Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association

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State Leadership Conference

Competition Day – March 16, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus
Awards Day – March 17, 2017 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Registration Fee: $50
Hotel Room Costs: $154 single, $156 double, $165 triple, $168 quad

Information About SLC
New Ohio BPA Showcase Events

Registration Link – 2017 SLC Registration
Permission Slip and Medical Form – Permission Slip

Billing Address:
Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association
25 South Front Street, MS 604
Columbus, OH 43215

Location: Hyatt Regency, Downtown Columbus
                   Crowne Plaza, Downtown Columbus
                  Drury Inn & Suites, Downtown Columbus
Date:         Thursday, March 16, 2017

SLC Schedule – Secondary
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Registration
10:30 – 6:00 p.m. Competitions
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Day of Service
8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Opening General Session
TORCH Ceremony
Guest Speaker
10:30 – 11:00 p.m. Statesman Award Dessert Reception
11:30 p.m. Curfew

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus
Date:         Friday, March 17, 2017

Grand Awards Schedule
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Grand Awards Ceremony
1:30 p.m. Pickup Judges Comments – Judged Events only

The State Leadership Conference (SLC) is the most anticipated event of the Ohio BPA year. The goal of the Workplace Skills Assessment Program is to provide student members the opportunity to demonstrate workplace skills achieved in their career-technical programs. Competitive events enable students to:IMG_9950

  • Demonstrate career-based competencies
  • Broaden knowledge, skills, and attitudes
  • Expand leadership and human relations skills
  • Demonstrate a competitive spirit
  • Receive recognition
  • Earn industry certification

Competition begins at the regional level. Students prepare for and compete in one or more of 60 events in five career pathways:

  •  Finance
  •  Business Administration
  •  Management Information Systems
  •  Digital Communication & Design
  •  Management, Marketing & Communication

Top regional qualifiers advance to State, and finally, those deemed the best of the best advance to the National Leadership Conference. Competition includes both individual and team events. Open-event qualifiers to State need to score at least 85% or better in their event AND place in the top two positions of their region.

Regional Leadership Competitions
State Officer Screening
Fall Leadership Conference
State Leadership Conference
PS Leadership Conference
ML Leadership Conference
National Leadership Conference
Photo Gallery

26 thoughts on “State Leadership Conference

    1. Mershon will actually be directing the buses where to park. They have a very organized system that positions buses in a specific order. Then they will release schools in order so that buses can head directly out of town. This is a change from year’s past when schools just leave whenever they want to, it much more organized. Columbus PD will also be closing down one lane of traffic on High Street just for us and the quick dismissal of the buses.


      1. 1. Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings, 7:00 pm $30 tickets and FREE drawstring bags
        2. Cbus a free public transportation bus is available. For more information check out their website:
        3. Studio Movie Grill is a great little movie theater within walking distance of the Hyatt. Waiting to see if we are receiving any special incentives but you can check out their website at:
        4. The Microsoft Store is sponsoring an Xbox gaming area at the Hyatt from 9 – 11:30pm. Six Xbox units will be set up and tournaments will be run by Microsoft staff.
        5. Other options for the 9-11:30 time at the Hyatt are caricature artists, a photo booth, and karaoke machine – these items are in process and not solidified at this point.
        6. ADVISORS – new for you this year an advisor’s area to gather and spend time together. Bring some cards or coloring books to make new and renew old friendships.

      Still working on organizations that will be available for the day of service activity.


    1. Only the competitor(s) and judges are allowed in the rooms during the actual competitive event. Therefore, guests and parents are encouraged to attend the Grand Awards Ceremony being held March 17, 2017 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in the Union Station Ballrooms at 10:30am.

      There is a new showcase format this year for many of our design events, if you have a competition in one of those events, guest/parents will be able to view the projects during the 1/2 hour showcase time.


  1. What link do I click to book the hotel? I see that there is a link for the Hyatt at the top of this page. Where is the Crown Plaza Link. Do I log on to the hotel site?


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