• Each competitor will be required to sign an honor code statement this year.  Please click here to complete and submit the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Experience Honor Code.


    • Each competitor is responsible for adhering to the guidelines for their competitive events as well as the changes for this year as detailed below.
    • In addition, each competitor is responsible for adhering to this year’s Digital Submission Guidelines.



  • For competitive events that consist of only an online, objective test, any paid member may participate in these events without prequalifying at their State Leadership Conference.
    • The state chair, or designee, will still have to register members for these events.
    • The National Center will offer the state chair, or designee, assistance in getting these members registered into these events.
  • For all other events, each state will be required to determine their own method of qualifying national competitors through a competitive process.
    • Only one individual/team per event may be entered into these events.


The following eligibility guidelines are in effect:

  • All competitors must have paid FBLA-Middle Level national dues by April 1 of the current school year.
  • All competitors must be registered for the 2020 National Leadership Experience and have paid their registration fee in order to participate in competitive events.
    • Members must be registered for NLE by May 29.
    • Payment by cash, check, or valid purchase order for competitors must be received by June 12, 2020. Any unpaid competitors will not advance to finals and will be ineligible to win an event.
  • The state chair, or designee, must register all state competitors on the official Slayte online entry form by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 29.
    • The state chair, or designee, must also submit any required URLs or PDFs needed for judging on the official Slayte online entry form by May 29.
  • Each competitor can only compete in one (1) event.
  • All members of a team must consist of individuals from the same FBLA-Middle Level chapter.
  • Competitors are not permitted to compete in an event more than once at the national level.
    • This guideline does include events that members compete in this year


Individual Objective Test Events
Take test online via ESS

Events in this category:

  • Business Etiquette
  • Business Math & Financial Literacy
  • Career Exploration
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Introduction to Computer Science & Coding

Presentation Events

  • Record presentation and post online for judging (no Q&A)
  • Events in this category:
    • Community Service Project
    • Critical Thinking*
  • For Community Service Project, competitors would be allowed to share their screen to aid in presenting their project. If sharing screen, the competitor would also have to still be seen while presenting.  NOTE: This option is not available for Critical Thinking since the event does not allow the use of equipment or PowerPoints.
  • *Has a case study that will be released to state advisers, who will release to competitors, with guidelines for prep time and recording presentation for judges.

Speech Events

  • Record speech and post online for judging
    • Record speech only—do not have to create or show business card or brochure/flyer
  • Events in this category:
    • Elevator Speech

Prejudged Projects with Objective Test

  • Submit project only (no objective test)
  • Events in this category:
    • Multimedia & Website Development


  • May 11: Competitive event registration by state adviser begins
  • May 29: Competitors must complete NLE registration
  • May 29: All competitive event registration must be completed by state advisers
  • May 29: URLs of prejudged projects (Multimedia & Website Development) must be submitted by state advisers
  • May 29: URLs of all performance event videos must be submitted by state advisers
  • June 1-26: Testing window for all objective test events
  • June 6: Scheduled Database Interruption: Our membership database Impexium and our competitive events platform Slayte will be unavailable from 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for scheduled maintenance. Please note the planned interruption as it relates to your access to the platforms for NLE Competitive Events and plan accordingly. 
  • June 8-19: Window for performance event judging
  • June 12: Competitor Payment Deadline (Any unpaid competitors will not advance to finals and will be ineligible to win an event.)
  • July 10-15: Competitive event medals and prize checks sent to winners
  • On or around July 12: Competitive event winners announce in Tomorrow’s Business Leader (TBL) NLE Special Online Edition