Frequently Asked Questions


Using the Online Store

How do I purchase a meeting ticket?

•Login to your account. If you are not a member, you will have to set up an account.

•Select the number of tickets you want for any listed event and click “Add to Cart”. You may purchase tickets for multiple events in one order by repeating this process for each event for which you wish to purchase tickets.

•Click on “Checkout” and complete your purchase by entering your credit card information and then clicking “Complete Order”. If you need a receipt from your purchase, go to “Order History”.

How do I purchase/renew my DEC membership?

•Create/Login to your account. This will automatically place you in our store.

•Place the desired membership in your cart

•Proceed to checkout and purchase your membership with a credit card.

How do I assign a meeting ticket?

•Login to your account 

•Click “Manage Tickets” 

•Click “Print or Assign”

•Click “Assign” and input your guest’s email address and first and last name to assign the ticket. Our ticket system for assigning closes at 3pm the last business day before the meeting so please assign your tickets before that time.

How do I use a promo code?

How do I update my account information?

•Login to your account

•Click on My Account

•Update all out-dated or incomplete boxes

DEC Meetings

Can I attend a luncheon without being a member?

Yes, non-members may attend at the rate of $75 per person. We encourage you to come and see what the DEC is all about. For information about membership, please go to DEC Membership

How many meetings does the DEC have in one year?

The DEC holds approximately 35 meetings per year. Our speaking season generally runs from August through June. For the most up-to-date schedule, visit our current season lineup.

Where are DEC meetings held?

The DEC schedules meetings at various venues throughout the Southeastern Michigan area.

Is there a dress code for DEC meetings?

Business attire is recommended for all DEC meetings.

Is there a charge for each meeting?

Yes,however members, their spouses and guests receive discounted rates for meetings. The per-meeting cost for members is $45, for guests $55 and for non-members $75. Ticket cancellations must be made at least two business days prior to the meeting to receive a refund. 

What is a typical meeting agenda?

Most DEC meetings are luncheons, with an occasional breakfast, brunch or evening meeting. We pride ourselves on a punctual agenda for each meeting.

Student Reception - 11:00 a.m.
DEC Network Cafe - 11:30 a.m.
Speaker Reception - 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon - 12:00 p.m.
Program - 12:35 p.m.
Audience Q & A - 1:15 p.m.
Adjourn - 1:30 p.m.

How many guests can I bring?

You may bring an unlimited number of guests to Detroit Economic Club meetings at the guest member rate. We encourage it!  Be sure to take advantage of the Network Café before each meeting.

Gold members may also invite two guests to accompany them to the Speaker Reception on most occasions.

Who can attend the Speaker Reception?
This pre-meeting reception is reserved exclusively for DEC Board of Directors, Gold and Life Members and their guests. Eligible members are allowed to bring up to two (2) guests to the speaker reception on most occasions. 

Who can sit at the Head Table?

DEC Board of Directors, Gold and Life Members have the opportunity to sit at the head table upon request during DEC meetings. Eligible members may request seating at the head table after purchasing a ticket by clicking “Manage Tickets”. Click on “Print or Assign” and you will automatically be asked if you want to sit at the head table.

How can I purchase a recording of a past meeting?

DVDs may be purchased for $20 directly from Lawrence Technological University by calling 248-204-3020.

DEC Sponsorship

What are the benefits of a DEC Sponsorship?

A Sponsorship investment allows your company further involvement in the Club with additional access and opportunities for networking, corporate recognition, complimentary tickets, preferred seating and memberships in one of America’s top speaking forums. Because the Detroit Economic Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) company, your support is vital to sustain the operations of the club and your investment is almost 90% tax-deductible. Corporate affiliation with the Detroit Economic Club also sends a strong message to customers, colleagues and competitors alike that you support the business community and are concerned about the overall business vitality of our region. For more information, please contact Matt Valant at (313) 963-8547. 

How can I sponsor a student group?

Student tables can be purchased for $450, tax deductible, by contacting Matt Valant, Manager, Sponsor and Student Programs at