Virtual Business Challenge

The FCCLA/Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Challenges (Personal Finance and Fashion) encourage FCCLA members to test their personal finance or fashion management skills! This free competitive event consists of two competition rounds, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Teams may participate in one or both rounds. Participants will utilize a competition version of the Virtual Business classroom software. The 2022-2023 FCCLA/Knowledge Matters VBC Guidelines are available in the FCCLA Portal.

How to Participate in a FCCLA/Knowledge Matters Simulation

The Virtual Business Challenge focuses on different concepts found within the simulation. FCCLA members will not be able to control every concept, and are only able to manipulate the actions enabled for that specific Challenge. All other concepts will be set adequately and controlled for the teams. Assignments explaining Challenge goals and objectives will be available within the competition files.

The Challenge competition file for Round One will only be available from October 18 - November 11, 2022 and/or Round Two will begin on January 31 and will end on February 24, 2023. Teams may participate in one or both rounds. The National Championship Round will be held from April 3-7, 2023 and will only be open to qualifying teams.

Participants may run through the competition files as many times as they wish during the competition period. The competition file is complete once teams have run the file for two virtual years. At this point, the team's score will be automatically submitted to the Knowledge Matters' website.

The Challenge will start at 10:00 AM EST on the start date for each round. No score submission will be accepted after 5:00 PM EST on the last day of the Challenge round. Each file is time and date stamped upon receipt for validation. Files will be automatically scored, ranked and posted under the ranking’s page.

FCCLA/Knowledge Matters Simulation Scoring and Awards

After uploading a score, teams may visit the ranking’s page in order to see where they rank nationally and by state. Teams may upload as many scores as they wish because Knowledge Matters will always rank teams based upon their best score. At the completion of each challenge, the top nationally ranked team will receive website recognition. The winning teams of the National Championship Round will receive cash awards of:

  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $250

Congratulations to the 2023 National Championship teams!

VBC Personal Finance

First Place: Kathryn L. (Round Rock High School, TX) 
Second Place: Oliver G., Jishnu S. & Smriti J. (Round Rock High School, TX) 
Third Place: Shon B., Syvannah M. & Zaya W. (Akron High School, CO) 

VBC Fashion

First Place: Aleah T. (Marysville High School, OH) 
Second Place: Yesire C. (Crete High School FCCLA Chapter, NE) 
Third Place: Amy W. (Washington Virtual Academy, WA)


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