Competition

 

Prejudged Events

Broadcast Journalism

Category: Presentation with Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: You and/or your team are part of your school’s broadcast team. Develop and deliver a live broadcast event that includes the following:

  • Teacher spotlight

  • Local community event

  • A unique story about your school; include history and/or statistics about your school

Business Ethics

Category: Presentation without Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Social media companies often utilize personal information and collect data from their users. Anti-trust laws are designed to protect consumers and encourage free enterprise. Have these companies become too intrusive, and do they now fall under anti-trust law considerations?


 

Business Financial Plan

Category: Prejudged Reports & Presentation

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create a Business Financial Plan for a new school store/school-based enterprise. You need to identify a specific objective for the store (i.e. to fund/promote a specific club, organization, program, event, or cause). The new store should be specifically targeted for your school and demographics. The Business Financial Plan should include but is not limited to equipment, inventory, facilities, and operations management.

Graphic Design

Category: Presentation with Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: You have been hired by your chamber of commerce to present a new sports team proposal to the city council. The informational presentation should include a name, slogan, logo, and colors. Three unique branded promotional items should be developed for the presentation.

Introduction to Business Presentation

Category: Presentation with Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Prepare a presentation discussing how social media posts will affect career opportunities, the opportunity to be accepted into a higher education institution, or how it affects one’s future in general.

Introduction to Social Media Strategy
Category: Presentation with Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Develop a social media strategy or campaign to increase engagement and presence for career and technical education (CTE), a school district, or a local government entity. *No new social media account(s) should be created for the campaign without written consent from the entity.


 

Publication Design

Category: Presentation with Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create publications for a monthly subscription service (Apple Music, Netflix, Dollar Shave Club, Hello Fresh, etc.).  The service must be an original idea that is not currently on the market. Include different types of printable, online, or direct mailing promotional materials. Create three unique publications or promotional materials.

Sales Presentation

Category: Presentation with Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Includes a presentation. Review specific guidelines for each event as guidelines vary:

  • The individual or team may sell whichever product or service they choose.

  • The individual or team shall provide the necessary materials and merchandise for the demonstration along with the product.

  • Each individual's/team's demonstration must be the result of his/her own efforts. Facts and working data may be secured from any source.

  • Student members, not advisers, must prepare the demonstration.

  • Visual aids and samples related to the presentation may be used in the presentation; however, no items may be left with the judges or audience.

  • When delivering the demonstration, the individual/team may use notes, note cards, and props. All materials must be removed at the end of the performance.

  • This is an interactive event and judges may ask questions throughout the presentation.

Social Media Strategies

Category: Presentation with Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Develop long-term branding strategies to increase awareness and membership engagement for your local or state FBLA chapter using multiple social media platforms.  *No new social media account(s) should be created for the campaign without written consent from the entity.

 

Roleplay

Banking & Financial Systems

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Concepts and Practices; Basic Terminology; Government Regulation of Financial Services; Impact of Technology on Financial Services; Types and Differences of Various Institutions; Ethics; Careers in Financial Services; Taxation

 

Entrepreneurship

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Business Plan; Community/Business Relations; Legal Issues; Initial Capital and Credit; Personnel Management; Financial Management; Marketing Management; Taxes; Government Regulations

 

Hospitality Management

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Manage the strategic plan for a meeting or event | hospitality marketing concepts | types of hospitality markets and customers | hospitality operation and management functions | customer service in the hospitality industry | human resource management in the hospitality industry | hotel sales process | project management | develop financial resources | meeting design and layout | event site selection and management | marketing the event | communication and professionalism | legal issues, financial management, and budgeting for the hospitality industry | current hospitality industry trends | environmental, ethical, and global issues for the hospitality industry | manage the event | develop financial resources | manage the event budget | human resources | train and manage staff and volunteers | design the program | manage stakeholder relationships | engage speakers and performers | food and beverage sales | managing movement of attendees

International Business

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Basic International Concepts; Ownership and Management; Marketing; Finance; Communication (including culture and language); Treaties and Trade Agreements; Legal Issues; Human Resource Management; Ethics; Taxes and Government Regulations; Currency Exchange; International Travel; Career Development

