About National FBLA-PBL Inc.
Each year, thousands of students launch promising and rewarding careers through participation in Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., a vocational student educational association listed under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) for nonprofit organizations. Through its four divisions – secondary, post secondary, middlelevel and Professional – FBLA-PBL helps members bridge the gap between classroom and the business world by giving them an opportunity to learn first-hand about the business community. Consequently, every FBLA-PBL program, service, and activity has been designed to achieve one or more of the primary objectives (goals) of FBLA.
FBLA-PBL involves nearly 250,000 members in over 13,000 chartered chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Dependent Schools worldwide. Local chapters are chartered by the National Association and operate under the supervision of a state chapter. All local and state chapters function within the framework of the national organization.
FBLA-PBL is officially endorsed by American Management Association, Association for Career and Technical Education, Career College Association, March of Dimes, National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Business Education Association , National Management Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.
FBLA-PBL is made up of four (4) membership divisions. These include:
FBLA-Middle Level– Membership in this division is open to students in grades 5-9 who are seeking career exploration opportunities and who accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, and demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful schoolcommunity relations.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)– Membership in this division is open to students in grades 9-12, enrolled in a business or business- related course, who accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful school-community relations, and possess qualities for employment.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)– Membership is open to post secondary students pursuing degrees in a business or business-related field who accept the purpose of PBL, subscribe to its creed, and possess qualities for employment.
Professional Division– Professional membership is open to all individuals interested in promoting the goals established by the association. Such members may include former members, employers, educators, parents, businesspersons, community leaders, and any other persons contributing to the growth and development of the association and its members.
FBLA-PBL National History
1937- Hamden L. Forkner of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, proposes to business teachers across the country that a national organization is needed for the thousands of business clubs in the nation’s high schools and colleges.
1940-The National Council for Business Education (now known as the National Business Education Association) sponsors the proposed student organization. Committees are appointed to formulate the organization’s general plans. The name “Future Business Leaders of America is selected for the organization.
1942-An experimental chapter is chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, on February 3. Second chapter is started two days later in St. Albans, West Virginia. By the end of the year, 39 chapters are added; and for the next three and one-half years, another 38 chapters join.
1946-The United Business Education Association assumes sponsorship of FBLA. Headquarters office for FBLA is established at the National Education Association Center in Washington, D.C.
1947-Iowa becomes the first FBLA state chapter. Indiana and Ohio quickly follow. Within the next three years, FBLA state chapters total ten.
1958-The post secondary division, Phi Beta Lambda, is created. The University of Northern Iowa is the first PBL chapter.
1969-FBLA-PBL is granted independent status as a nonprofit educational student association under Internal Revenue Code 501c(3). FBLA-PBL, Inc. acquires its own board of directors and full-time staff.
1973-FBLA-PBL, Inc. appoints Edward D. Miller as the association’s first full-time executive director.
1979-The Board of Directors approves establishment of the FBLA-PBL alumni division.
1981-The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation purchases 1.6 acres of land in the Center for Educational Associations, Reston, Virginia, as the site for a future national FBLA-PBL headquarters.
1987-FBLA annual membership tops 200,000 for the first time.
1989-The professional division is formed to include alumni and professional businesspersons.
1990-The ground breaking ceremony is held for the FBLA-PBL national headquarters.
1991-The grand opening of the FBLA-PBL national headquarters is held.
1994-The FBLA-Middle Level division is formed for students in grades 5-9.
1997-Edward D. Miller retires as president and chief executive officer of the National Association. Ms. Jean Buckley is appointed president and chief executive officer.
2001-National headquarters mortgage retired following a successful capital campaign.