Maryland DECA

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Maryland DECA

Why DECA? DECA is more than a Business and Marketing Club, DECA helps students realize their interests and helps students set goals for their future. Through activities, learning of skills and competitive events students research and learn about their own interests as well as making connections to other club members. Making real world connections to businesses and learn how to be successful. We hope that you join us and Grow with Maryland DECA and take your Dreams to "Get the Edge".

SCDC Information and Registration

SCDC is only a few short weeks away! Registration closes on Wednesday, February 8th! Written Events are due by Saturday, February 11th and Testing is taking place at your school sites February 15-21st. Plans are coming together for an exciting opportunity for so many DECA Maryland Members and we want YOU to join us! Please visit our Competition and Events Page to learn more about it!

If you are interested in being a Judge, Exhibitor or Workshop Speaker, please reach out to us.

Quick Links to Help Your Club Grow

Membership Center

Get your club off to a great start for 2022-2023 by checking out this membership center. You will also find the link to register your club. Get your Membership in Now to be eligible for competitions. Final Deadline to register your members is January 31st.

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Advisor Center

Advisors New and Returning can find links to help your club, lessons for your classroom and MORE! Are you a new advisor to DECA, please contact us for resources and support.

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Competition and Events Center

Learn about DECA competitions and events that you can participate in and attend throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Important information for you and your club.

Registrations and information posted about Regionals, States and ICDC 2023!

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Membership Ready

 Before you officially register, please make sure to complete the tasks listed on our Membership Center Page.. Once you have met all the chapter starting requirements, please fill out the New Maryland DECA Chapter Interest Form.

All new Maryland Chapters are required to fill out this chapter interest form and participate in an onboarding call with our state officers. We will reach out to you with more information once we receive your application.

Check out our Membership Center to see some of our Club's Membership HYPE videos! There were several clubs to submit their best take on what DECA can do for you and the students in your school community. So be sure to check them out!


Competitions are at the center of DECA. Along with all of the learning that takes place, you can compete Regionally, State Wide and Internationally! You get the opportunity to meet people from all over and create new and lasting friendships. Along with bonding with your own club, the experience is second to none. And to get up on the stage at ICDC to accept your "DECA Glass", is something you will remember forever! Check out our Competitions and Events Page to learn much more about how and when you can get involved.

Maryland's DECA Commitment

Maryland DECA Inc. stands against racism in all forms. As community oriented and professionally responsible leaders, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion and embrace our role in shaping a better future for all Maryland students.​

We stand in solidarity with the Black communities in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. Maryland DECA Inc. is committed to creating and maintaining a healthy and respectful environment for all of our emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Our philosophy is to ensure all members, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status are treated equally and respectfully. Any behavior in the form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of all members to uphold and contribute to this climate. -Ted Thompson, Maryland DECA Board Chair

Learn Who We Are

Ted Thompson has been in the education sector for 21 years and has a record of accomplishments in positions ranging from teacher to school district administrator. Ted is committed to urban districts and continues to research trends to understand leadership actions and system behavior to support growth in student achievement.

Maryland DECA Board President

Kim Gustin, State Charter Advisor. She has a BS degree in Operations Management and M.Ed. degree in Educational Multimedia from California Polytechnic University Pomona. She has been in education for 21 years and currently teaches Computer Science at Richard Montgomery High School.

State Charter Advisor

 Rachel Wang is a rising senior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville MD. She was previously the 21-22 VP of Chapter Development.

She is interested in continuing that work by reaching out to grow Maryland DECA for this term.

If you have any questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

2022-2023 State President

Grow With Maryland DECA


Club Affiliations 

Maryland DECA is a Charted High School Association of National DECA. We do not have affiliation with any Maryland Collegiate individuals or chapters. Any Maryland University or College who wishes to be associated with DECA will need to apply to National DECA for an independent chapter. Please contact National DECA for further information.