2016-2017 State Officer Applications | Now Available

With the start of the spring semester and FBLA-PBL week in less than a month, you are probably wondering what other avenues of involvement are available to you. Well look no further. An amazing opportunity is right around the corner.

The Louisiana PBL State Officer Application is now available. Being a state officer is a very prestigious opportunity and a worthwhile experience. Gain invaluable experience by campaigning for state office at the 2015 State Leadership Conference (SLC).

We can’t wait to see your campaigns as Louisiana PBL prepares to CONNECT at the 2016 Louisiana PBL SLC on April 1-2 at University of Louisiana at Monroe in Monroe, LA.

If you have any questions about a particular office, contact any of your current State Officers and our State Chair Jo Schexneider.

Competitive Event Registration Deadline | Feb 29

Its February, which means its conference season. If you’re ready to show that you’re the best in the nation, get started by completing your chapter’s competitive events registration. Competitive Events registration is now available and will be open until February 29th.

You’re one click away from showing the nation that you have the skills to CONNECT at NLC in Atlanta.

Follow this link to get started: Competitive Events Registration Form

You can also find this form on our Resources page under State Conference.

CMAP Deadline Approaching | March 1

Don’t miss your chance to earn national recognition through the Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP). The deadline for submission is March 1st.

CMAP is a comprehensive leadership and membership recognition program for college students. It utilizes PBL projects, goals, and programs to help college students develop their leadership and job skills, with a special emphasis on career development and preparation for the world of work.

To learn more about CMAP, click here.

CMAP consists of three levels:

Click on each level above to preview the activities.

 

 

2015 LA PBL SLC Registration NOW OPEN!!!

The competitive event registration process may be over, but you still have to register for the conference to place and have the honor of competing at the National Leadership Conference.

Have no fear, the 2015 State Leadership Conference Registration Form is here. Make sure you fill out the form as soon as possible so that we can have an accurate count of attendees.

We can’t wait to welcome your chapter to the 2015 State Leadership Conference at University of Louisiana at Lafayette on March 13-14, 2015.

 

Register Now: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RekGvsg51GuTBNZHsuQVmJrAotqAB-NUc5LkO2iRtTw/viewform

 

Professional Attire / Adviser Appreciation Day

WEDNESDAY

Your involvement in FBLA-PBL’s educational programs, social and networking events, and conferences, gives you a taste of the business world.

Professionalism is an essential skill that will have a major impact on your business success, whether you are continuing your education or moving to the work world.  Professional interactions and interpersonal relationships are vitally important in business settings.10003443_260316754141876_791594258_n

At the State Leadership Conference, all members follow the FBLA-PBL Dress Code, which is designed to help members look like the business leaders they aspire to become. The dress code is in place during all conference functions, such as Opening Session, workshops, competitive events, and the Awards of Excellence Ceremony.

Today is Professional Attire Day, where FBLA-PBL members are encouraged to dress in their best business attire and show off their professionalism. From impressive knots to polished shoes, you know how to look great!  Throughout the day, post your sharp-dressed photos on Twitter (with the hashtag #FBLAPBLWeek), on the FBLA-PBL National Center Facebook page, and the Louisiana PBL Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. At the end of the day, get your chapter together for a group photo to show off your chapter spirit!

Adviser Appreciation Day

Today is also Adviser Appreciation Day. We salute all of our local chapter advisers who make success a reality for FBLA, FBLA-ML, and PBL members. Our advisers

teach, lead, and, more than any other profession, mentor our members to become successful future business leaders. Thank you advisers!

Here are some tips for today’s activities:

1. Prepare elevator speeches. Since your officers are already in professional attire, have them record a brief introduction to FBLA-PBL. Post it on your social media accounts and include it with emails as you seek local sponsorships.

2. Write a news release about FBLA-PBL Week. Your release will get more attention if you include a picture, so pose for a chapter photo and include it with your release. And don’t forget: upload it to the  FBLA-PBL National Center Facebook page.

3. Get Up to (Dress) Code. Encourage your local chapter officers to dress up for local chapter meetings or plan a future meeting that meets the dress code.

