DECA
Virtual Business Challenge
DECA high school members will be able to participate in all six tracks of this event (VBC Accounting, DECA Hotel Challenge, VBC Personal Finance, VBC Restaurant, VBC Retailing and VBC Sports). Each track encourages DECA members to test their skills within its particular Virtual Business environment – individually or as a team of up to 3 members. Team registration begins on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
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VBC Restaurant
The Restaurant Track of the DECA VBC encourages DECA members to test their skills at managing a simulated restaurant. Students will be limited as to which concepts they are able to control during each of the qualifying rounds. What participants control will include various combinations of the following concepts: menu pricing, purchasing, staffing, menu design, dining and kitchen layouts, marketing, and market research. For each round, teams will be ranked based on their restaurant's profit after running the simulation for one virtual year.
VBC Hotel
The DECA Hotel Challenge is presented by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and it encourages DECA members to test their skills at managing a simulated hotel. Students will be limited as to which concepts they are able to control during each of the qualifying rounds. What participants control will include various combinations of the following concepts: front desk operations, housekeeping, marketing & public relations, group sales, banquets, pricing & revenue management, social media and restaurant operations. Participants' scores will be based on a balanced scorecard that includes profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee satisfaction. For each round, teams will be ranked based on their balanced scorecard.
VBC Sports
The Sports Track of the DECA VBC encourages DECA members to test their skills at managing a football franchise. Students will be limited as to which concepts they are able to control during each of the qualifying rounds. What participants control will include various combinations of the following concepts: ticket pricing, social media, sponsorships, parking lot operations, player management, concessions, market research and booking events. For each round, teams will be ranked based on their franchise's total profit after running the simulation for one virtual football season.
VBC Personal Finance
The Personal Finance Track of the DECA VBC encourages DECA members to test their financial literacy skills. Participating teams will be making personal finance decisions for a simulated person. The concepts students will be managing include opening bank accounts, paying bills, filing taxes, applying for jobs, enrolling in educational courses, paying for goods, applying for credit cards, determining schedules, budgeting, and more. For each round, teams will be ranked based their person's net worth after running the simulation for two virtual years.
VBC Retailing
The Retailing Track of the DECA VBC encourages DECA members to test their skills at managing a retail convenience store, a sporting goods store or an electronics store. Students will be limited as to which concepts they are able to control during each of the qualifying rounds. What participants control will include various combinations of the following concepts: pricing, staffing, purchasing, merchandising, market research, and promotion. For each round, teams will be ranked based on their store's cumulative profit after running the simulation for one virtual year.
VBC Accounting
The VBC Accounting event encourages DECA members to test their accounting skills. During the two qualifying rounds, there will be three mini-challenges per round.

The dates for the mini-challenges for the first qualifying round are:
October 31, 2016, 8:30 p.m. EST - November 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST
November 7, 2016, 8:30 p.m. EST - November 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST
November 14, 2016, 8:30 p.m. EST - November 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST

The dates for the mini-challenges for the second qualifying round are:
January 16, 2016, 8:30 p.m. EST - January 20, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST
January 23, 2016, 8:30 p.m. EST - January 27, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST
January 30, 2016, 8:30 p.m. EST - February 3, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST

During each mini-challenge, students will have to identify three accounting issues in a business, out of a number of choices. Once the three issues are selected, the submission is final. Teams will be ranked at the end of each week. Teams with all correct answers will be ranked in order of submission time (earliest first), followed by teams with one wrong answer (also by order of submission).
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Awards
First & Second Challenge: (Top two teams from each region)
· T-Shirts
· Recognition under the DECA area at www.KnowledgeMatters.com

DECA's International Career Development Conference
National Champions - 1st Place
· $1,000/team ($6,000 for Hotel*)
· Recognition at the Grand Awards Ceremony at the ICDC
· Plaque
· Recognition under the DECA area at www.KnowledgeMatters.com

2nd Place
· $500/team ($3,000 for Hotel*)
· Recognition at the Grand Awards Ceremony at the ICDC
· Plaque

3rd Place
· $250/team ($1,500 for Hotel, 4th Place $900 for Hotel*)
· Recognition at the Grand Awards Ceremony at the ICDC
· Plaque

* Awards for Hotel made possible by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Dates & Details
DECA high school members will be able to participate in all six tracks of this event (VBC Accounting, DECA Hotel Challenge, VBC Personal Finance, VBC Restaurant, VBC Retailing and VBC Sports). Each track encourages DECA members to test their skills within its particular Virtual Business environment – individually or as a team of up to 3 members.

There are two qualifying rounds for each track of the event. All six tracks will utilize limited function online competition versions of our simulations for the first and second qualifying rounds. Students who are currently using, or who have previously used one of our online simulations (Accounting, Hotel, Restaurant, Personal Finance, Retailing, Management or Sports and Entertainment) may use their existing accounts to participate. Students who have not used our online simulations will be given the opportunity to create a new account free of charge.

