Competitive Events

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.

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 — especially with changes due to virtual conferences this year. Make sure you are using the most recent edition and correct version of the guidelines to prepare for your competition. The information on this page is for state competitions; national guidelines are available on the national website.

2021 Competitive Events At-A-Glance

EventGradesParticipantsObjective TestPerformance
AccountingAll1X 
AdvertisingAll1X 
Business CommunicationAll1X 
EconomicsAll1X 
EntrepreneurshipAll1, 2, or 3X 
Introduction to Business9, 101X 
Job InterviewAll1 X
MarketingAll1, 2, or 3X 
Personal FinanceAll1X 
Public SpeakingAll1 X
Sports & Entertainment ManagementAll1, 2, or 3X 

Event Details

Objective tests are 60-minute, multiple-choice exams with approximately 100 questions, taken online prior to the State Leadership Conference. The 2021 testing window is March 22-31 and members may test at their convenience within these dates. For virtual conferences, the tests may be taken at school or at home. Information is sent to local chapter advisers prior to the opening of the testing window. No notes, books, internet, or other references are allowed. Competitors may not record, photograph, or otherwise capture test questions.

Performance event submissions for a virtual conference must be submitted to the Document Vault prior to the deadline. For 2021, this deadline is 11:59pm on March 23. Follow the guidelines below for details. For components that require video submissions, be sure to follow the FBLA dress code.

  • Public Speaking: Competitors should record a video of themselves delivering their speech as outlined below. Videos must be uploaded to a streaming site such as YouTube or Vimeo, and competitors must upload the URL to the Document Vault.
    • Guidelines:
      • The speech should be four minutes in length. Penalties are given below 3:30 and over 4:30
      • When delivering the speech, the participant may use notes prepared before the speech. No other reference materials such as visual aids or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the event preparation or presentation
      • Facts and working data may be secured from any source
    • Topic: The speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine (9) FBLA-PBL goals:
      • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership
      • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
      • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
      • Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community
      • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
      • Encourage and practice efficient money management
      • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
      • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals
      • Facilitate the transition from school to work
  • Job Interview: Competitors must upload one PDF document that contains a resume and cover letter as outlined below, AND record a video (5-minute maximum) answering the questions listed below. Videos must be uploaded to a streaming site such as YouTube or Vimeo, and competitors must upload this URL along with the PDF document to the Document Vault.
    • Resume:
      • Highlight your work/volunteer experience
      • Resumes should be brief, not exceeding two pages
      • Photographs are not allowed
      • Consolidate resume into the same PDF document as your cover letter
    • Cover letter:
      • Each competitor must apply for a business or business-related job at Merit Corporation (a fictitious company) in Washington, DC
      • The job the competitor is seeking (which should be referenced in the materials) must be one for which they are now qualified or will be qualified for at completion of the current school year. It may be a part-time, internship, or full-time job
      • Address to: Dr. Terry E. Johnson, Director of Human Resources, Merit Corporation, 1640 Franklin Place, Washington, DC 20041
      • Consolidate cover letter into the same PDF document as your resume
    • Video questions:
      • Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit more about you.
      • What are your career goals?
      • What do you consider to be your biggest achievement?
      • What skills do you have that would qualify you to be hired?