WHO WE ARE
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)
(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for
careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
- FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school
- Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and
- Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.
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.
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.
The national board of directors is comprised of local teachers, state educators, business leaders, and the division presidents.
FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 210,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches almost 10,000 college students. The newest group, FBLA-Middle Level, is showing remarkable growth with nearly 21,000 student members. The Professional Division has reached over 4,000 members. Over 13,000 advisers round out the group. Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.
FUNDING AND ENDORSEMENTS
FBLA-PBL is funded by membership dues, conference fees, corporate contributions, and
grants. FBLA-PBL is recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Education, International
Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Business Education Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.