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Community Service Day

Community Service Day is held on the Saturday of FBLA-PBL week.  Choose a community service project and implement it into your local chapter. In the past a state community service project has been promoted by the current state officer team.  In 2009-2010, the officers promoted a state-wide March of Dimes project which resulted in North Carolina placing 2nd in the national for PBL March of Dimes donations.

Suggested activities include:

working with the March of Dimes

volunteering at a homeless shelter

conducting a blood drive

developing community improvement projects

developing a project with any other service organization.

Professional Attire Day

To promote FBLA-PBL week at your school, hold a Professional Dress Day for all PBL members and business majors.  Professional Dress Day is an activity you can do during this week to promote your organization on campus.  Students are encouraged to dress in business attire and follow the national dress code on this day.  The National office promotes it for Friday of FBLA-PBL week, but your chapter can hold it any day that week at your school.

Ideas for Professional Dress Day

Hold a raffle for any students who is dressed in business attire to place their name in for a drawing.

Set up a booth and pass out PBL information while dressed in business attire.

Have members go to speak for one-two minutes at the beginning of business classes to promote PBL while in business dress.

March of Dimes

March of Dimes Mission: We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

"The March of Dimes has enjoyed a successful partnership with FBLA-PBL since 1970. In this time, FBLA-PBL has raised millions of dollars for the March of Dimes and, in turn, the March of Dimes has reached hundreds of thousands of young people with its health education and mission messages. The March of Dimes is FBLA-PBL's only national charity partner, and attends all national and regional FBLA-PBL conferences. FBLA-PBL generates more than $500,000 annually through March for Babies participation and year-round fundraising.

FBLA-PBL is the premier business education association in the country. The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. A national association of middle school, high school, career and technical, community college, college and university students interested in business and business-related careers, FBLA-PBL has nearly 250,000 members and more than 15,000 chartered chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Europe. Learn more about FBLA-PBL and their March of Dimes partnership."

National service partners help by:

  • Activating their membership to raise awareness

  • Inspiring others to get involved

  • Implementing community programs for women and families

North Carolina Scores D in PreTerm Birth Rates
D = Preterm birth rate greater than or equal to 12.9% of births in NC, but less than 14.6% (Score greater than or equal to 2, but less than 3)

icon MOD NC PreTerm Births Score Card (1.04 MB)

icon MOD US PreTerm Births Score Card (976.82 kB)


How Your Chapter Can Help

  • Hold a mini-walk at your school

  • Hold a bowling tournament (contact Mitchell CC for info)

  • Participate in a March for Babies walk in your area

  • Hold a Blue Jeans day on campus

  • Start a team for your chapter and raise money online


March of Dimes Foundation
In the nearly 40 years FBLA-PBL has been united with the March of Dimes, FBLA-PBL has consistently ranked as the top clubs and organizations fund-raising partner, raising over $15 million dollars. Mission LIFT (Leading into the Future, Together) focuses FBLA-PBL members on practicing the leadership skills they have learned to raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes mission. Return the form with your donation to the local March of Dimes chapter by May 15. To find your local chapter, visit and enter your zip code in box at the top of the page.

icon March of Dimes Fundraising Report Form (133.1 kB)


Mission LIFT Grants
The Mission LIFT grants are designed to reward members and chapters for their support of the March of Dimes Mission LIFT partnership and to identify and support innovative ideas and projects that enhance the growth, recognition, and support of PBL and the Mission LIFT partnership. Local and state chapters that participate in Mission LIFT are eligible to submit grant requests. Grants may not be used for equipment purchases, but they are designed to support programming or activities. Grant proposals submitted for consideration must be designed to be accomplished within a period of no more than 18 months. Grant recipients will be expected to report the outcome of their project in the form of a workshop, article, or project that can be reproduced and shared with other chapters, states, and the March of Dimes. Local chapters may receive grants up to $1,000. State chapters may apply for grants up to $2,500. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges and announced at the NLC. Grant Applications must be postmarked by January 15.

icon MOD Mission Lift Grant Application Form (124.44 kB)

March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness

November is March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month.

November 17 is World Prematurity Day.

Join the campaign to "Honor the million babies worldwide who died this year because they were born too soon, and the 12 million more who struggle to survive. November 17 is World Prematurity Day and when we focus everyone's attention on the serious problem of premature birth.  Remember to wear purple on November 17 as we celebrate World Prematurity Day with the March of Dimes. Working together for stronger, healthier babies! --"

Things you can do on World Prematurity Awareness Day

  • Contact your regional March of Dimes office to see if your chapter can participate in World Prematurity Day by passing out stickers representing the babies who died in North Carolina because they were born too early.

  • Share with others to honor those babies born to early.

  • Post a message on your school Web site

  • Send emails to your friends

Sample Email Message: November 17 is World Prematurity Day. Every year, 13 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. A million of them never get to celebrate their first birthday, and many more face serious, lifelong health challenges.  Raising awareness of this common and serious problem is the first step to defeating it. Visit and change your status to show your support. Learn about the progress we're making in preventing premature birth at 

P.S. Please forward this message to everyone you know who cares about babies. Tell them you're getting involved and ask them to join in the campaign and share awareness.

