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State Leadership Conference

March 28-30, 2019 | Coralville

The Iowa FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC) is a three day conference held each spring. The conference consists of general sessions, competitive events, seminars, workshops, election of officers, awards, special programs, and other planned leadership and educational activities.

Deadlines

Dec 1 - Feb 1 Regional testing
Jan 1 - Feb 15 Registration open
Feb 1 Iowa FBLA SLC promo challenge
State officer applications
Hotel forms
Feb 15 Dues paid to compete at SLC
Feb 15 Event sponsorships
March 1 Prejudged projects
March 15 Skills tests

Competitive Events

National competitive event guidelines and rating sheets

State competitive event guidelines (Word document)

State chapter recognition event guidelines (Word document)

2019 Competitive Event Changes

Political Science: New written event

Digital Video Production: Modified event - reduced length of video to two minutes which will provide competitors time to present the entire video during the presentation

2018-2019 Design Challenges

SLC Promo Pack Challenge

Design promotional materials for the 2019 State Leadership Conference. Materials include a program cover, banquet cover, and name badge design. All materials should incorporate the national FBLA-PBL theme and have a consistent theme across all three items.

File requirements:

Deadline to submit files is February 1.

Winner will be announced February 15, then recognized at the Iowa State Leadership Conference and receive an Amazon gift card.

Submit all files in a compressed (zipped) folder here

2019 Competitive Event Topics

3D Animation

Using 3-D animation, create an informational video related to the many geographical areas devastated by natural disasters during the past year. The video should describe how to support cities/areas affected by natural disasters and should include:

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Ways to provide aide or assistance
  • Issues related to assistance that can create additional problems

Broadcast Journalism

You and/or your team work are part of your school's broadcast team. Create a broadcast event that includes the following:

  • Plans of your FBLA Chapter for the school year
  • How to prevent cyberbullying on campus
  • A weather forecast
  • Senior news on campus

Business Ethics

Research the ethical issue gift giving in a business setting. Be prepared to present the following:

  • What could or can be accepted without disclosure
  • What should not or cannot be accepted or given
  • What should be recorded
  • How staff can seek further guidance

Business Financial Plan

Find a unique opportunity to create a shop/business to open in your local community. The business should specifically be targeted for your community. Research available real estate in your area to help secure a location for your business. The Business Financial Plan should include a name for the business, plans for needed construction and/or renovation to the building, equipment to be purchased, inventory for your launch date, hours of operation, staffing requirements, and a promotional plan.

Coding and Programming

Develop a computer program to manage the issuance of e-books to a class of students. Give the class and e-book a name. The program must complete a minimum of the following tasks:

  • Track student name and grade in school with ability to enter/view/edit.
  • Track the redemption codes for each individual copy of the e-book with ability to enter/view/edit codes.
  • Track the issuance of e-books for a student--a redemption code may be used only once and paired with the student.
  • Generate or print weekly report to show to whom books are assigned.
  • Data must be stored persistently. Storage may be in a relational database, a document-oriented NoSQL database, flat text files, flat JSON or XML files.
  • The user interface must be a GUI with a minimum of five different control types including such things as drop-down lists, text fields, check boxes, emails, or other relevant control types.
  • All data entry must be validated with appropriate user notifications and error messages including the use of required fields.

Computer Game & Simulation Programming

You are to create a game designed to test a member’s knowledge of FBLA. The game must produce questions to be presented to the user comprising a minimum of five different FBLA related topics. Topics may include competitive events, business skills, national officers and/or running for national office, national sponsors/partners, basic parliamentary procedure, national conference (NFLC and NLC) dates/locations, FBLA history, etc. The game must be winnable. For example, you must implement a system of rewards/penalties such as points, tokens, or levels. Questions should be drawn from a question bank that presents the user a different assortment of questions every run of the game. There must be an increase in difficulty as the levels increase.

