Celebrate American Enterprise Day

The third goal of FBLA-PBL is to Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.  American Enterprise Day is observed on November 15 each year. On this day, U.S. residents recognize free enterprise and how it has contributed to the economy.

Origin of American Enterprise Day

Jimmy Carter made a Presidential Proclamation on August 8, 1980, directing that American Enterprise Day be observed. Chevron Corporation provided a grant to fund a program called “Getting Involved” in the 1980s to expose young people to capitalism through Future Business Leaders of America.

Ideas for Activities for American Enterprise Day

Local Chapters of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda observe Enterprise Day each year. It’s an opportunity to not only celebrate the free enterprise system, but also to educate other people about it.  Some project ideas include:

  • Have a business owner guest speaker at a local chapter meeting
  • Presenting a business panel and FBLA-PBL
  • Presenting ideas about business in the form of skits and songs to elementary school students
  • Preparing activity books for students in primary grades (K-5)
  • Running an essay contest for high school students; the winning entry is published in the local newspaper
  • Providing middle level students with information about the free enterprise system and how it affects the job market
  • Have local business advertise American Enterprise Day on their signboards distribute literature about American Enterprise Day prepared by chapter members
  • Sponsor a tour of a local business
  • Sponsor a Monopoly tournament with customized rules representing various economic systems
  • Conduct a free enterprise mystery game over the public address system:  each day for a week, student get one clue to help them guess the secret word chosen for American Enterprise Day

The FBLA American Enterprise Project competitive event recognizes FBLA chapters that develop projects within the school and/or community that increase the understanding of and support for the American enterprise system by developing an informational/educational program. The project must promote an awareness of some facet of the American enterprise system within the school and/or community and be designed for chapter participation.  Projects are presented annually at the National Leadership Conference to industry judges who select the top ten chapters to be recognized.