Future Business Leaders of America



About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four 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 postsecondary 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 organization on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, business people, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.

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 5−9.

The national board of directors is comprised of local teachers, state educators, business leaders, and the division presidents.



FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary 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. Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.

Who can join FBLA?

Students who want a successful career in the future and are in grades 9-12 can join.

Why should I join?

FBLA provides opportunities, experiences and skills that aid you in achieving your dreams.

FBLA-PBL & March of Dimes

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. On behalf of the half million infants born premature every year, thank you for your steadfast commitment to improving the lives of babies. The March of Dimes is only as successful as you, the committed volunteers who believe in the mission, who started with conquering polio, and today join in the fight against premature birth.

March for Babies

March for Babies supports research and programs to help babies in your community and across the country get a healthy start. Join March for Babies and a million compassionate people in nearly 1,100 communities across the nation, including 24,000 company and family teams as well as our national sponsors who walk each year. FBLA-PBL is a March for Babies partner, so put on your shoes and walk for the cause.

Visit the March of Dimes March for Babies site.

Pick FBLA, PBL or ML.

Find your FBLA chapter to narrow down the choices. Choose your state in the drop-down menu.

If your chapter is not listed, visit https://marchforbabies.org and select join a new team; make sure you use your team type (FBLA, PBL or FBLAML) along with your school name in your team title.


Contact your local March of Dimes chapter for resources and support! Find them by visiting https://www.marchofdimes.org/volunteers/team-youth.aspx  or e-mail teamyouth@marchofdimes.org.

Upcoming Program Activities

Alabama FBLA District 3 Fall Leadership Workshop

Attend Joint Leadership Development Conference

Promote Prematurity Month (November)

Fall March of Dimes "Dance for Your Life"

Fourth Annual Veteran's Day Program

Observe National Blue Jeans for Babies Day

Prom Promise Week

Observe "FBLA Week"

Job Shadowing Day

Dress for Success Luncheon

Spring March of Dimes "Dance for Your Life"
Purple Day/Baby Day

Attend Alabama FBLA State Leadership Conference