2021 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

2021 FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC)
Competitive Events Administration

PLEASE NOTE: These competitive event guidelines are in place only for the virtual 2021 National Leadership Conference.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • June 23:  Finalists in events that are being judged with submitted video recordings have been announced.  Please click here to see the finalists.
  • June 18:  Some of the final round schedules that were posted today had to be pulled so we could add the reminder about all times on schedules being Eastern Daylight Time. They are now posted again. In addition, some students names were missing from the Job Interview and Sales Presentation schedules, so please recheck them.
  • June 18:  Updated schedules have been posted because of a software issue we have experienced.  Please re-check all schedules that were posted on June 16 or 17.  Please continue to check for more final-round schedules.
  • June 17:  Competitive event finalists are being announced.  Please click here for events that have been posted.  Please check back periodically to see additional event finalist postings.
  • June 16: Schedules for final round presentation event judging via ZOOM are now being posted, As we continue to get results, we will be adding more events. We are attempting to email all competitors, but many emails are not being delivered. If you do not receive an email, competitors should check with their local adviser for information on how to access the schedules.
  • June 11: We posted some tips for student success for Zoom judging. Click here to view the tips.
  • Schedules for presentation event judging via Zoom are being posted. Competitors should check with their local adviser for information on how to access the schedules.
  • Instructions for taking open event tests have been posted.  Please click here to view the instructions.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO COMPETING

    • Each competitor (and/or local adviser) is responsible for the following:
      1. Reading and following the competitive event guidelines that are found in the FBLA Competitive Event Guidelines document.
      2. Reading and following any modified competitive event guidelines for the 2021 virtual NLC that are found further down on this page (click on the link for your event category).
      3. Reading and agreeing to abide by the Honor Code for the 2021 National Leadership Conference.  Each competitor must check the box on the 2021 NLC Conference Registration Form that indicates they agree to comply with the Honor Code.
      4. Reading and following the Digital Submission Guidelines that have been developed specifically for the 2021 NLC.  These guidelines have been developed in order to carry out an online competitive events experience at the 2021 NLC.
      5. All local advisers should reach out to their state adviser providing the information as to which members who qualified for national competition will be competing at NLC. Please check with your state adviser for the best process in sharing this information.
      6. All local advisers should reach out to their state adviser to confirm that their members have been properly registered for their competitive event(s).

FIELDING COMPETITORS

  • All competitors will have to go through their state’s process to qualify for competitive events.
  • FBLA-PBL will be holding a separate open events program that any member who has registered/paid for NLC can participate in.  This open events program is similar to the one offered at previous in-person NLCs.  Please click on the Open Events category tab below to see which open events are being offered.

ELIGIBILITY

  • An FBLA member may participate in one (1) individual or team event, and in one (1) chapter event.
  • Any member who competed at the 2020 NLE, or any previous NLC, should note that all FBLA-PBL established guidelines regarding repeat competitors are in place for the 2021 NLC.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR EVENTS INVOLVING JUDGED COMPETITIONS

  • A team competing in any presentation/performance/demonstration event that involves live judging via Zoom may present to the judges in one of the following ways:
    • Using separate accounts from separate locations with the Event Administrator moving the competitors as a group.
    • Using one account with all competitors in the same location.
  • PLEASE NOTE: FBLA-PBL advises using appropriate precautions and following any guidelines and restrictions as set forth by the CDC, your local and state governments, or your specific educational institution.

ONLINE COMPETITIVE EVENTS FOR THE 2021 NLC

Individual Objective Test Events

ANNOUNCEMENT: Instructions for taking online, objective tests have been posted.  Please click here to view the instructions.

  • Take test online via ESESS.
    • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.

Events in this category:

  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Advertising
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Calculations
  • Business Communication
  • Business Law
  • Computer Problem Solving
  • Cyber Security
  • Economics
  • Health Care Administration
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Business Communication
  • Introduction to Business Procedures
  • Introduction to FBLA
  • Introduction to Financial Math
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
  • Journalism
  • Networking Infrastructures
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Personal Finance
  • Political Science
  • Securities & Investments
  • Supply Chain Management

Production and Objective Test Events

ANNOUNCEMENT: Instructions for taking online, objective tests have been posted.  Please click here to view the instructions.

