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FBLA Competitive Events

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Choosing The Right FBLA Event

Click on the link below to see what Competitive Event is right for you:

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Sign Up Form

Sign up for your event choice(s) using the link below:

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FBLA Competitive Events Overview

Here is a list and description of ALL Competitive Events for Regional Competition:

http://www.kyfbla.org/Kentucky%20Competitive%20Events%20Guidelines%202016-17.pdf

Individual OR Team Events

3D Animation

This event consists of a 3-D animated video presented at the conference. The overview of design and development efforts will be presented to a panel of judges. The video should be no more than three (3) minutes and copyright issues should be addressed in the credits of the film.

The topic to be developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State and National Conferences will be:

Air travel is an ever-evolving collection of changes. Recently, the TSA launched TSA PreCheck—where travelers can go through a detailed background check and earn the right to have expedited screening at select airports throughout the United States.

Your team is to create an animated video that highlights the normal frustrations of airport security, explains the benefits of TSA PreCheck, and motivates the audience to become known travelers who can use the TSA PreCheck program.

Please note: This is not just filming a video - it is creating an animation based overview of the differences between standard screening and TSA PreCheck.

Business Presentation

The topic to be developed in this presentation and submitted for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Leadership Conferences will be:

You have been asked to make a presentation to the local Chamber of Commerce members on how they can protect themselves from Identity Theft.

Computer Game & Simulation Programming

Students will demonstrate development of a computer game and simulation program.

The 2015 Regional, State, and National Leadership Conference program topic is:

You are a computer virus tracker. You live inside a computer and travel the network looking for viruses and malware. When some are detected, you have to travel to the infection site and launch anti-virus software discs at the malware minions. Escalate the adventure from basic network bugs to a Web Bot boss. Take note in design to include computer networking structure and devices.

Desktop Publishing

Participants should be well prepared to create, design, and produce useable copy on a computer using desktop publishing software; have understanding and mastery of basic desktop terminology and concepts, and have related desktop application knowledge and desktop layout rules and standards. Message presentation, accuracy, and proofreading are also included.

This event may include application of the following: graphics, text creation and text flow/wrap, lay-out creativity, selection of appropriate fonts and type sizes, and printing.

The topic to be developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Leadership Conferences will be:

Some of your friends have started their own band and have asked you to be their marketing manager. You have been given the task to develop their promotional materials. You will need to design a poster that they will display in towns where they perform, a brochure they will send to different markets promoting the band, a business card, and quarter-page advertisement they will use for newspapers, magazines, and other areas.

Digital Design & Promotion

The topic to be developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Conferences will be:

You are on the staff of a large marketing firm in New York City and Miles Stanish has hired your firm. He is opening a bicycle store in New York and plans to name it Cycle Fitness. Your firm is to design a new logo for this new shop and as well as for future locations he plans to open. Cycle Fitness plans to hold free seminars on bike safety, cycling for fitness, what to look for when buying a bicycle, choosing the right bike, choosing a bike for a child, and creating a cycle group that will be doing monthly cycle trips. Your firm must design the new logo, a grand opening postcard for mailing, a business card, a rack card that will sit on the counter in a holder indicating all the seminars offered, and a quarter-page advertisement, and a t-shirt.

Information

  • Opening Date is June 1
  • Address: 123 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 20013, phone 212.555.3456
  • Rack Card: Create at least five seminars and cost

Components

  • The logo will be full color and should be incorporated on all of the printed pieces.
  • The grand opening postcard will be printed full color both sides with a mail panel. Size is 8.5” wide x 5.5” tall.
  • The business cards will be full color, with bleeds, 1 side. Size is 2” wide x 3.5” tall vertical card.
  • The rack card will be full color both sides. Size is 4” wide x 9” tall.
  • One-quarter page (5.14” x 10.5”) grayscale broadsheet newspaper advertisement to appear in newspapers for grand opening.

