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COMPETITIVE EVENTS PROGRAM (updated 11.10.13)


The Competitive Events Program exemplifies the range of activities and focus of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. These events are based on projects developed from the goals of FBLA-PBL and the curricula of business education programs.

The official guidelines for all competitive events are found in the Pennsylvania FBLA Policy/Leadership Handbook published in September 2013.  If there is a discrepancy between the information found below and the information in the Handbook, the information in the Handbook is to be considered the "official" set of guidelines.

You may also print the complete PA FBLA competitive event guidelines by clicking on the event name. The file will be in PDF format, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print the file.

Click here for a complete list of topics for those events which are identified as needing a topic.
(updated 09.30.13)

Eligibility Guidelines (updated 09.30.13)
FBLA Events at a Glance (updated 09.30.13)
Complete Set of Competitive Events Guidelines (updated 09.30.13)
RLC-SLC Tiebreakers (updated 09.30.13)
Format Guide (updated 09.30.13)

RLC Update #1 -- What is a PA FBLA Region?
RLC Update #2 -- The Competitive Events Big Picture
RLC Update #3 -- What are the Competitive Events (Individual)
RLC Update #4 -- What are the Competitive Events (team)
RLC Update #5 -- What are the Competitive Events (school-site)
RLC Update #6 -- What are the Competitive Events (performance)
RLC Update #7 -- What are the Competitive Events (state-only)
RLC Update #8 -- Event Competencies/Task Lists (check this out)
RLC Update #9 -- Competitive Events Resources

Recognition Programs
(click the following links for information on the recognition programs available through Pennsylvania FBLA that are outside the competitive events program)
01.  Businessperson of the Year
02.  Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit
---------->2013-14 Outstanding Chapter Criteria (complete)
---------->2013-14 Outstanding Chapter Criteria (light version)
03.  Largest Local Chapter Membership
04.  Largest Percentage Increase in Local Chapter Membership
05.  Local Market Share Award
---------->click here for the state entry form
---------->click here for the national entry form
06.  Outstanding Adviser Award

---------->2013-14 Outstanding Adviser Criteria (complete)
07.  Keystone Leadership Award
08.  Big 33 Community Service Program
09.  National Business Honor Society
10.  National Business Achievement Awards
11.  Go Green Project

Accounting I (updated 09.30.13)
The accurate keeping of financial records is an ongoing activity in all types of businesses. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of and skill in basic accounting principles and procedures.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: Must not have had more than two semesters (or one semester in a block scheduling program) of high school accounting instruction, nor be enrolled in or have completed any additional accounting courses by May 20 of the current school year.
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Computation, Economics and Personal Finance


Accounting II (updated 09.30.13)
The accurate keeping of financial records is a vital ongoing activity in all types of businesses. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and skill in accounting principles and procedures as applied to sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region level.  At the state level, a one-hour computer application test will be administered prior to the SLC, and a one-hour online objective test will be administered at the SLC.

Restrictions: More than one year of accounting or its equivalent
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Computation, Career Development, Economics and Personal Finance


Agribusiness (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and skill in business agribusiness concepts and procedures. A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing


American Enterprise Project (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA chapters that develop projects within the school and/or community that increase understanding of and support for the American enterprise system by developing an information/education program.

Restrictions: May be an individual member or a team of 2-3 members; one member may repeat
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Not a regional event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Any chapter may submit one report for the state conference; must upload project to PA FBLA Executive Director by published deadline.  Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management


Banking and Financial Systems (updated 09.30.13)
Understanding how financial institutions and financial consulting and advisory services operate is important to successful business ownership and management, as well as to personal financial success.  This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of and skills in the general operations of the various components of the financial services sector.  At the region conference, a collaborative one-hour objective test will be administered.  At the state conference, a collaborative one-hour objective test will be administered, and the top 10 teams will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: one team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Career Development, Computation, Economics and Personal Finance, Management