  • Submit production test and take online objective test via ESESS.
    • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.
  • Events in this category:
    • Computer Applications
    • Database Design & Applications
    • Spreadsheet Applications
    • Word Processing

Objective Test and Role Play Events

Instructions for taking online, objective tests have been posted.  Please click here to view the instructions.

  • Take objective test portion online via ESESS.
    • Where collaborative objective tests are concerned, teams will take test individually and FBLA-PBL will average the scores of the team members.
      • PLEASE NOTE: If a registered team member(s) does not log in and take the test, the scores of only the remaining team member(s) will be averaged.  The team member(s) who did not take the test forfeit their eligibility for the remainder of the event; they will be dropped from the team and will not be allowed to continue in the competition.  If a dropped team member attempts to compete, the entire team would be subject to disqualification at the discretion of the National Awards Program (NAP) Committee.
    • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.
  • Role Play portion of event (for top 15 scoring individuals/teams only).
    • Judged live via Zoom.
      • Competitors will be admitted to preparation room in Zoom.
      • Competitors will be admitted to performance (role play) room in Zoom
  • Events in this category:
    • Banking & Financial Systems
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Help Desk
    • Hospitality & Event Management
    • International Business
    • Introduction of Event Planning
    • Management Decision Making
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Network Design
    • Parliamentary Procedure
    • Sports & Entertainment Management

Presentation Events

ANNOUNCEMENT: Instructions for taking online, objective tests have been posted.  Please click here to view the instructions.

  • Judge live via Zoom.
  • Events in this category:
    • Broadcast Journalism#
    • Business Ethics
    • Client Service *
    • Electronic Career Portfolio#
    • Graphic Design#
    • Introduction to Business Presentation#
    • Introduction to Social Media Strategy #
    • Public Service Announcement#
    • Publication Design#
    • Sales Presentation#
    • Social Media Strategies #
  • #These events allow the use of equipment with the presentation. Competitors will be allowed to share screen to aid in presenting, but the camera must remain on so judges can also see competitors while sharing screen.
  • *Competitors will be admitted to preparation room in Zoom, and then moved to the performance (role play) room in Zoom.

Speech Events

  • Judge live via Zoom.
  • Events in this category:
    • Impromptu Speaking*
    • Introduction to Public Speaking
    • Public Speaking
  • *Competitors will be admitted to preparation room in Zoom, and then moved to the performance room in Zoom.

Demonstration Events

  • Judge live via Zoom.
  • Competitors will be allowed to share screen to aid in demonstrating project, but camera must remain on so judges can also see competitors while sharing screen.
  • Events in this category:
    • Coding & Programming
    • Computer Game & Simulation Programming
    • E-business
    • Mobile Application Development
    • Website Design

Prejudged Projects with Presentation

  • Submit project for prejudging.
  • Record presentation and post online for preliminary and final round judging.
    • No Q&A.
    • Same video will be judged for both preliminary and final round of competition.
  • Events in this category:
    • 3-D Animation
    • Digital Video Production

Prejudged Reports with Presentation

  • Submit report for prejudging.
  • Record presentation and post online for preliminary and final round judging.
    • No Q&A.
    • Same video will be judged for both preliminary and final round of competition.
  • Events in this category:
    • American Enterprise Project
    • Business Financial Plan
    • Business Plan
    • Community Service Project
    • Local Chapter Annual Business Report
    • Partnership with Business Project

Interview Events

  • Prejudged materials (resume and letter of application) will be submitted for prejudging.
  • Objective test for Future Business Leader will be taken online via ESESS prior to interviews.
    • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.
  • Interviews will be judged live via Zoom.
  • Events in this category:
    • Future Business Leader
    • Job Interview

LifeSmarts Event

Virtual Business Challenge Events

  • National competition will take place online.
  • Event will take place May 24 – 28, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Instructions for taking open event tests have been posted.  Please click here to view the instructions.

