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DECA University – Entrepreneurship Majors

David Gass ran WRLC 2011′s Entrepreneurship workshop.

Before I dive into the workshop, I must provide a brief biography of the workshop’s teacher, David Gass.

-He used to be a DECA officer on the State and National level. 
-He started his first business at 15 years old selling fruit on the side of the road.  
-He’s owns 8 businesses, whether he owns and operates them or owns a portion through investment.
-One of his businesses involves buying and selling websites.

The program for his session was really interactive but he did have one rule, raise your hand before you speak. 
A major bonus was that there were scholarship opportunities for winners.

Key info from the workshop:

-The tool to conquer fear = confidence. 
-The fuel for confidence = ACTION.

-There is net worth and there is self worth.
-Net worth = Salary
-Self worth = True value and potential. It’s up to you and it can always change.
-Your net worth will stop growing based upon your self worth. David Gass inspired his students to GetDECA and set their self worth high!

-Trust is key, David Gass once hired someone to so accounting who didn’t know much on accounting due to the fact that he trusted him. He had previously been stolen from by other accountants.

-If you find there’s a market missing for something with potential demand, think about creating the market. sold black socks and nothing else for 3 years and had about $3.5 million in sales. Recognize demand, succeed. 

-If you want to think and speak with more power?
“Lose the words “think” “maybe” and “try” ” – David Gass 

-If you want to understand the power of words, visit

Vince Velez WRLC 2011 Video Journal

     Before I get some much needed rest (currently 2:43 am), I’d like to share my youtube channel with all you wonderful DECA members. I’ve been posting videos to my channel that have to do with WRLC and they range from getting ready, to actual events, and to interviews. There’s even footage of my chapter’s 7 1/2 hour bus ride here. Although after learning what happened to Social Media Intern Ross Snyder’s bus, I can’t really complain. (Check out the story Get Stranded, then GetDECA)


Here’s the link to my youtube channel and I try to publish the videos right after I film them!



Vince Velez reminding you to GetDECA!

So many that are ready to GetDECA!(Get Psyched/Get Entertained)

     I’m currently sitting in the middle of the ballroom where there are tons of DECA members hustlin’ and bustlin’ to win challenge after challenge. Everyone is running to the next post like there’s nothing else in this world and that their lives depends on solving the next puzzle. At this moment, I can think of one man out of the many speakers that could’ve inspired such drive. bill Cordes.

     Bill Cordes seemed to move all 1200 DECA members with his opening speech. He highlighted the value of being involved and giving anything you do everything you have. He truly drove home the point that what you get is what you give. What you do in these next few years significantly affects the rest of your life.

I learned a few things from Mr. Cordes:

  • Don’t be bored, only boring people are bored.
  • If you can’t have fun in Hawaii, you have no chance in Kansas.
  • Parents say dumb things.
  • When you make a mistake,it’s time to say “NEXT!”

I then decided to have with the man of the night himself.
Bill, what did you struggle with in High School?

“Grades, I made the honor roll once in High School.”

How was everything besides grades?

“I did real well socially and I was an athlete…. I played football, basketball, and I ran track.”

What do you think of everything so far?

“It’s rockin’ ”


With that, I’d say WRLC so far is a success and I hope that It’ll only get better. As always, this is Vince Velez reminding you to GetDECA.

Fill in the Blank

Did we pick the brains of our peers?

We did.

Did we ask them about WRLC?

We did.

Did we use social media to do so?

You bet we did!


   On Saturday, November 5th, we the Interns asked everyone we knew on our networks about topics concerning DECA or WRLC. We posted fill-in-the-blank questions on our Social Media sites for our peers to answer. Our mentor Jonathan Block assisted us by sharing an article regarding ways to spark engagement on a Facebook page, fill-in-the-blank questions were one of the ways. (Here’s the link


  Brittany Lucero (a talented intern from AZ DECA) posted: “Let’s see what amazing things DECA has done for it’s members. Fill in the blank. DECA has given me __________.”

   I replied with a simple one word answer that sums up what DECA has given me. DECA has given me everything. What has DECA given you?


   I on the other hand received answers that ranged from the topics of school pride, professional development, fun in the sun, and just downright silly responses.


   The question was: “I have a question for you. If I was at the San Diego DECA conference, I would ________”

  • School Pride:

“Represent my school with pride. Swag.” -Zac Dejovine

“rep goldwater! &hangout on the beach!(:” -Paige Centa

“show everyone how legit the BGHS DECA chapter is!” -Aaron Brussels

  • Professional Development:

“improve my interview skills with practice competition and improve knowledge of marketing and entrepreneurship by being an intern.” -Rafael Barraza

  • Fun in the Sun:

“Go to the beach duhh :) ” -Kylee Roberts

  • Silly Responses:

“pwn everyone” -Emuhly Geremia

“Not know what is going on (idk anything about DECA)”-Emanuel Boderas


  This message is to YOU, the future innovator; what are you going to do in San Diego for WRLC?


This is Vince Velez reminding you to live for today and work for tomorrow.