Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America
PO Box 5085, Jersey Shore, PA 17740
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Our mission:  FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.       

2018-19 News Updates

New Chapter Adviser Registration:  If your FBLA chapter has a new chapter adviser, please complete the following online form so that PA FBLA can update our directory, issues usernames/passwords, and update contact information with the national office.

Chapter Management ResourcesAdditional chapter management files are found in the "Chapter Resources -- Chapter Management" of the website.  Direct link:
1.  FBLA Adviser Resource Guide

Keystone Leadership Award Criteria AnnouncedClick here for details of the Keystone Leadership Award Recognition Program for members.

LEARNFBLA Adviser and Member Webinars/Presentations Posted in the Learn Section of the PA FBLA website.

FBLA History and Traditions
Check Out This File That Documents FBLA's History from its Early Days and Its Development of Traditions Over the Years

FBLA Week Resources
Chapter celebration activities for the February 3-8, 2019, week.

2018-19 State Leadership Conference Files

SLC Registration/Lodging Opens Monday, December 3, 5:00 pm.
A region's RLC must be completed before registering for the SLC.

April 8-10, 2019 -- Hershey Lodge and other Hershey area properties.

SLC Files:
1.  SLC Pricing Chart
---->Plan A:   2 nights, 5-meals package
---->Plan B:   2 nights, lodging-only package
---->Plan C:   Commuter status/commuter fee ($20 per person for commuters) (see info below regarding Plan C)
---->Registration:  $85 per person (advisers, students, guests/chaperones)
2.  SLC Payment Options
---->Chapter Payment Plan Online Form
---->Parent Online Request Form to Pay by Credit Card or ACH
3.  Tentative Competitive Events Schedule
4.  Conference Coordinator -- Lodging Reservation Procedures (critical reading for advisers)
5.  Attendance Eligibility Guidelines -- Who May Attend?

SLC Policies/Procedures:
Chapters may make changes in competitors until February 1, 2019.  If a student drops from participating in the competitive events program at the SLC, the chapter adviser must notify the region adviser.  It is the region adviser's responsibility to notify the adviser of the next competitor's eligibility to attend the SLC.

If a chapter is eligible for members at large to attend the SLC based on chapter membership, it is the chapter adviser's responsibility to apply for permission for those members to attend.  Complete the following online form and wait for approval from Kristi Ryland, State Adviser:

Once chapters submit registration and lodging requests, separate invoices for registration and lodging will be sent to chapter advisers by email.  This invoice should be used by school systems to process payment.

Schools may submit payment by school check, personal check, money order, bank transfer/ACH, and credit card.  Cash will not be accepted; cash should not be mailed.  Schools may submit a purchase order to cover costs, but full payment is due by the published deadline.  Chapters may also submit a "Chapter Payment Plan" option which will spread out and defer required payments.

Full SLC registration payment must be postmarked no later than January 20, 2019.
Full SLC lodging payment must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019.
Exceptions:  purchase orders, chapter payment plans (must abide by published dates).

PA FBLA will be able to email invoices directly to parents for their child's portion of their SLC expenses so that they may pay directly by credit card or bank transfer.  If that is an option, please complete the following online form.  Their payments will be credited to your chapter's account.

A chapter's lodging priority is established by the 1st submission date of the lodging forms.  Updates may be made to registration and lodging without changing a chapter's "place in line."  A chapter will lose its place in line if:
1.  lodging payment is not postmarked by January 31, 2019.
2.  Purchase order is not emailed/postmarked by January 31, 2019.
3.  Chapter payment plan is not submitted by January 31, 2019 (may be revised as necessary).

PA FBLA will not seek roommates for advisers/guests/chaperones or students, nor will PA FBLA arbitrarily place individuals in rooms to maximize a room.  If a chapter wishes to have roommates for advisers or students, the chapter must make its own arrangements with other schools and place that information on the appropriate lodging form.  The "place in line" date for a chapter sharing with other schools is based on the latest initial submission date of the sharing chapters.  For example, if Chapter A (12/03) wants to share with Chapter B (12/10) and Chapter C (12/20), all three chapters' place in line would be determined by Chapter C's 12/20 submission deadline, not Chapter A's 12/03 deadline.

Online Registration and Online Lodging Will Open at 5:00 pm on Monday, December 3, 2018.
A region's RLC must be completed before chapters will be permitted to register.

