About NCPBL

PHI BETA LAMBDA is the national organization for all students in post-secondary schools and colleges enrolled in programs designed to develop vocational and professional competencies and who accept the purpose of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and subscribe to its creed. The purpose of the organization is to:

"...provide opportunities for post-secondary and college students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations and business teacher education.  Phi Beta Lambda is an integral part of the instructional program and, in addition, promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility."

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students across the nation preparing for careers in business and business related fields. The association has four (4) 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 post secondary students; and

  • Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.

FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization. The national board of directors is comprised of local teachers, state educators, business leaders, and the division presidents.

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, on February 3, 1942. In 1958, the first PBL collegiate chapter was chartered in Iowa. The Professional Division, originally the Alumni Division, began in 1979. Joining FBLA-PBL in 1994 was the FBLA-Middle Level for students in grades 5-8.

FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the post secondary division reaches over 11,000 college students. The newest group, FBLA-Middle Level, is showing remarkable growth with nearly 15,000 student members. Finally, the Professional Division has reached over 3,000 members. Over 11,000 advisers round out the group.

MISSION

Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

GOALS
  • Develop 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 that 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 the establishment of occupational goals.

  • Facilitate the transition from school to work

CREED

I believe education is the right of every person.

I believe 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.

I believe 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.

I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.

I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.

I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.

I believe 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.

PLEDGE

I solemnly promise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda and, as an active member, I shall strive to develop the qualities necessary in becoming a responsible business leader.

CODE OF ETHICS

I will be honest and sincere.

I will approach each task with confidence in my ability to perform my work at a high standard.

I will willingly accept responsibilities and duties.

I will seek to profit from my mistakes and take suggestions and criticisms directed toward the improvement of myself and my work.

I will abide by the rules and regulations of my school.

I will exercise initiative and responsibility and will cooperate with my employer and fellow workers.

I will dress and act in a manner that will bring respect to me and to my school .

I will seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my resources to worthwhile projects.

NATIONAL AFFILIATIONS

FBLA-PBL is proud of its relationships with the following organizations.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
ACTE is committed to helping its members provide effective programs of career and technical education. Serving career and technical teachers, administrators, teacher educators, researchers, and guidance counselors, ACTE develops and promotes comprehensive programs for individuals to develop occupational skills.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
NASSP represents school administrators and focuses on professional development programs to help school administrators become more proficient in serving America