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. 

Competitive Events Guidelines For 2021-22
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • New Event: Data Analysis will be an individual/team presentation event with equipment. The topic will be posted on the FBLA website and competitors will research and develop the topic prior to presenting to the judges, followed by a Q&A. Competitors will use their data analysis skills and tools to analyze the data and prepare a presentation, including data visualizations.
  • New Event: UX Design will be an individual, objective test event based on effective user experience design principles (balance, font, size, white space), readability, ease of navigation, accommodations for special needs (vision, language, other disabilities), appealing and consistent color scheme, accessibility laws in relation to design (ADA), mobile and desktop responsive web design.
  • New Event: Human Resource Management will be an individual, objective test event.
  • Modification: Business Ethics will expand the scope of the event to align with the ethics initiative developed by the Daniels Fund and MBA Research. Event will now include an objective test, case study topic, submission of one-page executive summary, and presentation to judges.
  • Modification: Coding & Programming will now be an individual or team event, with teams of two to three members.
  • Modification: E-Business will be modified to become focused on the e-commerce piece and will include topic requirements related to conducting e-commerce.
  • Retired Events: Vendor-sponsored events (LifeSmarts, VBC Finance, VBC Management) will be moved to a separate category of programs that recognizes winners, but not as a part of the National Awards Program. This will allow students to qualify and compete nationally in these events but still can compete in events that are part of the National Awards Program.
  • Name Change: Introduction to Business will be renamed Introduction to Business Concepts to better align with standards and high school curriculum.
  • Name Change: Management Decision Making will be renamed Business Management to better align with standards and high school curriculum.

Vendor-sponsored events (LifeSmarts, VBC Finance, VBC Management) are now considered a Student Challenge, a separate category of programs that recognizes winners, and is no longer part of the National Awards Program.  This will allow students to qualify and compete nationally in these events but still can compete in events that are part of the National Awards Program. For more information, please visit our Education Programs page.

CLARIFICATION: There have been some questions regarding the one-page case study summary for the Business Ethics event.  Please note that the one-page case study summary must follow the guidelines for academic reports as outlined in the Format Guide (see link below), as well as the event guidelines for the Business Ethics event contained in the FBLA Competitive Event Guidelines for 2021-22 (see link above).  One question, in particular, is whether the one-page case study summary can have the works cited on a separate page, or must works cited be part of the one-page summary.  For NLC competition purposes, the works cited can be on a second page.  Judges will be informed of this clarification.

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