4. Test Your Etiquette IQ. Now that you are all dressed up, talk to your members about the importance of business etiquette.  Take the Etiquette quiz and follow up with the answers on this PowerPoint:

5. Say “Thank You.” FBLA-PBL members, don’t forget to thank your local chapter adviser today. Why not send them an email, make a card, or update your status with a big “thanks.” You could even say “thank you” in person.

Competitive Events Registration NOW OPEN!!!

Its February, which means its conference season. If you’re ready to show that you’re the best in the nation, get started by completing your chapter’s competitive events registration. Competitive Events registration is now available and will be open until February 28th.

You’re one click away from showing the nation that you have Stepped Up to the Challenge!

Follow this link to get started: Competitive Events Registration Form

You can also find this form on our Resources page under State Conference.

Each One Reach One Day

TUESDAY

FBLA-PBL Week is the perfect opportunity to grow your local FBLA-PBL chapter.

The most successful recruiting method is really very simple . . . Just Ask!

Still, many prospective members need a little more encouragement to take the first step toward membership.  “Each One Reach One” day is an opportunity to talk to the people you encounter on campus – and interact with on social media – and let them know about your personal experiences with FBLA-PBL. And, of course, ask them to join!

All you need to do is “replace” yourself with one new member on “Each One Reach One” day, and your chapter will be that much stronger.

Start by reminding prospective members of the countless opportunities FBLA-PBL offers:

  • challenging competitive events;
  • exciting conferences in fun destinations all over the country;
  • scholarships and recognition programs;
  • networking opportunities with almost a quarter million other young leaders and dedicated alumni.

And don’t forget to mention the countless community service, fundraising, and social activities your chapter organizes.

As an incentive to recruit, chapters that recruit five new members will receive the Membership Madness Award, while those that recruit ten new members will receive the Membership Mania Award.  These awards include certificates of recognition, which are powerful additions to scholarship applications or job portfolios.

Are you ready to double your membership? Here are five recruitment ideas you can use for “Each One Reach One” day:

1. Have members create posters to hang in the hallway or around campus. Snap photos and post them to Facebook and Twitter, including the FBLA-PBL National Center Facebook page.

2. Watch the “$tart $mart – Your Guide to Second Semester Recruitment” webinar. It’s a great refresher on how to recruit in the spring semester

3. Celebrate FBLA-PBL’s birthday by reviewing the 70th Birthday Article.

4. Bring a friend, who is a non-member, to a chapter activity or social event. Prospective members are the lifeblood of a strong chapter, and you’ll want them to meet the other great members in your chapter.

5. Sponsor a Meet-and-Greet Recruitment Booth.  Find a place at your school with dense foot traffic and set up an FBLA-PBL Recruitment Booth. Attract potential members with giveaways (candy always works).

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Remember, by recruiting new members you are benefitting your local, state, and national organization far more that you can imagine: you’re providing new members with the opportunity to run for an office, network with students from across the nation and receive some of the best leadership training available.

More Resources

PBL Recruitment Video

National Presidents’ Forum & Fight to the Finish

MONDAY

10931251_923051997706661_312338068584037156_nKick off FBLA-PBL Week with the National Presidents’ Open Forum! All three division national presidents (FBLA PBL, and Professional Division) will host a live Google Hangout on Monday, February 9, 6:00 pm CST.

Another great way to start the week is with Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP). CMAP is an aggressive, self-directed, results-based business and leadership program designed to compliment academics, while accelerating a student’s leadership skills. Promoting and participating in the Career and Membership Achievement Awards is an excellent way to begin FBLA-PBL Week and begin your Fight to the Finish.

The CMAP is a great way for you to:

  • hone your business and leadership skills, from basic (Director level) to expert (President level)
  • showcase your talents and skills through integrated academic work and project-based activities
  • receive recognition at the local, state and national level

You can also compete in the  ”Fight to the Finish” contest recognizes the top 3 chapters with the most Career and Membership Achievement Program completed. Using a weighted scale of awards completed (1 for Director, 2 for Executive, and 3 for President level), the top 3 chapters will receive recognition at the State Leadership Conference Closing Session. Points are based on chapter-level membership, so every chapter earns points based on awards completed, regardless of chapter membership size.

Do you have questions about the Career and Membership Achievement Program? Speak to your adviser and start earning points for your chapter today, and don’t forget check out this CMAP Tutorial.

State Officer Applications Now Available!

LA_PBL_State_Officer_ApplicationsWith the start of the spring semester and FBLA-PBL week in less than a month, you are probably wondering what other avenues of involvement are available to you. Well look no further. An amazing opportunity is right around the corner.

The Louisiana PBL State Officer Application is now available. Being a state officer is a very prestigious opportunity and a worthwhile experience. Gain invaluable experience by campaigning for state office at the 2015 State Leadership Conference (SLC).

We can’t wait to see your campaigns as Louisiana PBL prepares to Step Up To The Challenge at the 2015 Louisiana PBL SLC this Spring.

If you have any questions about a particular office, contact any of your current State Officers and our State Adviser Bobbie Schnepf.

FBLA-PBL Week

FBLA-PBL sets aside the second full week of February, each year, as National FBLA-PBL Week. Chapters are encouraged to use this time to publicize their activities and successes, boost their membership, and gear up for their spring activities. Each day has a special focus to help you get your members excited to participate, nationally, during FBLA-PBL Week!

Follow throughout the week by reading blog posts about the day’s activities:

MONDAY

February 9 – National Presidents’ Open Forum & Fight to the Finish

Kick off FBLA-PBL Week with the National Presidents’ Open Forum! All three division national presidents (FBLA, PBL, and Professional Division) will host a live Google Hangout on Monday, February 9, at 6:00 pm CST.

Have you completed the three levels of the Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP)? ”Fight to the Finish” recognizes the top 3 chapters with the most Career and Membership Achievement Program completed. 

TUESDAY

February 10 – Each One Reach One Day

Are you ready to double your membership? Discover fun and easy recruitment ideas you can use for “Each One Reach One” day.

WEDNESDAY

February 11 – Professional Attire Day/Adviser Appreciation Day

Show off your professionalism by dressing for success and share your appreciation for those that teach, lead, and mentor your chapter. Read more for tips on how to do both.

THURSDAY

February 12 – Connect with the Professional Division for Career Awareness Day

Get involved with your Professional Division and start connecting with community leaders. It’s the ideal way to celebrate Career Awareness Day!

 FRIDAY

February 13 – FBLA-PBL Pride Day

Show your true colors by posting a group photo to the FBL-PBL National Center Facebook page and the Louisiana PBL Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. While you’re at it, schedule a Google Hangout and celebrate with your national officers—FBLA or PBL! Your State and National Officer Teams are waiting to share successful FBLA-PBL Week tips on how to show your FBLA-PBL pride and engage your members in the experience.

SATURDAY

February 14 – Community Service Day

Serve your community by planning a service project for your chapter. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, organizing a blood drive, and partnering with a local charity improves your community—and FBLA-PBL member team spirit!

Additional ideas to help spread the word about FBLA-PBL Week, locally:

  • Promote FBLA-PBL Week with a press release [sample]. Send a press release about FBLA-PBL Week to the local newspapers, radio stations, and television stations, including the local community access cable station. Send a follow-up reminder a few days before your event with a special page describing photo opportunities available during FBLA-PBL Week at your school.
  • Promote FBLA-PBL Week online. Blog, Tweet, or Facebook before and during FBLA-PBL Week. Create and post a FBLA-PBL Week promotional video to YouTube. And be sure to snap photos throughout the week and post them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, etc. Don’t forget to tag the FBLA-PBL National Facebook page and the Louisiana PBL Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Download the sample Proclamation. You will need to research the process for requesting a proclamation in your area. Look on your local or state government’s website for contact information and procedures. Depending on the volume of requests their office receives, you may need to submit your request several days prior to the date you’d like to pick it up. Once you have a contact, send them a copy of your proclamation sample text and they will let you know when you can pick it up. Be sure to ask if a government official will be there to present it to you, and if so, be sure to bring a camera. If you are planning to receive your proclamation in conjunction with an event, send a press release to your local media.