Being a member of A.A. Stagg's DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) this January I got a chance to compete at regionals at Moraine Valley C.C. in Palos Hills. My category was Consumer Marketing and really, I had a great experience. The whole competition works through a series of 2 tests, one in your specific category, and the other in Macro Economics theorem. Having taken Sports and Entertainment Marketing and AP Macro Economics classes helped me in preparing for the event, and really the whole thing was a lot of applied information. After you take the series of test you do a roll play, where in my example I had to create a way of promoting a pizza place using e-mail marketing. I took a lot of experience that I had built up in both Ineffable and CreatorCo and created a marketing campaign that focused on attracting a target demographic and keeping customers, because as we all know, business make the most amount of revenue out of repeating customers, and so its worth it to keep them happy.
I also applied a lot of my personal concepts when it comes to business as I believe that different businesses should be viewed as a essential part of the community that are genuine and want to help out the community that keeps them a float. For years there has been a stigma when it comes to marketing and business correlative with "big money" and scamming people. But I think as we grow more socially and environmentally cautious, the business community needs to start becoming a force that is willing to lead the way of innovation and comfort for communities.
At the end, I got 1st place in my category and am going to State in March. This was my first year doing DECA and it sure will not be my last!