Introduction to Event Planning

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Event management customer service skills | management skills for successful event planners | event staffing | legal aspects of event planning | convention management | designing and executing an event | crowd control at an event | pricing for events | event planning careers | supply chain management for an event

Management Decision Making

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Management Functions and Environment; Business Ownership and Law; Information and Communication Systems; Strategic Management; Human Resource Management; Ethics and Social Responsibility; Financial Management; Careers; Marketing; Economic Concepts; Business Operations

 

Management Information Systems

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Systems Analysis & Design (Systems Development Life Cycle); Database Management and Modeling Concepts; Object Oriented Analysis and Design; User Interfaces; System Controls; Defining System and Business Requirements

 

Marketing

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Basic Marketing Functions; Channels of Distribution; Legal, Ethical, and Social Aspects of Marketing; Promotion and Advertising Media; Marketing Information, Research, and Planning; E-Commerce; Economics; Selling and Merchandising

 

Network Design

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Network Installation—Planning and Configuration; Problem Solving/Troubleshooting; Network Administrator Functions; Configuration of Internet Resources—Web service, DMZ, FTP, etc.; Backup and Disaster Recovery; Configuration Network Resources & Services

 

Sports & Entertainment Management

Type: Individual or Team

Competencies: Sports and Entertainment Marketing/Strategic Marketing; Facility and Event Management; Human Resource Management (Labor Relations); Promotion, Advertising, and Sponsorship for Sports and Entertainment Industry; Financing and Economic Input; Planning, Distribution, Marketing, Pricing, and Selling Sports and Entertainment Events; Sports Law; Communication in Sports and Entertainment (Media); Ethics; Licensing; Sports Governance; Careers; Marketing/Management Information Technology and Research; Leadership and Managing Groups and Teams in the Sports and Entertainment Industry; Management Strategies and Strategic Planning Tools; Basic Functions of Management

Individual Only Oral Events

Client Service
Category: Presentation without Equipment
  • This role play event requires the competitor to provide customer service to a client (judges).

  • Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided for each competitor and may be used during the preparation and performance of the case.

  • Information may be written on both sides of the note cards.

  • Note cards will be collected following the presentation.

  • No other reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought in or

    used during the preparation of the performance.

 
Electronic Career Portfolio
Category: Presentation with Equipment
  • The event is to be specific to the career goals and professional experiences that the student has completed; it is not a showcase of FBLA experiences.

  • All information should reflect the student’s accomplishments and experiences that have occurred.

  • The portfolio must include: a résumé and a career summary. The career summary should include career choice, description of career, skills and education required, and future job outlook (e.g., monetary, advancement).

  • Sample materials also must be included in the portfolio. These samples must include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Career‐Related Education: Describe career‐related education that

  • enhances employability. Include a summary of school activities, career research projects, application of business education, and/or related occupationalskillsandtheir relationship tojob.

  • Educational Enhancement: Describe educational opportunities that enhanceemployability.Includecareeropportunitiesdevelopment planning, summaries of job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, informational interviews,communityserviceprojects,andproducts developedduringthese experiences.

  • Examples of Special Skills: Includes up to five examples of special skills, talents, and/or abilities related to job and career goals. These may be in any format but must fit within the dimensions of the portfolio. Audio and/or video recordings may be included in the portfolio.

Future Business Leader
Category: Interview
  • Objective Test: 60 minutes. Must take on first day of NLC. Test score is added into the preliminary interview rating sheet. Competencies: FBLA organization, bylaws, and handbook | national competitive event guidelines | national publications | creed and national goals | business knowledge, i.e., accounting, banking, law, etc.

  • Cover Letter: The letter should state reasons for deserving the honor of this award.

  • Résumé: Not to exceed two pages, should list your FBLA activities and involvement.

Help Desk
Category: Objective Test and Roleplay
  • Competencies: Support center infrastructure and procedures | customer management | help desk operations and procedures | communication | professional career and leadership skills
    Case: An interactive role‐play scenario will be given based on customer service in the technical field. 

 
Impromptu Speaking
Category: Speech
  • The speech must be of a business nature, and the topic may be related to FBLA-PBL goals or business-related topics.

  • Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided to each competitor and may be used during event preparation and performance. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards.

  • The cards will be collected following the presentation.

  • No other reference materials such as visual aids or electronic devices may be brought to or used

  • during the event preparation or presentation.

Introduction to Public Speaking
Category: Speech
  • The speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the FBLA‐PBL goals.

  • When delivering the speech, competitors may use notes prepared before the event.

  • No other reference materials such as visual aids or electronic devices may be brought to or used

  • during the event preparation or presentation.

Job Interview
Category: Interview
  • Cover Letter: Each competitor must apply for a business or business‐related job at Merit Corporation (a fictitious company) in Washington, D.C. Company benefits include paid holidays and vacation, sick leave, a retirement plan, and health insurance. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. Merit Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.

  • The job must be one for which the competitor is now qualifiedor for which he/shewillbequalifiedatthe completionof thecurrentschoolyear.Itmaybea part‐time, internship, or full‐time job.

  • Résumé: Not to exceed two pages, should highlight your work/volunteer experience.

Public Speaking
Category: Presentation with Equipment
  • The speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the FBLA‐PBL goals.

  • When delivering the speech, competitors may use notes prepared before the event.

  • No other reference materials such as visual aids or electronic devices may be brought to or used

  • during the event preparation or presentation.

Sales Presentation
Category: Presentation with Equipment
  • The individual or team may sell whichever product or service they choose.

  • The individual or team shall provide the necessary materials and merchandise for the demonstration along with the product.

  • Each individual’s/team’s demonstration must be the result of his/her own efforts. Facts and working data may be secured from any source.

  • Student members, not advisers, must prepare the demonstration.

  • Visual aids and samples related to the presentation may be used in the presentation; however, no items may be left with the judges or audience.

  • When delivering the demonstration, the individual/team may use notes, note cards, and props. All materials must be removed at the end of the performance.

  • This is an interactive event and judges may ask questions throughout the presentation.

Written Objective Tests

Accounting I

Type: Individual

Competencies: Journalizing; Account Classification; Terminology, Concepts, and Practices; Types of Ownership; Posting; Income Statement; Balance Sheet; Worksheet; Bank Reconciliation; Payroll; Depreciation; Manual and Computerized Systems; Ethics

Accounting II

Type: Individual

Competencies: Financial Statements; Corporate Accounting; Ratios and Analysis; Accounts Receivable and Payable; Budgeting and Cash Flow; Cost Accounting/Manufacturing; Purchases and Sales; Journalizing and Posting; Income Tax; Payroll; Inventory; Plant Assets and Depreciation; Departmentalized Accounting; Ethics; Partnerships

 

Advertising

Type: Individual

Competencies: Personal Selling and Sales Promotion; Traditional and Alternative Advertising Media; Consumer Behavior; Basic Marketing Functions; Branding and Positioning; Economy; Advertising Plan; Legal and Ethical Issues; Diversity and Multicultural Market; Public Relations; Creation of the Advertisement; Consumer-Oriented Advertising; Financial Planning; Communication; Consumer Purchase Classifications; Target Market; Market Segmentation; Product Development; Product Life Cycle; Price Planning; Channels of Distribution; Marketing Research; Effective Advertising and Promotional Messages; Budget; Financing Advertising Campaigns; Demographics; History and Influences; Advertising Industry and Careers; Supply Chain Management; Distribution Logistics; Internet; Self-Regulation; Careers; Advertising Workplace; Leadership, Career Development, and Team Building; Risk Management

 

Agribusiness

Type: Individual

Competencies: Economics; Finance and Accounting; Health, Safety, and Environmental Management; Management Analysis and Decision Making; Marketing; Terminology and Trends

 

Business Calculations

Type: Individual

Competencies: Consumer Credit; Mark-Up and Discounts; Data Analysis and Reporting; Payroll; Interest Rates; Investments; Taxes; Bank Records; Insurance; Ratios and Proportions; Depreciation; Inventory

 

Business Communication

Type: Individual

Competencies: Nonverbal and Verbal Communication; Communication Concepts; Report Application; Grammar; Reading Comprehension; Editing and Proofreading; Word Definition and Usage; Capitalization and Punctuation; Spelling; Digital Communication

