The Source – 9/15/2021

Preparing Your Chapter in the MRS for the New Membership Year

Welcome back to another exciting year with Business Professionals of America! For those chapters that were active last year, you will need to complete the “Graduate and Rollforward Process” in the Membership Registration System (MRS) prior to enrolling members for the current membership year. The process is relatively simple; all you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions after you initially log in to the MRS this year.
 
If you would like to view step-by-step instructions in order to complete the “Graduate and Rollforward Process”, please download the updated MRS Chapter Advisor User Manual. The process is outlined beginning on page 30 of the document. The user manual also outlines all of the other functionality of the Membership Registration System, including the different ways to register members, how to maintain advisor profiles, chapter reporting features, invoicing, and much more.
 
There are also helpful video tutorials that can be found at our Help Center. These include how to rollover members to the new membership year, as well as quick guidance on subjects ranging from how to request a student name change, editing or deleting student members, printing membership cards, and more.
 
If you need assistance with preparing your chapter for the new membership year, or for guidance on maintaining membership in the Membership Registration System, please contact us at support@bpa.org.

National Membership Dues Assistance Program

We at BPA understand that many people have been impacted by economic disruption over the past few years and as a result, our students may be faced with the decision of having to choose between BPA and other opportunities. National BPA is launching a campaign in partnership with the National BPA Alumni Division and our industry partners, AICPA, Stukent, Neil Enterprises, Barefoot, and Wizard Pins, to raise financial support and sponsor National membership dues for students with financial need. Please be sure to review all criteria to ensure student eligibility prior to completing and submitting the online form*.

Students who receive financial assistance through this program will be encouraged to participate in at least one of the following National BPA Student Member Leadership Programs and affirm that they intend to do so:

  • BPA Student Certification Series (Level 1 and/or 2)
  • Torch Awards Program
  • BPA Cares Program
  • BPA Leads

Advisors can learn more about the National Membership Dues Assistance Program and nominate a student in the Advisors section of the BPA Gateway at: https://members.bpa.org.

(*student is responsible for state association and chapter dues if applicable)

Prepare for Competition This Membership Year

The 2020 and 2021 State and National WSAP Test Packages are now available for purchase. These packages are a great way for students to practice and prepare for the upcoming conference season. To secure your test package, visit:  https://members.bpa.org/product-category/competition-packages/. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Patrick Schultz at pschultz@bpa.org

NTHS Scholarships Available

Since 2005, the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) has awarded over $2 million in scholarships! It is our belief that CTE students must be supported and encouraged to seek continued education and training in today’s highly competitive global community. NTHS has partnered with many CTSO and Industry Partners in a national effort to recognize achievement and provide additional scholarship opportunities to our members.

The National Technical Honor Society is honored to partner with Business Professionals of America to promote its mission and provide three scholarships to active BPA members who are also current NTHS members in good standing. Eligible applicants must be a dues-paying member of both organizations, and further requirements and criteria are decided by BPA.  

To learn more about the BPA/NTHS scholarships, visit: https://nths.org/scholarships-2/

Stukent Social Media Marketing Challenge Returns

Attention all Secondary Division Students and Advisors:

Mark your calendar and make plans to participate in the Stukent Social Media Marketing Challenge. Taking place the entire month of October, this challenge will invite students to test their social media marketing skills by competing in the world’s first social media marketing simulation used by top institutions around the world.

Business Professionals of America is excited to once again partner with Stukent on this real-world experiential learning competition! Open to all Secondary Division student members, this unique competition provides the opportunity for participants to test their social media marketing skills by managing a $50,000 budget in simulated ad dollars for a fictitious company marketing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest. 

The Social Media Marketing Challenge will take place October 1 – 31, 2021, and the top three competitors who generate the most revenue will be recognized with the following financial awards:

  • First Place – $500
  • Second Place – $300
  • Third Place – $200

Whether your students are virtual, in class, or participating in a hybrid program this year the Stukent Social Media Marketing Challenge is a great opportunity for them to test their real-world knowledge and have a chance at winning financial awards.

Stay tuned for more more information through social media, email and in the next edition of The Source when registration opens and the link to get started!  

Participants can register any time within the challenge dates, but must finish the simulation rounds no later than October 31st. Three winners will be awarded Cash Prizes and walk across the stage in Dallas, TX at the National Honor Awards Ceremony during the 2022 National Leadership Conference.

BPA Member Program Guide Available for Download

The digital version of the 2021-2022 BPA Member Program Guide and NLC Poster are both now available for download in the BPA Member Gateway with a print resource and NLC Poster currently in production and scheduled to be mailed to chapters by the end of September.

The National Center is pleased to announce that the Member Program Guide and NLC Poster will once again return to being made available as a print resource to local member chapters. Currently in production, chapters should receive their poster and program guide in the mail beginning the end of September.

In advance of the mailing, these resources can be downloaded in the BPA Member Gateway by both students and advisors. To gain access to the BPA Member Gateway, students and advisors must be registered members that have submitted their membership invoice online through the BPA Membership Registration System. Once officially registered, the BPA Member Gateway can be accessed at https://members.bpa.org and the Member Program Guide can be found at the following link: https://members.bpa.org/advisors/resources/

Looking for chapter marketing resources and the WSAP Guidelines? Visit the BPA Member Gateway at: https://members.bpa.org

Save the Date for These Upcoming BPA Webinars
Make plans to join us for our BPA Webinar series. If specific join links are not included below, additional information on how to access and participate in upcoming webinars will be made available on the BPA Member Gateway at: https://members.bpa.org/advisors/webinar-series/

WSAP Competition Overview: September 22, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern 

BPA Partner Webinar – CISCO Cybersecurity Awareness Month: September 22, 2021
BPA Cares & Torch Awards Program Highlights: September 29, 2021

REMINDER: National BPA Webinars are recorded for easy access and viewing by all members. Visit https://members.bpa.org/advisors/webinar-series to access past webinars.

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Virtual Events: Mark Your Calendar for These Key Dates

  • November 15, 2021 – Virtual Events Registration Deadline | 12:00 PM Midnight ET
  • January 15, 2022 – Final Project Submission Deadline | 12:00 PM Midnight ET
  • March 1, 2022 – Virtual Events Finalists (Top 10) Announcement Deadline