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  • 1. NEBRASKA FBLA HANDBOOK Table of Contents Section 4: SLC Competitive Events Crosswalk of Business Education Essential Learnings to FBLA Competitive Events 4-1 Accounting I 4-5 Accounting II 4-6 Banking and Financial Systems 4-8 Banking and Financial Systems Performance Rating Sheet 4-10 Business Calculations 4-11 Business Communication 4-12 Business Ethics 4-13 Business Ethics Written Case Study Rating Sheet 4-15 Business Ethics Performance Rating Sheet 4-16 Business Financial Plan 4-17 Business Financial Plan Report Rating Sheet4-19 Business Law 4-20 Business Math 4-21 Business Plan 4-22 Business Plan Written Report Rating Sheet 4-25 Business Presentation 4-27 Business Presentation Preliminary Performance Rating Sheet 4-29 Business Presentation Performance Rating Sheet 4-30 Business Procedures 4-31 Client Service 4-32 Client Service Written Case Study Rating Sheet 4-34 Client Service Performance Rating Sheet 4-35 Computer Problem Solving 4-36 Cyber Security 4-37 Desktop Application Programming.4-38 Desktop Application Programming Production Rating Sheet 4-40 Digital Video Production 4-41 Digital Video Production Rating Sheet 4-43 E-business 4-44 E-business Production Rating Sheet4-46 Economics 4-47 Electronic Career Portfolio 4-48 Electronic Career Portfolio Rating Sheet 4-50 Emerging Business Issues 4-51 Emerging Business Issues Written Summary Rating Sheet 4-53 Emerging Business Issues Performance Rating Sheet 4-54 Entrepreneurship 4-55 Entrepreneurship Performance Rating Sheet 4-57 FBLA Principles and Procedures 4-58 Future Business Leader 4-59 Future Business Leader Final Interview Rating Sheet 4-61 Global Business 4-62 Global Business Performance Rating Sheet 4-64 Impromptu Speaking 4-65
  • 2. Impromptu Speaking Performance Rating Sheet 4-67 Internet Application Programming 4-68 Internet Application Programming Production Rating Sheet 4-70 Introduction to Business 4-71 Introduction to Business Communication 4-72 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure 4-73 Introduction to Technology Concepts 4-74 Job Interview 4-75 Preliminary Job Interview Rating Sheet 4-77 Semifinal/Final Job Interview Event Rating Sheet 4-78 Keyboarding Knowledge 4-79 Management Decision Making 4-80 Management Decision Making Performance Rating Sheet 4-82 Marketing 4-83 Network Design 4-84 Network Design Performance Rating Sheet 4-86 Networking Concepts 4-87 Parliamentary Procedure Team 4-88 Parliamentary Procedure Performance Rating Sheet 4-90 Personal Finance 4-92 Proofreading 4-93 Public Speaking I4-94 Public Speaking I Rating Sheet 4-96 Public Speaking II 4-97 Public Speaking II Performance Rating Sheet 4-99 Board of Directors’ All-State Quality Member Award4-100 Spelling 4-102 Sports Management 4-103 Technology Concepts 4-104 Web Site Development 4-105 Web Site Development Rating Sheet 4-107 Who’s Who in Nebraska FBLA 4-108 Who’s Who Rating Sheet 4-109
  • 3. NEBRASKA BUSINESS EDUCATION ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS CROSSWALK TO THE FBLA COMPETITIVE EVENTS PROGRAM Foundation Skills and Knowledge Essential Learnings Secondary Level Computer Career Development Communication Computation Applications • Banking and Financial • Business Calculations • Accounting I • Business Presentation Systems • Business Ethics • Accounting II • Chapter Reports: Written • Business Ethics • Business Plan • Banking and Financial • Computer Applications • Business Plan • Business Presentation Systems • Database Design and • Client Service • Business Procedures • Business Calculations Applications • Electronic Career • Chapter Reports: Written • Business Financial Plan • Desktop Publishing Portfolio and Oral Presentations • Business Math • Digital Video • Future Business Leader • Client Service • Database Design and Presentation FBLA Competitive Events • Introduction to Business • Desktop Publishing Applications • Electronic Career • Introduction to • Digital Video Production • Future Business Leader Portfolio Parliamentary Procedure • Electronic Career • Introduction to Business • Keyboarding Knowledge • Job Interview Portfolio • Local Chapter Annual • Spreadsheet Applications • Management Decision • Emerging Business Issues Business Report • Word Processing I Making • Entrepreneurship • Spreadsheet Applications • Word Processing II • Parliamentary Procedure • Future Business Leader • Partnership with Business • Impromptu Speaking • Introduction to Business Communication • Job Interview • Management Decision Making • Network Design • Parliamentary Procedure • Proofreading • Public Speaking I • Public Speaking II • Spelling • Word Processing I • Word Processing II Foundation Skills and Knowledge Essential Learnings Secondary Level Economics and Entrepreneurship Ethics Input Technologies Personal Finance • Accounting I and II • American Enterprise • Business Ethics • Keyboarding Knowledge FBLA Competitive Events • American Enterprise Project • Business Law • Word Processing Project • Business Plan • Cyber Security • Banking and Financial • E-business • Digital Video Production Systems • Economics • Emerging Business Issues • Business Calculations • Entrepreneurship • Management Decision • Business Financial Plan • Future Business Leader Making • Business Math • Introduction to Business • Sports Management • E-business • Management Decision • Web Site Development • Economics Making • Future Business Leader • Marketing • Global Business • Partnership with Business • Introduction to Business • Management Decision Making • Personal Finance 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-1
  • 4. Business Administration Essential Learnings Secondary Level Business and Economics and Accounting Communication Consumer Law Personal Finance • Accounting I • Business Ethics • Business Communication • Accounting I • Accounting II • Business Law • Business Ethics • Accounting II • Banking and Financial • Cyber Security • Business Financial Plan • American Enterprise Systems • Future Business Leader • Business Plan Project • Business Calculations • Business Presentation • Banking and Financial • Business Financial Plan • Business Procedures Systems • Business Math • Chapter Reports: Written • Business Calculations • Business Plan and Oral Presentations • Business Financial Plan • Entrepreneurship • Client Service • Business Math FBLA Competitive Events • Future Business Leader • Desktop Publishing • E-business • Local Chapter Annual • Digital Video Production • Economics Business Report • Electronic Career • Future Business Leader • Management Decision Portfolio • Global Business Making • Emerging Business Issues • Introduction to Business • Entrepreneurship • Management Decision • Future Business Leader Making • Impromptu Speaking • Proofreading • Introduction to Business Communication • Job Interview • Management Decision Making • Network Design • Parliamentary Procedure • Proofreading • Public Speaking I • Public Speaking II • Spelling • Word Processing I • Word Processing II Business Administration Essential Learnings Secondary Level Entrepreneurship Global Business Management Marketing FBLA Competitive Events • American Enterprise • Business Communication • Banking and Financial • Business Plan Project • Business Law Systems • Community Service • Business Plan • Economics • Business Ethics Project • E-business • Future Business Leader • Business Financial Plan • E-business • Economics • Global Business • Business Procedures • Electronic Career • Entrepreneurship • Management Decision • Entrepreneurship Portfolio • Future Business Leader Making • Future Business Leader • Entrepreneurship • Introduction to Business • Global Business • Future Business Leader • Management Decision • Introduction to Business • Introduction to Business Making • Management Decision • Local Chapter Annual • Marketing Making Business Report • Partnership with • Partnership with Business • Marketing Business • Sports Management • Sports Management • Web Site Development 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-2
  • 5. Information Technology Essential Learnings Secondary Level Computer Hardware and Computer Applications DATABASE MANAGEMENT Operating Systems • Business Presentation • Computer Problem Solving • Computer Applications Events FBLA Competitive • Chapter Reports: Written • Cyber Security • Database Design and Applications • Computer Applications • Introduction to Technology • Introduction to Technology • Desktop Publishing Concepts Concepts • Digital Video Production • Network Design • Spreadsheet Applications • Electronic Career Portfolio • Networking Concepts • Technology Concepts • Spreadsheet Applications • Technology Concepts • Word Processing I • Word Processing II Information Technology Essential Learnings Secondary Level Interactive Media and Network Systems PROGRAMMING Web Technologies • Computer Applications • Computer Problem Solving • Desktop Application Programming FBLA Competitive Events • Digital Video Production • Cyber Security • Internet Application Programming • E-business • Introduction to Technology • Introduction to Technology • Electronic Career Portfolio Concepts Concepts • Internet Application Programming • Network Design • Networking Concepts • Introduction to Technology • Networking Concepts • Technology Concepts Concepts • Technology Concepts • Networking Concepts • Technology Concepts • Web site Development 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-3
  • 6. LINKING CHAPTER ACTIVITIES TO CURRICULA Curricular Area FBLA Activity Career Development Career fair Certifications offered at national conferences Dress for Success style show Fall and State Leadership Conference Field trips/tours Job interview preparation Job shadowing National Association of Parliamentarians exam offered at national conferences National Fall Leadership Conference National Leadership Conference Panels Speakers Communication – Oral Chapter meetings Committee meetings Job interview preparation Oral presentations: community, business groups, and school administration State Officer campaign Economics American Enterprise educational skits and projects Business Plan Econ Challenge Economic game developed for use at chapter meetings Elementary students learn business concepts from FBLA presentations School concessions management School store management Stock market simulations Mathematics Fundraising activities School concessions management School store management Treasurer’s report Reading Project Literacy Summer library reading program Social Studies Chamber of Commerce meetings Election Day activities Fed Challenge History preservation projects Local and state election campaigns Technology Community computer classes Desktop publishing for school and community groups Multimedia presentations for school and community groups Technology skill certifications offered at national conferences Web site development for school and community groups Writing American Enterprise Project Annual Business Report Business Ethics Business Plan Community Service Project Emerging Business Issues Partnership with Business Project Service Hours as a Community service projects Graduation Requirement 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-4
  • 7. ACCOUNTING I Purpose The accurate keeping of financial records is an ongoing activity in all types of businesses. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of and skill in basic accounting principles and procedures. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 who have not completed more than two (2) semesters or one (1) semester in a block scheduling program of high school accounting instruction nor are enrolled in or have completed any additional accounting courses are eligible to compete. Students enrolled in self-paced instructional programs must not have covered the content beyond a one-year accounting course. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given an objective test that will focus on basic practices of accounting for the sole proprietorship, the partnership, and the corporation; types of ownership; basic accounting cycle; terminology; account classification; journalizing; posting; income statement; balance sheet; depreciation, repairs, and improvements; manual and computerized accounting software; and ethical standards. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Accounting I event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: accounting cycle, accounting process, financial statements, special applications Computation: problem-solving applications, mathematical Economics and Personal Finance: personal decision making, managing finances and budgeting Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-5
  • 8. ACCOUNTING II Purpose The accurate keeping of financial records is a vital ongoing activity in all types of businesses. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have demonstrated an understanding of and skill in accounting principles and procedures as applied to sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 who have had more than one year of high school accounting instruction or its equivalent are eligible to compete. Students enrolled in self-paced instructional programs should have covered the content beyond a one-year accounting course. Procedure This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and a school-site application test. School-Site Testing Participants should be prepared to complete problems for financial statements, bank reconciliation, payroll, trial balance, journalizing, inventory, depreciation, and adjusting/closing entries. Thirty (30) minutes will be allowed for the computer application portion of the test at the school-testing site. Any accounting or spreadsheet software may be used. Additional time will be allowed for general directions. Problems will be weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order. The score received on this portion of the event will constitute 50 percent of the final event score. Objective Test In addition, participants will be given a fifty- (50) minute objective written test on principles and practices of accounting for the sole proprietorship, the partnership, and the corporation. The objective test may include questions and problems on financial statements, partnerships and corporate accounting, ratios and analysis, purchases and sales, worksheets, account classification, bank reconciliation, income tax, payroll, inventory, plant assets and depreciation, cost accounting and manufacturing, budgeting and cash flow, departmentalized accounting, and ethics. The score received on this portion of the event will constitute 50 percent of the final event score. For the written event, participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The objective test will be machine graded. A panel of judges will review the school-site test for accuracy. Ties will be broken based on the objective test score. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Accounting II event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-6
  • 9. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: accounting cycle, financial statements, special applications, payroll and banking procedures, accounting process Computation: problem-solving applications, mathematical Career Development: career strategy Economics and Personal Finance: personal decision making, managing finances, budgeting Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-7
  • 10. BANKING AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS Purpose Understanding how financial institutions and financial consulting and advisory services operate is important to successful business ownership and management, as well as to personal financial success. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and skill in the general operations of the various components of the financial service sector. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter two (2) teams of two (2) or three (3) members from Grades 9 through 12. Procedure This event consists of two (2) parts: an objective test and a performance component consisting of a problem or scenario encountered in the banking or financial business community. The team’s decision will be presented and defended before a panel of judges. Objective Test Sixty (60) minutes will be allowed for the objective test on concepts and practices of banking and financial systems, government regulation of financial services, basic terminology, impact of technology on financial services, types and differences between various institutions, ethics, careers in financial services, and taxation. Team members will take the online objective test collaboratively at the local school at the designated time prior to the State Leadership Conference. Team members may use their own cordless calculators; however no graphing calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. The five (5) teams with the highest test scores will be scheduled for the performance component of the event. The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person at the State Office and announced prior to the conference. Performance A case study will be given consisting of a problem or scenario encountered in the banking or financial business community. Team members should demonstrate understanding of the case; understand the role of the judge as a component of the presentation; provide an introduction and overview; explain, discuss, and describe recommendations; demonstrate critical thinking/reasoning; use correct grammar, tone, and style; and demonstrate ability to make a professional presentation. Members of the five (5) finalist teams will meet for instructions thirty (30) minutes before each team’s scheduled performance. Twenty (20) minutes before the performance, team members will receive the case study. Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided to each participant and may be used during the preparation and performance of the event. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. The team members have seven (7) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present the solution to the case. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and refer to the case for specifics. This is a role-play event. The participants should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members must participate in the presentation. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. The performance is open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. No audio or video recording will be allowed. Judging The objective test will be machine graded. The top five (5) teams with the highest score will advance to the presentation portion of the event. A panel of judges will evaluate the performances to determine the winners. Team places one to five are determined by weighting 20% team tests score and 80% team performance score. The objective test score will be used to determine final rank in case of a tie. The written test score will determine places for teams not advancing to the performance portion of the event. Ties on the written test will be broken based on time. All judges’ decisions are final. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-8
  • 11. Team Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place teams will represent Nebraska in the Banking and Financial Systems event at the National Leadership Conference. No more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: financial statements, special applications Career Development: career strategy Computation: problem-solving applications Economics and Personal Finance: banking, buying goods and services, role of government, markets and prices, saving and investing Management: ethics and social responsibility, financial decision making Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-9
  • 12. BANKING AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS Performance Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Demonstrat Expectatio Expectatio Expectatio Points Evaluation Item ed ns ns ns Earned CONTENT Problem is understood and well-defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Alternatives are recognized with pros and cons stated and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 evaluated Logical solution is selected with positive and negative aspects of 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 its implementation given Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of banking and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 financial systems concepts DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well-organized and clearly stated; 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 appropriate business language used Team members show self-confidence, poise, and good voice 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 projection All team members participate actively during the presentation 0 1-2 3-4 5 Demonstrates the ability to effectively answer questions 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 PERFORMANCE SCORE /100 max DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed PERFORMANCE SCORE x 80% = WRITTEN TEST SCORE x 20% = TOTAL SCORE Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-10
  • 13. BUSINESS CALCULATIONS Purpose Acquiring a high level of mathematics skill to solve business problems is a challenge for all prospective business employees. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of mathematical functions in business applications. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 11 and 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include mark-ups and discounts, investments, bank records, insurance, interest rates, payroll, ratios and proportions, depreciation, consumer credit, and taxes. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Calculations event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: special applications Computation: mathematical foundations, number relationships and operations, problem-solving applications, statistics and probability Career Clusters: Finance
  • 14. BUSINESS COMMUNICATION Purpose Learning to communicate in a manner that is clearly understood by the receiver of the message is a major task of all business people. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who are working toward improving their business communication skills of writing, speaking, and listening. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 11 and 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include written and oral communication concepts, grammar, reading comprehension, editing and proofreading, word definition and usage, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and digital communications. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Communication event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: foundations, employment, organizational Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-12