  • The game must be compatible with a Windows 7 or newer operating system
  • The game should be secure and bug free
  • The game should utilize two of the following: keyboard, touchscreen, and/or mouse
  • The game must be compatible for a maximum ESRB rating of E10+
  • The game should have an instructional display
  • The game should have credits indicating who completed each portion/component of the development process
  • The game should have a menu with an option to quit at any point

Digital Video Production

Create a video promoting Giving Tuesday donations in order to benefit FBLA. The video should discuss Giving Tuesday as the recognized Tuesday after Thanksgiving event that developed around social media and online donations, how FBLA can benefit from it, how it can impact the organization, and how/where to make a donation.

E-business

Develop an e-business website for a unique shop or business that could be opened in your local community. The business should be specifically targeted for your community. Give the shop or business a name. Include pictures, descriptions of items, and services for sale. The site needs to include purchase and shipping information, a shopping cart, and social media links.

Emerging Business Issues

The idea of companies implanting tiny microchips in the hands of employees is starting to take hold. This raises questions about health and privacy risk. The idea behind these chips are that workers will no longer have to bother with log-ins at their PC or swipe badges to open security doors. Be prepared to argue the affirmative that yes, companies should be allowed to require the insertion of microchips in their employees; or be prepared to argue the negative that no, companies should not be able to require that employees have these microchips embedded.

Graphic Design

Your community is opening a new high school, and you are a member of a committee to develop promotional/branding graphics for the new high school. Give the school a name and decide upon a mascot, school colors, and a school logo. The promotional/branding graphics should include a school t-shirt, one performing arts uniform (band/choir/color guard, etc.), one sport uniform (basketball, football, softball/baseball, cheerleaders, etc.), and a decal or magnet.

Introduction to Business Presentation

Create a business presentation that revolves around how FBLA participates in and benefits from Giving Tuesday. The presentation should discuss Giving Tuesday as the recognized Tuesday after Thanksgiving event that is developed around social media and online donations, how FBLA can benefit from it, how it can impact the organization, and how/where to make a donation.

Mobile Application Development

Develop an app designed to test a member’s knowledge of FBLA. Give the app a name. The app must produce questions to be presented to the user comprising a minimum of five different FBLA-related topics. Topics may include competitive events, business skills, national officers and/or running for national office, national sponsors/partners, basic parliamentary procedure, national conference (NFLC and NLC) dates/locations, FBLA history, etc.

  • The app must be designed strictly for a tablet or phone
  • The operating system must be mobile based such as Android or iOS
  • The app should be secure and bug free
  • The app should state its licensing and terms of use

Public Service Announcement

Develop a public service announcement that explains why “Soft Skills” in the workplace are important to employers in your community.

Publication Design

Your community is opening a new high school, and you are a member of a committee to develop a publication portfolio for the new high school. Give the school a name and decide upon a mascot, school colors, a school logo, and a mission statement/slogan. The publication portfolio should include a letterhead, a business card for the athletic director, a booster club donor card, and a rack card.

Social Media Campaign

Create a social media marketing campaign to create buzz for and knowledge of FBLA’s participation in Giving Tuesday. The campaign needs to encourage social media users to make donations to the organization. The campaign should encourage individuals to donate to FBLA through the recognized Tuesday after Thanksgiving event that was developed around social media use and online donations. The planned campaign must utilize a minimum of three different social media platforms.

Website Design

Accuracy is a new accounting firm that specializes in performing accounting responsibilities such as bookkeeping, taxes, audits, annual reports, and more for private and independent entrepreneurial businesses. Accuracy has hired you to create a website and must include the following components:

  • Introduction to the website using a Flash or Flash-type animation
  • Company overview to include its mission statement, services it offers, company history, staff information, and one other item generally found on a company's website
  • Customer service information
  • Interactive calendar to view and schedule appointments and meetings with clients
  • Links, site map, FAQs, pricing/rates, and a "contact us" option

Future SLCs

March 13-16, 2019 | Coralville

March 11-14, 2020 | Coralville