PBL Competitive Events

The PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. 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 PBL Chapter Management Handbook (CMH), updated and published each August. 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 PBL Competitive Events Online Reference Guide includes event guidelines, rating sheets, and videos, and helps college students prepare for PBL's academic competitions. Make sure you are using the most recent version of the guidelines (see below) to prepare for your competition.

2015-16 Event Guidelines, Rating Sheets, and Format Guide

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


4/15/16—Job Interview and Future Business Executive have conflicting items on page 64 of the CMH.  Bullet point number 4—“For Future Business Executive and Job Interview, competitors must bring one (1) hard copy of resume and cover letter to each round of interviews onsite.”—has been deleted.  The second to last bullet point—“Judges will be provided with a copy of competitors’ application materials.  No additional items can be brought into the interview or left with the judges.”—is the guideline that will be followed at NLC. 

3/14/16—The Presentation Events Without Equipment page of the PBL CMH should state in the Eligibility section that each state may submit two (2) entries in these events, rather than three (3) entries.

2/8/16—Clarification from CMH: Business Law is an individual or team event (listed incorrectly as team only on page 69 of CMH).

1/21/16—The Business Ethics topic listed on page 72 of the CMH has been updated. The topic previously listed on page 69 is the correct topic for the 2016 NLC.

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