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>>Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) education association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The Association has four divisions:

>>FBLA for high school students
>>FBLA Middle Level for junior high, middle and intermediate school students
>>PBL for postsecondary students
>>And the Professional Alumni Division for business people, educators and parents, who support   the goals of the Association.

>>The FBLA-PBL Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

>>FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state and national levels. Business teachers/advisers and advisory councils (including school officials, business people and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.

>>It's easy to join FBLA-PBL. First, check to see if your college, high school or middle school has a chapter. If it does, sign up!

>>If your school doesn’t have a chapter, just start one yourself. Get a Chapter Organization Packet by calling the National Center at (800) 325-2946. The packet contains step-by-step information on how to set up your chapter and provides an overview of what FBLA-PBL offers.

To be recognized as an FBLA or PBL chapter, your chapter must be officially chartered by your state organization.

>>You may also download the
Chapter Organization Packet form and send it in. You'll receive a package of information that can get you started. (This is a PDF file. You may view it with Adobe Reader®.)

>>Once you have the information, simply:

1. Review the Chapter Organization Packet, which has all the information you need to charter your chapter
2. Identify an adviser and submit a proposal to your school administrator for establishing a chapter
3. Coordinate a membership drive. It takes five members to constitute an FBLA or Middle Level Chapter, and three members for a PBL Chapter
4. Hold an orientation meeting
5. Elect chapter officers
6. Vote on chapter bylaws
7. Collect membership dues
8. Submit a completed chartering application to the state chair
9. Develop a program of work for your chapter
10. Conduct a new officer installation ceremony

>>FBLA members participate in a broad range of projects and ventures both on and off campus. They:

>>initiate business ventures
>>support school activities
>>organize community service projects
>>attend state and national leadership conferences
>>participate in fund-raisers

>>Members gain a competitive advantage in the business world by interacting with local companies and their executives. Students win accolades on the state and national levels.

(This section is an excerpt from a national recruitment brochure, which is viewable here.)