  • 15. BUSINESS ETHICS Purpose Ethical decision-making is essential in the business world and the workplace. This team event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to present solutions to ethical situations encountered in the business world and the workplace. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Each chapter may enter one (1) team composed of two to three (2-3) members. No more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior SLC. Procedure Each team will be required to research and submit its solution to a case study involving making ethical business decisions in the business world or in the workplace. The solution with accompanying bibliography must be submitted by the SLC registration deadline. The top eight (8) teams will be selected to compete at the state conference. Each team will have twenty (20) minutes to prepare their solution to a new case study and seven (7) minutes to present their solution to a panel of judges. Preliminary Round The case study for the preliminary round will be posted on the FBLA Web site under the SLC registration section by November 15. Written copy of the team’s solution to the case study with bibliography must be submitted to the State Office by the SLC registration deadline. The solution should be no more than two double-spaced pages of text using 12-point font and one-inch side margins. The bibliography should be submitted as the third page using any acceptable bibliography format. The event name, team members’ names, and chapter should be placed in the upper right hand corner of the page. Each submission must be the result of the team’s independent research and development. All members of the team must participate in the research and solution for the case study. Final Round The top eight (8) teams will be notified of their eligibility prior to the conference. The order of performance will be drawn randomly by the State Office staff. All teams must report to the holding room at the time designated in the conference program. Teams will be sequestered until the performance time. Team members will be given twenty (20) minutes to prepare their case for presentation. Each participant will be given two (2) 4” x 6” note cards. Books and reference materials may not be used in the preparation or presentation. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. Each team has seven (7) minutes to present their case. One member should introduce the team and describe the ethical situation. All team members must participate in the presentation. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes. A five (5) point deduction will be made for presentations over seven (7) minutes. A maximum of three (3) additional minutes will be allowed for questions from the judges. Team members should be prepared to defend their recommendations and respond to questions from the judges. The performance is open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. No audio or video recording will be allowed. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-13
  • 16. Judging The preliminary round will be judged prior to the State Leadership Conference. The final round will be judged by a panel of judges. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention may be awarded to other top participants as determined by the judges. National Entry The first- and second-place teams in this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Ethics event at the National Leadership Conference. Only one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Events Business Law: basics of the law Career Development: self-awareness Communications: foundations, organizational Information Technology: impact on society Career Cluster: Business Management and Administration 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-14
  • 17. BUSINESS ETHICS Written Case Study Rating Sheet Chapter Names Not Does Not Demonstrate Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item d Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT AND RECOMMENDATION Situation is understood and effectively defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Ethical dimensions of the problem are clearly defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Team’s position is clearly stated 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Effective ethical solution is offered 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 WRITTEN PRESENTATION Clear and concise presentation with logical arrangement 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 of information Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling 0 1-2 3-4 5 TOTAL POINTS /70 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-15
  • 18. BUSINESS ETHICS Performance Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Situation is understood and effectively defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Ethical dimensions of the problem are clearly defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Team’s position is clearly stated 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Effective ethical solution is offered 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well organized and clearly 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 stated; appropriate business language used Team members demonstrate self-confidence, poise, and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 good voice projection Demonstrates the ability to effectively answer questions 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 All team members actively participated in the 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 presentation TIME TOTAL POINTS /100 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations over seven (7) minutes DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code in not followed FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-16
  • 19. BUSINESS FINANCIAL PLAN Purpose Business financial planning is paramount to the success of any business enterprise. This event is designed to recognize FBLA members who possess the knowledge and skills needed to establish and develop a complete financial plan for a business venture. The financial plan requesting a loan from a financial institution must be economically and financially sound with a realistic time frame. In addition to learning and applying financial business decision-making skills, team participants develop business contacts, implement written and oral skills, and develop familiarity with procedures of financial institutions. Eligibility Each chapter may enter one (1) plan created by an individual or a team of two (2) or three (3) members from Grades 9 through 12. No more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior SLC. Procedure An effective business financial plan should include the following information. Synopsis. Summarizes the company, the purpose of the loan request, and the financial plan. Company Description. Includes the basic details of the business. Operations and Management. Describes the business facilities, identifies management personnel, and describes the workforce (current and projected). Target Market. Defines the target market and analyzes the market’s potential. Financial Institution. Identifies the name and type of financial institution chosen and the reason for choosing this financial institution. Loan Request. Describes the purpose of loan and amount requested, itemizes the planned expenditures, identifies the repayment plan, and projects the future stability of the company. Supporting Documents. Provides the appropriate supporting documents, including a works cited page. Topic The topic to be researched and developed for competition at both the State Leadership Conference and National Leadership Conference is: The local garden center has been in business for five years. Currently the garden center leases the property and buildings. The lease is soon expiring. The owner of the garden center would like to purchase the property from the current owners. The garden center has no competitors within a ten mile radius. Prepare a business financial plan for purchase of the property that will be presented to a banking institution. The plan will need to include at minimum information on the sales history of the company, projected earnings, current assets, and the benefits of buying versus leasing of the property. Information may be fictitious. Regulations Report formats must adhere to the following guidelines. A. Report Contents i) Reports must include a table of contents with page numbers. ii) Follow the rating sheet sequence in writing the report. If information is not available for a particular criterion, include a statement to that effect in the report. iii) Pages are numbered and must be on 8 1/2” x 11” paper. Each side of the paper providing information is counted as a page. iv) Pages must not be laminated or bound in sheet protectors. v) Reports must not exceed 15 pages excluding front and back cover. (A title page, divider pages, and appendices are optional and must be included in the page count.) The synopsis does not count in the page count. vi) Copies should be sent rather than important original documents. No items may be attached to any page in the report 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-17
  • 20. B. Report Covers i) Both a front and back cover are required. ii) Report covers must be cover stock, index stock, or card stock. iii) Report covers are not counted against the page limit and may contain other information. iv) Covers may not be in plastic binders, be laminated, or have a plastic sheet overlaying the printed cover. v) No items, such as labels or decals, may be attached to the front cover. vi) Two- or three-ring binders are not acceptable report covers. vii) Cutout cover stock covers are allowed, but the page containing the cover information is included in the page count. viii) Front cover contains the following information: name of student(s), name of the school, state, name of the event, and year (20xx–xx). The cover may also contain additional information. ix) All reports must be bound (e.g., tape binding, spiral binding). Student members, not advisers, must prepare reports. Local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the reports are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in an acceptable business style. Students must prepare a written synopsis of no more than 500 words that summarizes the loan. One (1) copy of the synopsis should be included with the submission of the report in a standard file folder with the event title, participant’s name, state, and school. Reports submitted for competition become the property of Nebraska FBLA. These reports may be used for publication and/or reproduced by the state association. Penalty points will be given if the written plan doesn’t adhere to the report cover and report contents guidelines. Entries not adhering to these regulations may be disqualified. The Business Financial Plan must be postmarked by the report deadline date, or if hand delivered, it must be received in the State Office by 5:00 p.m. on the report deadline date. Judging Reports will be reviewed by a screening committee to determine if the projects have complied with event eligibility and regulations. A panel of judges will select the winners. All decisions of the judges are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Financial Plan event at the National Leadership Conference. No more than one team member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: financial statements, special applications, interpretation and use of data Communication: foundations, organizational Computation: statistics and probability, problem-solving applications Economics and Personal Finance: allocation of resources, markets and prices, banking, buying goods and services Management: management functions, financial decision making Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-18
  • 21. BUSINESS FINANCIAL PLAN Report Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Meet Meets Exceeds Not Expectatio Expectation Expectatio Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated ns s ns Earned CONTENT Synopsis • Summarizes the company, the purpose of the loan 0 1–10 11–20 21–30 request, and the financial plan Company Description • Description of the business • Legal form of business • Company mission statement/vision 0 1–7 8–14 15–20 • Company governance • Company location(s) • Long- and short-term goals Operations and Management • Business facilities described 0 1–7 8–14 15–20 • Management personnel identified • Workforce described (current and projected) Target Market • Target market defined (size, growth potential, needs) 0 1–10 11–20 21–30 • Effective analysis of market’s potential, current patterns, and sensitivities Financial Institution • Name and type of financial institution to which loan 0 1–8 9–18 19–25 application is being made • Rationale for choosing this financial institution Loan Request • Purpose of loan and amount requested • Itemized planned expenditures 0 1–10 11–20 21–30 • Plan for repayment • Projections for future stability of company Supporting Documents 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 • Works cited page FORMAT Clear and concise presentation with logical arrangement 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 of information following the rating sheet categories Creativity of written presentation and design 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and acceptable 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 business style SUBTOTAL /200 max PENALTY POINTS. Deduct five (5) points each for not adhering to Report Guidelines (maximum of twenty [20] points):  cover incorrect  binding incorrect  missing table of contents and page numbers  no page numbers in report  over fifteen (15)  report format does not follow rating sheet pages, pasted items TOTAL POINTS /200 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-19
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  • 23. BUSINESS LAW Purpose This event provides recognition for FBLA members who are familiar with specific legal areas that most commonly affect personal and business relationships. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a test that may consist of both objective questions and case problems. The questions may address commonly recognized areas of business law including contracts, sales, business organization, bailments, bankruptcy, insurance, trade regulation, product/personal liability, wills, consumer protection, negotiable instruments, torts, and ethics. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit and Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Law event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Business Law: basics of the law, contract law, commercial paper, insurance, bankruptcy, property law, computer law, wills and trusts, domestic relations International Business: global business environment Economics and Personal Finance: using credit, protecting against risk Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Law and Public Safety 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-21
  • 24. BUSINESS MATH Purpose Acquiring the ability to solve common business mathematical problems is a basic skill needed by all prospective business employees. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of basic math functions needed in business. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 and 10 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. The event will be a written objective test consisting of items related to business such as questions on basic math concepts, decimals, fractions, percentages, discounts, and consumer credit. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Math event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Computation: mathematical foundations, number relationships and operations, problem-solving applications Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-22
  • 25. BUSINESS PLAN Purpose Business plans are an effective tool for evaluating, organizing, and selling a new business concept. A well- developed business plan can be a key component of a successful business start-up. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding and mastery of the process required to develop and implement a new business venture. Eligibility Each chapter may submit one (1) project from active local members in Grades 9 through 12. Each project may be authored by an individual member or by a team, not to exceed three (3) members. No more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a previous SLC. The project must not have been submitted at a previous State Leadership Conference. Procedure An effective business plan should include the following information: Executive Summary. Provides a brief synopsis of the key points and strengths included in the plan. Convinces the reader to read the rest of the report. Company Description. Includes the basic details of the business. Provides an overview of the business, its location, and its legal structure and organization. Industry Analysis. Provides an analysis of the larger industry to which the business will belong. Analyzes key trends and players in the industry. Demonstrates an understanding and awareness of external business conditions. Target Market. Provides a brief overview of the nature and accessibility of the target market. Competitive Analysis. Includes an honest and complete analysis of the business’ competition. Demonstrates an understanding of the business’ relative strengths and weaknesses. Marketing Plan and Sales Strategy. Demonstrates how the business’ product or services will be marketed and sold. Includes both strategic and tactical elements of the marketing and sales approach. Operations. Provides an overview of the way the business will operate on a day-to-day basis. Includes production processes, physical facility reviews, utilization of technology, and processes followed to ensure delivery of products or services. Management and Organization. Describes the key participants in the new business venture. Identifies the human resources the business can draw upon either as part of the management team, employee pool, consultants, directors, or advisers and the role each will play in the business’ development. Discusses compensation and incentives and details decision-making processes. Long-Term Development. Gives a clear vision for where the business will be in three, five, or more years. Demonstrates an honest and complete evaluation of the business’ potential for success and failure. Identifies priorities for directing future business activities. Financials. Indicates the accounting methodology to be used by the business. Discusses any assumptions made in projecting future financial results. Presents projections honestly and conservatively. In addition, many business plans include copies of key supporting documents (e.g., certifications, licenses, tax requirements, codes, etc.) in an appendix. Other examples of these types of documents might include letters of intent or advance contracts, product technical descriptions and/or illustrations, endorsements, etc. Report formats must follow the same sequence shown on the rating sheet. If information is not available for a particular criterion, include a statement to that effect in the report. The report must be similar to that of a business report with substantiated statements in a clear and concise format. Creativity through design and use of meaningful graphics is encouraged. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-23
  • 26. Regulations 1. Report formats must adhere to the following guidelines: A. Report Contents i) Reports must include a table of contents. A title page, divider pages, and appendices are optional. ii) Reports must not exceed thirty (30) pages, including the title page, table of contents, divider pages, and appendices. iii) Pages must not be laminated or bound in sheet protectors. iv) Pages must be standard 8½” x 11” paper. v) Reports may be single- or double-spaced. vi) Report formats must follow the same sequence shown on the rating sheet. vii) Each side of the paper providing information is counted as a page. viii) Valuable items should not be included with the report. Copies should be sent rather than important original documents. ix) Quality reproductions, including photocopies and/or halftones, are acceptable. No items are acceptable that have been pasted on/attached to pages within the report. x) Scrapbooks and loose or bulky exhibits are not acceptable. xi) The report must be bound, not stapled (e.g., spiral binding, tape binding) B. Report Covers i) Both a front and back cover are required. ii) Front and back covers are not counted in the page limit of the report. iii) Report covers must contain the following information: name of the student(s), name of the school, name of the state, name of the event, and year (20xx-xx). The cover may also contain additional information. iv) Reports submitted for competition becomes the property of Nebraska FBLA. These reports may be used for publication and/or reproduced by the state association. v) Report covers must be of a weight such as cover stock, index stock, or card stock and must not exceed 9½” x 12”. vi) Two- or three-ring binders are not acceptable as report covers. vii) No items, such as labels or decals, may be attached to the front cover. viii) Covers should not be in plastic binders, be laminated, or have a plastic sheet overlaying the printed cover. 2. Student members, not advisers, must prepare reports. State and local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the reports are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in an acceptable business style. 3. Proposals must describe proposed business ventures. The business venture must also be currently viable and realistic. The business described in the project report must not have been in operation for a period exceeding nine (9) months prior to the State Leadership Conference. Reports should not be submitted that evaluate ongoing business ventures. 4. Reports submitted for competition become the property of Nebraska FBLA. These reports may be used for publication and/or reproduced by the state association. 5. Entries not adhering to these regulations may receive point deductions or may be disqualified. 6. The Business Plan Project must be postmarked by the report deadline date, or if hand delivered, it must be received in the State Office by 5:00 p.m. on the report deadline date. Judging Reports will be reviewed by a screening committee to determine if the projects have complied with event eligibility and regulations. A panel of judges will select the winners. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Plan event at the National Leadership Conference. No more than one team member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-24
  • 27. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: accounting process, financial statements, special applications Career Development: workplace expectations Communication: foundations, organizational, technological Economics and Personal Finance: markets and prices, managing finance and budgeting, protecting against risk Entrepreneurship: management, business plans Management: business organization, financial decision making Marketing: consumers and their behavior, marketing plan Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Marketing 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-25