 

Business Law

Type: Individual

Competencies: Legal Systems; Contracts and Sales; Business Organization; Property Laws; Agency and Employment Laws; Negotiable Instruments; Insurance Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy; Consumer Protection and Product/Personal Liability; Computer Law; Domestic and Private Law

 

Computer Problem Solving

Type: Individual

Competencies: Operating Systems; Networks; Personal Computer Components; Security; Safety and Environmental Issues; Laptop and Portable Devices; Printers and Scanners

 

Cyber Security

Type: Individual

Competencies: Defend and Attack (virus, spam, spyware); Network Security; Disaster Recovery; Email Security; Intrusion Detection; Authentication; Public Key; Physical Security; Cryptography; Forensics Security; Cyber Security Policy

 

Economics

Type: Individual

Competencies: Basic Economic Concepts and Principles; Monetary and Fiscal Policy; Productivity; Macroeconomics; Market Structures; Investments and Interest Rates; Government Role; Types of Businesses/Economic Institutions; Business Cycles/Circular Flow; Supply & Demand; International Trade/Global Economics

 

Health Care Administration

Type: Individual

Competencies: Managing Office Procedures; Medical Terminology; Legal & Ethical Issues; Communication Skills; Managing Financial Functions; Health Insurance; Records Management; Infection Control; Medical History; Technology

 

Insurance & Risk Management

Type: Individual

Competencies: Risk Management; Property and Liability Insurance; Health, Disability, and Life Insurance; Insurance Knowledge; Decision Making; Ethics; Careers

 

Introduction to Business

Type: Individual

Competencies: Consumerism; Characteristics and Organization of Business; Money Management, Banking, and Investments; Rights and Responsibilities of Employees, Managers, Owners, and Government; Career Awareness; Insurance; Economic Systems; Ethics; Global (International) Business

 

Introduction to Business Communication

Type: Individual

Competencies: Grammar; Punctuation and Capitalization; Spelling; Proofreading & Editing; Word Definition and Usage; Oral Communication Concepts; Reading Comprehension

Introduction to Business Procedures

Type: Individual

Competencies: Human Relations; Technology Concepts; Communication Skills; Decision Making/Management; Career Development; Business Operations; Database/Information Management; Ethics/Safety; Finance; Information Processing

 

Introduction to FBLA

Type: Individual

Competencies: FBLA Organization; Bylaws and Chapter Management Handbook; National Competitive Event Guidelines; National Publications; Creed and National Goals

 

Introduction to Financial Math

Type: Individual

Competencies: Basic Math Concepts; Consumer Credit; Data Analysis and Probability; Decimals; Discounts; Fractions; Percentages

 

Introduction to Information Technology

Type: Individual

Competencies: Computer Hardware; Computer Software; Operating Systems; Common Program Functions; Spreadsheets; Presentation Software; Networking Concepts; Email and Electronic Communication; Internet Use

 

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure

Type: Individual

Competencies: Parliamentary Procedure Principles; FBLA Bylaws

 

Journalism

Type: Individual

Competencies: Economics and Business of Journalism; Grammar and Format; Law and Ethics of Journalism; Basic Principles of Journalism; History of Journalism

 

Networking Infrastructures

Type: Individual

Competencies: General Network Terminology and Concepts; Network Operating System Concepts; Network Security; Equipment for Network Access (Wi-Fi, wireless); OSI Model Functionality; Network Topologies & Connectivity

 

Organizational Leadership

Type: Individual

Competencies: Leadership Concepts; Leadership Managerial Roles; Behavior and Motivation; Networking; Communication Skills; Leader and Follower Relations; Team Leadership; Self-Managed Teams; Strategic Leadership for Managing Crises and Change; Levels of Leadership; Leadership Theory; Traits of Effective Leaders; Personality Profile of Effective Leaders; Leadership Attitudes; Ethical Leadership; Relationship Between Power, Politics, Networking, and Negotiation; Coaching; Managing Conflict; Team Decision Making; Organizational Politics; Team Skills; Charismatic and Transformational Leadership; Stewardship and Servant Leadership; Diverse Setting

