FBLA American Enterprise


fbla enterpriseThe Edward D. Miller Award recognizes FBLA chapters that develop projects within the school and/or community that increase understanding of and support for the American enterprise system by developing an information/education program.

FBLA Eligibility

Each state may submit two (2) entries from active local chapters (up to three [3] FBLA members), on record in the national center as having paid dues by March 1 of the current school year. Members representing their chapter in the presentation portion of this event may compete in one additional event.


This event consists of two (2) parts: a prejudged report and a performance component. FBLA participants are required to complete both parts to be eligible to win an award. The project must promote an awareness of some facet of the American enterprise system within the school and/or community and be designed for chapter participation rather than individual participation. The event is not designed to raise money for the chapter. Rather, the intent is to help members learn more about the economic system under which they live and to then share their expertise in some way with others inside and/or outside of the school. All entries will participate in the preliminary performance to explain the project development and implementation. Specifically the performance should address impact of project to the community, member involvement, and results of the project. Reports must describe activities of the chapter that were conducted between the start of the previous State Leadership Conference and start of the current State Leadership Conference.

  • Reports submitted for competition become the property of FBLA-PBL, Inc. These reports may be used for publication and/or reproduced for sale by the national association and will not be returned.
  • Penalty points will be given if the written project doesn’t adhere to the guidelines.

Report Cover

  • Report covers must be cover stock, index stock, or card stock and include both a front and back cover.
  • Report covers are not counted against the page limit and may contain other information unless they are cut out.
  • Covers may not be in plastic binders, be laminated, or have a plastic sheet overlaying the printed cover. No items, such as labels or decals, may be attached to the front cover. Two- or three-ring binders are not acceptable report covers.
  • Cutout cover stock covers are allowed, but the page containing the cover information is included in the page count.
  • Front cover contains the following information: name of the school, state, name of the event, and year (201x-–1x)
  • All reports must be bound (e.g., tape binding, spiral binding).

Report Contents

  • Table of contents with page numbers.
  • Follow the RATING SHEET sequence in writing the report. If information is not available for a particular criterion, include a statement to that effect in the report.
  • Pages are numbered and must be on 8 1/2” x 11” paper. Each side of the paper providing information is counted as a page. Pages must not be laminated or bound in sheet protectors.
  • Reports must not exceed 30 pages (a title page, divider pages, and appendices are optional and must be included in the page count).
  • Copies should be sent rather than important documents. No items may be attached to any page in the report.

Performance Guidelines

  • Preliminary Performance
  • The top ten (10) entries—or an equal number from each group— will advance to the final round. The report score will be used to break a tie.
  • Five (5) minutes will be allowed to set up and remove equipment or presentation items. The chapter must provide all equipment for the presentation.
  • Visual aids and samples related to the project may be used; however, no items may be left with the judges or audience.
  • The team members must perform all aspects of the presentation (e.g., speaking, setup, operating audiovisual equipment). Other representatives of the chapter may not provide assistance.
  • All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance.
  • Teams will have seven (7) minutes to describe the project and the results obtained.
  • A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. When the presentation is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any time over seven (7) minutes.
  • Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three (3) minute question answer period.
  • Preliminary performances are not open to conference attendees.
  • Final Performance
  • The final guidelines are the same as the preliminary guidelines described above; and the final performance is open to conference attendees, who are not performing participants of this event.

Project Competencies

  • Arrange report logically and in proper business style
  • Demonstrate correct spelling and grammar
  • Describe project development and implementation
  • Explain promotion of the economic system
  • Report results of the project and analyze
  • Project’s success and areas of improvement

Performance Competencies

  • Demonstrate good communication skills
  • Describe project development and implementation
  • Describe benefits to the community
  • Demonstrate ability to make a professional presentation
  • Effectively answer questions

NBEA Standards Reinforced by Event

  • Communication: foundations, organizational
  • Economics and Personal Finance: economic systems
  • Entrepreneurship: economics
  • Management: ethics and social responsibility, technology and information management

Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration; Information Technology

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