Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.

Mission Statement

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 FBLAPBL, 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 FBLAPBL, and FBLA-Middle Level.

  • Membership Benefits—members receive exclusive discounts and enhanced benefits for travel, education, and more. Learn about the benefits available to FBLAPBL, 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 FBLAPBL, and FBLA-Middle Level awards programs.

Academic Competitions

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.

FBLA-PBL Structure

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.

 

The national board of directors is comprised of local teachers, state educators, business leaders, and the division presidents.

Goals

  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.

  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.

  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.

  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community.

  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.

  • Encourage and practice efficient money management.

  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.

  • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.

  • Facilitate the transition from school to work.

FBLA-PBL Code of Ethics

I will:

  • be honest and sincere.

  • approach each task with confidence in my ability to perform my work at a high standard.

  • willingly accept responsibilities and duties.

  • seek to profit from my mistakes and take suggestions and criticisms directed toward the improvement of myself and my work.

  • abide by the rules and regulations of my school.

  • exercise initiative and responsibility and will cooperate with my employer and fellow workers.

  • dress and act in a manner that will bring respect to me and to my school.

  • seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my resources to worthwhile projects.

 

FBLA-PBL Creed

I believe:

  • education is the right of every person.

  • the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, 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 of these groups.

  •  every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.

  • every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.

  • every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.

  • every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.

  • 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.

 

Pledge

I solemnly promise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of 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.