  • 28. BUSINESS PLAN Written Report Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Executive Summary • Convinces reader that business concept is sound and has 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 a reasonable chance of success • Is concise and effectively written Company Description • Legal form of business • Effective date of business • Company mission statement/vision 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 • Company governance • Company location(s) • Immediate development goals • Overview of company’s financial status Industry Analysis • Description of industry (size, growth rates, nature of 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 competition, history) • Trends and strategic opportunities within industry Target Market • Target market defined (size, growth potential, needs) 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 • Effective analysis of market’s potential, current patterns, and sensitivities Competition • Key competitors identified • Effective analysis of competitors’ strengths and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 weaknesses • Potential future competitors • Barriers to entry for new competitors identified Marketing Plan and Sales Strategy • Key message to be communicated identified • Options for message delivery identified and analyzed 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 including web process • Sales procedures and methods defined Operations • Business facilities described • Production plan defined and analyzed 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 • Workforce plan defined and analyzed • Impact of technology Management and Organization • Key employees/principals identified and described • Board of directors, advisory committee, consultants, and other human resources identified and described 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 • Plan for identifying, recruiting, and securing key participants described • Compensation and incentives plan 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-26
  • 29. BUSINESS PLAN Written Report Rating Sheet Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned Long-term Development • Long-term goals identified and documented • Risks and potential adverse results identified 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 and analyzed • Strategy in place to take business toward long- term goals Financials • Type of accounting system to be used identified • Financial projections, including monthly cash flow 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 projections, are identified and reasonable • Financial assumptions clearly identified Supporting Documents • May include works cited page, certifications, 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 licenses, tax requirements, codes, technical descriptions, advance contracts, endorsements, etc. FORMAT OF REPORT • Clear and concise presentation with logical arrangement of information following the rating 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 sheet categories • Creativity of written presentation, design, and 0 1-2 3-4 5 graphics • Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 acceptable business style SUBTOTAL /200 max PENALTY POINTS. Deduct five (5) points each for not adhering to Report Guidelines (maximum of twenty [20] points):  cover incorrect  binding incorrect  missing table of contents & page numbers  no page numbers in report  over thirty (30) pages, pasted items  report format does not follow rating sheet TOTAL POINTS /200 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-27
  • 30. BUSINESS PRESENTATION Purpose Using technology to support a presentation can significantly enhance a business leader’s effectiveness. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to deliver an effective business presentation while using multimedia presentation technology. Eligibility Each chapter may submit one (1) entry created by an individual or by a team of two (2) or three (3) members in Grades 9 through 12. Procedure This event consists of a presentation using a multimedia presentation as an aid in delivering the business presentation. Each team will submit a video of the business presentation on DVD and a hard copy of the multimedia presentation slides using the handout feature with 6 slides to a page (or similar option) by the SLC registration deadline. The top eight (8) submissions will be selected to present at the SLC. Preliminary Round The business presentation should be prepared using the topic listed below. Student members, not advisers, must prepare presentations. The participants must use a presentation software program as an aid in delivering the business presentation. The preliminary round will be judged based on the presentation submitted on a DVD. Presenters and the multimedia presentation used as an aid should be viewable at all times in the video. The audio recording should be clear and loud. Presenters should check the audio recording to verify that all presenters can be heard. A hard copy of the multimedia presentation slides using the handout feature with 6 slides to a page (or similar option) must be submitted with the DVD. Eight (8) finalists will advance to the final round. Final Round The top eight (8) teams will be notified of their eligibility and times slots prior to the conference. Each team’s competitors must be available to compete at the time slot designated in the program. Time slots for the presentations will be randomly selected by the State Office staff. The participants must use a presentation software program as an aid in delivering the business presentation. The chapter must provide all equipment for the presentation. Five minutes (5) will be allowed to set up and remove equipment or presentation items. Competitors must perform all aspects of the presentation (e.g., speaking, setup, operating audiovisual equipment). Other representatives of the chapter may not provide assistance. The team has seven (7) minutes to deliver the presentation. All team members must actively participate in the presentation. Visual aids and samples specifically related to the project may be used in the presentation; however, no items may be left with the judges or audience. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes. When the presentation is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any presentation over seven (7) minutes. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-28
  • 31. Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three (3) minute question-answer period. The performance is open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. No audio or video recording will be allowed. Topic The topic to be developed in this presentation and used for competition at the State and National Leadership Conferences is: The principal has asked you to create a presentation on how individuals – especially youth – can stay safe on the Internet. Include information on paying bills and viewing financial records on the Web, online shopping and banking, sharing personal information (through Web sites such as Facebook, Second Life, and YouTube), and any additional Internet Safety information you feel appropriate for youth. Copyright and Fair Use Information. It is the policy of Nebraska FBLA to comply with state and federal copyright laws. You may use the following Web sites as a reference: Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers at www.mediafestival.org/copyrightchart.html U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov/ or www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf Judging Each team will be judged by a panel of judges. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Presentation event at the National Leadership Conference. No more than one team member may have competed in this event at a prior National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: technological, organizational Information Technology: application software, input technologies, information retrieval Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-29
  • 32. BUSINESS PRESENTATION Preliminary Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Demonstrate Expectatio Expectatio Expectatio Points Evaluation Item d ns ns ns Earned CONTENT Presentation clearly related to topic 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Purpose clearly stated 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Effectively uses a variety of features of program 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 such as text, graphics, and transitions Quality of design is professional. Design elements are appropriate for a business 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 presentation; e.g., color choice, font style and size, and so forth Amount of information is appropriate and timing 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 of presentation is coordinated with delivery Suitability and accuracy of statements in 0 1–2 3–4 5 presentation ORGANIZATION Topic adequately developed 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Logical sequence of ideas 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Accomplished purpose 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well organized and 0 1–2 3–4 5 clearly stated; appropriate business language used Participant(s) demonstrate self–confidence, poise, 0 1–2 3–4 5 and good diction TIME SUBTOTAL /95 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations over seven (7) minutes. FINAL SCORE /95 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-30
  • 33. BUSINESS PRESENTATION Performance Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Demonstrate Expectatio Expectatio Expectatio Points Evaluation Item d ns ns ns Earned CONTENT Presentation clearly related to topic 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Purpose clearly stated 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Effectively uses a variety of features of program 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 such as text, graphics, and transitions Quality of design is professional. Design elements are appropriate for a business 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 presentation; e.g., color choice, font style and size, and so forth Amount of information is appropriate and timing 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 of presentation is coordinated with delivery Suitability and accuracy of statements in 0 1–2 3–4 5 presentation ORGANIZATION Topic adequately developed 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Logical sequence of ideas 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Accomplished purpose 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well organized and 0 1–2 3–4 5 clearly stated; appropriate business language used Participant(s) demonstrate self–confidence, poise, 0 1–2 3–4 5 and good diction Demonstrates the ability to effectively answer 0 1–2 3–4 5 questions TIME SUBTOTAL /100 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations over seven (7) minutes. FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-31
  • 34. BUSINESS PROCEDURES Purpose Competency in performing daily tasks is a necessity in business. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of basic skills and procedures and the ability to make intelligent business decisions. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be given for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on human relations, technology concepts, communication skills, decision making, career development, business operations, database management, and ethics. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Procedures event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Career Development: workplace expectations Communication: foundations, employment, organizational, career strategy Computation: problem-solving applications Economics and Personal Finance: personal decision making Information Technology: database management systems, information technology and major business functions, privacy and ethics Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-32
  • 35. CLIENT SERVICE Purpose This event provides members with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in interacting with internal and external clients to provide an outstanding client service experience. The client service consultant engages clients in conversations regarding products, handles inquiries, solves problems, and uncovers opportunities for additional assistance. Participants develop speaking ability and poise through presentation as well as critical thinking skills. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter one (1) member from Grades 9 through 12. Eight (8) finalists will be selected to interact with a panel of judges. Procedure This event consists of an individual interactive simulation related to client service. Performance competencies include the following: able to multitask; have outstanding verbal communication skills; translate case into effective, efficient, and spontaneous action; possess good decision-making and problem- solving skills; have a positive and outgoing personality; and be responsible, reliable, and trustworthy. Each participant will be required to research and submit a solution to a case study involving client service. The solution with accompanying bibliography must be submitted by the SLC registration deadline. The top eight (8) competitors will be selected to compete at the state conference. Each competitor will have ten (10) minutes to prepare their solution to a new scenario and five (5) minutes to interact with a panel of judges. Preliminary Round The scenario for the preliminary round will be posted on the FBLA Web site under the SLC registration section by November 15. Written copy of the solution to the case study with bibliography must be submitted to the State Office by the SLC registration deadline. The solution should be no more than two double-spaced pages of text using 12-point font and one-inch side margins. The bibliography should be submitted as the third page using any acceptable bibliography format. The event name, competitor’s name, and chapter should be placed in the upper right hand corner of the page. Each submission must be the result of the competitor’s independent research and development. Final Round The top eight (8) competitors will be notified of their eligibility prior to the conference. The order of performance will be drawn randomly by the State Office staff. Competitors should report 15 minutes prior to their competition times. Ten (10) minutes before the scheduled performance time, each participant will receive instructions and the scenario. Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided for each participant and may be used during the preparation and performance of the case. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. The participant has five (5) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and demonstrate how he/she would solve the problem. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation; refer to case for specifics. This is a role-play event A timekeeper will stand at four (4) minutes and again at five (5) minutes. The event is not open to conference attendees. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-33
  • 36. Judging The preliminary round will be judged prior to the State Leadership Conference. The final round will be judged by a panel of judges. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and the judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Client Service event at the National Leadership Conference, provided they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Career Development: workplace expectations Communication: foundations, employment Career Cluster: Business, Management and Administration 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-34
  • 37. CLIENT SERVICE Written Case Study Rating Sheet Name Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Simulation is understood and well-defined 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Participant’s position is clearly stated 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Effective solution is offered 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 WRITTEN PRESENTATION Clear and concise presentation with logical 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 arrangement of information Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling 0 1-2 3-4 5 TOTAL POINTS /70 max FINAL SCORE /70max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-35
  • 38. CLIENT SERVICE Performance Rating Sheet Name Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Simulation is understood and well-defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Participant’s position is clearly stated 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Effective solution is offered 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well organized and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 clearly stated Participant demonstrates self-confidence, poise, and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 good voice projection Demonstrates ability to effectively answer questions 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Participant actively interacts with judges 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 TOTAL POINTS /100 max DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed. FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-36
  • 39. COMPUTER PROBLEM SOLVING Purpose Having a broad base of knowledge and competencies in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and basic networking is an important element for today’s computer savvy individual. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be given for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on personal computer components, laptop and portable devices, operating systems, printers and scanners, networks, security, and safety and environmental issues. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decision are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners will represent Nebraska in the Computer Problem Solving event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Information Technology: computer architecture; operating systems, environments, and utilities; application software Career Cluster: Information Technology 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-37
  • 40. CYBER SECURITY Purpose With the increased use of the Internet for browsing, researching, information gathering, and e-commerce, information and cyber security have become a growing concern for businesses throughout our global economy. This event recognizes FBLA members who understand security needs for technology. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be given for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on firewalls, intrusion detection, network and physical security, cryptography, public key, authentication, computer attacks (e.g., virus, spam, spyware, trojans, hijackers, worms), e-mail security, disaster recovery, and forensics security. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decision are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners will represent Nebraska in the Computer Problem Solving event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Information Technology: application software, input technologies, information technology and major business functions, network applications, privacy and ethics Career Cluster: Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-38
  • 41. DESKTOP APPLICATION PROGRAMMING Purpose Certain types of accounting processes require that each record in the file be processed. Desktop Application Programming focuses on these procedural style processing systems. This event tests the programmer’s skill in designing a useful, efficient, and effective program in the area described below. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure This event consists of a prejudged program, which must address the topic given. The competencies demonstrated in the program include the following: development of topic is logical and creative, code is commented at appropriate points, interface is a logical arrangement and contains all necessary information, program runs without error, and readme file is complete. Prejudged Program Topic The topic to be addressed by the solution of the program for the State and National Leadership Conferences is: You have been hired by the national office of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda. You will design a program to keep the data current allowing the addition and change of records. Each record is the master file contains the members’ number, name, school, year joined, a code for active/non-active, and amount owed. You will design a report that will produce a list of members from the master file that has the member number, member name, year joined, and amount owed. Include only the members owing a balance. The report footer should include the total number of non-active members, the total number of active members, total of members owing, and the total amount owed. Print page headings and column headings at the top of each page, allowing for 45 detail lines per page and at the end of the report, the footer information as described below. You may design your master file, update program, and report output as you see fit. {OR} Example: Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Current Account Balances xx/xx/xx Page: xx MEMBER MEMBER SCHOOL ACCOUNT NUMBER NAME NAME BALANCE xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 999.99 xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 999.99 xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 999.99 xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 999.99 : : : : Total non-active members xxxxx Total active member sxxxxx Total Balance 9,999.99 Program Guidelines 1. Complete the entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site under State Leadership Conference and mail the form along with two (2) CD/DVDs to the state office postmarked no later than the conference registration postmark deadline. 2. Each CD/DVD must contain the executable object, source file(s) saved as .txt file(s), sample data file student used, and a readme file. 3. The CD/DVDs must be labeled with the name of the event, name of participant, school, and state. 4. Entries will be judged according to the rating sheet. 5. The solution must run standalone with no programming errors. The judge will copy the contents of the CD/ DVD to C:SLCDesktop. The program must be designed so that the program will run when copied to a 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-39
  • 42. hard drive with this path. The judge will use a file with the same name and layout as given in the problem but with different data. 6. Points will be deducted for any logical errors and entries will be judged according to the rating sheet. 7. Programs must be accompanied by a readme file noting software used; name of participant, school, and state; source of information; and instructions on running the program. 8. Program should run on Windows 2000 or higher computer including Vista. 9. CD/DVDs should be free of viruses/malware. Judging Entries will be judged according to the rating sheet. All decisions of the judges are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners will represent Nebraska in the Desktop Application Programming event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Information Technology: computer architecture; operating systems, environments, and utilities; systems analysis and design; communications and networking infrastructures; network applications Management: technology and information management Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-40
