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State Career Development Conference

All State/Provincial Associations host a career development conference in the spring. It is here that DECA members will compete to earn the right to attend the International Career Development Conference. It is also here where Minnesota DECA presents two special awards, the Honorary Life Membership Award and the Outstanding Marketing Executive Award.

Marketing education prepares high school students for rewarding careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Minnesota DECA, a school-to-work student organization, enhances that education by providing marketing related activities and leadership development based directly on classroom study. Minnesota DECA combines career exploration with school-based and work-based learning, allowing students to connect the classroom with the world of work. DECA's activities also focus on competition at the district, state and international levels in specific occupational skills, leadership development and management training and leadership conferences. Participation in DECA furthers development skills in leadership, management skills, civic consciousness, job responsibility motivation to excel, good work habits, critical thinking and problem solving.

For information about Minnesota DECA's program of competitive events, click here.

Be sure to keep checking back to this page for more information about our State Career Development Conference, including the conference the program book! Top finishers in each event advance to the International Career Development Conference which is being hosted in Orlando, Florida, this year!



Conference Date

March 6-8, 2022
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis


Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

The 2022 Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference will be held March 6-8, 2022 at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency. This hotel is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, is conveniently located near several restaurants, and is ready and waiting to help make your experience amazing.


Competitive Events

Through DECA's program of competitive events, you have the opportunity to compete against members from throughout the state of Minnesota to earn the right to attend the International Career Development Conference. DECA's program of competitive events feature events from the career clusters of Marketing, Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Hospitality and Tourism.


College and Career Fair

Details coming soon!


Event Documents

Are you looking for a document specific to an event that you are competing in at the upcoming State Career Development Conference? Visit the Competitive Events Page to find the document you are looking for!