Project/Report Event Tips

  • Project/Report Event Tips

    FBLA encourages chapters to cooperate on projects during the year; however, each chapter involved in the project must write and submit an independent report.

    The same chapter project may be used for different events. Make certain, though, to focus the report on specific elements addressed by the guidelines for each event. A community service project, for instance, conducted jointly with a local business might qualify in both the Community Service Project and Partnership with Business Project events. The Community Service Project should focus on the planning, implementation, and outcomes of the service aspects of the project. The Partnership with Business Project should focus on the interactions with local businesses and the outcomes of these contacts.


    • Select a topic for your project early in the year. Be creative. Your topic should be chosen for need, not just because the chapter wants to do it. Make sure it is appropriate for the chapter report selected.
    • Set up project committees. The committee members should have a variety of interests, such as organizing, writing, designing, and publishing the report. Involve as many members as possible because many talents are necessary for a winning project. The report must be prepared entirely by FBLA members, with advisers serving only as consultants.
    • Develop a project timeline. Post the timeline on a bulletin board or online collaboration program; include pictures of members responsible for meeting each deadline.
    • Review the report rating sheet to make sure the written report covers all aspects of the rating sheet. The report should be assembled according to the categories on the rating sheet. If your report doesn’t cover all the categories on the rating sheet, indicate that in the written report. This is what the judges will use to evaluate the report.
    • Reports should be written on one project in detail rather than a laundry list of activities; however, the project may have many activities.
    • Follow the guidelines list for report covers, table of contents, page limits, etc. Points will be deducted if the guidelines are not followed.
    • If your project is not new, the report should clearly identify how the current year’s version differs from the previous year’s, particularly with the scope and intensity of the project.
    • The length of the document is not always an indicator of quality or success. Don’t make the judges read more than is necessary. The guidelines speak to a maximum page count—not a minimum.
    • Fonts smaller than 11 point should not be used.
    • Reports should be written in language that does not overwhelm the judges, and reports should reflect the appropriate writing style of students. Words with more syllables are not always the most impressive.
    • Reports will be submitted online for the state and national competition.
    • American Enterprise ProjectBusiness Financial PlanCommunity Service ProjectLocal Chapter Annual Business Report, and Partnership with Business Project are limited to fifteen (15) pages. Business Plan is limited to 30 (30) pages.

    Report Presentation Tips

    • Videotape your presentations for additional review. You cannot practice too much.
    • All eligible entries will compete in a preliminary seven-minute performance.
    • If using equipment, the school is responsible for bringing a computer for each event.
    • Students (not advisers) have five minutes to set up the equipment. If it takes longer than five minutes, the time is deducted from the preliminary presentation. The presentation room include electric power and a small table. Competitors must bring their own projector, computer, and long extension cord. Wifi is not provided.
    • If the equipment fails, be prepared to still present your project.
    • Review the performance rating sheet to make sure all points are covered in the presentation.
    • In the oral performance presentation, visual aids and/or presentation graphics are encouraged for a more powerful delivery; however, visual aids should be relied on to assist, not to be, the presentation.
    • It is important that the presenters are well acquainted with their projects, especially during the question and answer period. The judges don’t know anything about your project. Don’t rely on your multimedia presentation to tell your story. Be prepared to verbally tell the story of the project.
    • Make eye contact with the judges, speak in a clear voice, and emphasize the important points.
    • Introduce yourself and/or the team to the judges, giving the name of the school and project.
    • If competing as a team, all team members must contribute during the performance.