  • 43. DESKTOP APPLICATION PROGRAMMING Production Rating Sheet Chapter Names Not Does Not Meets Exceeds Demonstrat Meet Expectation Expectation Points Evaluation Item ed Expectations s s Earned PROGRAM READABILITY AND STYLE Appropriate names of variables used 0 1–2 3–4 5 Commentary provided line-by-line and/or section is 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 readable, useful, and complete General program documentation readable, useful, and 0 1–7 8–14 15–20 complete Input/output and program parameters properly 0 1–2 3–4 5 documented Readme file contains name, state, school, instructions, 0 1–2 3–4 5 and algorithm PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND CONTENT Program is concise, does not contain unnecessary 0 1–2 3–4 5 complexity Appropriate data types used 0 1–2 3–4 5 Algorithms reliable and straightforward 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 Unusual approaches should be well documented Algorithms did not impose any special limitations not 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 described in the program instructions RESULTS Program was error free 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 The program handled user and/or data input errors well 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 Program functioned as required and meets requirements 0 1–7 8–14 15–20 Resulting outputs, screens, and messages were useful 0 1–7 8–14 15–20 TOTAL POINTS /150 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-41
  • 44. DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION Purpose Digital video has become a prominent and effective way of conveying new ideas and products. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to create an effective video to present an idea to a specific audience. Eligibility Each local chapter may submit one (1) entry. Entries may be created by an individual member or by a team, not to exceed three (3) members, from FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12. Procedure Complete the entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site under State Leadership Conference Registration Information and mail the form along with the production DVD to the State Office postmarked no later than the conference registration postmark deadline. Presentations must address the topic as described below. Entries will be judged according to the rating sheet. Presentations should be at least two (2) and no more than four (4) minutes in length. Entries should be submitted using a DVD format. Entries may be created in any video editing program, but must play on a Windows-based computer. The program must include a player or viewer to run the production. The production may use any method to capture or create moving images. Documentation must indicate that the music is royalty free. Entries must be accompanied by a readme file (300 words or less) noting software used, sources of information, references, and instructions for running the presentation. Student members, not adviser(s), must prepare entries. Local adviser(s) should serve as consultant(s) to ensure the presentation is well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are developed in an acceptable business style. The entry should be clearly labeled with the name of the event, student participants, school, state, and year. Project Competencies • Document addresses topic and is appropriate for audience • Graphics, text treatment, and special effects show creativity and cohesiveness of design • Appropriate selection of fonts and type sizes • Overall layout and design is creative and appealing • Final product indicates a clear thought process and an intended, planned direction with formulation and execution of a idea • Required information is effectively communicated • Copyright laws followed Topic The topic to be developed in this presentation will be used for competition at both the State Leadership Conference and National Leadership Conference. The topic will be: Create a promotional digital video highlighting a teaching career in business education. Some of your points might include (1) testimonials from students and teachers, (2) nature of work, (3) working conditions, (4) employment opportunities, (5) training and other qualifications, (6) advancement, (7) professional opportunities to serve, (8) professional networking with other teachers, and (9) other points about teaching that you would like to include. The main audience of this video will be high school juniors and seniors, so be sure to include language and technologies that will appeal to them. The video should feature a business education career in general rather than specific to a particular state’s requirements. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-42
  • 45. Copyright and Fair Use Information. It is the policy of Nebraska FBLA to comply with state and federal copyright laws. You may use the following Web sites as a reference: Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers at www.mediafestival.org/copyrightchart.html U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov or www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf Judging Presentations must address the topic as described in the topic section above. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges according to the rating sheet. All decisions of the judges are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Event The first- and second-place winners of this event will be entered in the Digital Video Production event at the National Leadership Conference. In the event of a team entry, no more than one (1) member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: technological, organizational Information Technology: information technology and major business functions, application software, input technologies, information retrieval Career Cluster: Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-43
  • 46. DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION Rating Sheet Name(s) Chapter Not Does Not Demonstrate Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item d Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Theme properly developed 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Elements included in presentation are suitable, appropriate and directed towards a specific 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 audience Copyright laws have been followed and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 permissions are cited in readme file Presentation is clear and concise 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Effective use of innovative technology 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Proper use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, 0 1-2 3-4 5 etc. Readme file 0 1-2 3-4 5 PRESENTATION Presentation includes an effective opening, body, 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 and conclusion Transitions are effective and appealing 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Audio and visual elements coordinated and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 complementary Audio editing • Good quality 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 • Appropriate volume Proper use of video technology • Video uses multiple camera angles 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 • Video is smooth and steady • Video is in focus Titles and graphics enhance overall quality or 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 presentation Presentation effective at motivating audience to 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 action TIME TOTAL POINTS /200 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for productions over four (4) minutes. FINAL SCORE /200 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-44
  • 47. E-BUSINESS Purpose One critical element in a business’ success in today’s global market is the ability to sell products and services to the consumer via the Internet. This event recognizes FBLA members who have developed proficiency in the creation and design of web commerce sites. Eligibility Each chapter may submit one (1) entry created by an individual or by a team of two (2) or three (3) members in Grades 9 through 12. Procedure Participation in this event will allow members to demonstrate proficiency in conceptualizing, designing, and creating efficient and marketable E-business sites. A prejudged Web site should be developed based on the topic listed below. Complete the entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site and mail the form to the State Office postmarked no later than the conference registration postmark deadline. Any photographs, text, trademarks, or names used on the site must be supported by proper documentation and approvals indicated on the site. Members are expected to follow all applicable copyright laws and may be disqualified if items are used inappropriately and not documented. The use of templates must be identified at the bottom of the home page. E-business sites should be designed to allow for viewing by as many different platforms as possible. Project Competencies • Document addresses topic and is appropriate for the audience • Graphics, text treatment, and special effects show creativity and cohesiveness of design • Appropriate selection of fonts and type sizes • Overall layout and design is creative and appealing • Final product indicates a clear thought process and an intended, planned direction with formulation and execution of a firm idea • Required information is effectively communicated • Copyright laws followed • Web site functions without error Copyright and Fair Use Information. It is the policy of Nebraska FBLA to comply with state and federal copyright laws. You may use the following Web sites as a reference: Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers at www.mediafestival.org/copyrightchart.html U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov or www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf Topic The topic to be developed for competition will be: Your FBLA chapter has asked you to design a Web site for a flower and plant sale. Create a Web site where customers can preorder flowers and plants. The site should be designed to generate revenue for the chapter. Included in the site should be a navigation bar to allow customers to view and select for purchase all items for sale. It must also offer a shopping cart, pricing and payment information – including payment options, delivery options, and security/service information. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-45
  • 48. Regulations 1. Student members, not advisers, must prepare the Web sites. 2. The entry form must be completed and mailed to the State Office postmarked no later than the registration postmark deadline. 3. The Web site must be available for viewing on the Internet at the time of judging. No changes can be made to the Web site after the registration postmark deadline. 4. Web sites not adhering to these regulations will be disqualified. Judging Using the rating sheet, a panel of judges will select the winners. All decisions of the judges are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Event The first- and second-place winners of this event will be entered in the E-business event at the National Leadership Conference. If a team is entered, no more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: technological Economics and Personal Finance: allocation of resources, markets and prices, buying goods and services Entrepreneurship: marketing Information Technology: input technologies, network applications, privacy and ethics Marketing: consumers and their behavior, the marketing mix Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-46
  • 49. E-BUSINESS Production Rating Sheet Name(s) Chapter Does Not Meets Not Meet Expectation Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations s Expectations Earned PAGE LAYOUT AND DESIGN Fonts, colors, and graphics enhance aesthetic appeal 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Format is consistent and appropriate 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Graphic design shows creativity, originality, and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 supports topic Site uses innovative technology tools and enhancements 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 effectively SITE NAVIGATION All links are functional 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Links show consistent format 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Navigational path allows customers to make purchasing 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 decisions easily Navigational scheme logical and effective 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 CONTENT Effectiveness of site 0 1-8 9-18 19-25 Solution adequately addresses assigned topic 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 APPLICATION DESIGN Form fields are validated 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Transaction data is appropriately prepared for payment 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 gateway on secured site TECHNICAL Proper use of grammar, spelling, etc. 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Site is compatible with multiple browsers 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Copyright laws have been followed, permissions are cited on the Web site, and the use of templates is 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 identified at the bottom of the home page FINAL SCORE /200 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-47
  • 50. ECONOMICS Purpose This event provides recognition for FBLA members who can identify, understand, and apply economic principles to contemporary social, political, and ecological problems. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on economic principles related to the policies and goals of the United States economy and a comparison of the American economic system to other systems. Topics may include supply and demand, fixed price, elasticity, profits, competition, business cycles, role of government, public choice, international trade, market structures (monopoly, pure competition, oligopoly, monopolistic competition), monetary and fiscal policy, types of businesses, investments, interest rates, labor relations, and environmental issues. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second- and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Economics event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Economics and Personal Finance: allocation of resources, economic systems, economic institutions and incentives, markets and prices, market structures, productivity, role government, international economic concepts Entrepreneurship: economics, aggregate supply and demand International Business: global business environment Management: organized labor Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Marketing 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-48
  • 51. ELECTRONIC CAREER PORTFOLIO Purpose An electronic career portfolio is a purposeful collection of work that tells the story of an applicant including achievements, growth, vision, reflection, skills, experience, education, training, and career goals. It is a tool that gives employers a complete picture of who you are—your experience, your education, your accomplishments— and what you have the potential to become—much more than just a letter of application and resume can provide. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter one (1) entry from FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12. Procedure The portfolio should have no more than 30 pages (i.e., slides, links, text files). The portfolio must include a table of contents, a resume, and a career summary. Other topics and materials that may be included are: artwork, awards and honors, career outlook (monetary, advancement, etc.), certificates, licenses, community and volunteer activities, conferences or workshops, examples of projects or presentations, letters of recognition and/or recommendation, list of accomplishments, pictures, video (30-60 seconds), leadership development activities, recognitions, self-assessments, graded papers and/or reports, skills, abilities, and marketable qualities, Web sites/pages created, writing samples, and so on. When contemplating these items, you want to showcase your education and work experience by showing examples and evidence of your work, skills, and accomplishments. • Student members, not advisers, must prepare the portfolios. State and local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the portfolios are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in an acceptable business style. • All information should reflect the student’s accomplishments and experiences. No fictitious information should be presented. • Portfolios should be clearly labeled with the name of the event, participant’s name, school, state, and date. • All files must be viewable on a Windows platform. • Electronic portfolios should contain no more than 30 pages/screens. • Electronic portfolios will be judged according to the rating sheet. • The portfolio may be submitted in any program, but must include a player/viewer for the program. • The Electronic Career Portfolio must be submitted on DVD. • Entries must be accompanied by a readme file (300 words or less) noting software used, source of information, and instructions on running the electronic portfolio. • Complete the entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site under State Leadership Conference Registration Information and mail the form along with the portfolio to the State Office postmarked no later than the conference registration postmark deadline. Judging Entries will be judged by a panel of judges according to the rating sheet. All decisions of the judges are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Electronic Career Portfolio event at the National Leadership Conference, provided the individuals have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-49
  • 52. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Career Development: workplace expectations Communication: foundations, employment Information Technology: information retrieval, privacy and ethics, application software Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Information Technology, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-50
  • 53. ELECTRONIC CAREER PORTFOLIO Rating Sheet Name Chapter Does Not Meet Exceeds Not Expectation Meets Expectation Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated s Expectations s Earned CONTENT Required items included: • Table of contents 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 • Resumé • Career summary Samples of work, achievements, and 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 accomplishments (minimum of 4 samples) Items included appropriate for career choice 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Evidence of research in career summary; sources 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 of information cited in proper copyright format PORTFOLIO USABILITY Navigation is easy and effective 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Clear presentation with logical arrangement of 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 information Correct English skills demonstrated 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 TI ME TOTAL POINTS /100 max PENALTY POINT. Deduct two (2) points for each spelling error (10 points maximum). FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-51
  • 54. EMERGING BUSINESS ISSUES Purpose This event provides FBLA members with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in researching and presenting an emerging business issue. The event is based on team rather than individual participation. In addition to learning research skills, team participants develop speaking ability and poise through oral presentations. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Each chapter may enter one (1) team composed of two to three (2-3) members. No more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior SLC. Each team will be required to submit a written summary of the affirmative and negative argument along with a bibliography by the SLC registration deadline. The top ten (10) submissions will be selected to present at state competition. Time slots for the presentations will be randomly selected by the State Office staff. The top ten (10) teams will be notified of their eligibility and time slots prior to the conference. Each team’s competitors must be available to compete at the time slot designated in the program. Procedure Ten (10) minutes before their presentation time, team members will draw to determine whether they will present an affirmative or negative argument. Teams will then have five (5) minutes to finalize their preparations. Each presentation may last no more than five (5) minutes. A timekeeper will stand at four (4) minutes. When the presentation is finished, the time used will be recorded, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any presentation exceeding five (5) minutes. Following each oral presentation, the judges may conduct a five-minute (5) question-and-answer period during which the presenters should be prepared to defend their affirmative or negative argument. Topic The topic to be researched and presented at the State and National Leadership Conferences is: It has been proposed that the Federal Government offer temporary worker status to undocumented men and women now employed in the United States and to those in foreign countries who have been offered employment here. The workers under temporary status must pay a one-time fee to register in the program, abide by the rules, and return home after their period of work expires. There would be an opportunity for renewal. In the future, only people outside the U.S. may join the temporary worker program, and there will be an orderly system in place to address the needs of workers and companies. You should be prepared to argue the affirmative that a temporary worker program is essential to the national economy or the negative that the economy can handle the tightening of immigration laws without a temporary worker program. Regulations 1. Written copy of the team’s affirmative and negative argument with bibliography must be submitted to the State Office by the SLC registration deadline. The affirmative and negative arguments should each be no more than two double-spaced pages of text using 12-point font and one-inch side margins. One bibliography consisting of no more than one page should be submitted as the final page using any acceptable bibliography format. 2. The event name, team members’ names, chapter, and affirmative argument or negative argument should be placed in the upper right corner of the page. For example: Emerging Business Issues Student Names Chapter Name Affirmative Argument 3. Teams will be notified of their eligibility to compete prior to the conference. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-52
