What Is FBLA?


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FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America. The organization, along with its sister organization, Phi Beta Lambda, is for students from middle school through college that are interested in majoring in business or operating a business of their own.

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FBLA-PBL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps students prepare for careers in the business field. There are several branches of the organization, and each serves a different group of members. FBLA is for high school students. FBLA - Middle Level is for middle, intermediate and junior high school students, and Phi Beta Lambda is for college students. There is also a professional level for FBLA-PBL alumni, parents of current members and educators.

FBLA-PBL's headquarters are in Reston, Va. The organization was conceptualized by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University, and the first high school chapter was started in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1942. The collegiate, professional and Middle Levels were started in 1958, 1979 and 1994, respectively. The organization has a quarter of a million students as members and is the largest student organization focused on business in the world. The bulk of the members are high school students. The organization is run by a board of state and local educators, business leaders and division presidents.

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