About Membership

Membership is open to all who share a passion for engaging in the discussion and debate of the great business, government and social issues of our time. Your membership begins the day you join and will run a full calendar year. Determine which level you best qualify for and join today.

Membership Benefits

  • Network with over 3,000 Detroit Economic Club members
  • Attend all lunch meetings at the member rate ($55) and invite guests at a guest rate ($65)
  • Create new business relationships and connect with members and guests at the DEC Network Café
  • Attend the Speaker Reception (Gold Members only)
  • Navigate the DEC with a current member via the DEC Buddy Program (for New Members)
  • Participate in Professional Development Seminars
  • Join a DEC Peer Group
  • Take part in DEC networking events
  • Exclusive access to Member only meetings with political speakers

Membership Levels


Annual Dues: $500.00

Gold members enjoy unparalleled access and opportunity to regional, business and world leaders. In addition to regular member benefits, as a Gold member you can:

  • Attend the Speaker Reception before each meeting, where you will meet the speaker(s) of the day and network with Southeast Michigan VIPs
  • Bring up to two guests with you into the Speaker Reception on most occasions (guests must have meeting tickets)
  • The opportunity to sit at the head table upon request at select meetings
  • Exclusive DEC Gold Member Pin (available for pick-up at your first DEC meeting)


Annual Dues: $150.00

As a Regular member, you’ll have access to:

  • All lunch meetings at the member rate
  • Connect with members and guests at the DEC Network Café
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • DEC Peer Groups
  • DEC networking events
  • Member only meetings with political speakers


Annual Dues: $75.00

Under the age of 40? Join over 1,000 of your peers in the largest organization in Michigan for this age group. Learn more about the Young Leader group by clicking here.

A Young Leader (YL) membership has so much to offer in addition to regular member benefits. YLs have exclusive access to:

  • CEO Series Meetings
  • Professional Development Seminars and Networking Events
  • Young Leader Conference (at a discounted rate)
  • Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities


Annual Dues: $120.00

Associate members enjoy the same member benefits as Regular members.

Associate membership is reserved for:

  • Ministers of religion
  • Full-time members of the faculties of accredited schools, colleges and universities, both public and private
  • Officials of local, state and national governments
  • Employees of non-profit organizations
  • Retirees over 60 years of age


Annual Dues: $120.00

Non-resident members enjoy the same member benefits as Regular members.

Non-resident membership is reserved for:

  • Individuals who live and work more than 50 miles from downtown Detroit

Membership FAQs

  • 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.
  • Our system does not store credit card information, so you will be notified to manually renew your membership.
  • There is no nomination or application process to join. We are looking for people who want to build their network with other DEC Members and who love to learn from thought leaders on our stage.
  • There is no job level or salary requirement to join. The DEC is the perfect place to build your network if you are looking to make connections or are between jobs.
  • Membership is open to those who work or live within 50 miles from Downtown Detroit.
  • For those who are more than 50 miles away, you can enjoy the same member benefits with a Non-Resident membership.
  • We welcome all ages to join the DEC!
  • Our Young Leader program is designed for those under the age of 40 to develop, inspire and connect with the community.