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The Nitty-Gritty on Business Achievement Awards

Written by Nicholas Williams, Northwest Territory Region Vice President

"Business Achievement Awards" to most, "Barely Attainable Awards" to others... 

So, what are they really?

  • They’re sets of tasks that you complete to gain recognition at conferences and gain valuable skills
  • They’re comprised of short essays, surveys, videos, activities and volunteering hours that you enter into a database with National FBLA.
  • They are then viewed by your chapter president and adviser before being accepted.

One thing to keep in mind is that BAAs are made up of four tiers: Future, Business, Leader and America, each one harder than the last. If you only want to do Future and Business Level, that’s fine! If you want to tackle America Level, great! You can go at your own pace and choose the amount of effort you put, in-as long as you remember that America Level yields greater benefits than Future Level.

Chapters typically start on BAAs around December, and members have until March 1st to complete Future, Business and Leader, while the window for America level is open until April 25th. While they are regarded as tedious by some, they can be easily managed and even fun once you get into a winning mindset. What you must do is instead of focusing on the time and effort required, focus on the benefits of completion. During a member’s progress through the BAA tasks, they gain crucial knowledge like business letter formatting and etiquette, which can save an ambitious fledgling from sabotaging their own career by making an innocent blunder. Additionally, it is possible to gain scholarship money through completion of BAAs, which increase accordingly with the BAA tier. And remember, you don’t have to be a lone wolf! You can partner up on tasks and get them done more quickly, and have company as well.

Click here to learn more and as always, feel free to reach out to your chapter and state officers for help if you want it.