Digital Video Production

The topic to be developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Conferences will be:

Create a FBLA membership video to recruit FBLA members in your school and to show at career fairs and to the community.

E-Business

Participation is this event will allow members to demonstrate proficiency in conceptualizing, designing, and creating efficient and marketable E-business sites. The topic to be addressed by the site developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Leadership Conferences will be:

Set up a website for young artistic entrepreneur(s) to sell their art, pottery, jewelry, etc. You should include pictures, but not limited to, bio of the entrepreneur(s), social media links, purchase and shipping information, and shopping cart. Information may be fictitious.

Mobile Application Development

The topic to be developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Conferences will be:

Your school has asked you to write a mobile application announcing activities at your school including dates, times, and contact information. With this app include an events list that retrieves events starting at the current day and extending into the next few months. Include a banner image scroller to this application.

Public Service Announcement

The topic to be developed in this presentation and submitted for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Leadership Conferences will be:

Green Teens—Produce a PSA that points out simple life changes teens can make that will impact our environment in a positive way.

The presentation may include, but not limited to, elements such as graphics, pictures, music, voiceover, sound and text.

Social Media Campaign

The event consists of a presentation to a panel of judges.

Project Competencies

  • Effectively address a recruitment opportunity and a strategic approach to targeting prospective members, as well as engaging existing members.
  • Effectively addresses topic and is appropriate for the audience.
  • Campaign has high level of engagement and interactivity: Likes, shares, Retweets, RSVPs, etc.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of social media marketing beyond community management, including but not limited to: developing unique content, effectively utilizing existing content, optimizing content for search, distributing content across as many platforms as possible within a limited budget.
  • Describe any applicable insight/research methodology as to why you have chosen specific platforms, messaging, content, engagement, and outreach strategies.
  • Overall campaign—images, videos, copywriting, graphic designs (if applicable)—is creative and appealing.
  • Final product indicates a clear thought process, a well-formulated campaign, and execution of a firm idea.
  • Effectively communicate required information and drive the campaign toward a clear call-to-action.
  • Copyright laws followed.

The topic to be developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Conferences will be:

Your adviser wants to increase FBLA membership 10 percent over last year’s number. As the Recruitment Committee Chair, your task is to develop a comprehensive communications plan. Due to your limited budget, a critical element of your plan will involve social media.

Develop a social media marketing plan for your back-to-school recruitment event. Because students decide within the first two weeks of the school year which student organizations they will join, this is event is a critical recruitment tool and is highly visible to both your chapter members and the school community. You are competing against a number of diverse student organizations, so your campaign needs to have a strong call-to-action.

Use at least three (3) social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.) and utilize a creative mix of video, photos, and copywriting text to promote the unique benefits of FBLA to your target audience. The content can

Website Design

Participation in this event will allow members to demonstrate proficiency in conceptualizing, designing, and creating web sites. Members will work as a team in creating a website that addresses a specific scenario.

The topic to be addressed by the web site developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State, and National Conference will be:

Develop a website for Cycle Fitness, a new company opening up in New York City. The shop’s address is 123 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 20013. The store sells a variety of bicycles including road bikes, mountain bikes, cycolcross bikes, folding bikes, electric-assist bikes, women’s bikes, children bikes, etc. The owner also plans to have seminars on bike safety, cycling for fitness, choosing the right bike, etc. as well as have monthly cycle trips in and out of the city. Highlight the different types of bicycles, seminars, and trips. Include a Q&A section and contact section.

Team Events

Banking and Financial Systems

Objective Test Competencies: Concepts and practices; basic terminology; government regulation of financial services; impact of technology on financial services; types/differences of various institutions; ethics; careers in financial services; taxation

The performance will focus on demonstration of the understanding of a case; understanding the role of the judge as a component of the presentation; provide an introduction and an overview; explain, discuss, and describe recommendations. Additionally, critical thinking/reasoning, use of correct grammar, tone and style, and the ability to make a professional presentation will be utilized.

