CBEA Awards


One of the most important things CBEA does for its members is to recognize excellence in education. We have four primary awards that can be found at http://www.cbeaonline.org/awards.html along with the required forms to nominate deserving educators for the respective award.

Please turn in nominations as soon as possible to bklivingston@cerritos.edu so the awards recipients can be selected prior to the 2017 CBEA Conference in October.

THE CBEA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE: The CBEA Award for Outstanding Service is CBEA’s highest professional award. The award is for a person who has served and contributed to CBEA and business education in California through state leadership, service, research, and writing.

The nominee submitted for the CBEA Award for Outstanding Service will be an individual who has served and contributed to CBEA and business education through state leadership, service, research, and writing. State leadership may, but does not necessarily mean service on the State Board of Directors. The individual nominated must not be currently serving as an elected corporate officer.

There shall be no limit to the number of times a person may be nominated or presented the award.

CBEA HONORARY STATE LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD: An Honorary State Life Membership may be awarded to a retiring or retired individual who has made such a significant contribution to the advancement of business education in California that his/her selection for the state honorary life membership receives the approval of the CBEA Board of Directors. An individual awarded the CBEA Honorary Life Membership receives full membership privileges without payment of DUES. No more than two Honorary State Life Memberships may be awarded in any one membership year.

Minimum Selection Criteria:

To be considered for approval by the Board of Directors, a person will meet the FIRST and SECOND listed requirements and at least three (3) out of the four (4) remaining criteria:

  1. Service to CBEA as a state officer, delegate (2 years), or appointee to the CBEA Board of Directors. Two years of service is a minimum consideration.
  2. Current CBEA member (if not retired).
  3. CBEA member at least two (2) years immediately prior to retirement.
  4. CBEA member minimum of ten (10) consecutive years.
  5. Advanced Business Education in California through classroom instruction, writings, speaking, research, or special contributions.
  6. Advanced Business Education nationally through writing, speaking, research, or service to national/regional professional associations.

CBEA OUTSTANDING BUSINESS EDUCATOR: Each year no more than four CBEA members may be recognized for outstanding performance in the classroom. One recipient from each level may be recognized. Applicants or their representative(s) should complete the form and submit it to the Service Recognition Chair by the deadline established by the Board of Directors.

  • Recipients must currently be teaching at the level recognized. The four levels shall be:
  • Elementary/Middle School—includes junior high school
  • High School—may be a 3- or 4-year high school
  • Post-Secondary—includes community colleges, vocational, and adult schools
  • University—includes all 4-year colleges and universities

This award is to be presented to someone who has done significant work in the classroom in the form of innovative teaching, program development, business education promotion, and/or student organizations. The awards shall be represented by an appropriately worded plaque presented at the State Conference.

OUTSTANDING NEW MEMBER AWARD: Nominations can be made for Elementary/Middle/Junior, Postsecondary, High School, Senior/College/Collegiate/University, and Other.


  • Nominations may be made by any CBEA member.
  • Nominations must follow the official form and procedures outlined. No additional material is to be submitted. Do not put the nomination packet in a folder. Staple the pages in the upper left corner.
  • Submit the nomination packet to the CBEA Service Recognition Chair postmarked no later than the deadline date.
  • *** If a nominee is not selected for the award the first year of nomination, the papers may be considered the next year. Contact the Service Recognition Chair/Co-Chair to request that the application be considered again. If editing is required, a new application must be submitted following the guidelines by the deadline date.


  • The recipient must be a new member of CBEA.
  • The recipient should be currently teaching business at the level for which he/she is being nominated or involved in business education programs.
  • The recipient’s contributions may have been made over an extended period of time, but the major impact must have occurred within three years prior to the nomination.