Competitive Events

UPDATE: Scroll down for competitive event changes due to digital SLC 2020 in Massachusetts.

 

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

Please note:

  • Objective tests may be taken at home following instructions sent to chapter advisers.
  • Events with pre-judged components must be submitted to the document vault on the SLC page
  • Members may compete in up to four events

CHANGES FOR 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE

Objective Tests

  • Objective tests will continue to be offered. Members can take these tests at home following the instructions sent to local advisers. The deadline to complete these tests has been extended to 5pm on April 6.

Pre-Judged Materials

  • The pre-judged component for Graphic Design and Job Interview will proceed as planned. The deadline to submit these materials has been extended to 5pm on April 6. Follow the guidelines for all other details.
  • The pre-judged component for Public Speaking will be dropped, and the event will become a performance component only event (see details below).

Performance Component

Due to the nature of performances, some events will have modifications to the performance component only:

  • Events will role plays will drop the performance component and winners will be determined by objective test scores (see table below)
  • The performance component for Public Speaking will be modified. All competitors should record a video of them delivering the speech following existing guidelines. Upload the video to a streaming site such as YouTube or Video and submit the link to the document vault at mafbla.org/slc. The deadline to upload this is 5pm on April 6.
  • The performance component for Job Interview will be modified. All competitors should record a video (5-minute maximum) answering the questions listed below. Upload the video to a streaming site such as YouTube or Video and submit the link to the document vault at mafbla.org/slc. The deadline to upload this is 5pm on April 6.
    • 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?

 

Competitive Events At-A-Glance
(with updates for 2020 digital event noted in red)

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 DROPPED
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 DROPPED
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 DROPPED
Introduction to Business 9, 10 1 X
Job Interview All 1 X MODIFIED
Journalism All 1 X
Management Decision Making All 1, 2, or 3 X DROPPED
Marketing All 1, 2, or 3 X DROPPED
Organizational Leadership All 1 X
Personal Finance All 1 X
Political Science All 1 X
Public Speaking All 1 MODIFIED MODIFIED
Securities & Investments All 1 X
Sports & Entertainment Management All 1, 2, or 3 X DROPPED
Spreadsheet Applications (New) All 1 X NLC Only

 

About 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.

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

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION — 2019-20

MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AWARDS

  • Membership Madness
  • Membership Mania

MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

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

CHAPTER RECOGNITION AWARDS

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

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS

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