What We Do:
Reaching more than a quarter million students, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education association, prepares students for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA-PBL has four national divisions:
The FBLA-PBL National Center, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, provides ongoing support for these four divisions, which are comprised of local and state chapters. Business educators serve as advisers to the students at the local level, while state advisers guide the state chapters and coordinate between local chapters and the national organization. Advisory councils consisting of school officials, business people, and community representatives provide guidance at local, state, and national levels.
What We Offer:
Each new chapter that joins FBLA-PBL is provided with an abundance of resource materials, including how to form a local chapter, recruitment ideas, program of work suggestions, community service and fund-raising activities, and public relations information. They are given the opportunity to participate in competitive events; chapter and member recognition; and a host of national programs including scholarships, grants, and discount programs.
Conferences and Seminars
FBLA-PBL sponsors the following conferences and seminars for members and advisers, which are designed to enhance the experience initially developed on the local and state levels.
National Fall Leadership Conferences
During the month of November, FBLA-PBL hosts three leadership conferences throughout the United States designed to guide and motivate individual and chapter success for the year. Approximately 5,000 new leaders and advisers gather to experience workshops, seminars, exhibits, general sessions, and networking with their peers.
National Leadership Conferences (NLCs) Each year, more than 9,500 of the best and brightest of FBLA and PBL convene to compete in individual and team competitive events, share their successes, and learn new ways to shape their career plans through educational workshops and exhibits. These four-day sessions are considered the pinnacle of the FBLA-PBL experience, especially for those running for national office and competing at the national level. FBLA-PBL has forged partnerships with industry leaders to sponsor competitive events so that students achieving national ranking receive public and monetary recognition.
Institute for Leaders (IFL)
This high-energy, intensive, two-day seminar is a focused leadership experience for state and local chapter officers as well as members and advisers. Leadership major topics include Business Leadership, Finance Leadership, Technology Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Career Success, Advanced Officership, and Principles of Officership. The IFL is held in conjunction with the NLC each year.
Publications bring fresh ideas, new directions, and network-building news to FBLA-PBL members and advisers. Tomorrow's Business Leader goes to FBLA and FBLA-Middle Level students, FBLA Advisers' Hotline to high school teachers, FBLA-Middle Level Advisers' Hotline to middle-level teachers; PBL Advisers' Hotline to postsecondary teachers, and PBL Business Leader to PBL members and advisers. The Professional Division receives The Professional Edge.
National Awards Program (NAP)
The business world tells FBLA-PBL that to succeed, students need to know about financial literacy and technology. So the FBLA-PBL strategic plan integrates these topics into NAP. In addition to Accounting, Business Math, Business Calculations, Economics, Partnership with Business Project, Emerging Business Issues, Financial Concepts, and Banking and Financial Systems, over the past several years the association has added Business Plan, Business Financial Plan, Global Business, Management Concepts, Management Decision Making, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Network Design, Technology Concepts, Virtual Business Challenge, Business Ethics, and Computer Applications to the list of national competitive events. FBLA-PBL makes it a goal to add new, leading-edge events each year.
Financial Literacy Programs and Partners
AICPA's "Takin' Care of Business" Education Handbook
This FBLA-PBL- and NBEA-endorsed curriculum was developed to educate students about how accounting goes beyond "debits and credits" and that CPAs are engaged in all aspects of business, not just auditing and taxation. It contains 15 lesson plans, complete with lesson objectives and instructions, topic overviews, student learning activities, and answers. The curriculum is distributed to FBLA chapters free of charge.
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)
The AFP is providing their new AFP Women in Finance e-newsletter at no cost for PBL members and advisers. The newsletter addresses issues about the professional development of female professionals in the treasury and finance field.
America Saves, a program of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), provides our middle, high school, and postsecondary students with a wealth-building/saving message that arms them with the ability to begin saving at an early age.
Visa—Practical Money Skills for Life (PMSL)
Through its PMSL, Visa provides a free, award-winning, teacher-tested and teacher-approved financial education program, used by many FBLA teachers across the country. The PMSL Web site is divided into three comprehensive sections, complete with money management resources and lesson plans tailored for use at home, in the classroom, or at work.
What We Need:
FBLA-PBL seeks volunteer speakers to present creative and inspiring workshops and volunteer judges for our competitive events program at our national conferences.
In addition, we seek corporate partners and sponsors that can enhance our goal to provide innovative leadership and career development programs for our students and advisers, and distinct recognition for the students excelling in the competitive events program.
WeSeed/FBLA-PBL Chapter Challenge–New for 2009 –10
In August 2009, WeSeed.com and FBLA-PBL kicked off an extraordinary challenge for FBLA-PBL's over 6,400 chapters nationwide. Advisers are being asked to create a new, fun, and unique stock market lesson plan to involve their students actively trading and building their own portfolios on the exciting, new, free stock market simulation on WeSeed.com.
The Chapter Challenge entries will be judged on the creativity and effectiveness of chapters' submitted lesson plans and the number of participants involved. Thirteen (13) chapters will receive prizes with the grand prize winner receiving $5,000, a laptop for the adviser, and a trip to the Chicago Board of Trade for the chapter adviser and chapter president.
Society for Financial Education and Professional Development (SFEPD)
The SFEPD will be presenting YourFutureCounts financial education workshops at FBLA-PBL conferences. SFEPD has developed a wealth of financial education seminars on topics such as credit management, personal money management, creating wealth, retirement and estate planning, and financing college.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy