Mission and Purpose of FBLA-PBL
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.
FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels, with five (5) Regions at the national level.
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. View the entire History of FBLA-PBL.
FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
FBLA-PBL’s programs focus on:
- Leadership Development—members develop essential soft skills by holding chapter officer positions at the local, state, and national levels; by networking with accomplished business professionals; and by participating in business-focused workshops, seminars, and academic competitions.
- Academic Competitions—members demonstrate their business expertise at high-profile regional, state, and national competitive events. The top students are recognized with trophies and cash awards. Learn more about FBLA, PBL, and FBLA-Middle Level competitive events.
- Educational Programs—members create career portfolios, enhance their knowledge with world-recognized skills certifications, and have access to select college scholarships. Learn more about educational programs for FBLA, PBL, and FBLA-Middle Level.
- Membership Benefits—members receive exclusive discounts and enhanced benefits for travel, education, and more. Learn about the benefits available to FBLA, PBL, and FBLA-Middle Level members.
- Community Service—members work with the March of Dimes to help end premature births by participating in awareness campaigns and the March for Babies fundraiser. Discover how FBLA, PBL, and FBLA-Middle Level members support the March of Dimes.
- Awards & Recognition—members build a portfolio of accomplishments with a wide range of awards programs. Learn more about FBLA, PBL, and FBLA-Middle Level awards programs.
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students, with over 214,000 members and more than 5,250 chapters.
- FBLA-Middle Level (FBLA-ML) for junior high and middle school students, with over 21,500 members and more than 700 chapters.
- Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for college students, with over 10,000 members and more than 500 chapters.
- Professional Division (PD) for FBLA-PBL alumni, business professionals, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association, with over 3,350 members.
FBLA-PBL’s National Awards Program, commonly called competitive events, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, members compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills. Top winners in each state are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.
Advisers and members have access to publications that prepare students for careers in business, help advisers manage their chapters, and much more. Published four times a year, Tomorrow’s Business Leader is the flagship publication for FBLA and FBLA-Middle Level students and advisers. Advisers receive the Advisers’ Hotline, which is filled with tips and techniques for running an effective FBLA, PBL, or FBLA-Middle Level chapter. Advisers use the FBLA, PBL, and FBLA-Middle Level Chapter Management Handbook (CMH) to manage their chapter operations. The PBL Business Leader is the exclusive publication for PBL members who are about to launch their careers in business. The Professional Division membership receives The Professional Edge publication.
Conferences & Seminars
FBLA-PBL organizes conferences and seminars for members and advisers. These programs are designed to help members develop their business leadership, networking, career development, and social skills.
National Leadership Conference (NLC)
FBLA-PBL members have the competitive edge, as the best and brightest of FBLA and PBL convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and discover new ways to shape their careers. Packed with workshops and exhibits, this four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA and PBL experience. FBLA-PBL has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students that achieve national ranking.
Institute for Leaders (IFL)
Held in conjunction with the National Leadership Conference, the Institute for Leaders is a high-energy, intensive, two-day seminar focuses on leadership development and gives young adults an edge in the career marketplace.
National Fall Leadership Conference (NFLC)
Each fall, new leaders and advisers from chapters across the nation gather for National Fall Leadership Conferences designed to foster leadership skills and team-building. The conferences include workshops, seminars, exhibits, and general sessions, as well as ample networking and social events.