Business Calculations (updated 09.30.13)
Acquiring a high level of mathematics skill to solve business problems is a challenge for all prospective business employees. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of mathematical functions in business applications.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Computation


Business Communication (updated 09.30.13)
Learning to communicate in a manner that is clearly understood by the receiver of the message is a major task of all businesspeople. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who work toward improving their business communication skills of writing, speaking, and listening.  A one-hour objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication


Business Ethics (updated 09.30.13)
Ethical decisions are essential in the business world and the workplace.  This team event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to present solutions to ethical situations encountered in the business world and the workplace.  At the region level, each team will be given an opportunity to present a 7-minute response to the ethical dilemma.  At the state level, all participating teams will be divided as equally as possible into three groups in a preliminary round to present a 7-minute response to the ethical dilemma, and the top four from each group will advance to a final round.  No objective tests will be administered in this event.  Click here for this year's topic.

Restrictions: one team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Business Law, Career Development, Communication, Information Technology

Business Financial Plan (updated 09.30.13)
Business financial planning is paramount to the success of any business enterprise.  This event is designed to recognize FBLA members who possess the knowledge and skills needed to establish and develop a complete financial plan for a business venture.  The financial plan requesting a loan from a financial institution must be economically and financially sound with a realistic time frame.  In addition to learning and applying financial business decision-making skills, team participants develop business contacts, implement written and oral skills, and develop familiarity with procedures of financial institutions.  The student(s) will complete the plan based on the posted topic on the PA FBLA web site.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions: May be an individual member or a team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Not a regional event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Any chapter may submit two reports for the state conference; must upload project to PA FBLA Executive Director by published deadline.  Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Communication, Computation, Economics and Personal Finance, Management


Business Law (updated 09.30.13)
This event provides recognition for FBLA members who are familiar with specific legal areas that most commonly affect personal and business relationships.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leader ship Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Business Law, International Business, Economics and Personal Finance


Business Math (updated 09.30.13)
Acquiring the ability to solve common business mathematical problems is a basic skill needed by all prospective business employees. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of basic math functions needed in business.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: Grades 9-10 only
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Computation


Business Plan (updated 09.30.13)
Business plans are an effective tool for evaluating, organizing, and selling a new business concept. A well-developed business plan can be a key component of a successful business start-up. This event recognizes FBLA members that demonstrate an understanding and mastery of the process required to develop and implement a new business venture.

Restrictions: May be an individual member or a team of 2-3 members (one member may repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not an RLC event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: A maximum of two written plans may be uploaded to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Career Development, Communication, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing


Business Presentation (updated 09.30.13)
Using technology to support a presentation can significantly enhance a business leader's effectiveness.  This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to effectively deliver an effective business presentation while using multimedia presentation technology. The student(s) will complete the project based on the posted topic on the PA FBLA web site.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions:  Maximum of two presentations per chapter; one team of 1, 2, or 3 members per chapter; one member may repeat if participating as a part of a team of 2-3 in the prior year
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not a region event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two teams per chapter; must submit digitally recorded copies of presentation to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology


Business Procedures (updated 09.30.13)
Competency in performing daily tasks is a necessity in business. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of basic skills and procedures and the ability to make intelligent business decisions.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Career Development, Communication, Computation, Economics and Personal Finance, Information Technology


Client Service (updated 09.30.13)
This event provides members with an opportunity to develop and demonstration skills in interacting with internal and external clients to provide an outstanding client service experience.  The client service consultant engages clients in conversations regarding products, handles inquiries, solves problems, and uncovers opportunities for additional assistance.  Participants develop speaking ability and poise through presentation as well as critical thinking skills.  At the region and state conference, the participants will participate in an interactive simulation.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 member per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Career Development, Communication


Community Service Project (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA chapters that successfully implement community service projects to serve the citizens of their community.