  • 55. 4. Each presentation must be the result of the team members’ own, independent work. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-53
  • 56. 5. Facts and working data may be secured from any source. 6. All members of the team must participate in the research of the topic and in the actual presentation. 7. Teams will be permitted to bring to the preparation and presentation areas prepared notes written/printed on note cards. Teams may also bring blank note cards to the preparation area for use in final preparations. 8. Books, other bound materials, and props will not be allowed. 9. A lectern will be available. No microphone will be used. 10. All performances are closed to conference attendees. 11. No audio or video recording will be allowed. Judging Each team will be judged by a panel of judges. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place teams in this event will represent Nebraska in the Emerging Business Issues event at the National Leadership Conference. No more one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: foundations, employment Economic and Personal Finance: market structures, role of government, personal decision making International Business: global business environment Management: ethics and social responsibility, financial decision making Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-54
  • 57. EMERGING BUSINESS ISSUES Written Summary Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Understanding of issue/topic 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Flow and logic of content 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Quality of evidence 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 ABILITY TO TAKE A POSITION Persuasiveness 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Relevance of affirmative argument 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Relevance of negative argument 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 TOTAL POINTS /60 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2006-2007 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-55
  • 58. EMERGING BUSINESS ISSUES Performance Rating Sheet Chapter Names Not Does Not Demonstrate Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item d Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Understanding of issue/topic 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Flow and logic of content 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Quality of evidence 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 ABILITY TO TAKE A POSITION Persuasiveness 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Relevance of arguments 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well-organized and 0 1-2 3-4 5 clearly stated; appropriate business language used Participant(s) demonstrate self-confidence, poise, 0 1-2 3-4 5 and good voice projection Demonstrates the ability to effectively answer 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 questions TIME TOTAL POINTS /100 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations over five (5) minutes. DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed. FINAL SCORE /100 max Check one: Affirmative presentation Negative presentation Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-56
  • 59. ENTREPRENEURSHIP Purpose Owning and managing a business is the goal of many Americans. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to establish and manage a business. Entrepreneurship is both a team and individual event. In addition to learning and applying business decision-making skills, team participants develop speaking ability and poise through oral presentations. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter two (2) teams of two (2) to three (3) members from Grades 9 through 12. Procedure This event consists of two (2) parts: an objective test and a decision-making problem (case study) with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges. Objective Test Sixty (60) minutes will be allowed for the objective test on business plans, community/business relations, legal issues, initial capital and credit, personnel management, financial management, marketing management, taxes, and government regulations. Team members will take the online objective test collaboratively at the local school at the designated time prior to the State Leadership Conference. Team members may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. The five (5) teams with the highest test scores will be scheduled for the performance portion of the event. The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person at the State Office and announced prior to the conference. Oral Presentation The case study will consist of a problem encountered by entrepreneurs in one or more of the following areas: business planning, human relations, financial management, and marketing. All the questions raised in the case must be addressed during the oral presentation. Members of the five (5) finalist teams will meet for instructions thirty (30) minutes before each team’s scheduled performance. Team members will not be sequestered. Twenty (20) minutes before each performance, team members will receive the case study. Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided to each participant and may be used during the preparation and performance for the oral presentation. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. Teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members must participate in the presentation. The team members will be allowed to use their note cards to explain their decisions and rationale to the judges with a maximum time limit of seven (7) minutes. At six (6) minutes, a timekeeper will stand. When the team is finished, the time is recorded and a deduction of five (5) points will be made for presentations over seven (7) minutes. Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three- (3) minute question–answer period. Participants should be prepared to defend their decisions and respond to questions from the judges. The presentations will be open to conference attendees, except to other performing participants of this event. No audio or video recording will be allowed. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-57
  • 60. Performance Competencies • Topic presented in a logical manner • Communication skills evident through voice projection and diction • Critical thinking/problem solving used to resolve case • Presentation includes positive and negative aspects of implementation • All team members contribute to presentation • Questions answered effectively Judging The objective test will be machine graded. The top five (5) teams with the highest score will advance to the presentation portion of the event. A panel of judges will evaluate the performances of these finalists and determine the winners. Team places one to five are determined by weighting 20% team test score and 80% team performance score. The objective test score will be used at this stage only to determine final rank in case of a tie. The written test score will determine places for teams not advancing to the presentation portion of the event. Ties on the written test will be broken based on time. All judges’ decisions are final. Team Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place teams will represent Nebraska in the Entrepreneurship event at the National Leadership Conference. No more one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: the accounting process, special applications Communication: foundations, organizational Entrepreneurship: marketing, economics, finance, accounting, global market, legal, business plans Management: management functions, human resource management Marketing: foundations of marketing, the marketing mix, the marketing plan Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-58
  • 61. ENTREPRENEURSHIP Performance Rating Sheet Names Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Demonstrate Expectation Expectation Expectation Evaluation Item d s s s Points Earned CONTENT Problem is understood and well-defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Alternatives are recognized with pros and cons 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 stated and evaluated Logical solution is selected with positive and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 negative aspects of its implementation given Anticipated results are based on correct reasoning 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 EXPLANATION Thoughts and statements are well organized and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 clearly stated; appropriate business language is used Team members demonstrate self-confidence, poise, 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 and good voice projection All team members participate actively during the 0 1-2 3-4 5 presentation Demonstrated ability to effectively answer 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 questions TIME PRESENTATION SCORE /100 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations over seven (7) minutes. DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed. PERFORMANCE SCORE x 80% = WRITTEN TEST SCORE x 20% = TOTAL SCORE Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-59
  • 62. FBLA PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES Purpose Members in FBLA should be knowledgeable about the association and the information found in the official publications. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who are interested in learning about the background and current information of FBLA-PBL. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 and 10 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given an objective test, which may include questions about the FBLA organization, bylaws, and handbook; FBLA national awards program (competitive events); FBLA national publications; and FBLA creed and national goals. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the FBLA Principles and Procedures event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-60
  • 63. FUTURE BUSINESS LEADER Purpose This event honors outstanding FBLA members who have demonstrated leadership qualities, participation in FBLA, and evidence of knowledge and skills essential for successful careers in business. Eligibility Seniors entered in the Job Interview event are eligible to enter this event. Procedure This event consists of three (3) parts: • Objective test • Letter of application and resumé completed for the Job Interview event • Interviews Objective Test The objective test may include questions about business concepts, general business knowledge (such as accounting, economics, law, communications, math, technology, business procedures, economics, marketing, and international business); FBLA-PBL history, programs, and bylaws; and parliamentary procedure. Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for the objective test. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. The objective test is 50 percent of the score for the preliminary round of the event. Letter of Application and Resumé The letter of application and resumé submitted for the Job Interview event will be used for the Future Business Leader event. Preliminary Interview The Job Interview preliminary interview score will be used as the preliminary Future Business Leader interview score. The interview score is 50 percent of the score for the preliminary round of the event. Final Interview The top eight (8) finalists will be scheduled for a final seven- (7) minute interview. The Future Business Leader Final Interview Rating Sheet will be used for the interview. A panel of judges will conduct the interviews. The Job Interview resumé will be used during this interview to help judges learn more about each student. Judging The final interview for Future Business Leader will determine the winner. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-61
  • 64. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Future Business Leader event at the National Leadership Conference. Future Business Leader Scholarships will be presented to the national competitors in the Future Business Leader event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: the accounting cycle, the accounting process Business Law: basics of the law Career Development: workplace expectations Communication: foundations, social, employment, organizational Computation: mathematical, problem-solving applications Entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial opportunities International Business: foundations of international business Management: management functions Marketing: foundations of marketing Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Information Technology, Marketing 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-62
  • 65. FUTURE BUSINESS LEADER Final Interview Rating Sheet Name Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned INTERVIEW Poise, maturity, and attitude 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Self-confidence, initiative, and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 assertiveness Demonstration of ability to effectively 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 answer questions Professional appearance 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 LEADERSHIP ABILITY Participation/leadership in FBLA-PBL 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Participation in other school and/or 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 community organizations Demonstration of outstanding 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 achievement Career knowledge and career plans 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 APPLICATION MATERIALS Effectiveness of application materials 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 (resume, letter of application) INTERVIEW POINTS /100 max DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed FINAL SCORE Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-63
  • 66. GLOBAL BUSINESS Purpose The global economy is a complex, continually flowing and constantly changing network of information, goods, services, and cultures. Most nations rely on other nations for natural resources to supply their needs and wants. Global business also provides new markets and investment opportunities as well as promotion of better relationships. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter two (2) teams of two (2) to three (3) members from Grades 9 through 12. Procedure This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and a decision-making problem (case study) with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges. Objective Test Sixty (60) minutes will be allowed for the objective test that may include questions on ownership and management, communication (including culture and language), legal issues, global business environment, treaties and trade agreements, taxes and government regulations, marketing, currency exchange, human resource management, finance, and ethics. Team members will take the online objective test collaboratively at the local school at the designated time prior to the State Leadership Conference. Participants may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. The five (5) teams with the highest score will be scheduled for the performance portion of the event. The order of the performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the conference headquarters. Performance The case study will consist of a problem encountered in the international/global arena. The case may cover one or more of the following areas: business planning, human resource management, operations, financial management, and global marketing. All the questions raised in the case must be addressed during the oral presentation. Members of the five (5) finalist teams will meet for instructions 30 minutes before each team’s scheduled performance. Team members will not be sequestered. Twenty (20) minutes before their performance, each team will receive the case study. Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided for each participant and may be used during the preparation and presentation. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or computer equipment may be brought to or used during the preparation or presentation portions of this event The team has seven (7) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present their solution to the case. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and refer to the case for specifics. Team members should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members must participate in the presentation. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. Oral presentations are open to conference attendees, except performing participants in this even. No audio or video recording will be allowed. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-64
  • 67. Judging The objective test will be machine graded. The top five (5) teams with the highest score will advance to the presentation portion o f the event. A panel of judges will evaluate the performances of these finalists and determine the winners. Team places one to five are determined by weighting 20% team test score and 80% team performance score. In case of a tie, the objective test score will be used to break the tie. The written test score will determine places for teams not advancing to the presentation portion of the event. Ties on the written test will be broken based on time. All judges’ decisions are final Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place teams in this event will represent Nebraska in the Global Business event at the National Leadership Conference. Only one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: the accounting cycle Economics and Personal Finance: economic systems, international economic concepts Entrepreneurship: global markets International Business: foundations of international business, organization structures for international business activities, international trade relations, international management, international marketing, international finance Management: global perspective Marketing: foundations of marketing, the marketing mix Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Government and Public Administration, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-65
  • 68. GLOBAL BUSINESS Performance Rating Sheet Names Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Problem is understood and well-defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Alternatives are recognized with pros and cons 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 stated and evaluated Logical solution is selected with positive and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 negative aspects of its implementation given Anticipated results are based on correct reasoning 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well-organized and clearly stated; appropriate business language is 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 used Team members show self-confidence, poise, and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 good voice projection All team members participate actively during the 0 1-2 3-4 5 presentation Demonstrates the ability to effectively answer 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 questions PRESENTATION SCORE /100 max DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed. PERFORMANCE SCORE x 80% = WRITTEN TEST SCORE x 20% = TOTAL SCORE Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-66
  • 69. IMPROMPTU SPEAKING Purpose The ability to express one’s thoughts without prior preparation is a valuable asset, as are poise, self-confidence, and organization of facts. This event recognizes FBLA members who develop qualities of business leadership by combining quick and clear thinking with conversational speaking. Eligibility Each chapter may enter one FBLA member from Grades 9 through 12. A contestant entered in the Impromptu Speaking event is not eligible to enter Public Speaking I or II. Procedure Preliminary presentation groups will be randomly selected by the State Office staff. The contestant will be notified of his/her preliminary round group prior to the conference. The best two (2) speakers in each group will proceed to a final round. Finalists will be posted as they are determined by the judge in each group. Contestants failing to report on time may be disqualified. No reference materials may be used during the preparation period. One (1) 4” by 6” note card will be provided for each contestant and may be used during the preparation and performance. Preliminary Round Participants will be assigned groups and order of speaking for the preliminary round based on random selection prior to the State Leadership Conference. All participants must report to the holding room at the time designated in the conference program. Participants will remain in the holding room until their preparation times. Each participant in a group will be given the same topic related to the FBLA-PBL goals, activities, current programs, current events and/or relevant business topics. The participant will have to prepare his/her speech prior to appearing before the judges. Any notes must be made during the ten- (10) minute preparation time and may be used when speaking. Information may be written on both sides of the note card. The note card must be submitted to the event administrator at the conclusion of the speech. Participants must furnish their own pens and pencils. At the time of the performance, the event administrator will introduce each participant by name only. Each speech must be four (4) minutes in length. A timekeeper will stand at three (3) minutes and when the speaker is finished, record the time used by each participant noting a deduction of five (5) points for any time under 3:31 or over 4:29. All performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. The top two (2) participants from each group will be selected for the final round. Final Round Finalists must report to the holding room at the time designated in the conference program and draw for performance times. All other procedures as outlined in the preliminary round will be followed for the final round. Judging There will be one judge for each preliminary presentation. In the finals, there will be more than one judge. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-67
  • 70. National Entry The first- and second-place winners will represent Nebraska in the Impromptu Speaking event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: foundations, social Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Marketing 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-68