Business Ethics

Teams will make ethical business decisions in the business world and workplace, will provide a rational for ethical decisions presented, will perform critical thinking and problem solving, will have outstanding verbal communication skills, and effectively answer questions.

The topic to be developed for competition at the 2015 Regional, State and National Conferences will be:

Research an ethical topic dealing with global business and sweatshops and/or child labor.

Emerging Business Issues

The topic to be researched and presented during the 2015 Regional, State, and National Leadership Conference will be

Consumer products sold by brand name companies have been facing increasing challenges throughout the recession as well as the increase in online shopping. Brand loyalty in three categories (food, beverage, and household goods) has decreased for three years (2013 American Pantry Study). The amount of consumers willing to purchase their traditional brands, regardless of whether the brand is on sale or not, has decreased from 33 percent in 2010 to 29 percent in 2012. One of the reasons this is occurring is competition from consumer products private label choices. The 2013 American Pantry Study found that 88 percent of consumers who have become purchasers of private label products will not return to their previous national brand purchases even once the economy has recovered.

  • How will this trend positively affect the overall consumer products industry?
  • How will this trend negatively affect the overall consumer products industry?

Participants will be expected to research the topic prior to the conference and to be prepared to present both the affirmative and negative arguments.

Entrepreneurship

This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and an interactive case study with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges.

  • Only the objective test will be given at the Regional Leadership Conference.

Objective Test:

Objective Test Competencies: Business plan; community/business relations; legal issues; initial capital and credit; personnel management; financial management; marketing management; taxes; government regulations.

Interactive Role Play:

At the State Leadership Conference, a maximum number of eight (8) teams will be selected based on the objective test scores to present the decision-making problem.

The interactive case study will consist of a problem encountered by entrepreneurs in one or more of the following areas: business planning, human relations, financial management, and marketing. All of the questions raised in the case must be addressed during the oral presentation. The presentation must include the positive and negative aspects of implementation.

Global Business

This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and an interactive case study with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges.

  • Only the objective test will be given at the Regional Leadership Conference.

Objective Test:

Objective Test 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.

Case Study:

At the State Leadership Conference, a maximum number of eight (8) teams will be selected based on the objective test scores to present the decision-making problem.

The interactive case study will consist of a problem encountered in the international/global arena. The case may cover one or more of the following areas: business planning, human resource management, operations, financial management, and global marketing. The case addressed will be on a problem encountered in the international/global arena. All the questions raised in the case must be addressed during the oral presentation.

Hospitality Management

This event is composed of two (2) parts: a collaborative objective test and a case study.

  • Only the objective test will be given at the Regional Leadership Conference.

Objective Test Competencies: Hospitality operation and management functions; hotel sales process; hospitality marketing concepts; human resource management in the hospitality industry; environmental, ethical, and global issues; customer service in the hospitality industry; legal issues, financial management, and budgeting; current hospitality industry trends; types of hospitality markets and customers.

Case Study:

At the State Leadership Conference, a maximum number of eight (8) teams will be selected based on the objective test scores to present the case study.

Management Decision Making

This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and a decision-making problem (case study) with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges.

  • Only the objective test will be given at the Regional Leadership Conference.

Objective Test:

Objective Test Competencies: Information and communication systems; human resource management; financial management; business operations; management functions and environment; business ownership and law; strategic management; ethics and social responsibility; marketing; economic concepts; careers.

Case Study:

At the State Leadership Conference, a maximum number of eight (8) teams will be selected based on the objective test scores to present the decision-making problem.

An interactive case study will be given concerning a problem encountered by managers in one of the following areas: human resource management, financial management, marketing management, or information systems management. Members of the team will assume the role(s) of management and present a solution to the case problem.

Management Information Systems

Objective Test:

Objective Test Competencies: Systems analysis and design; database management and modeling concepts; object-oriented analysis and design; user interfaces; system controls; defining system and business requirements.

