Conferences & Competitions

Fall Leadership Conferences: RFLC/NFLC

National Fall Leadership Conference (NFLC)
Students and advisers participate in motivational general sessions, professional development, and career planning workshops. For many FBLA-PBL members, the NFLCs are a convenient and affordable way to experience much of the education and excitement of an NLC closer to home. 

Competitive Events: RCE/SLC

FBLA Competitive Events
The FBLA-PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. At the State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

Each event is governed by specific guidelines and rating sheets that can be found below, and in the Competitive Events section of the Chapter Management Handbook, updated and published each August. Make sure you are using the most recent version of the guidelines to prepare for your competition.

Competitive events fall into three categories: individual, team, and chapter. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth. 

Regional Competitive Events (RCE)

Competitive events are held in each region in the winter. The competitive events are hosted by the vice presidents and their advisors.

Students who are active FBLA members and who have registered for competitive events are eligible to participate in the regional competitive events. Awards are presented to the top three finalists in each of the events held at the regional level and these students are eligible to advance to competition at the state Leadership Conference.

State Leadership Conference (SLC)
The State Leadership Conference is a two and a half day conference held annually in the spring. The finalists from each regional conference are eligible to participate in the competitive events at the state conference. In addition, each local chapter may enter contestants in the competitive events held only at the state level. The top three winners in all competitive events are eligible to advance to competition at the National Leadership Conference in those events that have a national counterpart.

In addition to the competitive events, the conference includes business meetings, election of state officers, special-interest sessions, and other planned activities. The State Leadership Conference culminates with a formal awards program during which awards are presented to the finalists in each of the competitive events. At the conclusion of the awards program, state officers for the following school year are installed.

NC FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC)

Sheraton Four Seasons (Koury Center)

National Conferences: NLC/IFL

National Leadership Conference (NLC)
FBLA-PBL members have the competitive edge, as the best and brightest of FBLA and PBL convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA-PBL experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA-PBL has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking. 

Institute for Leaders (IFL)
Held in conjunction with the National Leadership Conference, this high-energy, intensive, two-day seminar is a focused-leadership experience for state and local chapter officers, as well as members and advisers. This training conference prepares student leaders and members to assume their elected responsibilities and develop valuable life skills.