FBLA’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
FBLA was conceptualized in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first chapter began in 1942 with Arizona joining in 1962. FBLA gives students a chance to learn first-hand about the business community.
FBLA is the premier organization for student leaders preparing for careers in business, entrepreneurship, and information technology. FBLA is the largest student business organization in the world with 15,000 chartered chapters reaching more than 250,000 students, educators, and industry leaders each year. FBLA accomplishes it’s important mission through its motto of “Service, Education, and Progress.”
Each year FBLA members in Arizona participate in their local chapter and at the regional, state, and national level in more than 60 business and career development competitions and individual leadership achievement, academic enrichment, and school/community service activities. These competitions range from Accounting, Business Law, Communications, and Business Plan to Economics, Website Design, Public Speaking, and Parliamentary Procedure. In addition, individual FBLA leaders develop a personal development plan through the Business Achievement Awards which recognizes commitment, pursuit, and development as a leader on the local, regional, state, and national level.