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A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods/services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality or Management. SBEs provide realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction. SBEs can sell to consumers through a permanent location, a mobile kiosk or through Internet marketing. Products may include spirit wear, food and beverage items, school supplies, signs and banners and more, while other SBEs provide services such as creative design, advertising sales and more.
School-based enterprises are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. For many students, they provide the first work experience; for others, they provide an opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills. While some in the education community have only recently discovered the value of school-based enterprises, marketing educators and DECA advisors have used them as a powerful teaching tool for more than four decades.
New for 2014 is the option to submit your certification or re-certification manual online instead of mailing it to DECA. Simply visit sbe.decaregistration.com and log on with your DECA advisor username and password to upload your manual and submit it to DECA.
Tune in to an SBE Webinar to learn more about the new system, including a walk-through of submitting a certification manual online and helpful tips and advice for organizing the project and compiling your manual:
For guidelines and more information on the SBE Certification program click here.
Deadline for 2014 submissions is:
January 10, 2014