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MIDDLE LEVEL COMPETITIVE EVENTS PROGRAM

The Middle Level Competitive Events Program exemplifies the range of activities and focus of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. Middle Level Division.  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 middle level competitive events are found in the Pennsylvania FBLA Middle Level Competitive Events Handbook published in November 2018.  If there is a discrepency 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 middle level 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.

Competitive Events/Business Ed Standards
Middle-level Competitive Events Brochure

Online Event Entry Forms

------------------------->Community Service Project (must be uploaded as a PDF)
------------------------->Computer Slideshow Presentation (must be uploaded as a .ppt)
------------------------->Public Service Announcement (must be live on the Internet)

Recognition Programs
(click the following links for information on the recognition programs available through Pennsylvania FBLA that are outside the competitive events program)

01.  Largest Local Chapter Membership (determined by state office)
02.  Largest Percentage Increase in Local Chapter Membership (determined by state office)
03.  Local Market Share Award (Middle Level)
---------->click here for the state entry form
(this is an online form)
---------->click here for the national entry form (this is an online form)
04.  Outstanding Middle Level Adviser
---------->click here for the state entry form
(this is an online form)
05.  Outstanding Middle Level Member
---------->click here for the state entry form
(this is an online form)
06.  Outstanding Middle Level Supporter
---------->click here for the state entry form
(this is an online form)
07.  Outstanding Middle Level Chapter
---------->click here for the state entry form
(this is an online form)
08.  Big 33 Community Service Program
---------->click here for the state entry form
(this is an online form)


National FBLA Recognition Opportunities
01.  National Middle Level Achievement Awards

---------->Entrepreneur Level
---------->Business Level
---------->Enterprise Level

02.  National Outstanding Chapter Award of Merit
03.  National Chapter Excellence Award

 

Competitive Events

Agribusiness Concepts
(updated xx.xx.xx)
This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of the basic skills in business agribusiness concepts and procedures.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Accounting; Economics & Personal Finance; Entrepreneurship; Management; Marketing

 



American Enterprise Project
(updated xx.xx.xx)
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: None
Eligibility: 1 entry per chapter
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Communication; Economics & Personal Finance; Entreprenurship; Management
------------------------->American Enterprise Project Event Entry Form (must be uploaded as a PDF)
 



Business Concepts
(updated xx.xx.xx)
The American business enterprise system functions effectively when participants are properly trained to make good business decisions.  This event provides recognition for FBLA Middle Level members who demonstrate an understanding of the American business enterprise system and its effects on consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs.


Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Career Development; Communication; Computation; Economics & Personal Finance; Information Technology
 



Business
Etiquette (updated xx.xx.xx)
Proper Introductions and Direct Eye Contact; Public Speaking; Tables Manners and Dining Decorum; Cell Phone Etiquette; Texting and Social Media Protocol; Netiquette; Professionalism; International Customs and Etiquette.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Career Development; Communication; Computation; Economics & Personal Finance; Information Technology
 


Business Math and Financial Literacy (updated xx.xx.xx)
Percentages; Fractions and Decimals; Ratios and Proportions; Savings; Checking Accounts; Decision Making; Taxes; Investing; Insurance; Real Estate; Financial Goals; Definition of Terms; Basic Economic Concepts.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Computation
 



Business Spelling (updated xx.xx.xx)
Learning to spell is business communications is a major task in the business world.  This event is designed to challenge FBLA Middle Level members who work toward a better command of words and their spelling in written business communication.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication
 



Career Exploration (updated xx.xx.xx)
Career Plans; Career Goals; Career Pathways; Job Searches; Job Applications; Cover Letters; Interviews; Basic Career Education; Employability Skills; Stress and Time Management .

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Career Development; Communication
 



Computer Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
The processing of data is important to the successful operation of business.  This event provides recognition for FBLA members who understand the basic principles involved in computer technology.  A forty-five (45) minute online objective test will be administered.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Information Technology
 



Computer Slideshow Presentation (updated xx.xx.xx)
This event provides recognition for FBLA-Middle Level members who demonstrate an ability to use presentation software to prepare and deliver a message.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: May be an individual member or team of 2-3 members (up to 5 teams per chapter)
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Information Technology
------------------------->Computer Slideshow Presentation Event Entry Form (must be uploaded as a .ppt)
 



Critical Thinking (updated xx.xx.xx)
Topic:  
Members will receive a case study related to a challenge or opportunity within their chapter.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Career Development; Communication; Computation; Economics & Personal Finance; Information Technology
 


Current Events (updated xx.xx.xx)
This event provides recognition for Pennsylvania FBLA-Middle Level members who demonstrate knowledge about current state, national and international events.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication
 



Digital Citizenship (updated xx.xx.xx)
Personal Security and Online Privacy; Rights and Responsibilities; Ethics; Digital Footprint; Internet Searches; Copyrights; Cyber Bullying.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Career Development; Communication; Computation; Economics & Personal Finance; Information Technology
 


Desktop Publishing Application (updated xx.xx.xx)
This event provides recognition for FBLA-Middle Level members who can demonstrate skills in the areas of desktop publishing and creativity.  This is a school-site test administered at the home-site school during the testing window.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: May be an individual member or team of 2-3 members (up to 5 teams per chapter)
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication; Information Technology
 



Elevator Speech (updated xx.xx.xx)
Topic:  
You have been appointed as the chairperson of your chapter’s March of Dimes fundraising committee. Present an elevator speech about the mission of the March of Dimes and how they help premature babies and their families.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Communication
Step-by-step illustration of uploading videos to YouTube.
------------------------->Elevator Speech  Event Entry Form (must be live on the Internet)
 



Employability Skills (updated xx.xx.xx)
This event recognizes those FBLA Middle Level members who demonstrate proficiency in knowing the steps in seeking and applying for a job, setting career goals, the proper etiquette for attire, proper etiquette for interviews, and other related fields.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Career Development; Communication
 



FBLA Creed/Code of Ethics/Pledge (updated xx.xx.xx)

This event provides recognition for Pennsylvania FBLA-Middle Level members who demonstrate knowledge about the FBLA Creed, Code of Ethics and Pledge.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: N/A
 



FBLA Programs & Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
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.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: N/A
 



Google Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
Knowledge of online platforms that offer a collaboartive enviroment is crucial in the world of educational information technology.  This event provides recognition for FBLA Middle Level members who can show essential basic knowledge of the Google Apps program and related concepts.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Information Technology
 



Internet Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
Knowledge of the Internet is a necessity in today’s high-tech business world.  This event is designed to recognize FBLA Middle Level members who possess essential knowledge of the Internet.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Information Technology
 



Introduction to Business Communication (updated xx.xx.xx)
The ability to proofread work accurately is a valuable business tool.  This event is designed to provide recognition for FBLA-Middle Level members who have learned basic proofreading techniques, the ability to proofread accurately, spelling and basic grammar rules.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication
 



Introduction to Computer Science and Coding (updated xx.xx.xx)
Computational Thinking and Problem Solving; Algorithms and Programs; Logical Reasoning; Basic Coding; Manipulating and Analyzing Data Using Digital Tools; Robotics.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Communication; Information Technology
 


Keyboarding Applications (updated xx.xx.xx)
Knowledge of keyboarding applications is a necessity in today’s high-tech business world.  This event is designed to recognize FBLA-Middle Level members who can demonstrate basic keyboarding applications skills.  This is a school-site test administered at the home-site school during the testing window.

Restrictions: Cannot compete in this event if you have already competed in Keyboarding Applications II.
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication; Information Technology
 



Leadership Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
In this event, students will be tested on their knowledge of leadership and management skills and related concepts.  A forty-five (45) minute online objective test will be administered.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Career Development; Communication
 



Marketing Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
Marketing involves the distribution of products and services to the consumer. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of the basic concepts of marketing.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Entrepreneurship; Marketing
 



Multimedia and Website Development (updated xx.xx.xx)
Career Awareness Related to Multimedia and Website Industry; Technology Operations and Concepts; Visual Design Concepts; Animation Techniques; Gaming; Digital Audio; Web Technologies; Graphic Design.