  • 71. . IMPROMPTU SPEAKING Performance Rating Sheet □ Preliminary Round □ Final Round Name Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Relation to the topic 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Purpose clearly stated 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Suitability and accuracy of statements 0 1-2 3-4 5 ORGANIZATION Topic adequately developed 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Logical sequence of ideas 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Accomplishment of purpose 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 DELIVERY Voice quality and diction 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Appropriate gestures and eye contact 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Self-confidence, initiative, and assertiveness 0 1-2 3-4 5 Extent to which speech was sincere, interesting, clear, 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 creative, convincing, and concise TIME TOTAL POINTS /100 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations under 3:31 or over 4:29 minutes. DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed. FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-69
  • 72. . INTERNET APPLICATION PROGRAMMING Purpose With ease of support being uppermost in the minds of companies in today’s market, programs that serve via an Internet browser are faster and much easier to maintain. Internet Application Programming focuses on systems that are used over the Internet or an intranet. This event tests the programmer’s skill in designing a useful, efficient, and effective program. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure This event consists of a prejudged program, which must address the topic given. The competencies demonstrated include the following: program addresses topic and is appropriate for the audience; graphics, text treatment, and special effects show creativity and cohesiveness of design; appropriate selection of fonts and type sizes; overall layout and design is creative and appealing; final product indicates a clear thought process and an intended, planned direction with formulation and execution of a firm idea; required information is effectively communicated; and copyright laws followed. Prejudged Program Topic The program is: Create a web application that will allow people to RSVP for a planned dinner event. This should include a web form which will allow people to either choose to attend the function or decline the invitation. Two files or tables should be included on a web server, one table/file will track first name, last name, mailing address, email address, phone numbers and whether or not they will be attending. The second table/file will track via a foreign key from the first table/file the total number attending in each party and the breakdown of the dinner meal selection (There should be at least 3 choices each for the entrée and the desert) for the group. The number of entrées and/or desserts should not be larger than the number in the party. Include validation to ensure duplicate entries are not made in the attending list. Create a second interface that will allow the event management to summarize the names of those parties attending with their indicated number of attendees as well as the other information requested (address, email, phone numbers, dinner meal selection). Include in the summary a total of all attendees. This should be output in the formatted list. Additionally, allow the generation of a formatted list of the names, emails, and phone numbers of those not attending. If database tables are used for the application, include table layout information along with the scripts created for the rest of the application. Sample of data in table/file 1 (goes across on one line). Key FirstName LastName MailingAddress City State Zip 1 John Smith 112 Main St. Home VA 20107 2 Jane Doe 987 Elm Drive Town FL 32006 3 John Smith 456 Oak Avenue Orange IA 50836 EmailAddress WorkPhone HomePhone CellPhone NumAttending s@b.com 999 999 9999 888 888 8888 777 777 7777 0* r@o.edu 789 789 7878 456 456 4545 123 123 1212 3 t@b.org 321 321 9510 654 654 7530 987 987 8529 1 *Value of 0 in NumAttending means not attending 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-70
  • 73. . Sample of data in table/file 2. Key KeyFrom1 Entrée 1 Entrée 2 Entrée 3 Dessert 1 Dessert 2 Dessert 3 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-71
  • 74. . Program Guidelines 1. Complete the entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site under State Leadership Conference and mail the form along with two (2) CD/DVDs containing the items listed in item 2 to the State Office postmarked no later than the conference registration postmark deadline. 2. The CD/DVD should include the URL of the start page for the application, a listing of the source code in a text file, file/table layouts in a text file, and a listing of the data files/tables in a text file. On any fields that do not have a specified length (student ID), list the field length. On fields that allow you to create your own field convention (Adviser ID, Curriculum ID, Class ID, and Semester code), list the field length along with the reasoning behind the field convention being used, include examples and data validation that should be done. To ensure accurate comparisons, the data files/tables should be backed up/copied prior to creating the CD/DVD. Once the project has been judged at the state level, the data files/tables should be recovered/copied back for judging at the national level. This will guarantee that the data files/tables are the same for national judging. 3. The CD/DVDs must be labeled with the name of the event, state, name of participant, and school. 4. The URL must be available for viewing on the Internet at the time of judging. 5. The solution must run with no programming errors and entries will be judged according to the rating sheet. 6. Points will be deducted for any logical errors. 7. Programs must be accompanied by a readme file noting software used; name of participant, school, and state; source of information; and instructions on running the program. 8. Program should run on Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. Other browsers may also be used for grading. 9. CD/DVDs should be free of viruses/malware. Judging Entries will be judged according to the rating sheet. All decisions of the judges are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners will represent Nebraska in the Internet Application Programming event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Information Technology: computer architecture; operating systems, environments, and utilities; systems analysis and design; communications and networking infrastructures; network applications Management: technology and information management Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-72
  • 75. . INTERNET APPLICATION PROGRAMMING Production Rating Sheet Name(s) Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned PAGE LAYOUT AND DESIGN Fonts, colors, and graphics enhance aesthetic appeal 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Site uses innovative technology tools and enhancements 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 effectively CONTENT Effectiveness of site 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Solution adequately addresses assigned topic 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 APPLICATION DESIGN Form fields are validated 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 Application optimized for speed 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 Transaction data is appropriately prepared for assigned 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 topic RESULTS Program was error free 0 1–3 4–7 8–10 The program handled user and/or data input errors well 0 1–5 6–10 11–15 Program functioned as required and meets requirements 0 1–7 8–14 15–20 Resulting outputs, screens, and messages were useful and 0 1–7 8–14 15–20 correct TIME TOTAL POINTS /150 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-73
  • 76. INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS Purpose The American business enterprise system functions effectively when participants are properly trained to make good business decisions. This event provides recognition to FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of the American business enterprise system and its effect on consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 and 10 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given an objective written test that may include questions on the characteristics and organization of business; consumerism, money management, and banking; career awareness; rights and responsibilities of employees, managers, owners, and government; insurance; and economic systems. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Introduction to Business event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Career Development: career research, workplace expectations Computation: mathematical foundations Economics and Personal Finance: allocation of resources, economic systems, managing finances and budgeting, saving and investing, banking, using credit Entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial opportunities Management: business organization Marketing: foundations of marketing Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Marketing 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-74
  • 77. INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS COMMUNICATION Purpose Learning to communicate in a manner that is clearly understood by the receiver of the message is a major task of all business people. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of basic communication skills and concepts. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 and 10 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include grammar, spelling, punctuation, oral communication concepts, reading comprehension, word definition and usage, numbers, and capitalization. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Introduction to Business Communication event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: foundations, employment, organizations Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-75
  • 78. INTRODUCTION TO PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE Purpose This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of parliamentary procedure along with an understanding of FBLA’s organization and procedures. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 and 10 are eligible to compete except they may not compete in both Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure and the Parliamentary Procedure Team event. The only exception will be a candidate for the office of State Parliamentarian who is not a member of a team. In the event a State Parliamentarian candidate qualifies for the National Parliamentary Procedure team, he/she will be ineligible to receive recognition in the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure event. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given an objective test on the principles of parliamentary procedure and the FBLA-PBL National Bylaws. Questions for the parliamentary procedure principles portion of the exam will be drawn from the National Association of Parliamentarians’ official test bank. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-76
  • 79. INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS Purpose The processing of data is important to the successful operation of business. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who understand the basic principles involved in computer technology. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 and 10 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be given for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on basic computer principles, terminology, computer application concepts, programming concepts and procedures, and computer equipment. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Event The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Introduction to Technology Concepts event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Information Technology: operating systems, environments and utilities, application software, input technologies Career Cluster: Information Technology 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-77
  • 80. JOB INTERVIEW Purpose This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate proficiency in applying for employment in business. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grade 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure The participant must apply for a full- or part-time job classified as a business or business-related job with Merit Corporation. The job must be one for which he/she is qualified or for which he/she will be qualified for at the completion of the current school year. This event consists of three parts: • Pre-interview preparation: Bring a completed application form (form is posted on the Nebraska FBLA Web site), application letter and resume to the State Leadership Conference. • Interview time session: Submit the application form, application letter and resume at the designated time in the conference program. Arrange for a job interview time. • Interview: Complete an interview(s) with personnel professionals. Regulations 1. Pre-interview Preparation (prior to SLC) a. Participant, not adviser, must prepare a letter of application and resume for a business position for which the applicant is most qualified. Examples might include but are not limited to the following: Accounting Clerk Network Administrator Assistant Administrative Assistant Receptionist Desktop Publishing Assistant Web Page Design Trainee Management Trainee Word Processing Specialist Marketing Assistant b. Address one-page letter of application to: Dr. Terry E. Johnson Director of Human Resources Merit Corporation 1640 Franklin Place Omaha, NE 68102 c. Resume must not exceed one page and no photographs are allowed. d. Merit Corporation is a large fictional corporation located in Omaha, Nebraska, that is currently interviewing for both full- and part-time positions. Company benefits include paid holidays and vacations, sick leave, a retirement plan, and health insurance. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. Merit Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. e. Complete the Merit Corporation job application form online from the Nebraska FBLA web site and then print the completed form. 2. Schedule Job Interview Time (during SLC; see SLC program for event time slot) a. Appropriate business attire is to be worn when scheduling the job interview time. b. Bring the completed job application form, original one-page letter of application, and resumé. (Participants reporting without a job application form, letter of application, and resumé may be disqualified.) c. Submit completed job interview information to the event administrator(s) and receive interview time. 3. Interview Procedures (during SLC) a. No other job interview materials, except references, may be submitted to the judges. b. Participants will not know their interviewer’s name prior to the scheduled interview. Interviewers will introduce themselves at the time of the interview. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-78
  • 81. c. Report for interview at least ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled interview time. If the student is late for the scheduled interview time, he/she will be disqualified. d. Interviews are scheduled at 10-minute intervals. e. Check posting of job interview callbacks (see SLC program). f. If applicable, report for job interview semi-finals at time scheduled. g. Check posting (see SLC program) for final interview callbacks. h. If applicable, report for job interview finals at time scheduled. Judging The score from the preliminary interview will be used as the preliminary interview score in the Future Business Leader event. Preliminary Interview The interview will be conducted and the participant evaluated on the Preliminary Job Interview Event rating sheet. The top student from each judge’s group will be selected for semifinal interviews. Semifinal Interview The contestants selected to be interviewed a second time will be posted on the conference bulletin board at the designated time in the program. The purpose of the semi-final interview is to determine finalists for the Job Interview Event. Judges will use the Semifinal/Final Job Interview Event rating sheet. The top two students from each judge’s semifinal group (eight finalists) will be selected for final interviews. Final Interviews The contestants selected to be interviewed a third time will be posted on the conference bulletin board at the designated time in the program. The final (third) interview will be used to determine the final placings in the Job Interview Event. The eight finalists will be interviewed by the same two judges. Judges will use the Semifinal/Final Job Interview Event rating sheet. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be given to the top students as determined by the event chairperson and judges. All judges’ decisions are final. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Job Interview event at the National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Career Development: self-awareness, career research, workplace expectations, career strategies Communications: employment Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-79
  • 82. PRELIMINARY JOB INTERVIEW Rating Sheet Name Chapter Above Needs Outstanding Average Average Improvement () () () () LETTER OF APPLICATION, RESUME, AND JOB APPLICATION FORM (20 PERCENT) Clear and concise presentation of facts with logical arrangement Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and acceptable business style Educational/work preparation INTERVIEW (80 PERCENT) Professional appearance (grooming and appropriate attire) Proper greeting, introduction and closing Poise, maturity, and attitude Self-confidence, initiative, and assertiveness Demonstrates the ability to understand and respond to interview questions Illustrates adequate qualifications for the position Possesses career knowledge about the position Justifies career plans (Check One) OVERALL EVALUATION RANGE SCORE Outstanding 100-96 Above Average 95-91 Average 90-86 Needs Improvement 85-81 DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed This student advances to the Semifinal Interview. (Only one student in each group will advance.) Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-80
  • 83. SEMIFINAL/FINAL JOB INTERVIEW Rating Sheet Semifinal Round Final Round Name       Chapter       Does Not Meets Not Meet Expectation Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations s Expectations Earned PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION Professional appearance 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Proper greeting, introduction, and closing 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Poise, maturity, and attitude 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Self-confidence, initiative, and assertiveness 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 INTERVIEW Demonstrates the ability to understand and respond 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 to interview questions. Illustrates adequate qualifications for the position 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Possesses career knowledge about the position 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Justifies career plans 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 APPLICATION MATERIALS Effectiveness of application materials (resume, letter 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 of application, and application form) TOTAL POINTS /100 max DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-81
  • 84. KEYBOARDING KNOWLEDGE Purpose A basic knowledge of the computer keyboard and its capability is important to any office employee. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of information that an office worker should have about keyboarding. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 7 through 10 who have not had more instruction than that covered in one school year of keyboarding are eligible for this event. Participants must not be taking or have taken any course that involves word processing or keyboarding instruction beyond the basic one-year course. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may cover the following: basic computer knowledge; letter, symbol and figure keys; basic keyboarding applications; ten-key pad; formatting; word division; number rules; and basic computer terminology. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry There is no national event for Keyboarding Knowledge. The winner of this event, therefore, will not be eligible to participate in the National Leadership Conference as a competitor in Keyboarding Knowledge. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-82
  • 85. MANAGEMENT DECISION MAKING Purpose Making critical decisions that provide the right direction and a winning position in today’s business world is essential to good management. Business executives must make high-quality, nearly instantaneous decisions all the time. The ability to make the right decisions concerning vision, growth, resources, strengths, and weaknesses leads to a successful business. It is management’s responsibility to manage for today and tomorrow, to manage for optimum efficiency, and to manage to compete in the marketplace. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter two (2) teams of two (2) to three (3) members from Grades 9 through 12. Procedure This event is composed of two (2) parts: an objective test and a decision-making problem with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges. Members of the team will assume the role(s) of management and present a solution to the case problem. Objective Test Sixty (60) minutes will be allowed for the objective test that may include questions on business and its environment, forms of business ownership and the law, ethics and social responsibility, information and communication systems, planning and strategic management, financial management, human resource management, and careers. Team members will take the online objective test collaboratively at the local school at the designated time prior to the State Leadership Conference. Participants may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. The five (5) teams with the highest scores will be scheduled for the performance portion of the event. The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in conference headquarters. Performance The case study may consist of a problem encountered by managers in one of the following areas: human resource management, financial management, marketing management, or information systems management. Members of the team will assume the role(s) of management and present a solution to the case problem. Members of the five (5) finalist teams will meet for instructions 30 minutes before each team’s scheduled performance. Team members will not be sequestered. Twenty (20) minutes before their performance, each team will receive three (3) copies of the case study. Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided for each participant and may be used during the preparation and presentation. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or presentation portions of this event. The team has seven (7) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present the solution to the case. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and refer to the case for specifics. The teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members must participate in the presentation. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and seven (7) minutes. Performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants in this event. No audio or video recording will be allowed. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-83
