Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions:
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
- FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
- Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and
- Professional Division for businesspeople, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support
the goals of the association.
FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.
The FBLA concept was developed in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee on February 3, 1942. In 1958, the first PBL collegiate chapter was chartered in Iowa. The Professional Division, originally the Alumni Division, began in 1979. Joining FBLA-PBL in 1994 was the FBLA-Middle Level for students in grades 5-9.
The national board of directors is comprised of local teachers, state educators, business leaders, and the division presidents.
FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students. The newest group, FBLA-Middle Level, is showing remarkable growth with over 20,000 student members. Finally, the Professional Division has reached over 3,000 members. Over 11,000 advisers round out the group. Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.
Funding & Endorsements
FBLA-PBL, Inc. is funded by membership dues, conference fees, corporate contributions, and grants. FBLA-PBL is recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Education, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Business Education Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Competitive Events Program
FBLA-PBL's National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.
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Our mission is to bring business & education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development program.
- Develope competent, aggressive business leadership.
- Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
- Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
- Encourage and practice efficient money management.
- Creat more interest in and understanding of American buisness enterprise.
- Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
- Encourage members in the devlopment of individual projects that contribute to the inprovement of home, buisness, and community.
- Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.
- Facilitate the transition from school to work.
- I believe education is the right of every person.
- I believ every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.
- I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among buisness, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world.
- I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all these groups.
- I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.
- I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in amnner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and coimmunity.
- I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest number.
- I belive I have the responsibility to work efficiently and to think clearly. I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.
I solemnly prommise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of the Future Business Leaders of America- Phi Beta Lambda and, as an active member, I shall strive to develop the qualities necessary in becoming a responsible business leader.
Code Of Ethics
- I will be honest and sincere.
- I will abide by the rules and regulations of my school.
- I will approach each task with confidence in my ability to perform my work at a high standard.
- I will exercise initiative and responsibilty and will cooperate with my employer and fellow workers.
- I will willingly accept responsibilities and duties.
- I will dress and act i manner that will bring respect to me and to my school.
- I will seek to profit from my mistakes and take suggestions and criticisms dircted toward the improvment of myself and my work.
- I will seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my resources to worthwhile projects.
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