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2020 National Leadership Online Experience and CA FBLA

The FBLA National Center has announced a virtual version of the National Leadership Conference--the 2020 FBLA National Leadership Online Experience (NLE).  They have also announced that competitions will be held virtually.  Information on participant registration instructions, payment options, state chapter handling of competitive event registration, etc., will be released on May 11, and CA FBLA anticipates that detailed, California-specific instructions should be available by May 15.  For up-to-date information about the NLE from the National Center, follow the NLE Web Site.  For Caliornia updates, follow this page.
Please note that, as in past years, the local chapter adviser will be able to register members for the leadership conference event (and possibly students will be able to individually self-pay at the my.FBLA portal--more information on this option is expected by May 15), and the state chapter will register members for any competitive events--with registration for the leadership event being a requirement for successful registration for the competitive event. 
Also, as in past years, a student may not compete in an event that they have competed in previously at an NLC AND they will also not be able to repeat the event competed in for this year's NLE at a future NLC.  Therefore, student participation in specific competitive events should be considered carefully this year.
Additionally, advisers should first consult with site administration and local school districts to determine if it is appropriate for their students to participate via registration made by the adviser/district since the National Center acknowledges that the ability of all students to compete in a virtual event may not be equitable. The decision to participate in the NLE via adviser/district registration is left in the hands of the local school district.
That being said:
California FBLA is in favor of processing competitive event registration for eligible members (paid FBLA members by April 1, 2020) for one Online Objective Testing Event ONLY.  However, the details regarding this opportunity are not ready to be released until the National Center provides the state chapters with guidance on how to properly prepare and proceed with the processing of registration.  CA FBLA will not support member participation in any event that requires qualification to participate at the NLE (so, no team events, no case study events, no projects, no pre-judged events, no speaking events, etc...). 
The following is a list of events that CA FBLA members will be allowed to compete in at the 2020 NLE (without pre-qualification from a section or state conference):
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Advertising
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Calculations
  • Business Communication
  • Business Law
  • Computer Problem Solving
  • Cyber Security
  • Economics
  • Health Care Administration
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Business Communication
  • Introduction to Business Procedures
  • Introduction to FBLA
  • Introduction to Financial Math
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
  • Journalism
  • Networking Concepts
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Personal Finance
  • Political Science
  • Securities & Investments
Again, competitors are not permitted to compete in an event more than once at the national level unless one of the exceptions related to team events are in effect.  This guideline DOES include events that members compete in this year, 2020.
Once clear information about the 2020 NLE opportunity is provided to the state organization, CA FBLA will clarify and pass that information on to Chapter Advisers and post pertinent information on the CA FBLA web site.  It is expected that more specific information will be posted by May 15.