Topic:
Design, build, and launch a website to keep your Middle Level chapter informed about chapter activities for the 2018-19 school year. The website should include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • A theme and logo
  • A form for potential members to complete in order to join your chapter
  • At least one video giving an update of your chapter’s weekly or monthly activities
  • A calendar listing your chapter’s activities for the year

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: May be an individual member or team of 2-3 members (up to 5 teams per chapter)
National Conference Eligible1st-and 2nd-place state winners
NBEA Standards: Information Technology; Marketing
------------------------->Multimedia and Website Development Event Entry Form (must be live on the Internet)

 


Parliamentary Procedure Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
This event recognizes FBLA Middle Level members who demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of parliamentary procedure along with an understanding of FBLA’s organization and procedures.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication
 



Personal Finance Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
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 or consumers, and apply knowledge to financial situations.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Economics & Personal Finance
 



Public Service Announcement (updated xx.xx.xx)
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 Middle Level 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.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: May be an individual member or team of 2-3 members (up to 5 teams per chapter)
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication; Information Technology; Management
Step-by-step illustration of uploading videos to YouTube.
------------------------->Public Service Announcement Event Entry Form (must be live on the Internet)
 



Social Media Concepts
(updated xx.xx.xx)
Social media is changing the way businesses communicate with customers and prospects and how they promote products and services.  Effectively using social media as a marketing channel is a crucial component of any strategic marketing plan.  This event recognizes FBLA Middle Level members who demonstrate an understanding of basic social media concepts.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication; Information Technology
 



Sports & Entertainment Management Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
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 understand the basic concepts of sports management.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Management; Marketing
 



Spreadsheets (updated xx.xx.xx)

Knowledge of spreadsheet applications is a necessity in today’s high-tech business world.  Middle level FBLA students must be able to apply various spreadsheet applications in a business environment, utilizing critical thinking and decision-making skills.  This is a school-site test administered at the home-site school during the testing window.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Communication; Information Technology
 



Technology Concepts (updated xx.xx.xx)
Successful business leaders must understand the impact of technology and how to effectively harness it to drive business.  This event recognizes FBLA Middle-Level members who demonstrate acquired technology skills aligned with the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) objectives.

Restrictions: None
Eligibility: 5 members per chapter
Testing Procedure:  45- minute online objective test
National Conference Eligible:  none; Pennsylvania event only
NBEA Standards: Information Technology

 


Middle-level "LEAD" Program (individual)

This individual member program is designed to reward those FBLA-Middle Level members who excel in their participation in a variety of activities in the areas of service, education, and leadership.  Students join STEMPremier and earn digital badges through this program.

The LEAD program offers the opportunity for your students to earn a variety of digital badges throughout this unique leadership development program, in addition to a badge at the completion of each level that may be uploaded to their online leadership profile.

Level 1:  Bronze Level—This award focuses on basic business skills, introduction to community service, and FBLA-Middle Level involvement at the local level; entries are certified by the local chapter adviser. Entries must be submitted to the national center. Pins will be sent to the local chapter adviser so that they can be awarded at a local awards ceremony or local FBLA-Middle Level event. An entry form and supporting documentation are required for this award.
Bronze Level Achievement Requirements

Level 2:  Silver Level—Certified by the local chapter adviser. This award focuses on chapter activities, intermediate business skills, and leadership in the community. Entries must be submitted to the national center. Pins will be sent to the local chapter adviser for presentation at a local awards ceremony or local FBLA-Middle Level event. An entry form and supporting documentation are required for this award.
Silver Level Achievement Requirements

Level 3:  Gold Level—Certified by the local chapter adviser. This award focuses on chapter and leadership activities, advanced business skills, and community and school leadership. All documentation must be submitted to the national center. Names of qualifying students and pins will be sent to the state chairman/adviser so that awards can be presented at the district or the state leadership conference, if desired.
Gold Level Achievement Requirements

All entries become the property of FBLA-PBL, Inc., and will not be returned. FBLA-PBL, Inc. reserves the right to use submitted materials for its national publications. Members may complete more than one level in a year. Levels do not build on each other. Activities should be conducted using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software functions where appropriate.

Due Date:  Online forms must be completed by March 1.
 


Other Middle-level Recognition Programs

Young Leader Award
The Young Leader Award recognizes members with extraordinary commitment to leadership and community service. Members must have achieved at least the LEAD Silver level to be eligible for this award. Each state may nominate one member to represent them at the NLC for this award.

Champion Chapter Award


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