FBLA Competitive Events

The National Awards Program, also known as competitive events, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. FBLA competitive events also prepare students for successful careers in business by providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts in a workforce-simulated competitive environment. 

COMPLETE COMPETITIVE EVENT GUIDELINES FOR 2020-21 

 

COMPETITIVE EVENT RESOURCES

NEW AND MODIFIED EVENTS AND PROCEDURE CHANGES FOR 2020-21 

This is an overview of the competitive event changes that will take place in 2020-21.  

Please note the following procedural changes that relate to all competitive events that are part of the FBLA National Awards Program: 

  • All members and advisers are responsible for reading and following competitive event guidelines. 
  • If competitors are late for a competitive event, there are no guarantees they will get to compete.  Competitive event schedules cannot be changed.  PLEASE NOTE that competitive events start before the opening session of NLC. 
  • Picture identification (drivers’ license, passport, state-issued identification, or school-issued identification) is required when checking in for competitive events. 
  • Competitors may be disqualified if they violate competitive event guidelines. 
  • Five points may be deducted for each instance of not following guidelines. 
  • No animals (except authorized service animals) will be allowed for use in any competitive events. 
  • Please note that Internet reliability at any conference venue cannot be guaranteed.  Always have a backup plan in case Internet connections go down. 
  • Participants using laptops or other devices that do not have a VGA port or HDMI port will need to provide their own adapters. 
  • All rating sheets contain changes/modifications. 
  • The Format Guide has been updated for use in 2020-2021 competitive events. 

 

  • DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
    Category: Prejudged Projects & Presentation
    Type: Individual or Team
    Modified: Video must be original content; competitors may not use previously published video clips in the videos they submit for competition. 

 

  • EMERGING BUSINESS ISSUES
    Retired 

 

  • HOSPITALITY & EVENT MANAGEMENT
    Category: Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
    Type: Individual or Team
    Modified: Addition of event management competencies and case studies to the existing hospitality management competencies and case studies. 

 

  • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
    Category: Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
    Type: Individual or Team
    Name Change: Previously known as Global Business. 

 

  • INTRODUCTION TO EVENT PLANNING
    Category: Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
    Type: Individual or Team
    New: 9th/10th grade event, individual/team event, preliminary round objective test, final round role-play for top 15 in objective test. 

 

  • INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY
    Category: Presentation with Equipment
    Type: Individual or Team
    New: 9th/10th grade event, individual/team event, preliminary round presentation, final round presentation. 

 

  • NETWORKING INFRASTRUCTURES
    Category: Objective Test
    Type: Individual
    Name Change: Previously known as Networking Concepts. 

 

  • PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
    Category: Presentation with Equipment
    Type: Individual or Team
    Modified: Videos must be original content; competitors may not use previously published video clips in the videos they submit for competition. 

 

  • SALES PRESENTATION
    Category: Presentation with Equipment
    Type: Individual or Team
    Modified: Now an individual or team event. 

 

  • SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES
    Category: Presentation with Equipment
    Type: Individual or Team
    Name ChangePreviously known as Social Media Campaign. 

 

  • SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
    Category: Objective Test
    Type: Individual
    New: 60-minute test administered during the NLC. 

 

COMPETITIVE EVENT TOPICS FOR 2020-21 

  •  3-D ANIMATION
    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.
  • BROADCAST JOURNALISM
    You and/or your team are a 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
    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
    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. 
  • CODING AND PROGRAMMING
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN
    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
    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
    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. 
  • MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
    Create the next NEW professional social media app (i.e. LinkedIn, Tallo, etc.).  The app must be rated for all ages.
  •  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
    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.
  •  PUBLICATION DESIGN
    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. 
  •  SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES
    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.
  •  WEBSITE DESIGN
    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