orlando, Florida, in April, 2019.
In addition to competition, students elect state officers for the upcoming year, attend the dynamic opening session, the mini-awards dinner, a special entertainment guest, and a marketing scavenger hunt. They have time to network, make new friends, and grow through the events and activities. It is a three day experience that will never be forgotten... and the meals are fantastic.