2022 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

2022 FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC)
Competitive Events Information

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Click here to view the complete list of winners for FBLA High School competitive events at the 2022 FBLA National Leadership Conference.

Guidelines state that any competitor in a viewable final round that allows equipment will have an HDMI and VGA connector provided. IT staff was unable to procure VGA connector cables to use for these events.

If a competitor is intending to use a VGA connector from their computer, please arrive as early as you are able (at least 30 minutes) before your event. Please check in with the administrator at your room and let them know you are in need of assistance from the IT staff.

IT staff will have a flash drive to move any necessary documents to a conference laptop with the appropriate HDMI connector for any competitor to use that needs one. These conference laptops will all have Microsoft PowerPoint installed. All documentation will be removed from the flash drive following the completion of the presentation.

If you have any questions, please address them to the Competitive Events Desk.

We have been getting a few questions on how the events with remote judges will look for competitors so they can prepare to present. For events that have remote judges (preliminaries for Job Interview and Sales Presentation only), there will be a judge physically in the room and a computer that will be facing the competitor(s). The remote judges will appear on the screen of the computer facing the competitor(s). Competitors should present normally to both the “in-person” judge(s) and the “remote” judge(s).

FBLA-PBL has been asked to provide clarification on exactly what technology equipment will be allowed in events that will take place in pipe & drape booths at NLC.  This information applies to all PBL events, all FBLA-Middle Level events, and all FBLA preliminary events.  For FBLA final round events only, FBLA-PBL will provide a projector with HDMI and VGA connections (if any other type of connection is needed, the competitor must supply their own adapter), a screen, and a table with power strip.

Here is the specific information regarding equipment allowed in pipe & drape booths at NLC:

For events that allow the use of technology in performance events, competitors can present with and bring any of the following into the pipe & drape area as long as it fits on the small round table in front of the judges’ table or is held by the competitors:

  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Mobile phone
  • External monitor that is approximately the size of a laptop monitor

Please note that no electrical outlets will be provided, no screens will be provided, and neither is allowed during the competition. Competitors, regardless of the number of members on the team, may bring multiple devices as long as they fit on the table provided or they hold the device(s) throughout the presentation.

Preliminary performance schedules for FBLA events scheduled for June 30 are now available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g45cdffnqr7z4b4/AAC3CLl8auvPZdNYDWOq18Jca?dl=0

If you plan to use your own device at NLC, please note that laptops work great, tablets work okay, and phones are not recommended.

In addition, it is necessary for you to take a sample test to ensure that you can access the system and a sample test without any issues. It is also recommended that you take the sample test on site at NLC to make sure you can access the Internet on site.

To take a sample test, follow these steps.
1. Log onto the Internet
2. Go to www.techfluency.org/esess
3. Type Sample in all 4 boxes.
4. Organization: Sample
5. First Name: Sample
6. Last Name: Sample
7. Password: Sample
8. Click Continue
9. Click Begin on the sample test

*Note: If you plan on taking a collaborative team test, you can test the team login by clicking Check In Team and use Sample Team as the password for second team member.

**Final Note: If you have a testing accommodation that requires a test reader, the audio Text-To-Speech option has been turned on for the Sample test so you can preview how that feature works.

Because COVID factors into decisions that we make at NLC, we are instituting a policy of no hand shaking. In particular, members should not shake hands with judges during competitions. This is for the safety of everyone at NLC. Judges will be instructed not to shake hands and not to let this affect how they rate any competitor.

Open Events are a series of objective tests that anyone registered for the NLC can take part in.  No pre-qualification is required.  FBLA offers six open events each year, and FBLA-Middle Level offers four open events each year. The tests offered change from year to year.  At NLC, each member can take one open event test.  They are scheduled for July 1, and there is a link to this year’s tests in the Timeline section at the bottom of this page.

For members who are competing in any production tests (Computer Applications, Database Design & Applications, Spreadsheet Applications, and Word Processing), please review the Production Test Submission Handbook for very important information needed so that your test documents are submitted correctly.