Open Events

  • Any FBLA member who is registered/paid for NLC may take one of the following open event online objective tests:
    • Data Analysis
    • Human Resource Management
    • Project Management
    • Python Programming
    • Retail Management
    • UX Design
  • The testing window for open events will be June 14 – 18.
  • The member scoring highest on each test will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony on July 1.
Members don’t have to pre-register for open events. The testing program will be set up so that each member who has registered/paid to attend NLC can take one open event test. They will just need to log in during the open event testing window and take the test. Specific instructions for doing so will be posted to our NLC website about a week before the testing begins.

TIMELINE

May 14, 2021 All competitive event registration must be completed by state advisers
May 14, 2021 PDFs of prejudged reports and interview event materials (resumes/letters of application) must be submitted by state advisers
(American Enterprise Project, Business Financial Plan, Business Plan, Community Service Project, Future Business Leader, Job Interview, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Partnership with Business Project)
May 14, 2021 URLs of prejudged projects must be submitted by state advisers
(3-D Animation, Digital Video Production)
May 14, 2021 URLs of all performance event videos must be submitted by state advisers
(Only for 3-D Animation, American Enterprise Project, Business Financial Plan, Business Plan, Community Service Project, Digital Video Production, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Partnership with Business Project)
May 21, 2021 Production tests must be submitted
(Computer Applications, Database Design & Applications, Spreadsheet Applications, Word Processing)
May 24 – 28, 2021 Virtual Business Finance Challenge window
May 24 – 28, 2021 Virtual Business Management Challenge window
May 24 – 28, 2021 LifeSmarts Challenge competition
June 7 – 11, 2021 Testing window for all objective test events
June 14-18, 2021 Testing window for OPEN EVENT objective tests only
(Data Analysis, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Python Programming, Retail Management, UX Design)
June 14, 2021 Preliminary performance/demonstration event judging, via Zoom
(Computer Game & Simulation Programming, Graphic Design, Intro to Business Presentation, Public Service Announcement, Sales Presentation)
June 15, 2021 Preliminary performance/demonstration event judging, via Zoom
(Client Service, E-business, Intro to Public Speaking, Job Interview, Mobile Application Development)
June 16, 2021 Objective Test with Role Play event finalists announced
(Banking & Financial Systems, Entrepreneurship, Help Desk, Hospitality & Event Management, International Business, Introduction to Event Planning, Management Decision Making, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Network Design, Parliamentary Procedure, Sports & Entertainment Management)
June 18, 2021 Performance/demonstration event finalists announced from June 14 – 15 judging
June 21, 2021 Preliminary performance/demonstration event judging, via Zoom
(Broadcast Journalism, Coding & Programming, Future Business Leader, Impromptu Speaking, Social Media Strategies)
June 22, 2021 Preliminary performance/demonstration event judging, via Zoom
(Business Ethics, Electronic Career Portfolio, Intro to Social Media Strategy, Public Speaking, Publication Design, Website Design)
June 23, 2021 Performance/demonstration event finalists announced from June 21 – 22 judging
June 25, 2021 Performance/demonstration event finals, via Zoom
(Banking and Financial Systems, Client Service, Computer Game & Simulation Programming, E-Business, Graphic Design, Hospitality and Event Management, Intro to Business Presentation, Intro to Public Speaking, Job Interview, Management Decision Making, Management Information Systems, Mobile Application Development, Parliamentary Procedure, Public Service Announcement, Sales Presentation, Sports and Entertainment Management)
June 28, 2021 Performance/demonstration event finals, via Zoom
(Broadcast Journalism, Business Ethics, Coding and Programming , Electronic Career Portfolio, Entrepreneurship, Future Business Leader, Help Desk, Impromptu Speaking, International Business, Intro to Event Planning, Intro to Social Media Strategy, Marketing, Network Design, Public Speaking, Publication Design, Social Media Strategies, Website Design)
July 1, 2021 Awards of Excellence Ceremony, #1 (for objective test, production test, and VBC/LifeSmarts events)
July 2, 2021
Awards of Excellence Ceremony, #2 (for all other events)
After NLC Competitive event awards and prize checks sent to winners
After NLC Competitive event winners published in Tomorrow’s Business Leader (TBL) NLE Special Edition – online