Case Study:

An interactive case study will be given concerning a decision-making problem outlining a small business and its informational environment and needs. Participants will then analyze the situation and recommend an information system solution to address the issues raised.

Marketing

Objective Test Competencies: Basic marketing fundamentals; economics; selling and merchandising; channels of distribution; marketing, information research, and planning; promotion and advertising media; legal, ethical, and social marketing aspects; e-commerce.

Network Design

This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and a case-study problem that is presented and defended before a panel of judges.

Objective Test:

Objective Test Competencies: Network installation; problem solving and troubleshooting; network administrator functions; configuration of Internet resources; backup and disaster recovery; configuration network resources and services.

Interactive Role Play:

An interactive case study will be given outlining a small organization and its computing environment and needs. Participants will then be required to analyze the situation and recommend a network solution to address the issues raised in the case study.

Parliamentary Procedure

This event is composed of two (2) parts:

Objective Test:

The majority of the objective test will consist of parliamentary procedure principles with additional questions on FBLA Bylaws. Through a partnership with the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), questions for the parliamentary procedure principles section of the exam will be drawn from NAP’s official test bank. The team score is determined by averaging the scores of its members.

Parliamentary procedure questions are based on Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, 11th Edition.

Performance:

The case problem will be given to simulate a regular chapter meeting.

Sports and Entertainment Management

This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and an interactive case study with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges.

  • Only the objective test will be given at the Regional Leadership Conference.

Objective Test:

Objective Tests Competencies: Management basics; event management; management functions; decision making; management strategies; strategic planning tools, networking and delegating; leadership; managing groups and teams; ethics; management for entertainment industry; marketing concepts and buyer behavior; marketing information management and research; marketing mix and product life cycle; distribution, pricing, and market conditions; promotion, advertising, and sponsorship; sales; entrepreneurship; human resource management, careers.

Interactive Role Play:

At the State Leadership Conference, a maximum number of eight (8) teams will be selected based on the objective test scores to present the case study.

Career Cluster(s): Hospitality & Tourism, Business Management & Administration

Business Education Curriculum Standards: Management: business organization, ethics, human resource, management; Marketing: the marketing plan

Individual Events

Accounting I

Objective Test Competencies: Journalizing; account classification; terminology; concepts and practices; types of ownership; posting; income statements; balance sheets; worksheets; bank reconciliations; payroll; depreciation; manual and computerized systems; ethics.

Accounting II

This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and a school-site application test.

Objective Test Competencies: Financial statements; corporate accounting; ratios and analysis; accounts receivable and payable; budgeting and cash flow; cost accounting/manufacturing; purchases and sales; journalizing; income tax; payroll; inventory; plant assets and depreciation; departmentalized accounting; ethics; partnerships

The production test will consist of financial statements, bank reconciliation, payroll, trial balance, journalizing, inventory, depreciation, and adjusting/closing entries.

Agribusiness

Objective Test Competencies: Economics; finance and accounting; health, safety and environmental management; management analysis and decision making; marketing; terminology and trends.

Business Calculations

Objective Test 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

Objective Test 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

Objective Test 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

Business Math

Objective Test Competencies: Basic math concepts; consumer credit; data analysis; probability; fractions; percentages; discounts; decimals

Only members who are secondary students in grades 9 and 10 are eligible

Business Procedures

Objective Test Competencies: Human relations; technology concepts; business operations; communication skills; information processing; decision making/management; career development; database and information management; ethics and safety; finance

Client Service

This event consists of an individual interactive simulation related to client service. Members must be able to multitask; have outstanding verbal communication skills, translate case into effective, efficient, and spontaneous action; possess good decision-making and problem solving skills; have a positive and outgoing personality; be responsible, reliable, achieve conflict resolution and trustworthy.

