MARCH 14-17, 2019

Business Professionals of America members are provided an opportunity for the development of leadership skills, personal and professional growth, and career-related competencies. Involvement in Business Professionals of America will enhance social awareness, civic responsibility, and understanding of the business community. The state leadership conference (SLC) is the highlight of the Michigan Association year, and helps more than 2,000 members accomplish these objectives.

The 47th Annual State Leadership Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 14-17, 2019. The parade of presidents, workshops, state officer elections, Workplace Skills Assessment Program events and a semi-formal dinner are highlights of the conference. Delegates had the opportunity to meet people and make many new friends. More than 100 schools located throughout the state were represented at the conference.



All chapters must use the BPA Scheduler registration system in order to register students, advisors, and chaperones for the state leadership conference.

You will need your chapter # ID to use as the password to access the system. If you don't know your chapter ID, please logon to the online membership registration system at to obtain your six-digit chapter ID #. The number beings with "04-XXXX"

Extensive instructions for registering for the state conference are available on pages 22-23 of the SLC Registration Booklet.

Click here to download the SLC Registration Booklet (PDF)


SLC Presubmitted Events

Presubmitted events must be uploaded to BPA Scheduler on or before 11:59 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 for the Secondary Division. We recommend that you download and review the following documents in order to avoid disqualification from these events. Reviewing these documents will help you prepare for submitting materials for our presubmitted events. These files are also available for download on our SLC Documents page.

File Uploading Instructions for Presubmitted Events (PDF) - forthcoming

Presubmitted Event Materials to be Submitted (PDF) - forthcoming



Special Event: GLOW-in-the-dark karaoke

Have a secret talent of singing? Want to Snapchat your friends singing on-stage? Wait no more—the Thursday night activity for this year, “Glow-in-the-Dark Karaoke,” invites every one of you to have a phenomenal kick-start of the array of excitements to come at the 2019 state leadership conference. Taking place from 8:00 to 9:30 PM on March 14, 2019, Glow-in-the-Dark Karaoke is a singing contest that involves a dark room, a sea of neon colors, and musical talents never to be seen in a parliamentary procedure testing room. To sign up to sing alone or with a friend, visit For more information, read the Glow-in-the-Dark Karaoke Rules and Guidelines or email


SLC Volunteer Judges

Do you know someone who is interested in serving as a volunteer judge for one of our judged events at the state conference? If so, information about serving as a volunteer judge is available online on our SLC Judges page. NOTE: Past BPA members must have graduated three or more years ago before they are eligible to judge at the state conference. Past BPA members who are ineligible to judge may still volunteer for other conference assignments by contacting


SLC Awards Session Guests

The awards session will commence on Sunday morning. Workplace skills assessment program awards will be given out and the torch ceremony will be held during this session. A limited number of tickets are available for family members of student members. Information is available on our SLC Awards Session Guests page.


SLC Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about state conference registrations, competitions, Torch Awards, or more? Many answers are located on our SLC Frequently Asked Questions. Check out the SLC FAQ page as your first point of reference.


Additional SLC Information