Learn More at March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Campaign

Adviser Appreciation Day

FBLA-PBL sets aside the second week of February as FBLA-PBL Week.  In addition to other PBL activities that week, FBLA-PBL recognizes the Wednesday of this week as Adviser Appreciation Day. Members are encouraged to use this day to pay special tribute to the dedicated individuals who make the association possible on the local level.

Adviser Appreciation Day Ideas

Send an apprecation / thank you card.

Send flowers or balloons.

Take out to lunch or purchase a restaurant gift certificate.

Go by their office and say thank you.

Write an article in your school newsletter in appreciation of your adviser.

Present with a certificate of appreciation.

Bring candy.

Bake them a cake or cookies.

Think of your own ideas.  It doesn't have to cost money, it is the thought that counts.




FBLA-PBL sets aside the second week of February as FBLA-PBL Week. Chapters are encouraged to use this time to publicize their activities and successes, boost their membership, and gear up for their spring activities. In addition, FBLA-PBL recognizes the Wednesday of this week as Adviser Appreciation Day. Members are encouraged to use this day to pay special tribute to the dedicated individuals who make the association possible on the local level.

Many chapters plan special activities for each day of the week. These include everything from Professional Attire Day to FBLA-PBL T-Shirt Day to Faculty Appreciation Day and Career Awareness Day.

As FBLA-PBL Week coincides each year with National Career and Technical Education Month, this is an excellent time to inform the public about the purpose of school-to-work activities and programs in general. The momentum of a national event provides the perfect occasion to spotlight the value of membership and of career education.

Petition to declare the second week of February as FBLA-PBL week in your community.  icon Sample FBLA-PBL Week Proclamation (14.03 kB)

American Enterprise Day

November 15

A National Celebration

This day is set aside to recognize how free enterprise has made our country great! Through improved productivity, better technology and entrepreneurship, the American free enterprise system builds a better tomorrow for all.

American Enterprise Day began with a proclamation from Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s and developed into an awareness program entitled "Getting Involved" under a grant from the Chevron Corporation. This program, which was conducted in the 1980s, was designed to generate chapter activities through the use of "Getting Involved" guidance materials created and distributed by the FBLA-PBL National Center. "Getting Involved" had three objectives:

  • To get local chapter members involved in their business community, placing particular emphasis on the free enterprise system.

  • To provide opportunities for members of the local business community to become involved in the process of educating tomorrow's business leaders.

  • To generate activities which promote American enterprise on November 15 and throughout the school year.

Because of the success of chapter's in promoting and getting involved in Free Enterprise, National FBLA continues to promote FBLA-PBL this day since that time even though there is no longer a grant from the Chevron Corporation.

Chapters can do a variety of different projects to promote American Enterprise Day.



Freedom is the principle on which the United States were founded. More than 200 years later, freedom serves as the nation's political foundation. Freedom is the cornerstone of the American economic system. It is often called the free enterprise system because of freedoms of the marketplace.
In this system, individuals must make economic choices in an effort to satisfy their needs and wants. Nations, too, must make and set goals.  There are two main points of free enterprise:

Features of Free Enterprise

Goals of Free Enterprise


  • Owning private property

  • Individuals and businesses are free to enter contracts.

  • Individuals are free to make personal choices and communicate these choices through the price system.

  • Individuals are free to engage in free enterprise and competition.  Free to choose place of work, open own business choosing type of goods or services they will produce.

  • Individuals are free to look after their own self-inters.

  • American economic system is relatively free from government interference.


  • Maintain economic freedom

  • Efficiency - to make the best use of scarce resources

  • Provide sense of justice - know as economic equity

  • Economic stability must be set to maintain employment and stable prices

  • Economic security - individuals can help protect themselves again the unexpected by buying insurance

  • Economic growth - to increase the amount of goods and services that each worker in the economy can produce.


Examples of projects that have had success include the following.

Reaching Elementary School Students

  • Write and present songs and skits about American enterprise to an assembly of students in grades K-5.

  • Create activity booklets geared to students in grades K-5.

  • Ask local businesses what gives them a business advantage; tailor their answers into a 30-minute presentation, using a mix of lectures and games for students in grades 1-6.

Reaching Middle and High Schools

  • Have business students write essays on the American enterprise system; publish winning entries in the school newspaper.

  • Stage a Monopoly® tournament with customized rules representing various economic systems.

  • Develop a workbook for eighth graders about free enterprise and the job market. The workbook should have information on how to fill out job applications, different occupations, and earnings.

  • Conduct a free enterprise mystery game over the public address system: each day for a week, students get one clue to help them guess the secret word chosen for American Enterprise Day.

Reaching College/University Campuses

  • Put together a panel of expert speakers to address the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business.

  • Sponsor a five (5) month forum on American enterprise, covering issues from manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and banking to international business.

  • Sponsor a seminar on women or minorities in business.

Reaching the Community

  • Have local businesses advertise American Enterprise Day on their signboards and distribute literature about American Enterprise Day along with doughnuts at local retailers.

  • Sponsor a tour of local businesses.

  • Buy a half-page ad in the local newspaper to promote American Enterprise Day; sell portions of the ad to local businesses.

  • Stuff literature about American enterprise in grocery bags at a local supermarket.

  • Prepare a proclamation of American Enterprise Day in your community.  icon Sample American Enterprise Day Resolution (14.31 kB)