 

Personal Finance

Type: Individual

Competencies: Financial Principles Related to Personal Decision Making; Managing Budgets and Finance (Planning and Money Management); Earning a Living (Income, Taxes); Buying Goods and Services; Saving and Investing; Banking and Insurance; Credit and Debt

 

Political Science

Type: Individual

Competencies: Political Science Terms & Concepts; History & Role of Political Science; Civil Liberties & Civil Rights in Political Science; Forms of Government & Legislatures; Electoral Systems & Presidential Elections; The Powers & Elections of Congress; Federal Judicial System; Federal Bureaucracy; Mass Media & Politics; Public Opinion & Culture; Political Science Law; Public & Social Policy; Government Fiscal Policy; Government Foreign & Defense Policies; International Relations Concepts

 

Securities & Investments

Type: Individual

Competencies: Investment Fundamentals; Investment Wrappers, Taxation, and Trusts; Investment Product & Funds; Stock Market; Stock versus Other Investments; Mutual Funds; Basics of Bonds; Derivatives; Financial Services Regulation

Supply Chain Management

Type: Individual

Competencies: Channels of distribution | essential supply chain management concepts | supply chain topics | characteristics for successful supply chain managers | improving supply chain network performance | production planning, control | supply chain planning and design | supply chain process | product portfolio management | coordination and decision making for the flow or products, services, and information | supply chain management contemporary issues

 
 

Tech-Based Prejudged Events

3-D Animation

Category: Tech-Based Prejudged Projects & Presentation

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Often, members’ lives have been changed because of their involvement in FBLA.  Create a 3-D animation video that describes how FBLA has impacted them for the future. Cite at least two testimonials or quotes from current or past FBLA members.

Coding & Programming

Category: Tech-Based Prejudged Projects & Presentation - Demonstration

Type: Demonstration

Topic: Develop an original computer program to randomly generate a five-question FBLA quiz from a database. The program must complete a minimum of the following tasks:

  • Have at least 50 questions in the database with the ability to see correct answers

  • Include at least 4 types of questions (i.e. multiple choice, T/F, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and dropdown, etc.).

  • Inform the user which questions were correctly answered

  • Calculate the total correct on the five-question quiz

  • Generate a printable report on quiz results

  • Data must be stored persistently. Storage may be in a relational database, a document-oriented NoSQL database, flat text files, flat JSON, or XML files.

  • All data entry must be validated with appropriate user notifications and error messages including the use of required fields.


 

Computer Game & Simulation Programming

Category: Tech-Based Prejudged Projects & Presentation - Demonstration

Type: Demonstration

Topic: Create an original game designed around a puzzle concept.

  • The game should be a standalone and executable game

  • The game should contain a scoreboard

  • The game should contain a leaderboard and celebratory messages

  • The game should have a minimum of three levels

  • The game should have lives

  • The game should have an instructional display

 

Digital Video Production

Category: Prejudged Projects & Presentation

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create a video promoting your school to the community.  The video should include co-curricular, extra-curricular organizations, and points of pride.  All video content must be original.

E-business

Category: Tech-Based Prejudged Projects & Presentation - Demonstration

Type: Individual or team

Topic: Create an E-Business website for a new school store/school-based enterprise at your school that will also do business online.  The new store should specifically address your school and demographics.  The site should include:

  • Store name and logo

  • Items for sale, including pictures and descriptions

  • Purchasing and delivery/pick up information

  • A shopping cart

  • Social media links

Mobile Application Development

Category: Tech-Based Prejudged Projects & Presentation - Demonstration

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create the next NEW professional social media app (i.e. LinkedIn, Tallo, etc.).  The app must be rated for all ages.

Public Service Announcement

Category: Presentation with Equipment

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create a public service announcement for your school and community on the health risks of vaping.  All video content must be original.  NOTE: There can be no content that shows people vaping in the video.

Website Design

Category: Tech-Based Prejudged Projects & Presentation - Demonstration

Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create a website for a new photographer.  The website must include:

  • Photographer name, photo, and bio

  • Portfolio (previous work)

  • Ability to book and schedule an appointment

  • Ability to view package options and pricing

  • Social media links

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