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.
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.
- Mount Vernon
- Sedro Woolley
- Oak Harbor
- Mount Baker
Conferences and Events Schedule
Winter Regional Competition: Stanwood at Warm Beach Conference Center
State Leadership 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.
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
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