  • 86. Judging The objective test will be machine graded. The top five (5) teams with the highest score will advance to the presentation portion of the event. A panel of judges will evaluate the performances of these finalists and determine the winners. Team places one to five are determined by weighting 20% team test score and 80% team performance score. The objective test score will be used to determine final rank in case of a tie. The written test score will determine places for teams not advancing to the presentation portion of the event. Ties on the written test will be broken based on time. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place teams in this event will represent Nebraska in the Management Decision Making event at the National Leadership Conference. Only one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Accounting: financial statements, special applications Business Law: business organizations Communications: foundations, organizational Economics and Personal Finance: economic systems, markets and prices Entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial opportunities Information Technology: impact on society Management: management functions, business organization, ethics and social responsibility, management theories, financial decision making Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-84
  • 87. MANAGEMENT DECISION MAKING Performance Rating Sheet Names Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Problem is understood and well-defined 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Alternatives are recognized with pros and cons 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 stated and evaluated Logical solution is selected with positive and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 negative aspects of its implementation given Management’s decision is clear 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well-organized and 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 clearly stated; appropriate business language used Team members show self-confidence, poise, and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 good voice projection All team members participate actively during the 0 1-2 3-4 5 presentation Demonstrates the ability to effectively answer 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 questions PERFORMANCE SCORE /100 max DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed TOTAL POINTS /100 max FINAL PERFORMANCE SCORE x 80% = WRITTEN TEST SCORE x 20% = FINAL SCORE Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-85
  • 88. MARKETING Purpose Marketing involves the distribution of products and services to the consumer. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of the basic principles of marketing. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on the basic functions of marketing (price, product, place, and promotion), channels of distribution, legal and social aspects of marketing, advertising media, including e-commerce, international marketing, marketing research, marketing/information management, and ethics. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order in which the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Marketing event at the National Leadership Conference, provided they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Entrepreneurship: marketing, legal Marketing: foundations of marketing, consumers and their behavior, external factors, the marketing mix, marketing research, the marketing plan Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-86
  • 89. NETWORK DESIGN Purpose The ability to evaluate the needs of an organization and then design and implement network solutions is a valuable skill in today’s connected workplace. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply these skills. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter two (2) teams composed of two (2) to three (3) members from Grades 9 through 12. Procedure This event is composed of two parts: an objective test and a decision-making problem (case study) with the decision presented and defended before a panel of judges. Objective Test Sixty (60) minutes will be allowed for the objective test that may include questions on network installation – planning, configuration and topology; problem solving and troubleshooting; network administrator functions; configuring network resources and services; configuration of Internet resources; security; and backup and disaster recovery. Team members will take the online objective test collaboratively at the local school at the designated time prior to the State Leadership Conference. Participants may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. The five (5) teams with the highest score will be scheduled for the performance portion of the event. The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in conference headquarters. Performance The case study will outline a small business along with its computing environment and needs. Participants will be required to analyze the situation and recommend a network solution to address the issues raised in the case study. Members of the five (5) finalist teams will meet for instructions 30 minutes before each team’s scheduled performance. Team members will not be sequestered. Twenty (20) minutes before their performance, each team will receive three (3) copies of the case study. Two (2) 4” x 6” note cards will be provided for each participant and may be used during the preparation and presentation. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. In addition, teams will be provided with flip chart paper and markers on which to present their proposed solution. No reference materials or visual aids other than those created during the preparation time can be used during the preparation or presentation portions of this event. The team has seven (7) minutes to present their solution to the judges. Teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members must participate in the presentation. Team members will be allowed to use their note cards and flip chart sheets in explaining their recommendations and rationale to the judges. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes. When each team has finished, the time used will be recorded. A five (5) point deduction will be made for presentations over seven (7) minutes. Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three- (3) minute question–answer period. Performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants in this event. No audio or video recording will be allowed. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-87
  • 90. Judging The objective test will be machine graded. The top five (5) teams with the highest score will advance to the presentation portion of the event. A panel of judges will evaluate the performances of these finalists and select the winners. The objective test score will be used at this stage only to determine final rank in case of a tie. The written test score will determine places for teams not advancing to the presentation portion of the event. Ties on the written test will be broken based on time. All judges’ decisions are final. Team Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place teams in this event will represent Nebraska in the Network Design event at the National Leadership Conference. No more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: technological, organizational Information Technology: computer architecture, operating systems, environments, and utilities, systems analysis and design, communications and networking infrastructures, network applications Management: technology and information management Career Cluster: Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-88
  • 91. NETWORK DESIGN Performance Rating Sheet Chapter Names Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Described the situation 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Resolved problem 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Used correct terminology 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Presented an effective strategy 0 1-10 11-20 21-25 TECHNOLOGY System appropriate for size of business 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Technology is currently available 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Future needs are considered 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Meets the needs of the company 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 DELIVERY Thoughts and statements are well-organized and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 clearly stated; appropriate business language used Team members show self-confidence, poise, good 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 voice projection All team members participate actively during the 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 presentation Demonstrates the ability to effectively answer 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 questions TIME TOTAL SCORE /150 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations over seven (7) minutes. DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed. FINAL PERFORMANCE SCORE x 80% = WRITTEN TEST SCORE x 20% = FINAL SCORE Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-89
  • 92. NETWORKING CONCEPTS Purpose Acquiring a high level of familiarization and proficiency in working with networks is essential in today’s connected workplace. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of network technologies. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that will consist of questions on general network terminology, network operating system concepts, equipment for network access, OSI model and functionality, network topologies and connectivity, and network security. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Networking Concepts event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Information Technology: computer architecture, operating systems, environments, and utilities, system analysis and design, communications and networking infrastructures, network applications Management: technology and information management Career Cluster: Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-90
  • 93. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE TEAM Purpose This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate knowledge of the principles of parliamentary procedure. This event is based on team rather than individual competition. Team participants develop speaking ability and poise through competitive performance. Eligibility Each local chapter may enter a team of FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 composed of four persons – president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Candidates for the office of State Parliamentarian may or may not be a team member but are required to take the written test. A student entered in the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure Event may not compete in the Parliamentary Procedure Team event with the exception of a State Parliamentarian candidate who is not a member of a team. Procedure Please complete the Parliamentary Procedure Reference Form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site under State Leadership Conference. Indicate the students who have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. Participants are given an objective test on the principles of parliamentary procedure and the FBLA-PBL National Bylaws. Through a partnership with the National Association of Parliamentarians, questions for the parliamentary procedure principles section will be drawn from the National Association of Parliamentarians’ official test bank. The team score is determined by averaging the score of its four members. The four teams with the highest scores are then scheduled for a performance test with official judges. Contestants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators. All members of the four participating teams will meet for instructions and will draw for places thirty (30) minutes before the first performance is scheduled to begin. All team members will be sequestered until their performance times. Twenty (20) minutes before each performance, each team’s president will receive four copies of the problem to be distributed to each team member. The participants are not to write on a copy of the problem. The team may use the preparation time to consider procedure. Parliamentary procedure reference materials may be used during this preparation period but not during the performance. Performances must include presentation of procedures that are used in a complete regular meeting of the chapter from the time the meeting is called to order until it is adjourned. Items designated in the problem must be included in the appropriate order of business, but other items should also be taken up during the meeting. The following items may be taken into the preparation room and may be used in the performance: one copy of the problem for each member of the team, one copy of the agenda for each team member, the treasurer’s report, a copy of the minutes from a preceding meeting, and paper for recording the minutes of this meeting. No scripts may be used during the preparation or performance. Participants may also refer to appropriate parliamentary procedure reference materials (e.g., Robert’s Rules of Order) during the preparation time. Participants are not to write on the copy of the problem or the meeting agenda. The problem may or may not include each class of motions, but all five classes of motions – main, subsidiary, privileged, incidental, and motions that bring a question again before the assembly – must be demonstrated during the performance. Performance time may be from 9 to 11 minutes. A timekeeper will stand at 8 minutes. When each team is finished, the time will be recorded, noting a deduction of 1 point for each full half minute (30 seconds) under 9 minutes or each full half minute (30 seconds) over 11 minutes. This performance is open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. No audio or video recording will be allowed. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-91
  • 94. Judging The objective test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the time the last team member’s test was submitted. The performance portion of the event will be evaluated by a panel of judges. An official timekeeper will be appointed. Judges’ decisions will be based on Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, Copyright 2000. All decisions of the judges are final. Final rank is determined by a weighting of 20 percent team average test score and 80 percent team performance score. Individual Awards 1st Place – Gavel (National Team Members) 2nd Place – Gavel 3rd Place – Gavel 4th Place – Gavel Team Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque 4th Place – Plaque National Participation The state participants scoring the top four (4) scores on the written Parliamentary Procedure Test will represent Nebraska in the Parliamentary Procedure event at the National Leadership Conference. The top four (4) scores may include a candidate for State Parliamentarian who is not a member of a team. No more than two (2) team members may have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. The National team will be announced at the Awards Assembly on the last day of the State Leadership Conference. In order to facilitate the effective teamwork needed to produce a quality national parliamentary procedure team for Nebraska FBLA, all team members will need to attend the practices (approximately six) before National Leadership Conference, which will be set to coincide with as many schedules as possible. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-92
  • 95. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE TEAM Performance Rating Sheet Instructions for Scoring Motions: Full value should be given for correctly handling the following actions on motions. For example, if a motion does not require a second and the team handles this correctly, full credit should be given. Bring Again Subsidiary Incidental Privileged Value Score MOTIONS Main Comments Made 5 Seconded 5 Stated 5 Debate or no debate 5 Put to vote 5 Vote result announced 5 TOT AL 30 Value Score BUSINESS OF THE MEETING Comments Problem quality (concise, complete, clear, germane) 15 Directions followed 5 Other business quality 10 TOTAL 30 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-93
  • 96. Value Score GENERAL PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE Comments Proper order of business 10 Proper use of parliamentary terms 10 Clarity of expression, voice projection 5 Impartiality of presiding official 5 Initiative of members 5 Poise, dignity, and appearance 5 TIME TOTAL 40 TOTAL SCORES MOTIONS BUSINESS OF THE MEETING GENERAL PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE TIME PENALTY. Deduct one (1) point per full half-minute under 8:31 minutes or over 11:29 minutes. No deduction for performances between 8:31 and 11:29. DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed FINAL PERFORMANCE SCORE x 80% = AVERAGE WRITTEN TEST SCORE x 20% = FINAL SCORE Chapter Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-94
  • 97. PERSONAL FINANCE Purpose Financial literacy is essential in meeting the financial challenges of the 21st century. This event recognizes students who possess essential knowledge and skills related to financial issues, can analyze the rights and responsibilities of consumers, and apply knowledge to financial situations. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on financial principles related to personal decision making; earning a living (income, taxes); managing budgets and finance; saving and investing; buying goods and services; and banking, credit, and insurance. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and ma use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Personal Finance event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Economics and Personal Finance: markets and prices, allocation of resources, banking, buying goods and services Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Finance 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-95
  • 98. PROOFREADING Purpose Proofreading skill is essential. Proofreading errors can be costly. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have the ability to find errors in printed copy. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 7 through 10 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test, which will include locating errors of grammar, punctuation, spacing, figures, and meaning. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry There is no national event for Proofreading. The winner of this event, therefore, will not be eligible to participate in the National Leadership Conference as a competitor in Proofreading. 2006-2007 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-96
  • 99. PUBLIC SPEAKING I Purpose This event recognizes FBLA members who are beginning to develop qualities of business leadership by developing effective speaking skills. Eligibility Each chapter may enter one FBLA member from Grades 9 through 10. A participant entered in the Public Speaking I event is not eligible to enter the Impromptu Speaking event. Each participant will be required to submit a computer-generated hard copy of the written speech and an audio recording of the speech submitted on a standard cassette tape or CD by the SLC registration deadline. The top 20 speeches will be selected to be presented at state competition. Time slots for the presentations will be randomly selected by the State Office staff. The top 20 participants will be notified of their eligibility and time slots prior to the conference. Procedure Preliminary Round Participants will be assigned groups and times for the preliminary round based on random selection prior to the State Leadership Conference. At the time of performance, the event administrator will introduce each participant by name and announce the title of his/her speech. Each speech must be 4 minutes in length. A timekeeper will stand at 3 minutes. When the speaker is finished, the time used by the participant will be recorded noting a deduction of 5 points for any time under 3:31 or over 4:29. All performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. Performances may not be audio or video taped. The top five (5) participants from each group will be selected for the final round. Final Round The chairperson will randomly draw for performance times, which will be posted on the conference bulletin board. All other procedures as outlined for the preliminary round will be followed for the final round. Regulations 1. A computer-generated hard copy of the written speech and an audio recording of the speech submitted on a standard cassette tape or a CD must be mailed to the State Office by the registration deadline. Place student’s name, chapter, event name, and title of speech directly on the tape or CD and hard copy. 2. Participants will be notified of their eligibility prior to the conference. 3. Participants will compete in the preliminary round, and judges will determine the competitors who compete in the final round. 4. Each participant’s speech must be the result of his/her own efforts. Facts and working data may be secured from any source. The speeches must be prepared by student members, not advisers. Local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the speeches are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in a business style. 5. The content of the four-minute (4) speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine (9) FBLA-PBL goals. 6. No visual or speaking aids may be used. 7. When speaking, participants may use 4” by 6” note cards. 8. Any competitor receiving coaching from the adviser or members of the audience may be disqualified. 9. A lectern will be available. No microphone will be allowed. Judging Each participant will be judged by one or more judges. All judges’ decisions are final. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-97
  • 100. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention may be awarded to other top participants as determined by the judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Public Speaking I event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: foundations, social Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Marketing 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-98