Restrictions: May be an individual member or a team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Not a regional event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Any chapter may submit one report for the state conference; must upload project to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline.  Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of the project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Management, Marketing


Computer Applications (updated 09.30.13)
Knowledge of computer applications is a necessity in today's high-tech business world. Employees must be able to apply various computer applications in a business environment utilizing critical thinking and decision-making skills. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who can efficiently demonstrate computer application skills.  At the region level, a two-hour school-site application test will be administered at the home school, and a one-hour online objective test will also be administered.  At the state level, a two-hour school-site application test will be administered at the home school, and a one-hour online objective test will be administered at the conference.  Click here to get the  Format Guide necessary for this event.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st and 2nd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology


Computer Game and Simulation Programming (updated 09.30.13)
Interactive computer games and simulations have achieved broad acceptance and implementation in a wide variety of business and educational disciplines.  Buried within many of these programs is a message that advances a player's experience from simple entertainment to edutainment.  This event tests the programmer's skill in designing a functional interactive simulation/game that will both entertain and educate/inform the player.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Not a regional event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: A maximum of two projects must be uploaded to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 individuals will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Information Technology, Management


Computer Problem Solving (updated 09.30.13)
Having a broad base of knowledge and competencies in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and basic networking is an important element for today's computer savvy individual.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Information Technology


Cyber Security (updated 09.30.13)
With the increased use of the Internet for browsing, researching, information gathering, and e-commerce, information and cyber security has become a growing concern for businesses throughout our global economy.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Information Technology


Database Design and Applications (updated 09.30.13)
Databases are necessary to organize data and information in business.  This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate that they have acquired entry level skills for understanding database usage and development in business.  At the region level, a one-hour school-site application test will be administered at the home school, and a one-hour online objective test will also be administered.  At the state level, a one-hour school-site application test will be administered at the home school, and a one-hour online objective test will also be administered.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st and 2nd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Computation, Information Technology


Desktop Application Programming (updated 09.30.13)
Certain types of accounting processes require that each record in the file be processed.  Desktop Application Programming focuses on these procedural style processing systems.  This event tests the programmer's skill in designing a useful, efficient, and effective program in the area described.  At the state level, students will complete a program to be judged prior to the state conference based on the posted topic, and the top 10 finalists will be scheduled for an oral presentation.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Not a regional event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: A maximum of two projects must be uploaded to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 individuals will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Information Technology, Management


Desktop Publishing (updated 09.30.13)
Knowledge of desktop publishing is vital in many aspects of today's visual business publications. This event provides recognition to FBLA members who can most effectively demonstrate skills in the areas of desktop publishing, creativity, and decision making.  At the region level, the individual or team of two will prepare their work based on the current year's topic at the home school and submit their portfolio for judging, and a one-hour online objective test will also be administered at the region conference.  At the state level, the individual or team of two will prepare their work based on the current year's topic at the home school and submit their portfolio for judging based on the published deadline, and a one-hour online objective test will be administered at the conference.  Click here to see this year's topic.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: two individuals or two teams of two members per chapter (one student may be a repeater)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st and 2nd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology


Digital Design and Promotion (updated 09.30.13)
An essential part of today's business world is commercial design and promotion; therefore; the preparation of computer-based digital art is paramount to the production of quality copy used for promotional purposes.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions:  Maximum of two entries per chapter; may be an individual or a team up to two members per chapter; one member may repeat if participating as a part of a team in the prior year
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not a region event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two teams per chapter; must submit uploaded to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 individuals/teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Career Development, Communication, Information Technology, Marketing

Digital Video Production (updated 09.30.13)
Digital video has become a prominent and effective way of conveying new ideas and products.  This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to create an effective video to present an idea to a specific audience.  The student(s) will complete the project based on the posted topic on the PA FBLA web site.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions: Maximum of two presentations per chapter; one team of 1, 2, or 3 members per chapter (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not a region event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two presentations per chapter; must upload project to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology


E-Business (updated 09.30.13)
One critical element in a business' success in today's global market is the ability to sell products and services to the consumer via the Internet.  This event recognizes FBLA members who have developed proficiency in the creation of Web commerce sites.  The student(s) will complete the web site based on the posted topic on the PA FBLA web site.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions:  Maximum two web sites per chapter; one team of 1, 2, or 3 members per chapter; one member may repeater if participating as a part of a team of 2-3 in the prior year
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not a region event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two web sites per chapter; must submit materials to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Marketing


Economics (updated 09.30.13)
This event provides recognition for FBLA members who can identify, understand, and apply economic principles to contemporary social, political, and ecological problems.  A one-hour objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management
Career Clusters:  Business, Management and Administration; Finance; Marketing, Sales and Service


Electronic Career Portfolio (updated 09.30.13)
An electronic career portfolio is a purposeful collection of work that tells the story of an applicant including achievements, growth, vision, reflection, skills, experience, education, training, and career goals.  It is a tool that gives employers a complete picture of who you are--your experience, your education, your accomplishments--and what you have the potential to become--much more than just a letter of application and resume can provide.

Restrictions:  None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not an RLC event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two entries per chapter; must submit career portfolio to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards
:  Career Development, Communication, Information Technology

Emerging Business Issues (updated 09.30.13)
This event provides FBLA members with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in researching and presenting an emerging business issue. The event is based on team rather than individual participation. In addition to learning research skills, team participants develop speaking ability and poise through oral presentations.  At the region level, all teams will make an oral presentation.  At the state level, all teams will be divided as equally as possible into three groups in a preliminary round, and the top four from each group will advance to a final round.  The student(s) will prepare based on the posted topic on the PA FBLA web site. Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: one team of 2-3 members per chapter (one member may be a repeater)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Economics and Personal Finance, International Business, Management


Entrepreneurship (updated 09.30.13)
Owning and managing a business is the goal of many Americans. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to establish and manage a business. This event is based on team rather than individual participation. In addition to learning and applying business decision-making skills, team participants develop speaking ability and poise through oral presentations.  At the region conference, a collaborative one-hour objective test will be administered.  At the state conference, a collaborative one-hour objective test will be administered, and the top 10 teams will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: one team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing


FBLA Principles and Procedures (updated 09.30.13)
Members in FBLA should be knowledgeable about the Association and the information found in the official publications. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who are interested in learning about the background and current information of FBLA-PBL.  A one-hour objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: Grades 9-10 only
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  NA


Future Business Leader (updated 09.30.13)
This events honors outstanding FBLA members who have demonstrated leadership qualities, participation in FBLA, and evidence of knowledge and skills essential for successful careers in business.  At the region level, a one-hour online objective test and an interview will be administered.  At the state level, all participants will be administered a one-hour online objective test, and all participants will be scheduled for an interview in a preliminary round.  The top 10 participants will be given an interview in a final round.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 2 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st and 2nd place RLC winners advance to the state conference; must submit materials to the PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Business Law, Career Development, Communication, Computation, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management, Marketing


Global Business (updated 09.30.13)
The global economy is a complex, continually flowing and constantly changing network of information, goods, services, and cultures.  Most nations rely on other nations for natural resources to supply their needs and wants.  Global business also provides new markets and investment opportunities as well as promotion of better relationships.  At the region level, a collaborative one-hour online objective test will be administered.  At the state level, a collaborative one-hour online objective test will be administered, and the top 10 teams will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: one team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management, Marketing


Health Care Administration (updated 09.30.13)
Health care administrators manage the business side of health services, ensuring the effective use of resources to ensure the best medical care to the community  These skills include managing office activities, enhancing communication skills, identifying legal and ethical issues in heath care practices, managing financial functions, and enhancing employability skills  This event recognizes FBLA members who have the ability to help people in the health care field.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication,  Management

 

Help Desk (updated 09.30.13)
The ability to provide technical assistance to the users of computer hardware and software is essential to the success of any organization and its continued operation.  This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate and understanding of and ability to provide technical assistance to end users.  At the region conference, a one-hour online objective test will be administered.  At the state conference, a one-hour online objective test will be administered, and the top 10 participants will participate in an interactive simulation.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Business, Management, and Administration; Information Technology

