April 4, 2011
Today, the FBLA-PBL holds annual competitions that cover topics such as public speaking, technology, and business. Specific competitions include Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Website Development, Accounting, Management Decision Making, and Technology Concepts. The majority of individual competitions involve a multiple choice Scantron test or public speaking. Team competitions feature three unique structures: a two- or three-person team that submits a written solution to a problem, a two- or three-person team that submits a report or website, and a four- or five-person team that takes a test and averages the scores. Winners of competitions move up the regional ladder, progressing from local competition to state competition and eventually arriving at the national level. Winners at the national competition earn a spot on stage at the Awards of Excellence Program at the National Leadership Conference.
In addition to the various competitions sponsored by the FBLA-PBL, the organization also organizes State Leadership Conferences (SLC). During the SLCs, students participate in workshops and also have the opportunity to run for state officer positions. At National Leadership Conferences, held in major cities across the country during the early summer, participating students attend seminars, square off in the national competition, and run for national officer positions. As the FBLA’s elected speaker and leader, Raihan Sayeed represented the Lincoln-Way School District at the Business leaders annual conference held in March, 2010, in Decatur, Illinois. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit for second place in marketing.
To learn more about the FBLA-PBL, visit the website at fbla-pbl.org.