What is FBLA-PBL?

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. DoDDS-Europe is proud to host a chartered state level FBLA student activity serving our high school students in nine countries.

The national level of FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and is organized on local, state, and national levels. Teachers, parents, students guide local chapters; State board members coordinate chapter activities for the state and national organizations.

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.

The DoDDS-Europe FBLA State Board is composed of dedicated professional educators serving as the management for the organization.  Student state level officers are "hired" to run the State Leadership Conference.  The goal of DoDDS-Europe FBLA is to showcase student business acumen including , organizational skills, management of resources and personnel, and the ability to present a professional image while preparing and hosting the 250-person State Leadership Conference.

FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students. Over 11,000 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 & Endorsements
DoDDS-Europe FBLA is funded by membership dues, conference fees, and DoDDS-Europe student activity funds.  DoDDS-Europe provides funding for the support of FBLA.  This funding is not intended to subsidize 100% of the cost of the activity.  Local chapters are encouraged to engage in fund raising activities to meet their cost of operation.  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.

State Leadership Conference Competitive Events Program
DoDDS-Europe's FBLA State Leadership Conference recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. .

Publications
Joining FBLA-PBL give its members access to publications that bring fresh ideas, new direction, and network-building news to FBLA-PBL members and advisers. Published four times a year, Tomorrow's Business Leader is the exclusive publication for FBLA students and advisers. Distributed three times a year are the FBLA Advisers' Hot line for high school teachers. The Professional Division receives the The Professional Edge.

 

Why Do We Collect State and National Dues?

FBLA collects state and national dues to support the activities at those levels that are not funded by other means.  National dues are $6.00 per student.  These funds support the national organization in Virginia.  State Dues are currently set at $10.00 per student. Both levels of dues must be paid to the national FBLA-PBL office using the web-based registration system located at:  http://www.fbla.org 

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