FBLA Competitive Events

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Preliminary Schedules

Note on finalist schedules: All competitive event finalists will be posted at 5:00 a.m. on July 1.

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

At the State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

Each event is governed by specific guidelines and rating sheets that can be found below, and in the Competitive Events section of the FBLA Chapter Management Handbook (CMH). Make sure you are using the most recent version of the guidelines (see below) to prepare for your competition.

Competitive events fall into three categories: individual, team, and chapter. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth.

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How to Prepare

The best way for students to prepare for FBLA's competitive events is the FBLA Competitive Events Online Reference Guide. This comprehensive resource includes event guidelines, rating sheets, and videos. Make sure you are using the most recent version of the guidelines (see below) to prepare for your competition.

2016–17 Event Guidelines, Rating Sheets, and Format Guide

For more information on participating in FBLA competitive events, please contact your state adviser.


8/20/16—FBLA Competitive Event Topics Clarification: There appears to be some confusion about what "new, member" means in the 2017 NLC topics for Digital Video Production, Publication Design, and Social Media Campaign. A "member" original TV series or movie refers to something like Fuller House on Netflix or a movie that HBO produces and airs. Those networks are called member networks because you have to subscribe to them. “New” refers to the fact that it needs to be a new TV series or movie, where the FBLA students come up with the concept, title, logo, etc.

9/6/16—Business Ethics, Emerging Business Issues, & Sales Presentation rating sheet updates.