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Arkansas FBLA Facts and Information
| What is FBLA? | What does FBLA do? | Who can join? |
| What are the activities of FBLA chapters? | How does FBLA benefit you? |
| How can you benefit FBLA? | FBLA Senior High Goals | FBLA Middle Level Goals |
| Levels of Membership | Creed | Mission Statement | Pledge | How Do I Get Involved? |


What is FBLA?
FBLA is a national vocational student organization for students in high schools and middle schools who are interested in business or business education careers.  Over 13,000 students in more that 300 high school chapters and over 4,000 students in 120 middle level chapters participate in Arkansas FBLA.  Benefits of membership are leadership skills, business competencies, community responsibilities, and self-confidence.
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What does FBLA do?
FBLA provides the business leaders of tomorrow with the necessary skills to successfully compete in the job market, pursue postsecondary education, or manage personal skills.
Members learn how to lead and participate in group discussions by engaging in practical problem solving and decision-making activities.  FBLA members learn the value of competition through directed competitive events.
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Who can join?
Any secondary student in grades 9-12 who is interested in a career in business and has taken or is currently enrolled in at least one business course is eligible for membership in the high school division.  Membership in the middle level division is open to students in grades 7-9 who accept the purpose of FBLA-Middle Level Division, subscribe to its creed and demonstrate willingness to contribute to good school-community relations.   Additionally a middle level chapter must be chartered at the school.
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What are the activities of FBLA chapters?

Professional

Professional activities provide members with a business connection for their future.  Guest speakers, panel discussions, visits to business and industry, and shadowing experiences are used as instructional projects for a chapter's program of work.

Leadership

Participation in FBLA activities as a member, committee chairperson, or officer provides experiences that contribute to the development of a positive self-image and a feeling of accomplishment.

Community

Chapter activities that make a contribution to the community provide members with the opportunity to develop civic pride and responsibility.  Members also meet influential business and community leaders, learn the steps necessary to complete a project, and work with business and government officials.

Service

The main purpose of service projects is to help others and these activities can be tailor-made for the school and community.


Arkansas FBLA sponsors five state service projects.  Over $100,000 is raised annually for March of Dimes, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Leukemia Society, and Make-a-Wish Foundation.   Additionally, many educational programs are conducted to educate the public about the Gift of Life program.

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How does FBLA benefit you?
FBLA provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship.  Your FBLA membership provides

  • Career opportunities
  • Networks with business leaders
  • Leadership development
  • Exciting leadership conferences
  • Challenging competitions
  • Community service opportunities
  • Friendships
  • Informative publication:
            Tomorrow's Business Leader
            Arkansas Business Leader

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How can you benefit FBLA?
Your involvement in Arkansas FBLA will give us

  • Your knowledge and experience
  • Your assistance in conference activities
  • Your help in membership recruitment
  • You as a human resource for future efforts of the organization

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FBLA Senior High Goals

  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
  • Create more interest in and understanding of the American business enterprise system.
  • 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.

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FBLA Middle Level Goals

  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
  • Create more interest in and understanding of entrepreneurial careers and American business enterprise.
  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects which 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.

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Levels of Membership

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
    High School Division (grades 9-12)
    *Middle Level Division (grades 7-9)
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
    Postsecondary Division
  • Professional
    Division for business professionals, community leaders, school faculty and administration, and former FBLA and PBL members.

*To be eligible for middle level division membership, your school must have a middle level chapter chartered through national and state FBLA.
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FBLA 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.
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  FBLA Mission Statement
To bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership development programs.
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FBLA 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.
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How Do I Get Involved?
For further information contact the business education department at your school or contact:
Ms. Maria Swicegood, FBLA State Adviser
Arkansas Department of Career Education
Three Capitol Mall, Room 505D
Little Rock, AR  72201
(501) 682-1768
maria.swicegood@arkansas.gov
http://www.arfbla.org
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