Hospitality Management (updated 09.30.13)
Hospitality is an important aspect of business and society.  This event provides recognition to FBLA members who have the ability to help other people enjoy both leisure and business travel and events.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: one team of 2-3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Business Law, Communication, Information Technology, Management, Marketing


Impromptu Speaking (updated 09.30.13)
The ability to express one's thoughts without prior preparation is a valuable asset, as are poise, self-confidence, and organization of facts. This event recognizes FBLA members who develop qualities of business leadership by combining quick and clear thinking with conversational speaking.  At the region level, each participant will be given an opportunity to present a 4-minute speech.  At the state level, all participants will be divided as equally as possible into three groups in a preliminary round to present a 4-minute speech, and the top 4 from each group will advance to a final round.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 member per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication


Insurance and Risk Management (updated 09.30.13)
This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and skill in basic insurance and risk management principles and procedures.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Career Development, Economics and Personal Finance, Information Technology, Management


Introduction to Business (updated 09.30.13)
Students discover the roles of business in the free enterprise system and the global economy.  Student will learn basic financial concepts of banking, insurance, credit, investments, and learn to make sound decisions as consumers.  In addition, FBLA members will learn the real-world impact of technology, effective communication, and interpersonal skills.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: Grades 9-10 only
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Career Development, Computation, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing


Introduction to Business Communication (updated 09.30.13)
Learning to communicate in a manner that is clearly understood by the receiver of the message is a major task of all business people. This event provides recognition for FBLA members demonstrate an understanding of basic communication skills and concepts.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: Grades 9-10 only
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication


Introduction to Information Technology (updated 09.30.13)
Successful business leaders must understand the impact of technology and how to effectively harness it to drive business.  This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate acquired technology skills aligned with the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) objectives.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: Grades 9-10 only
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Information Technology


Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of parliamentary procedure along with an understanding of FBLA's organization and procedures.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: Grades 9-10 only
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication


Job Interview (updated 10.23.09)
This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate proficiency in applying for employment in business.  At the region level, each participant will complete a job application and will be given an interview.  At the state level, all participants will complete a job application, and all participants be divided as equally as possible into three groups in a preliminary round for interviews, and the top four from each group will advance to a final round.

Click here for the Job Application form.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 member per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference; must submit materials to the PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  Career Development, Communications


LifeSmarts (updated 09.30.13)
The LifeSmarts Competition encourages FBLA members to learn about economics, personal finance, and consumer issues.  FBLA LifeSmarts is sponsored by the LifeSmarts program of the National Consumes League, and the competition is modeled after the LifeSmarts consumer education competition available free of charge to schools across the country through www.lifesmarts.org.  LifeSmarts focuses on personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, technology, the environment, and health and safety.  Teams compete online and in live national competitions.  For more information, visit www.lifesmarts.org.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None; not a region event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: None; not a state event

NBEA Standards:  Business Law, Economics and Personal Finance, Information Technology, Management, Marketing


Local Chapter Annual Business Report (updated 09.30.13)
Business reports are used extensively to inform management, staff, stockholders, and the general public about all aspects of business. This event recognizes FBLA chapters that properly summarize their year's activities. The event provides participants with valuable experience in preparing annual business reports.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Not a regional event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Any chapter may submit one report for the state conference; must upload project to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology, Marketing

Management Decision Making (updated 09.30.13)
Making critical decisions that provide the right direction and a winning position in today's business world is essential to good management.  Business executives must make high-quality, nearly instantaneous decisions all the time.  The ability to make the right decisions concerning vision, growth, resources, strengths, and weaknesses leads to a successful business.  It is management's responsibility to manage for today and tomorrow, to manage for optimum efficiency, and to manage to compete in the marketplace.  At the region conference, a collaborative one-hour online objective test will be administered.  At the state conference, a collaborative one-hour online objective test will be administered, and the top 10 teams will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: one team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Business Law, Communications, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Management

