Competitive Events

PLEASE NOTE: Competitive event guidelines for the 2020 State Leadership Conference are available at the bottom of this page.

FBLA's Awards Program and Recognition Events honor and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

Throughout the year, students participate in a variety of activities to build their business leadership skills. Each spring, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Students who complete awards programs and place highest in competitive events are recognized at the annual spring State Leadership Conference (SLC). Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference (NLC) each summer.

It’s important to note that there are two different types of events: those that are part of the Recognition Program and those that are part of the Awards Program. Recognition Events are based on involvement in FBLA activities and honor students who excel at building their business leadership skills. These are offered throughout the year, and vary in format. The Awards Program consists of skill-based events focused on a specific topic. These are offered immediately prior to and during the State Leadership Conference, and consist of written objective tests, pre-judged work, performances/role-plays, or a combination of these formats.

Events fall into three categories: individual, team, and chapter. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development, while chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth.

Each event is governed by specific guidelines and rating sheets that can be found below. Massachusetts FBLA uses a modified event list, meaning not all national events are available at the SLC and some event guidelines may slightly differ at the NLC. Make sure you are using the most recent edition and correct version of the guidelines to prepare for your competition. State guidelines are linked below; national guidelines are available on the national website.

Recognition Events



  • Membership Madness
  • Membership Mania


  • Largest Local Chapter
  • Connect Ten
  • Market Share Award
  • 100% Class Participation
  • Membership Achievement Award


  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Chapter of the Year / Gold Seal Award of Merit


  • Outstanding Local Adviser
  • Businessperson of the Year
  • Who's Who in FBLA
  • Adviser Service Recognition

Awards Program Events


Below is an at-a-glance list of competitive events.

Please note:

  • Objective tests are taken at your school, proctored by an adviser or another teacher, prior to the SLC
  • Events with pre-judged components must be submitted prior to the SLC
  • The performance round on site at SLC is only for members who make the finals by placing in the preliminary round (objective test or pre-judged materials)
  • Members may compete in up to four events, only two of which may contain a performance component
Event Grades Participants Objective Test Pre-Judged Performance
Accounting All 1 X
Advertising All 1 X
Banking & Financial Systems (Modified) All 1, 2, or 3 X X
Business Calculations All 1 X
Business Communication All 1 X
Business Law All 1 X
Computer Problem Solving All 1 X
Economics All 1 X
Entrepreneurship All 1, 2, or 3 X X
Global Business All 1, 2, or 3 X NLC Only
Graphic Design (Modified) All 1, 2, or 3 X NLC Only
Health Care Administration All 1 X
Hospitality Management (Modified) All 1, 2, or 3 X X
Introduction to Business 9, 10 1 X
Job Interview All 1 X X
Journalism All 1 X
Management Decision Making All 1, 2, or 3 X X
Marketing All 1, 2, or 3 X X
Organizational Leadership All 1 X
Personal Finance All 1 X
Political Science All 1 X
Public Speaking All 1 X X
Securities & Investments All 1 X
Sports & Entertainment Management All 1, 2, or 3 X X
Spreadsheet Applications (New) All 1 X NLC Only