This event provides recognition for PBL 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.


The topic to be debated during the State Leadership Conference will be listed on the state and national websites each year.  Participants will be expected to research the topic before the conference and to be prepared to present both the affirmative and negative arguments. 


Each chapter may enter one (1) individual or team, comprised of 2 or 3 active local members.  Participants must be on record in the FBLA-PBL national office as having paid dues by February 15 of the current school year.  In the case of a team, no more than one member may have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference, have competed more than two (2) years at the national level, or placed 1st or 2nd at a previous State Leadership Conference.


  • Participants failing to report on time for the event may be disqualified.

  • Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the board of directors or they will not be permitted to compete in the event.

  • Teams will be permitted to bring prepared notes of any type for the presentation.

  • No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the performance.


Participants may be divided into two or three groups, depending on the number of participants.  The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.
Members of the participating teams must report to the holding room by the time specified in the State Leadership Conference program.  All team members will be sequestered until their performance times.  If a team fails to report prior to the beginning of the first performance, the team will be disqualified.
Teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case.  All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance.
Each presentation may last no more than seven (7) minutes.  A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes.  When the presentation is finished, the time used will be recorded, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any presentation, which exceeds seven (7) minutes.
Following each oral presentation, the judges may conduct a three-minute question and answer period during which the presenters should be prepared to defend their affirmative and negative argument.

If necessary to have a final round, the order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.
All other procedures as outlined in the preliminary round will be followed for the final round.

The presentations will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  All decisions of the judges are final.


State        State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National    The judges will determine the number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference.  The maximum number will be ten (10).