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>>Each year, thousands of students launch promising and rewarding careers through participation in Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., a vocational student educational association listed under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) for nonprofit organizations. Through its four divisions - secondary, postsecondary, middle-level and Professional - FBLA-PBL helps members bridge the gap between classroom and the business world by giving them an opportunity to learn first-hand about the business community.

>>Consequently, every FBLA-PBL program, service, and activity has been designed to achieve one or more of the primary objectives (goals) of FBLA.

>>FBLA-PBL involves nearly 250,000 members in over 13,000 chartered chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Dependent Schools worldwide. Local chapters are chartered by the National Association and operate under the supervision of a state chapter. All local and state chapters function within the framework of the national organization. Chapters of FBLA-PBL are divided into five regions:

>>Membership dues and national financial development activities provide a financial base for the National Association, which offers leadership and guidance while developing support services and major programs.

>>The National Association is led by a board of directors composed of state committee members, local and state advisers, professional educators, state and local supervisors, national student officers, and representatives from business and industry. The board is responsible for the general oversight and policy of the association.

>>FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The national staff is responsible for such diverse activities as:

>>Planning and managing the National Leadership Conference, Institute for Leaders, and the National Fall Leadership Conferences.
>>Providing technical assistance, management services, and materials for planning and conducting the meetings of the local and state chapters.
>>Publishing Tomorrow's Business Leader, PBL Business Leader, Advisers' Hotline, Middle Level Advisers' Hotline, and The Professional Edge.
>>Developing and distributing materials on membership recruitment, chapter management, and national programs.
>>Processing membership dues and providing state chapters with periodic reports.
>>Establishing partnership programs to provide recognition and experience for chapters and individuals.
>>Acting as a liaison at the national level to other student, professional, and business organizations and government agencies

>>FBLA-PBL is made up of four (4) membership divisions. These include:

>>FBLA-Middle Level. Membership in this division is open to students in grades 5-9 who are seeking career exploration opportunities and who accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, and demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful school-community relations.
>>Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Membership in this division is open to students in grades 9-12, enrolled in a business or business- related course, who accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful school-community relations, and possess qualities for employment.
>>Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). Membership is open to postsecondary students pursuing degrees in a business or business-related field who accept the purpose of PBL, subscribe to its creed, and possess qualities for employment.
>>Professional Division. Professional membership is open to all individuals interested in promoting the goals established by the association. Such members may include former members, employers, educators, parents, businesspersons, community leaders, and any other persons contributing to the growth and development of the association and its members.

>>Dr. Hamden L. Forkner, head of the Commercial Education Department of the Teachers College of Columbia University developed the FBLA concept in 1937. In the fall of 1940, the National Council for Business Education accepted official sponsorship of FBLA; on February 3, 1942, the first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. In 1958, the first Phi Beta Lambda chapter was chartered in Iowa. The Professional Division (originally the Alumni Division) began in 1979; the latest group to join FBLA (in 1994) was the FBLA Middle Level, for students in grades 5-9.

>>For more information, visit the FBLA History section of this website.

>>FBLA-PBL is officially endorsed by American Management Association, Association for Career and Technical Education , Career College Association, March of Dimes , National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Business Education Association , National Management Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.

>>All local and state advisers are responsible for protecting the use and image of FBLA-PBL’s logo and trademarked items. FBLA-PBL’s policy concerning the use of trademarked materials follows:

>>State and local FBLA-PBL chapters are permitted to use trademarked items without obtaining approval from National FBLA-PBL on printed materials, promotional pieces, and displays that are not sold. Written approval must be obtained from National FBLA-PBL for any item that will be sold by local or state FBLA-PBL chapters. Commercial vendors are not permitted to use FBLA-PBL trademarks on any goods offered for sale or otherwise unless they have been commissioned by National FBLA-PBL.

>>Contact the FBLA-PBL MarketPlace with any questions regarding the trademark policy or to obtain permission to use trademarked or protected images.

I believe education is the right of every person.
I believe 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.
I believe 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.
I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community and family life.
I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation and that this right should not be denied because of race, color, creed, sex or handicap.
I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school and community.
I believe 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 will be honest and sincere.
I will approach each task with confidence in my ability to perform my work at a high standard.
I will willingly accept responsibilities and duties.
I will seek to profit by my mistakes and take suggestions and criticisms directed toward the improvement of myself and my work.
I will abide by the rules and regulations of my school.
I will exercise initiative and responsibility and will cooperate with my employer and fellow workers.
I will dress and act in a manner that will bring respect to me and to my school.
I will seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my resources to worthwhile projects.

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.

Click here to view the latest national FBLA Bylaws (Revised 1995).