Entrepreneurship: Building a Business
Preparing for Competitive Events
FBLA, BPA, and DECA are national organizations that promote business education for high school students. Each group sponsors competitive events designed to test students' skills, knowledge, and competence in specific fields, including entrepreneurship.
Below are links to the FBLA, BPA, and DECA where you can find detailed information about the organizations and the competitive events they offer.
FBLA Future Business Leaders of America
BPA Business Professionals of America
Distributive Education Clubs of America
Getting the Most from Competitive Events
One of the primary benefits of competitive events is their relevance to life beyond the classroom. The experience can lead to great opportunities in the workplace. Not only will you gain ample practice with honing your technical skills, but you will also develop traits that are attractive to employers, such as:
- leadership and teamwork skills
- self-confidence and self-esteem
- stress management skills
- time-management abilities
- problem-solving skills
Training for competitive events is also filled with opportunities to learn core curricular concepts through real-world applications of math, language, social studies, and science skills. The application process is a great time to build writing and critical-thinking skills. Competitions often require personal essays with their applications.
Make Community Connections
You can find countless resources beyond the classroom to help you prepare for competitive events. Keep your parents and other trusted adults apprised of upcoming events and let them know that you welcome their support. Work with your teachers to locate people in the community who will provide feedback and advice. Many organizations that sponsor competitive events offer mentoring programs. Local job fairs are also great opportunities to form industry connections that could help you not only with competition, but with employment after graduation.