Management Information Systems (updated 09.30.13)
The ability to design and implement an information system solution to effectively manage vast amounts of information is a valuable skill that leads to the success of many business entities today.  The use of technology to develop these information systems plays a crucial role in a business' ability to compete in today's business environment.  The event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate and understanding of and ability to apply these skills.  At the region conference, a collaborative online one-hour objective test will be administered.  At the state conference, a collaborative one-hour objective test will be administered, and the top 10 teams will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: one team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology, Management

Marketing
(updated 09.30.13)
Marketing involves the distribution of products and services to the consumer. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of the basic principles of marketing.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region level.  At the state conference, a one-hour objective test will be administered, and the top 10 individuals will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: one team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Entrepreneurship, Marketing


Mobile Application Development (updated 09.30.13)
Society is daily moving to a constant feed of communication, transfer of information, and the need to access or process information in a mobile environment.  Mobile Applications are necessary to provide users with the ability to be productive while away from their full computers.  Mobile Applications can be used as a lite version of something that would be done on a full computer, or they can provide a tool for something that users would only need to do on their phone.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions:  Maximum of two entries per chapter; team of 1, 2, or 3 members per chapter; one member may repeat if participating as a part of a team of 2-3 in the prior year
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not a region event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two teams per chapter; must submit materials to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Information Technology, Management


Network Design (updated 09.30.13)
The ability to evaluate the needs of an organization and then design and implement network solutions is a valuable skill in today's connected workplace.  This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply these skills.  At the region conference, a collaborative online one-hour objective test will be administered.  At the state conference, a collaborative online one-hour objective test will be administered, and the top 10 teams will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team of 2 or 3 members per chapter; one member may repeat
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology, Management


Networking Concepts (updated 09.30.13)
Acquiring a high level of familiarization and proficiency on and with networks is essential in today's connected workplace. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of data communications and network administration.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Information Technology, Management


Parliamentary Procedure (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate knowledge of the principles of parliamentary procedure. This event is based on team rather than individual competition. Team participants develop speaking ability and poise through competitive performance.  At the region conference, a one-hour objective test will be administered to each member and an average team score determined.  At the state conference, a cone-hour objective test will be administered to each member, and the top 10 teams with the highest average score will participate in an oral presentation.

Restrictions: Team must consist of 4 or 5 members (two may be repeaters)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 team per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication


Partnership with Business (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA chapters that develop and implement the most innovative, creative, and effective partnership plan.  The purpose of this project is to learn about a business through communication and interaction with the business community

Restrictions: May be an individual member or a team of 2-3 members (one member may be a repeater)
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Not a regional event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Any chapter may submit one report for the state conference; must upload project to PA FBLA Executive Director by published deadline.  Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC.

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  Career Development, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Management


Personal Finance (updated 09.30.13)
Financial literacy is essential in meeting the financial challenges of the 21st Century.  This event recognizes students who possess essential knowledge and skills related to financial issues, can analyze the rights and responsibilities of consumers, and apply knowledge to financial situations.  A one-hour online objective test will be administered at the region and state levels.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Economics and Personal Finance
Career Clusters:  Business, Management and Administration; Finance


Public Service Announcement (updated 09.30.13)
Public service ads (PSA) or public service announcements are basic messages to the public that raise awareness on a specific social issue.  This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to research a topic (issue) and create an original and informative thirty (30) second PSA video, raising awareness and/or evoking a changed attitude toward the issue.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions:  Maximum of two entries per chapter; teams of 1, 2, or 3 members per chapter; one member may repeat if participating as a part of a team of 2-3 in the prior year
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not a region event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two teams per chapter; must upload materials to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology, Marketing


Public Speaking I (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA members who are beginning to develop qualities of business leadership by developing effective speaking skills.  At the region level, each participant will be given an opportunity to present a 4-minute speech.  At the state level, all participants will be divided as equally as possible into three groups in a preliminary round to present a 4-minute speech, and the top four from each group will advance to a final round.

