Future Business Leaders of America
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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.”
FBLA has more than 10 million alumni providing business leadership in all sectors of the economy ranging from Fortune 500 companies and startup enterprises to public service and the nonprofit organizations throughout the world. Oregon FBLA is one of the oldest state chapters in the global network of FBLA and is proud that Oregon State University was one of the original founding centers of FBLA in the United States.
Each year students in Oregon participate in their local chapter and at the regional, state, and national level in more than 70 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.
FBLA is the largest youth volunteer force for the March of Dimes having raised nearly $20 million to fund research, education, and community services to help save babies. In addition to the partnership with the March of Dimes, FBLA chapters throughout the state utilize their leadership training and business knowledge to develop a variety of service projects to enrich the school and local community.
A cornerstone of building business leaders for the future is ensuring that these leaders enter college and the workforce with the essential training in ethics, integrity, management, teamwork, communication, finance, technology and leadership. Through the Oregon Leadership Institute, Regional Conferences, State Business Leadership Conference, Institute for Leaders, and National Leadership Conference members and advisers receive continuous instruction in cutting edge business training and techniques.
FBLA provides students with a bridge to the professional community as they prepare for a number of occupations in business, by learning to lead and participate in group discussions, preside at meetings and conferences, work effectively within communities, and engage in practical problem-solving and decision-making. FBLA helps schools develop business partnerships while offering students opportunities for networking with business professionals, providing relevant learning opportunities to business students and creating opportunities for real and valid assessments.
Incredible educators, outstanding business partners, and dynamic students engage each day in FBLA to achieve the organization’s goals to:
- 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.