Computer Applications

Participants should be prepared to complete problems in the following areas, with possible integration:

  1. Word Processing—Participants will be responsible for the production of letters, memorandums, tables, reports, or any other type of word processing problems.
  2. Database—Participants will be responsible for creating a database and applying various functions such as searching, cloning, querying, etc.
  3. Spreadsheets—Participants will be responsible for completing the spreadsheet grid and applying various functions such as move, combine, format, etc. In addition, students will be responsible for creating and applying formulas.
  4. Presentation—Participants will be responsible for preparing text slides with graphics and background.
  5. Business Graphics (charts) – Participants will be responsible for creating charts such as bar, line, pie, exploded pie, and stacked bar.

Participants will be responsible for formatting each problem and must recognize the necessity for accurate proofreading. Calculators are not allowed on the production portion of the test. Results will be based on accuracy of printed copy.

Regional Conference: Two (2) hours will be allowed for this test which will be held in a home-site environment. Additional time will be allowed for general directions and warm-up. Participants will complete problems in each of the following areas: word processing, database, spreadsheets, graphics, and presentation. Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order.

State Leadership Conference: Two (2) hours will be allowed for this test which will be held in a home-site environment. Additional time will be allowed for general directions and warm-up. Participants will complete problems in each of the following areas: word processing, database, spreadsheets, graphics, and presentation. Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order.

There will also be a one (1) hour objective test given for the State Leadership Conference at the individual school. Participants cannot use programming calculators or cell phones for the online test at their respective school. Participants should use the calculator on the computer or a non-programmable calculator provided by the school. The score received on the objective portion will constitute fifteen (15) percent of the final event score.

Computer Problem Solving

Objective Test Competencies: Operating systems; networks; personal computer components; security; safety and environmental issues; laptop and portable devices; printers and scanners.

Cyber Security

Objective Test 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.

Database Design & Applications

Participants should be prepared in data entry techniques; the basic organizational structure of a database; be able to create and develop multiple queries; set up relational databases; edit relationships; and develop reports including sorting and grouping, inserting graphics, creating headers and footers, and calculating data.

Desktop Application Programming

Students will demonstrate development of a desktop application program. The program must be logical and creative; the code is commented at appropriate points; interface is a logical arrangement and contains all necessary information; program runs without errors; and show that the readme file is complete.

The 2015 topic for the Regional, State, and National Leadership Conference program is:

Furry Friends Animal Shelter has asked you to develop an animal records system. Create an interface that allows supervisors and staff to enter animal patient information and print information-based reports. The initial screen should ask for the following basic information:

Economics

Objective Test 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 and demand; international trade/global economics.

Electronic Career Portfolio

Competencies for this event include: good written communication skills, organizational skills, creativity, career development, technology skills, multimedia, self-assessment, and knowledge of employability skills and trends.

This 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.

For Regional Competition, this event is Pre-judged only.

For State Competition, this is a Performance Event only.

Ethel M. Plock Scholarship (Regional/State)

The Ethel M. Plock Scholarship was established to assist students who do not intend to pursue a four-year business curriculum but do plan further business training beyond high school. This training could include business college, vocational school, or one- or two- year programs at a college or university.

Scholarships will be awarded to the regional and state winners; amounts for each scholarship will be determined by the State Executive Council and will be based on the amount of money in the Scholarship Fund. Scholarship stipends are paid one time and are non-renewable. The scholarship must be used during the year for which it was presented, or it will be awarded to the alternate winner.

Since these events are regional and state only, the participants do not advance to the National Leadership Conference.

Eugene H. Smith Scholarship (Regional/State)

The Eugene H. Smith Scholarship was established to assist students who intend to pursue a four-year college program in the business field.

Scholarships will be awarded to the regional and state winners; amounts for each scholarship will be determined by the State Executive Council and will be based on the amount of money in the Scholarship Fund. Scholarship stipends are paid one time and are non-renewable. The scholarship must be used during the year for which it was presented, or it will be awarded to the alternate winner.

Since these events are regional and state only, the participants do not advance to the National Leadership Conference.

FBLA Principles and Procedures

Objective Test Competencies: FBLA organization; bylaws and handbook; national competitive events guidelines; national publications; creed and national goals.