Restrictions: Grades 9-10 only
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 member per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication


Public Speaking II (updated 09.30.13)
This event recognizes FBLA members who, through public speaking, demonstrate qualities of business leadership by presenting a well-organized, logical, and substantial speech.  At the region level, each participant will be given an opportunity to present a 5-minute speech.  At the state level, all participants will be divided as equally as possible into three groups in a preliminary round to present a 5-minute speech, and the top 4 from each group will advance to a final round.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1 member per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advances to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication
Sports and Entertainment Management (updated 09.30.13)
The sports industry is rapidly growing in this country and the world.  For an individual to be successful and effective in this type of work, a core understanding of business and comprehensive awareness of sports is necessary to succeed in sports management.  This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess the basic principles of sports management.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: one team of 2-3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st place RLC winner advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Management


Spreadsheet Applications (updated 09.30.13)
Spreadsheet skills are necessary to convert data to information in business.  This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate that they have acquired skills for spreadsheet development in business.  At the region level, a one-hour school-site application test will be administered at the home school, and a one-hour online objective test will also be administered.  At the state level, a one-hour school-site application test will be administered at the home school, and a one-hour online objective test will also be administered.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st and 2nd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Computation, Information Technology


Virtual Business Challenge (updated 09.30.13)
The FBLA Virtual Business Challenge encourages FBLA members to test their skills at managing a distribution center individually or as a team.  This national event has two challenges during the year (fall and spring), and each challenge focuses on different business concepts.  Members may compete individually or as part of a team in both challenges, and chapter may enter as many teams as they wish in each challenge.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None; not a region event
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: None; not a state event

NBEA Standards:  Accounting, Business Law, Career Development, Communication, Computation, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Management, Marketing


Who's Who in FBLA (updated 09.30.13)
This award honors FBLA members who have made outstanding contributions to the Association at the local, state, and/or national levels.  In order to be considered, the member must have completed the "Future" level of the Business Achievement Awards before submission of the Who's Who application.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Optional at the region conference
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Any chapter may submit up to three nominees who are seniors; must be submitted to the PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  NA


Web Site Design (updated 09.30.13)
The ability to communicate ideas and concepts, and to deliver value to customers, using the Internet and related technologies is an important element in a business' success.  This event recognizes FBLA members who have developed proficiency in the creation and design of websites.  The student(s) will complete the web site based on the posted topic on the PA FBLA web site.  Click here to see the current year's topic.

Restrictions:  Maximum of two web sites per chapter; one team of 1, 2, or 3 members per chapter; one member may repeat if participating as a part of a team of 2-3 in the prior year
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: None (not a region event)
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Maximum of two teams per chapter; must submit materials to PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline. Top 10 teams will participate in oral presentation of project at the SLC

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

Click here for the Statement of Assurance which must be submitted with the entry and entry form.

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology, Marketing


William Selden Outstanding Chapter (updated 09.30.13)
This is a Pennsylvania State FBLA event only and is designed to recognize FBLA chapters who truly deserve recognition for developing and planning a program of work which meets the goals of FBLA.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: Optional at the region conference
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: Any chapter may submit one report for the state conference; must submit materials to the PA FBLA Executive Director by the published deadline

Click here for the State Leadership Conference Event Entry Form.

NBEA Standards:  NA
Career Clusters:  NA


Word Processing (updated 09.30.13)
Word processing skills are necessary to obtain information-processing positions in business. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate that they have acquired entry-level skills for word processing positions in business.  Click here to get the Format Guide necessary for this event.

Restrictions: None
Region Leadership Conference Eligibility: 3 members per chapter
State Leadership Conference Eligibility: 1st and 2nd place RLC winners advance to the state conference

NBEA Standards:  Communication, Information Technology



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