Future Business Leaders of America


Kris DeBruine
Ms Kris DeBruine

Contact info:

phone: 360-757-4074 ext 3531/3536


email: kdebruine@be.wednet.edu

About Us

What is FBLA?

Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. In 1937 the FBLA concept was developed by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in 1942 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Washington became a state chapter in 1965.

There are currently over 240,000 active members who participate in more than 13,000 chartered chapters in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rice, the Virgin Islands, U.S. Territories, Canada, and Department of Defense Schools worldwide.

FBLA Mission

Our mission is “to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs” in the preparation of students for careers in business and business-related fields. Membership in FBLA in Washington is open to students in grades 7-12 throughout the state.

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, in 1942. The Washington State Chapter was chartered in 1965, and established as a non-profit corporation in 1985.

What does FBLA do?

FBLA’s Goals are to:

  • Develop and encourage competent, aggressive business leadership
  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business and community
  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
  • Encourage and practice efficient money management
  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
  • Assist students in establishing occupational goals
  • Facilitate the transition from school to work

To achieve these goals: FBLA holds conferences and seminars for members and advisers including the State Business Leadership Conference, Regional Conferences, and a training program for state and local officers and their advisers.

FBLA’s Awards of Excellence Program recognizes and rewards excellence in business- and career-related skills. By participating in the competitive events at the state and national levels, students gain practical experience in goal setting, planning, and plan implementation.
FBLA has produced several practical and informative publications for its membership, including Tomorrow's Business Leader, PBL Business Leader, FBLA Advisers' Hotline, The Professional Edge, and The Middle Level Advisers' Hotline.

Participating in a variety of partnership programs such as fundraisers, educational programs, and scholarships members can gain recognition, experience, and cash awards.

Schools in our region

We are a member of the Northwest Region.

  • Lakewood
  • Arlington
  • Darrington
  • Stanwood
  • Mount Vernon
  • Burlington-Edison
  • Sedro Woolley
  • Concrete
  • Oak Harbor
  • Mount Baker
  • Bellingham
  • Squalicum
  • Ferndale
  • Lynden

FBLA Code Club

FBLA: Code Club

Programming | Game Design | App Development | Web Development
The FBLA Code Club at BEHS is for students interested in advancing their skills in programming, application development and web design.



Public Relations




FBLA Code Club meets every Tuesday in room 536 -- Ms DeBruine's room.

Everyone interested in participating is welcome to join us for our weekly "open lab" time in room 536 - the computer science lab.


Conferences and Events Schedule


Fall Conference:

Winter Regional Competition: Stanwood at Warm Beach Conference Center

State Leadership Conference:

National Leaderhip Conference:

Click here for information on competitive events

To compete, you must comply with the dress code. For advice on how to make a good first impression, see this PowerPoint.

Past National Competitors

National Competitors

June 2010-Nashville, TN

Wynter Cross- Computer Applications

June 2009-Annaheim, CA

Marissa Johnson-Public Speaking 2
Marissa Johnson, Ariel Dykstra, Loren Wang—Partnership with Business
Marissa Peebles, Ariel Dykstra, Charlie Dykstra—American Enterprise Project

National Winner-

Marissa Johnson—Public Speaking 2 –3rd Place

June 2008 – Atlanta, Georgia

Val Conklin – Business Communications
Miranda Thomas - Database Design & Application
Dan Grillot – Desktop Application Programming

National Winner -- June 2008

Val Conklin – 7th – Business Communications

June 2007 – Chicago, Illinois

Miranda Thomas – Multimedia Presentations
Marissa Johnson – Public Speaking 1
Loren Wang, Ariel Dykstra, Marissa Johnson – Community Service Project
Teresa Chambers, Ashley Stowe – American Enterprise Project

National Winners – June 2007

Miranda Thomas – 1st – multimedia Presentations
Marissa Johnson – 6th – Public Speaking I