Only members who are secondary students in grades 9 and 10 are eligible

Future Business Leader

These events consist of three (3) parts:

Letters of Application and Resume:

The letter of application and resume must be composed prior to the Regional Leadership Conference and submitted at the registration desk on the day of the Regional Leadership Conference. The letter of application and resume for the regional winners will be transferred from the region for use in judging at the State Leadership Conference. Regional winners may submit updated materials by the State Leadership Conference deadline.

Objective Test:

Objective Test Competencies: FBLA organization, bylaws, and handbook; national competitive event guidelines; national publications; creed and national goals; business knowledge, i.e., accounting, banking, law, etc.

Interviews:

Participants will be scheduled for a simulated interview.

Health Care Administration

Objective Test Competencies: Managing office procedures; medical terminology; legal and ethical issues; communication skills; managing financial functions; health insurance; records management; infection control; medical history; technology

Help Desk

Objective Test Competencies: Help desk concepts; help desk operations; people component; help desk roles and responsibilities; process component: help desk process and procedures; information component: help desk performance measure; help desk setting; customer support as a profession; management processes.

The performance will focus on demonstration of good communication and listening skills; translating case into effective, efficient, and spontaneous action; demonstrate good decision-making and problem-solving skills; show a positive and professional demeanor; provide ways for client to solve their own problem; be responsible, reliable, and trustworthy; resolve conflict resolution.

Impromptu Speaking

Each participant will be given the same topic that will relate to FBLA-PBL goals, activities, and/or current programs. In addition, topics for this event can be drawn from current events and relevant topics.

Insurance and Risk Management

Objective Test Competencies: Risk management process; property and liability insurance; health, disability, and life insurance; insurance knowledge; decision making; careers; ethics.

Introduction to Business

Objective Test Competencies: Money management, banking, and investments; consumerism; characteristics and organization of business; economic systems; rights and responsibilities of employees, managers, owners, and government; career awareness; global business; ethics; insurance.

Only members who are secondary students in grades 9 and 10 are eligible

Introduction to Business Communication

Objective Test Competencies: Grammar; punctuation and capitalization; oral communication concepts; reading comprehension; word definition and usage; proofreading and editing; spelling.

Only members who are secondary students in grades 9 and 10 are eligible

Introduction to Information Technology

Objective Test Competencies: Computer hardware and software; operating systems; common program functions; word processing; spreadsheets; presentation software; networking concepts; email and electronic communication.

Only members who are secondary students in grades 9 and 10 are eligible

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure

The objective test will consist of parliamentary procedure principles from the 11th edition of Roberts Rules of Order and FBLA National Bylaws.

A one (1) hour objective test will be administered based on the competencies listed.

Non-graphing calculators will be provided.

Objective Test Competencies

  • parliamentary procedure principles (Through a partnership with the National Association of Parliamentarians, questions for the parliamentary procedure principles portion of the exam will be drawn from National Association of Parliamentarian’s official test bank.)
  • FBLA Bylaws

Only members who are secondary students in grades 9 and 10 are eligible

Job Interview

This event consists of two (2) parts:

Letter of Application, Resume, and Job Application:

The letter of application, resume, and job application must be composed prior to the Regional Leadership Conference and submitted at the registration desk on the day of the Regional Leadership Conference. The letter of application, resume, and job application for the regional winners will be transferred from the region for use in judging at the State Leadership Conference. Regional winners may submit new copies to the state adviser by the State Leadership Conference deadline.

Job Application Form:

A job application form must be downloaded at www.fbla-pbl.org. Click on FBLA, Competitive Events, Job Interview Application - National.

Interviews:

Participants will be scheduled for an initial simulated job interview. Finalists will be scheduled for a second interview.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)—Word & Excel

Students will take the MOS Word 2013 Core exam or the MOS Excel 2013 Core exam at their schools or at test centers. FBLA student members must register as a Certiport Testing Candidate and take a Qualifying MOS Certification Exam to participate in the new Microsoft Office Specialist events. Students may take the test at the local level more than once. The top four participants scoring the highest and having the least time from each state in each exam are eligible for national competition. The qualifying tests have associated costs if your school doesn’t have a site license to administer the MOS tests.

