Local Chapter Annual Business Report

Category: Report/Presentation

Type: Chapter

Grade Level: 9-12

Deadline/Testing: March 1

Competitor Limit: 1 Entry per chapter

Event Guidelines


  • The report should include the chapter’s annual business.
  • Report formats must follow the same sequence given 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 desktop publishing is encouraged. The report should describe the activities of the local chapter between the start of the previous State Leadership Conference and the start of the current State Leadership Conference. Projects used for other FBLA reports may be included.

Report Contents:

  • Reports must include a table of contents and page numbers.
  • The cover and table of contents do not count toward the page limit.
  • Divider pages and appendices are optional and must be included in the page count.
  • Reports must be a minimum of 10 pages and not exceed 15 pages.
  • Pages must be numbered and formatted to fit on 8½” by 11” paper.
  • Reports may be single- or double-spaced.
  • Follow the rating sheet sequence when writing the report.

Report Covers:

  • A front cover is required.
  • Report covers must contain the following information: Name of the school, state, name of the event, and year (20xx-xx).
  • Covers are not counted against the page limit.

General Report:

  • Reports must be prepared by student members, not advisers. 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.
  • Reports must describe activities of the local chapters that were conducted between the start of the previous year’s State Leadership Conference and the start of the current year’s State Leadership Conference. (Include last year’s SLC and all activities up to the approaching SLC.)
  • A PDF of the Local Chapter Annual Business Report must be submitted to BluePanda.
  • Save the file as ABR_chaptername_year.pdf

Performance (New 2022-2023)

  • The top eight (8) reports will move to the final performance round of the event at the State Leadership Conference.
  • Chapters failing to report on time for their performance will be disqualified.
  • A maximum of three (3) members from each local chapter selected for the finals will give the presentation.
  • Five (5) minutes are allowed to set up and remove equipment.
  • Seven (7) minutes will be allowed for the presentation, which will describe the project and the results obtained.
  • A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. The presentation will be ended at seven (7) minutes.
  • Following each presentation, the judges will conduct a three-minute (3) question-and-answer period.
  • All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance.
  • Copies of the report, visual aids, and samples related to the project may be used in the presentation. However, no items may be left after the presentation with either the judges or the audience.
  • A projection screen and cart will be provided; however, all other equipment for the presentation must be provided by the chapter.
  • All aspects of the presentation (e.g., speaking, setup, operating audio-visual equipment) must be performed by the members presenting. No additional assistance, including verbal commands or prompting, may be provided by other chapter representatives, including the adviser or individuals in the audience.
  • Timers such as stopwatches may not be used by audience members while teams are presenting.
  • Performances are open to conference attendees, except for performing participants of this event.
  • No pictures may be taken and no video or audio recording devices may be used during the performance.


Each local chapter may submit one report.


Reports will be reviewed by a screening committee to determine if chapters have complied with event eligibility and regulations. A panel of judges will select the finalists before the State Leadership Conference. The performance will be judged by a panel of judges.

The final rank is determined by 20% written report scores and 80% performance scores. The report scores will be used to break a tie. All judges’ decisions are final.

Who Goes to Nationals?

National Gold Seal of Merit Award: In addition to recognizing places 1-8, the top 15 percent will receive an award. These chapters will also be nominated in the national association for Gold Seal Awards. The top three projects will be entered in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report at the National Leadership Conference.