Team registration for this event will begin on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. There will be two rounds (Challenges) held via the Internet during the school year. The first challenge is October 24, 2016, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time - November 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and the second challenge is January 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time - February 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

For all six tracks of the VBC, DECA will send certificates of recognition for the winners of each state to the appropriate state advisor so that winners may be recognized at the state level during individual state meetings.

At the conclusion of the second round of the VBC for each of the six tracks, the teams that qualified to compete in the live event at DECA's International Career Development Conference will be listed on the VBC rankings pages. These teams must have their DECA advisor confirm their attendance and participation in this event by emailing vbccentral@knowledgematters.com, or by calling (413) 587-9917. Prior to confirming a team, the DECA advisor must notify and gain approval from their state advisor for the team to participate in the VBC event at the ICDC. To ensure a 16-team field for all tracks for ICDC, advisors must confirm their teams on or before March 3, 2017.

Competition sessions at DECA's International Career Development Conference will be held LIVE in the exhibit hall. Unlike the qualifying rounds, competition sessions held at ICDC will be timed events. The competition at ICDC will follow a double-elimination format with scholarships being awarded to the first, second and third place teams.
Rules
ELIGIBILITY: High school members of DECA chapters are eligible to participate. All participants must have current dues on file at DECA prior to the submission of any VBC files to Knowledge Matters. A DECA chapter may have as many teams as it can support according to the team membership rules. All membership questions will be handled by DECA.

TEAM MEMBERSHIP: Teams must consist of one to three DECA members. All rankings and awards are based on the team and not the individual. A team member cannot be on more than one team per event at a time. No additional team members may be added once a team has registered. If a team member drops off a team or a team is to be dissolved, an e-mail from the team’s DECA advisor acknowledging the removal must be sent to VBCCentral@KnowledgeMatters.com stating the team name and the team member(s) to be removed. An acknowledgment from Knowledge Matters confirming the team member update will be sent back to the DECA advisor. If this acknowledgment is not received, it will be the responsibility of the team to resubmit the request via the advisor of the team. Once the acknowledgment is received, the individual is free to register a new team. All maintenance and compliance monitoring of the teams will be the responsibility of the team's DECA Advisor. Team names must generally adhere to DECA's code of ethics. Team names deemed inappropriate according to National DECA will be renamed with the name of their local chapter without notice. National DECA will have the ultimate authority to resolve team membership & name disputes.

CODE OF CONDUCT: Participants agree to compete by the Rules of Competition listed on this page. Participants further agree that all work submitted is work done by the participant or the participant's registered teammates. Participants understand that any attempt to hack or cheat the simulation is grounds for removal from the competition and possible further actions. Participants agree to refer any questions on what may constitute a cheat to Knowledge Matters for a decision.

DRESS CODE: If students qualify and decide to compete at the ICDC, they must wear DECA blazers during competition.

QUALIFIER RULES:A maximum of one team, per chapter, per round of competition is eligible to qualify for the ICDC. Teams that qualify for DECA's International Career Development Conference (ICDC) during round one may participate, but will not be ranked in round two.

SCORES: A team’s actual numeric score will not be posted on the rankings page. Bars symbolizing a team’s score will be posted instead. Numeric amounts will not be released during the Challenge rounds. In the event of a tie, the team with the earliest file submission will rank higher, so it is important to get your files ranked early in the Challenge.

ICDC LIVE EVENT: For VB Personal Finance only, the qualifying teams will be allowed to use the Texas Instruments® TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator during the competition sessions at ICDC. Knowledge Matters will provide a calculator for each team to use. Teams must use the provided calculator.
Support
Restaurant, Hotel, Sports, Personal Finance, Retailing, and Accounting
Due to the high volume of teams participating in the VBC, all questions regarding the VBC should be submitted via email. Please fill out this form and submit it to Knowledge Matters, Inc. Emails will be answered in the order in which they are received during Knowledge Matters, Inc. business hours which are Mon-Fri from 8:30AM-5:00PM Eastern Time.

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Disclaimer
Each team and its members are responsible for having read all the guidelines. National DECA and Knowledge Matters, Inc. are not responsible for an entry that is late, lost, misdirected, or not received. Only entries that are received by Knowledge Matters, Inc. will be eligible for scoring and ranking. All technical issues should be directed to our support team as soon as possible for resolution. Because of the wide variation in computer systems, Knowledge Matters, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the performance of its software on participants' computers. It is the team members' responsibility to check this page for late breaking news or updates.
Contact
Technical Support Questions

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Chapter Participation Questions

Cindy Allen, Marketing Department, DECA, Inc.
703-860-5000 x230
cindy_allen@deca.org
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