Networking Concepts

Objective Test Competencies: General network terminology and concepts; network operating system concepts; equipment for network access (firewall, DSU/CSU, T1, Wi-Fi); OSI model and functionality; network topologies and connectivity; network security.

Personal Finance

Objective Test Competencies: Credit and debt; earning a living (income, taxes); managing budgets and finance; saving and investing; banking and insurance; financial principles related to personal decision making; buying goods and services.

Public Speaking I

The content of the four-minute (4) speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine (9) FBLA-PBL goals.

Only members who are secondary students in grades 9 and 10 are eligible

Public Speaking II

The content of the five-minute (5) speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine (9) FBLA-PBL goals.

Sales Presentation

Participation in this event will allow the individuals to demonstrate proficiency in selling techniques, merchandise knowledge, and presenting to the customer. Participants will sell a product or concept to the judges of their choice.

Securities & Investments

Objective Test Competencies: Investment fundamentals; personal investing; retirement and estate planning; financial services industry; financial assets & markets; financial services regulation; stock market; mutual funds.

Spreadsheet Applications

Participants should be well prepared in the basic mathematical concepts as well as data organization concepts. Participants should be prepared in basic mathematical concepts, data organization concepts, utilize data by creating formulas, using functions, generating graphs for analysis purposes, use pivot tables, create macros, filter and extract data.

Regional Conference: One (1) hour will be allowed for this test which will be held in a home-site environment. Additional time will be allowed for general directions and warm-up. Problems are weighted according to difficulty. Calculators are not allowed on the production portion of the test.

The FBLA State Staff will distribute test packets in sealed envelopes to the chapter adviser of the top three (3) winners at the Regional Conference. The chapter adviser will give the test packet to the test administrator. This test administrator must be an individual who is not an FBLA adviser, who is not associated with FBLA in any capacity, and who is not a business teacher.

State Leadership Conference: One (1) hour will be allowed for this test which will be held in a home-site environment. Additional time will be allowed for general directions and warm-up. Problems are weighted according to difficulty. Calculators are not allowed on the production portion of the test.

There will also be a one (1) hour objective test given for the State Conference at the individual school. Participants cannot use programming calculators or cell phones for the online test at their respective school. Participants should use the calculator on the computer or a non-programmable calculator provided by the school. The score received on the objective portion will constitute fifteen (15) percent of the final event score.

**National Leadership Conference: There will also be a one (1) hour objective test given at the National Leadership Conference. Refer to the NLC Competitive Event Guidelines for information on this aspect of the event. The score received on the objective portion will constitute fifteen (15) percent of the final event score. Nongraphing calculators will be provided.

Talent Show (Regional/State)

This event recognizes FBLA members who display leadership, poise, talent, and confidence through performance. There will be two categories in this event: Most Talented and Most Entertaining. Talent show acts may consist of 1-5 individuals.

Since this event is regional and state only, the participants do not advance to the National Leadership Conference.

Word Processing

Participants should be well prepared in sharing and maintaining documents, page layout and reusable content, formatting content, illustrations and graphics, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading, references and hyperlinks, mail merge options, printing, and related application knowledge.

Regional Conference: One (1) hour will be allowed for this test which will be held in a home-site environment. Additional time will be allowed for general directions and warm-up. Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order.

State Conference: One (1) hour will be allowed for this test which will be held in a home-site environment. Additional time will be allowed for general directions and warm-up. Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order.

There will also be a one (1) hour objective test given for the State Conference at the individual school. Participants cannot use programming calculators or cell phones for the online test at their respective school. Participants should use the calculator on the computer or a non-programmable calculator provided by the school. The score received on the objective portion will constitute fifteen (15) percent of the final event score.