Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with over 225,000 students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association is based in Reston, Va., and has four divisions:
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
- FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
- Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and
- Professional Division for businesspeople, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.
Missouri FBLA-PBL has nearly 17,000 members in 500 chapters across the state, making it the second largest chapter in the nation. Missouri FBLA members are active at district, state, and national levels. The organization is hosted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Jefferson City, Mo., under the direction of the Supervisor of Business Education for the State.
The FBLA-PBL mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Intracurricular activities include career exploration, civic service, economic education, and technical skill advancement. FBLA-PBL also works to encourage and support entrepreneurship.
FBLA-PBL is the largest organizational partner to the March of Dimes, having raised over $15 million over their 40 year relationship. National FBLA-PBL is represented on the Youth Council by a member of the FBLA National Officer Team.
Missouri FBLA-PBL has strong relationships with the March of Dimes Regional Boards, joining them for Mini Walks and fundraisers.
In addition, Missouri participates in other fundraisers that promote financial education, youth reading skills, and economic growth. Dollars for Disasters, a program started in response to the Joplin tornado of 2011, helps fund local FBLA chapters who suffer loss during natural disasters.
All FBLA-PBL events are cross-walked with Common Core standards; each question on all competitive event tests match directly with a Common Core standard and can be reviewed on the National FBLA-PBL website. In addition, events match career clusters and National Business Education Association (NBEA) standards.
National FBLA-PBL offers many scholarships for students, with each FBLA and PBL event sponsored by a supporting business, including Men’s Wearhouse, Krispy Kreme, Geico, and many more. Missouri FBLA-PBL offers the Joanne Newcomer Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who goes into business or business education that joins PBL.
In 2013, Missouri FBLA, PBL, and Middle Level joined together to form Missouri FBLA-PBL. Formerly, the organizations ran independently. All of the officer teams meet together to accomplish a program of work, and all conferences are hosted together under the direction of the Executive Council. Local chapters of all divisions are encouraged to work together to accomplish the mission of bringing business and education together.
Chapters are also encouraged to work with government officials to promote career and technical education, which is made possible by Perkins Funding from the Federal government. Members come together for Legislative Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City each year to meet with senators, representatives, and the proclamation signing by the governor.