Cafeteria-style seating

Cafeteria-style seating will be instituted during online testing at NLC. This means that as members start to line up for their assigned testing session, they will be allowed to go in and take their test if seats are available.

Can I bring my own device?
Members will be allowed to bring their own device for online testing, which enables them to use a device they are familiar with. Laptops will be supplied if needed.

FBLA-PBL will be piloting remote judging during the preliminary round for the Job Interview and Sales Presentation events at each of the NLCs this year (FBLA and PBL events only).  This is being done in an attempt to simulate modern, real-world business practices of initial conversations/presentations being done virtually to qualify for further, in-person conversations/presentations and will allow us to determine the feasibility of having remote judges in the future. There will still be an in-person judge in each section working with a remote judge.

Picture identification (ID) must be presented when checking in for all competitive events. Picture ID can be a driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, or school ID. If an FBLA member does not have a picture ID, please click here to access the FBLA Competitor Alternate ID Form.

Please note that the one-page case study summary must follow the guidelines for academic reports as outlined in the Format Guide, as well as the event guidelines for the Business Ethics event contained in the FBLA Competitive Event Guidelines for 2021-22. For NLC competition purposes, the works cited can be on a second page. Judges will be informed of this clarification.

Competitive event prize checks (given to the top three competitors/teams in each competition) will now be mailed after the NLC to the address(es) provided at registration.

  • If you are competing in an event with a test and performance component, closely check the times for each event. If a test is scheduled at the same time as a performance, compete in the performance first, then report to the computer lab for testing.
  • PBL members registered for two online tests scheduled at the same time should complete one test at the scheduled time, then start the second test immediately after. Team members must coordinate with each other, as team events require a collaborative test effort.
  • Students registered for two performance events scheduled at the same time should immediately go to the Competitive Events Desk to resolve the conflict.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO COMPETING

  • Each competitor (and/or local adviser) is responsible for the following:
    • Reading and following the competitive event guidelines that are found in the FBLA Competitive Event Guidelines document.
    • Reading and agreeing to abide by the Honor Code for the 2022 National Leadership Conference. Each competitor must check the box on the 2022 NLC registration form that indicates they agree to comply with the Honor Code.
    • All local advisers must 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.
    • All local advisers should reach out to their state adviser to confirm that their members have been properly registered for their competitive event(s).
  • Competitors must have registered for NLC and paid conference registration to be eligible to compete.

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. Please use the link in the Timeline 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 any previous NLC, should note that all FBLA-PBL established guidelines regarding repeat competitors are in place for the 2022 NLC.

TIMELINE

May 10, 2022 All competitive event registrations must be completed by state advisers
No new competitive event entries can be added after this deadline, only substitutions to existing, registered teams
May 10, 2022 PDFs of prejudged reports and interview event materials (resumes/letters of application) must be submitted by state advisers
(American Enterprise Project, Business Ethics, Business Financial Plan, Business Plan, Community Service Project, Future Business Leader, Job Interview, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Partnership with Business Project)
May 10, 2022 URLs of prejudged projects must be submitted by state advisers
(3-D Animation, Digital Video Production)
May 17, 2022 Production tests must be submitted by state advisers
(Computer Applications, Database Design & Applications, Spreadsheet Applications, Word Processing)
June 7, 2022 Deadline to make any final drops or team member substitutions for existing, registered teams
June 29, 2022 First day of competitive events—click here for scheduled events
June 30, 2022 Second day of competitive events—click here for scheduled events
July 1, 2022 Last day of competitive events—click here for scheduled events
July 1, 2022 All open events—click here for scheduled events
July 1, 2022 Awards of Excellence Ceremony, #1—click here for list of events being awarded
July 2, 2022 Awards of Excellence Ceremony, #2—click here for list of events being awarded
After NLC Competitive event prize checks sent to winners
After NLC Competitive event winners published in Tomorrow’s Business Leader (TBL) NLC Special Edition – online