Competitive spirit and recognition of excellence reflect important aspects of the educational process that prepares students for their roles in the American enterprise system. Today’s students demand and deserve learning experiences that enable them to achieve success through effective participation in career-related activities designed to reach professional goals. The FBLA competitive events program offers this opportunity by providing support for curriculum development that facilitates practical applications and increases conceptual knowledge of Business and Information Technology principles. Events are based on projects developed from FBLA goals and Business and Information Technology curricula.

R=Regional      S=State      N=National     R S N
3D Animation—Individual or Team Event
Accounting I—Individual Event
Accounting II—Individual Event
Advertising—Individual Event
Agribusiness—Individual Event
American Enterprise Project  
Banking & Financial Systems—Individual or Team Event
Broadcast Journalism—Individual or Team Event
Business Calculations—Individual Event
Business Communication—Individual Event
Business Ethics—Individual or Team Event
Business Financial Plan—Individual or Team Event  
Business Law—Individual Event
Business Plan—Individual or Team Event  
Client Service—Individual Event
Coding and Programming—Individual Event
Community Service Project—Chapter Event  
Computer Applications—Individual Event
Computer Game & Simulation Programming—Individual or Team Event
Computer Problem Solving—Individual Event
Cyber Security—Individual Event
Database Design & Applications—Individual Event
Digital Video Production—Individual or Team Event
D. J. Howard/Walker/Shell/Campbell/VBEA Scholarship/S.L.T. Award of Excellence—Individual Event    
E-Business—Individual or Team Event
Economics—Individual Event
Electronic Career Portfolio—Individual Event
Emerging Business Issues—Individual or Team Event
Entrepreneurship—Individual or Team Event
Future Business Leader—Individual Event
Global Business—Individual or Team Event
Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit (Hollis and Kitty Guy Award)—Chapter Event    
Graphic Design—Individual or Team Event
Health Care Administration—Individual Event
Help Desk—Individual Event
Honor Chapter Award—Chapter Event    
Impromptu Speaking—Individual Event
Insurance and Risk Management—Individual Event
Introduction to Business—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10
Introduction to Business Communication—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10
Introduction to Business Presentation—Individual or Team Event—Grades 9 & 10
Introduction to Business Procedures—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10
Introduction to FBLA—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10      
Introduction to Financial Math—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10
Introduction to Information Technology—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10
Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10
Introduction to Public Speaking—Individual Event—Grades 9 & 10
Job Interview—Individual Event
Journalism—Individual Event
L. Marguerite Crumley, Frank Manning Peele, Foundation’s Sarah Lowe Thompson Scholarships—Individual Event  
Largest Local Chapter Membership—Chapter Event
LifeSmarts—Team Event    
Local Chapter Annual Business Report/Hamden L. Forkner Award—Chapter Event  
Management Decision Making—Individual or Team Event
Management Information Systems—Individual or Team Event
Marketing—Individual or Team Event
Mobile Application Development—Individual or Team Event
Network Design—Individual or Team Event
Networking Concepts—Individual Event
Organizational Leadership—Individual Event
Parliamentary Procedure/D.L. Travis Award—Team Event
Partnership with Business Project—Chapter Event  
Personal Finance—Individual Event
Public Service Announcement—Individual or Team Event
Public Speaking—Individual Event
Publication Design—Individual or Team Event
Sales Presentation—Individual Event
Securities and Investments—Individual Event
Social Media Campaign—Individual or Team Event
Spreadsheet Applications—Individual Event
Virtual Business Finance Challenge—Individual or Team Event    
Virtual Business Management Challenge—Individual or Team Event    
Website Design—Individual or Team Event
Who’s Who in FBLA—Individual Event  
Word Processing—Individual Event

General Information and Regulations

  1. Events are divided into three categories—individual, team, and chapter—and may be administered on the regional, state, and national levels.
  2. A member may participate in any number of chapter events at the state level; however, students may enter only one chapter event at the National Leadership Conference.
  3. A member may enter only one individual or team event with the following exceptions:
    • L. Marguerite Crumley, Frank Manning Peele, Foundation’s Sarah Lowe Thompson Scholarships
    • D. J. Howard, Walker, Campbell, Shell, VBEA-Sarah Lowe Thompson Award of Excellence
    • Who’s Who in FBLA
  4. Participants must be active members of an active chapter; associate members are not eligible for event competition.
  5. Regional, state, and national dues must be paid by the date of the Regional Spring Conference or March 1, whichever comes first.
  6. Reference manuals, textbooks, and other source materials, except those specifically listed in the guidelines, may not be taken to events.
  7. Participants failing to report on time for an event may be disqualified.
  8. Students, as well as advisers, through their participation in FBLA, should develop a keen awareness of the image a person’s attire projects in the business world.
  9. Calculators will be provided for all objective tests. Phones or other memory-storage devices are not allowed in any event.
  10. Competitors cannot be replaced or substituted for prejudged events with the exception of the chapter events—American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, and Partnership with Business Project.
  11. Winning regional/state teams may make substitutions within their chapter if team members are unable to compete at the SLC or NLC, as long as there is no pre-judged component.
  12. First- through fourth-place winners are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference; funding is available for the top two slots.

Virginia FBLA-PBL Dress Code

FBLA-PBL members and advisers should develop an awareness of the image a person’s attire projects. The purpose of the dress code is to uphold the professional image of the association and its members and to prepare students for the business world. Appropriate attire is required for all attendees—advisers, members, and guests—at all general sessions, competitive events, regional meetings, workshops, and other activities unless otherwise stated in the conference program. Conference name badges are part of this dress code and must be worn for all conference functions. For safety reasons, name badges should not be worn when outside of the hotel.

Professional attire acceptable for official Virginia FBLA-PBL activities includes



Inappropriate attire for both men and women includes the following:

Ladies do not have to wear nylons to the awards program.

Note: Students may be disqualified from regional and state events for failure to adhere to the dress code.