  • 101. PUBLIC SPEAKING I Performance Rating Sheet Preliminary Round Final Round Name Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned CONTENT Relation to FBLA-PBL goals 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Purpose clearly stated 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Suitability and accuracy of statements 0 1-2 3-4 5 ORGANIZATION Topic adequately developed 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Logical sequence of ideas 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Accomplishment of purpose 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 DELIVERY Participant demonstrates self-confidence, poise and 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 good voice projection Appropriate gestures and eye contact 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Thoughts and statements are well-organized and clearly 0 1-2 3-4 5 stated; appropriate business language used Extent to which speech was sincere, interesting, clear, 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 creative, convincing, and concise TIME TOTAL POINTS /100 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations under 3:31 or over 4:29 minutes DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-99
  • 102. PUBLIC SPEAKING II Purpose This event recognizes FBLA members who, through public speaking, demonstrate qualities of business leadership by presenting a well organized, logical, and substantial speech. Eligibility Each chapter may enter one FBLA member from Grades 11 through 12. A participant entered in the Public Speaking II event is not eligible to enter the Impromptu Speaking event. Each participant will be required to submit a computer-generated hard copy of the written speech and an audio recording of the speech submitted on a standard cassette tape or CD by the SLC registration deadline. The top 20 speeches will be selected to be presented at state competition. Time slots for the presentations will be randomly selected by the State Office staff. The top 20 participants will be notified of their eligibility and time slots prior to the conference. Procedure Preliminary Round Participants will be assigned groups and times for the preliminary round based on random selection prior to the State Leadership Conference. At the time of performance, the event administrator will introduce each participant by name and announce the title of his/her speech. Each speech must be 5 minutes in length. A timekeeper will stand at 4 minutes. When the speaker is finished, the time used by the participant will be recorded noting a deduction of 5 points for any time under 4:31 or over 5:29. All performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. Performances may not be audio or video taped. The top five (5) participants from each group will be selected for the final round. Final Round The chairperson will randomly draw for performance times, which will be posted on the conference bulletin board. All other procedures as outlined for the preliminary round will be followed for the final round. Regulations 1. A computer-generated hard copy of the written speech and an audio recording of the speech submitted on a standard cassette tape or CD must be mailed to the State Office by the registration deadline. Place student’s name, chapter, event name, and title of speech directly on the tape and hard copy. 2. Participants will be notified of their eligibility prior to the conference. 3. Participants will compete in the preliminary round, and judges will determine the competitors who compete in the final round. 4. Each participant’s speech must be the result of his/her own efforts. Facts and working data may be secured from any source. The speeches must be prepared by student members, not advisers. Local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the speeches are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in a business style 5. The content of the five-minute (5) speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine (9) FBLA-PBL goals. 6. No visual or speaking aids may be used. 7. When speaking, participants may use 4”x6” note cards. 8. Any competitor receiving coaching from the adviser or members of the audience may be disqualified. 9. A lectern will be available. No microphone will be allowed. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-100
  • 103. Judging Each participant will be judged by one or more judges. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention may be awarded to other top participants as determined by the judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Public Speaking II event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: foundations, social Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration, Marketing 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-101
  • 104. PUBLIC SPEAKING II Performance Rating Sheet Preliminary Round Final Round Name Chapter Does Not Not Meet Meets Exceeds Evaluation Item Demonstrated Expectations Expectations Expectations Points Earned CONTENT Relation to FBLA-PBL goals 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Purpose clearly stated 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Suitability and accuracy of statements 0 1-2 3-4 5 ORGANIZATION Topic adequately developed 0 1-5 6-10 11-15 Logical sequence of ideas 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Accomplishment of purpose 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 DELIVERY Participant demonstrates self-confidence, 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 poise and good voice projection Appropriate gestures and eye contact 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Thoughts and statements are well-organized and clearly stated; appropriate business 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 language used TIME TOTAL POINTS /100 max TIME PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points for presentations under 4:31 or over 5:29 minutes DRESS CODE PENALTY. Deduct five (5) points when dress code is not followed FINAL SCORE /100 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-102
  • 105. BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ ALL-STATE QUALITY MEMBER AWARD Purpose The All-State Quality Member Award is designed to recognize outstanding FBLA members who have served FBLA through extensive participation in all levels of FBLA’s program of work. Eligibility All FBLA members except candidates for Who’s Who may apply for the All-State Quality Member Award. Procedure Each square in the first two vertical columns, Q and U, of the entry form should be checked or dated if the student has met the criteria in that square. In vertical columns A through Y (3-7), the participant will describe the activities in which he/she participated indicating the date of the activity. Some activities would qualify under several column headings. It is up to the applicant’s discretion to select an appropriate square and the activity should be listed only one time. Additional squares cannot be added to the form. The form should be typed or printed neatly using an ink pen. Regulations 1. Participants may or may not have served as a local officer; however, they may not have served as a state and/or national officer. 2. The entry form must be received in the State Office by the registration deadline. 3. A participant in this event cannot be in the Who’s Who event. 4. Only FBLA activities may be used. 5. Each FBLA activity may be used only once. To avoid confusion, use committee names when possible to describe the activities. Example: conducting Adopt-A-Highway clean up on two different dates counts as one activity, attending a Chamber of Commerce meeting on two different dates counts as one activity. 6. The entry form should be neatly typed or printed using an ink pen. 7. Dates or time periods must be indicated in each applicable square. Please list the month, day and year. Example: 9/14/07. 8. Eligible participation in activities should be conducted between the dates noted on the form. 9. No fundraising activities can be used with the exception of the fundraising square within Chapter Contributions. 10. The following information is not meant to be limiting. The descriptions and examples are designed to clarify questions. • Meetings and Conferences Attended: Each square represents attendance at local, state, regional, and national conferences. Attendance at specific conference workshops may not be used in other squares. • Chapter Contributions: Chairmanship or membership in additional committees may be utilized in other squares. Each committee must be identified. A maximum of four (4) members can be considered as instrumental in the preparation of an SLC report, which includes the American Enterprise Project, the Community Service Project, the Local Chapter Annual Business Report, and the Partnership with Business Project. The Business Plan and the Business Financial Plan (with a maximum of three members) can also be counted as an SLC report. A maximum of three (3) members can be considered as instrumental in the preparation of a chapter’s Web site. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-103
  • 106. • Community Service: Activities designed for the sole purpose of chapter fundraising do not qualify as a community service. Fundraising activities can only be listed in the Chapter Contributions fundraising square. Raising funds for the Nebraska FBLA Foundation counts as community service. • School Service: FBLA activities designed to provide service to the local school should be used. Activities designed as service to the local chapter should not be used. Examples of school service: Serving at an open house, purchasing a drinking fountain, picking up trash after a football game, assisting with end-of-year cleaning and inventory, conducting new student orientation, purchasing trees for the school. • Public Relations: One or more articles published at the local level qualify for only one square. Each article published at the state or national level will qualify for a separate square. Possible activities may include presentations, media coverage, FBLA Week promotion, open houses, recognition of community leaders, and FBLA chapter Web site development. Letter(s) to state and federal government officials supporting Career Education and/or FBLA will qualify. Writing letters to multiple government officials counts as one activity. • Leadership Development: Holding a local office qualifies for a square in this column. Officer position must be identified. Performing officer duties should not be listed in an additional square. Being a candidate or campaign manager for a State Office qualifies for a square in this column. Recruiting a minimum of three members qualifies for a square in this column. Participating in one collaborative activity with another Career Student Organization or business qualifies for a square in this column. Attaining one of the National Business Achievement Award levels qualifies for this column. • Professional Activities: Possible activities may include attendance at Advisory Council or Chamber of Commerce meetings, field trips, job shadowing, business competition day, special speakers/programs (other than FBLA conferences, seminars) and other FBLA activities that promote professionalism and career awareness. Judging The Board of Directors will review and screen the entry forms. Evaluated applicants’ forms totaling 100 points will be recognized at the State Leadership Conference. Applicants are encouraged to submit forms totaling more than 100 points. Awards Any student earning 100 points or more on the All-State Quality Member evaluation form will receive recognition at the SLC. The entry form for the All-State Quality Member Award is located on the Nebraska FBLA Web site under State Leadership Conference Registration Information. National Entry There is no national event for the All-State Quality Member Award. 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-104
  • 107. SPELLING Purpose This event is designed to recognize FBLA members who possess a superior level of spelling proficiency. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 7 through 10 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry There is no national event for Spelling. The winner of this event, therefore, will not be eligible for participation in the National Leadership Conference as a competitor in Spelling. 2006-2007 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-105
  • 108. SPORTS MANAGEMENT Purpose The sports industry is rapidly growing in this country and the world. For an individual to be successful and effective in this type of work, a core understanding of business and a comprehensive awareness of sports is necessary to succeed in sports management. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess the basic principles of sports management. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given an objective test that will focus on sports marketing/strategic marketing, facility and event management, human resource management (labor relations), financing and economic input, management and leadership in sport, sports law, overview of sports industry, communications in sports, ethics, licensing, history, sport governance, and careers. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Sports Management event at the National Leadership Conference, provided they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Management: business organization, ethics, human resource management, financial decision making, marketing Career Cluster: Business, Management and Administration 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-106
  • 109. TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS Purpose Technology is the new competitive edge for business. Successful business leaders must understand the impact of technology and know how to effectively harness it to drive their business success. Eligibility All FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. Procedure Fifty (50) minutes will be allowed for this event. Participants will be given a written objective test that may include questions on networking concepts, operating systems and browsers, computer applications and integration, basic technology concepts, telecommunications, Internet safety, and computer equipment. Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers and may use their own cordless calculators; however, no graphing or financial calculators, PDAs, phones, or other memory storage devices are allowed. Judging The test will be machine graded. Ties will be broken based on the order the tests were returned. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Technology Concepts event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Information Technology: operating systems, environment and utilities, input technology, application software Career Cluster: Information Technology 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-107
  • 110. WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT Purpose The ability to communicate ideas and concepts, and to deliver value to customers, using the Internet and related technologies is an important element in a business’ success. This event recognizes FBLA members who have developed proficiency in the creation and design of Web sites. Eligibility Each chapter may submit one (1) entry. Entries must be created by an individual or a team of two (2) or three (3) members in Grades 9 through 12. All team members must be registered for the State Leadership Conference to participate in the event. Procedure Participation in this event will allow members to demonstrate proficiency in conceptualizing, designing, and creating Web sites. Members will work individually or as a team in creating a Web site that addresses the topic listed below. • Complete the entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site and mail the form to the State Office postmarked no later than the conference registration postmark deadline. • The Web site should include elements such as page layout, navigational scheme, graphics/multimedia use, site content, and correct business format. • Any photographs, text, trademarks, or names that are used on the site must be supported by proper documentation and approvals indicated on the Web site. • The use of templates must be identified at the bottom of the home page. • Members are expected to follow all applicable copyright laws and may be disqualified if items are used inappropriately and not documented. • Web sites should be designed to allow for viewing by as many different platforms as possible. Copyright and Fair Use Information. It is the policy of Nebraska FBLA to comply with state and federal copyright laws. You may use the following Web sites as a reference: Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers at www.mediafestival.org/copyrightchart.html U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov or www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf Topic The topic to be addressed is: Develop a Web site that will keep track of your chapter’s alumni. The Web site will need to have a user- friendly interface for users to enter their information; easily access others’ information; view details on upcoming events, chapter sponsorship opportunities, and a photo gallery of past and present events; a means for the alumni to communicate with other alumni. Regulations 1. The entry form must be mailed to the State Office postmarked no later than the registration postmark deadline. 2. No changes can be made to the Web site after the registration postmark deadline. 3. Student members, not advisers, must prepare the Web site. Advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the Web sites are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are presented in a professional manner. 4. The Web site should be available for viewing on the Internet at the time of judging. 5. Web sites not adhering to these regulations will be disqualified Judging Using the rating sheet, a panel of judges will select the winners. All decisions of the judges are final. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-108
  • 111. Awards 1st Place – Plaque 2nd Place – Plaque 3rd Place – Plaque Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention will be determined by the event chairperson and judges. National Entry The first- and second-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Web site Development event at the National Leadership Conference. If a team is entered, no more than one (1) member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event. NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event Communication: foundations, technological Information Technology: network applications, privacy and ethics Marketing: foundations at marketing, the marketing plan Career Clusters: Information Technology, Marketing 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-109
  • 112. WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT Rating Sheet Chapter Names Not Does Not Demonstrat Meet Meets Exceeds Points Evaluation Item ed Expectations Expectations Expectations Earned PAGE LAYOUT AND DESIGN Fonts, colors, and graphics enhance aesthetic appeal 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Format is consistent and appropriate 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Graphic design shows creativity, originality, and supports 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 theme Site uses innovative technology tools and enhancements effectively (i.e., streaming video/audio, flash, animation, 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 etc.) SITE NAVIGATION All links are functional 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Links are consistent and support theme 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Navigational scheme is logical and effective 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 CONTENT Effectiveness of site 0 1-10 11-20 21-30 Theme fully and effectively developed. Solution 0 1-10 11-20 21-30 adequately addresses assigned topic. TECHNICAL Proper use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 Site is compatible with multiple browsers 0 1-3 4-7 8-10 Copyright laws have been followed; permissions are sited on the Web site; and the use of templates must be 0 1-7 8-14 15-20 identified at the bottom of the home page FINAL SCORE /200 max Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2007-2008 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-110
  • 113. WHO’S WHO IN NEBRASKA FBLA Purpose This award honors FBLA members who have made outstanding contributions to the Association at the local, state, and national levels. Eligibility Each active local chapter may enter one participant. State and national officers are automatically eligible for this recognition. Having a national or State Officer does not prohibit a chapter from selecting an additional member for this honor. Procedure Criteria for selection of the nominees for this event should include: • Years of participation in FBLA activities. • Extent of participation in FBLA conferences sponsored by the state chapter and national association. • Offices held on the local, state, and national levels as well as goals accomplished as a state and/or national officer. • Chairmanships and committee participation. • Contributions to local, state, and national projects. • FBLA honors and awards—local, state, and/or national. Regulations 1. Up to one (1) percent of Nebraska’s FBLA membership may receive this honor. 2. An applicant for this event cannot apply for the All-State Quality Member Award. 3. Each local chapter shall determine its own method for selecting its nominee for the State Who’s Who Event. 4. The appropriate entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA Web site must be submitted for each local nominee and State Officer nominee. 5. For this event, a resume (not to exceed 1 page in length in 10-point font or larger) should include evidence of the nominee’s participation and contributions to FBLA. 6. A cover or title page should not be included. Judging A judging team will select up to the top one (1) percent of the Nebraska FBLA membership to receive recognition. National Entry Nebraska’s candidate for Who’s Who at the National Leadership Conference will be the highest point recipient as determined by the judging team. National officers are automatically recognized at the National Leadership Conference. 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-111
  • 114. WHO’S WHO IN NEBRASKA FBLA Rating Sheet Name       Chapter       Submit a one-page resume in 10-point font or larger using the following categories. FBLA Involvement Years of participation in FBLA activities (2 points per year)       8 Attendance at FBLA state conferences (2 points per conference)       8 Participation in FBLA state conferences (Ex.: 2 points per workshop given, 2 points for running for state office, 1 point for serving as a voting delegate, 1 point for competing in a performance event, etc.)       6 Attendance at FBLA national conferences (2 points per conference) 8 Participation in FBLA national conferences (Ex.: 2 points per workshop given, 2 points for serving on Battle of the States Team, 2 points for competing in an event, etc.) 6 FBLA offices – local (4 points per office)       8 FBLA offices – state and/or national       10 Goals accomplished as state and/or national officer 5 FBLA chairmanships and committee participation       10 Contribution to local, state, and/or national projects       15 FBLA honors and awards – local, state and/or national       10       94 Resume Organization, neatness, completeness, and logical arrangement       3 Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling       3       6 TOTAL       100 Judge’s Signature Judge’s Comments 2008-2009 Nebraska FBLA ■ Page 4-112