What is the DEC?
The DetroitEconomic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profitorganization committed to the discussion and debate of important business,government and social issues. It is known internationally as a top speakingforum for prominent business and government leaders.
Does membership run for a fullcalendar year?
Yes, yourmembership starts the day you join and will run a full calendar year. You willreceive renewal notices one month before your anniversary date.
Can I attend a luncheon withoutbeing a member?
Yes, non-members may attend at the rate of $75 per person. We encourage you to come and seewhat the DEC is all about. For information about membership, please go to DECMembership.
Why should I become a member?
The DECoffers various levels of membership to allow a wide array of participation. Join Today!
Are there different levels ofmembership?
Yes, we offer a variety of membership levels.
What networking opportunities areavailable?
With over 3,200members, the Detroit Economic Club is the area’s premier networking forum. Ourmembers represent all of the major industries in Southeast Michigan. It is our goal to provide a venue that enables ourmembers to connect with the individuals who may have the most impact on theirbusiness. Prior to each meeting all attendees are welcome to attend the NetworkCafé – The Most Productive Half Hourof Your Work Week!
Inaddition, all Gold members are invited to attend the Speaker Reception 30minutes prior to each meeting. Meet the Speaker, Presiding Officer and present Board of Directors in the Speaker Reception – exclusively for DEC Board ofDirectors, Gold and Life Members.
How many meetings does the DEC havein one year?
The DECholds approximately 35 meetings per year. Our speaking season generally runsfrom 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 charge for eachmeeting?
Yes,however members, their spouses and guests receive discounted rates formeetings. The per-meeting cost for members is $45, for guests $55 and fornon-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 - 11:15 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 maybring an unlimited number of guests to Detroit Economic Club meetings, at theguest member rate. We encourage it! Besure to take advantage of the Network Café before each meeting.
Gold members may also invite two guests to accompany them to the SpeakerReception.
How can I suggest a speaker to theClub?
How can I purchase a recording of a past meeting?
DVDs and videotapes may be purchased through Lawrence Technological University by calling 248-204-3020.
Ourspeakers are limited to the upper echelon of business and government, includingCEOs of Fortune 100 companies, U.S. Cabinet members, and other senior state andnational government officials. Click here for more information.
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 us at (313) 963-8547.
How can I sponsor a student group?
The DEC Student Outreach Program provides a uniqueopportunity for high school and college students to engage in today’s importantbusiness and political issues. For more information about the Student OutreachProgram, Contact Matt Valant, Manager, Sponsor and Student Programs at email@example.com.