Founded in 1942 by Hamden L. Folkner, Future Business Leaders of America is one of the largest student-led organizations with a quarter million members around the world. In the United States, FBLA membership extends to over 6,500 chapters in 47 states and two territories: Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. On a global scale, chapters can be found in Brazil, Canada, China, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, South Korea, Taiwan, Hungary, and Tanzania! FBLA is designed to help students develop valuable business skills to ensure that they are prepared to excel in college and future careers through academic competitions, leadership development, and various educational programs.

National FBLA-PBL Mission Statement

“FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences”

National FBLA-PBL Creed

I believe:

  • education is the right of every person.
  • the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world. I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all of these groups.
  •  every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.
  • every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.
  • every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.
  • every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.
  • I have the responsibility to work efficiently and to think clearly. I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.

FBLA Membership Benefits

High school students that join FBLA receive benefits that include:

FBLA members also demonstrate their leadership skills through community service projects, fundraising activities, and chapter officer positions.

Prepare for College and Career with FBLA Education Programs

High school students explore college and career opportunities through a number of cocurricular educational programs. Members take part in academic competitions, networking events with accomplished business professionals at conferences, and community service projects. Plus, members have exclusive access to scholarships from a select group of academic institutions.

FBLA Academic Competitions

FBLA’s National Awards Program, also called competitive events, give your students the opportunity to compete against the best-of-the-best in over 60 academic events that cover technology, public speaking, business, finance, management, and more. The top winners take home trophies and cash from sponsored events.

FBLA programs help you integrate business-related, cocurricular content into your classroom, plus you can reinforce your existing courses with FBLA’s rigorous academic competitions.

FBLA Membership Awards Programs

Have your students built a portfolio of academic and personal accomplishments yet? FBLA gives college applications and resumes real-life meaning by documenting your students’ accomplishments.

FBLA members earn recognition on the local, state, and national levels with the Business Achievement Awards. This unique program recognizes members when they complete a variety of activities in the areas of service, education, and leadership. It’s a great way for your high school students contribute to their school, community, and economy.

Plus, your students will get exclusive access to scholarships, cash awards, and individual and chapter recognition programs.