Please download and review the following:
#1 -- SLC Important Dates Document
#2 -- SLC Conference Coordinator Information #1 with Pricing, Lodging, and Other Critical Information

What are the SLC Costs?
$85/person for advisers, students, and guests
adviser area -- SLC registration
*SLC Eligibility Guidelines (Plans A, B, C, D)

Extra Night/Sunday, April 7
$185 per room (not per person -- 1-4 per room)

Plan A -- 2 nights lodging, 5 meal package
Monday/Tuesday, April 8-9
Fees are "per person"
adviser area -- SLC lodging registration
Single Room Rate:  $598 (advisers only)
Double Room Rate:  $407 (advisers & students)
Triple Room Rate:  $355 (students only)
Quad Room Rate:  $324 (students only)

Plan B -- 2 nights lodging, no meals
Monday/Tuesday, April 8-9
Fees are "per person"
adviser area -- SLC lodging registration
Single Room Rate:  $448 (advisers only)
Double Room Rate:  $257 (advisers & students)
Triple Room Rate:  $205 (students only)
Quad Room Rate:  $174 (students only)
*individual meals be purchased as an option

Plan C -- Commuter Status/no lodging or meals
Fees are "per person"
$20/person commuter fee plus $85/person registration fee
*Commuter Form (online form)

Please read the "New Payment Schedule/ Information"
-----SLC New Payment Schedule/Information
-----Online Registration  Deadline:  January 20
-----Registration Payment Postmark Deadline:  January 20
-----Online Lodging Deadline:  January 20
-----Lodging Payment Postmark Deadline:  January 31
-----SLC Chapter Payment Plan Agreement

01.  SLC Competitive Events Schedule
02.  SLC Schedule of Events at a Glance

03.  SLC Package Plan Pricing
04.  SLC Payment Options

05.  SLC Refund Policy
06.  SLC Online Refund Request Form

07.  SLC Online Registration Procedures
08.  SLC Online Lodging Procedures -- Plan A
09.  SLC Online Lodging Procedures -- Plan B
10.  SLC Online Commuter Procedures -- Plan C

11.  SLC Dress Code

Permission/Emergency/Safety Forms
all are due in March 2019
12.  Student Permission/Emergency Form
13.  Adviser/Guest/Chaperone Emergency Form
14.  SLC "Accompanying" Form with Administrator Contact Information
15.  Hotel Safety Guidelines
16.  Emergency Communications Online Submission Form
----------->Student Online Form
17.  Delegate Code of Conduct
18.  Student Guidelines
19.  Adviser Guidelines
20.  Special Needs Online Submission Form (includes physical and dietary needs)

21.  SLC Job Shadowing/Internship Application Procedures
22.  SLC Hospitality Internship Application Procedures
23.  SLC National Anthem Vocalist Application Procedures
24.  SLC Cybis Production Internship Application Procedures


PA FBLA Summer 2019 Alaska Cruise/Tour:  PA FBLA offers another opportunity for summer travel . . .  to Alaska in July 2019.  Janet Skiles is your point of contact and travel host for this adventure. Click the link for more information and standby for more information from her.

Special Video Projects:  Pennsylvania FBLA will offer two special video projects this year for members to demonstrate their digital video skills and earn the right to attend the State Leadership Conference in April. 

Project 1 will focus on promoting the state project, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  There will be a late November deadline.  Project 2 will be to develop a video to promote the PA FBLA State Leadership Workshop at the Kalahari Resort.  The deadline will be early January 2019 to enable creators to capture footage, interview participants, etc., while at the SLW in early November.  For both projects, three individuals/teams will be invited to attend the SLC in Hershey.

Project 1 Guidelines:  State  Project Promotion
Project 2 Guidelines:  2019 State Leadership Workshop Promotion
Event Entry Form for Special Video Projects


2018-2019 National Theme:  Create. Lead. Inspire.

Membership Processing Opens August 1, 2018

1.  Click here for step-by-step membership processing instructions.

FBLA Grades 9-12 Recruitment Video:
The national office has made available a 3-minute recruitment video online. Click here to watch the video.

Click here to watch a middle-level recruitment video.

Membership may be submitted as many times as a chapter wishes during the year; however, advisers must pay attention to the deadline for competing in the regional events.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society --
2018-2019 State Project Information

Regional Chapter Information:
2018-2019 State Project: 
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Project Theme:  The Fight's Not in "Vein"
Fund Raising Goal:  $62,000
Make all checks payable to:  PA FBLA State Project

Send all checks Throughout the School Year to:
Mr. Bruce Boncal
PA FBLA Executive Director
PO Box 5085
Jersey Shore, PA 17740

Receipts will be emailed to the chapter adviser by the PA FBLA State Treasurer.

Contributions that qualify for the SLC state project awards will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Monday, April 8, 2019, at the SLC headquarters office.  Otherwise, contributions for the LLS state project may be mailed to the state office until June 30, 2019.

February 20, 2019:  Received by deadline for contributions that qualify for the 2018-19 Outstanding Chapter Criteria.

How to Start/Reactivate an FBLA Chapter

Depending on grade levels, schools may start either an FBLA chapter (grades 9-12) or an FBLA Middle-level chapter (grades 5-8).

Click here for more information on how to start a Grades 9-12 FBLA chapter.

Click here for more information on how to start and FBLA Middle-level chapter (grades 5-8).

A business educator is preferred to serve as the primary chapter adviser, but a school administration approved faculty adviser from another discipline/administration area may serve as a chapter adviser.  Currently, FBLA advisers include business educators, math educators, English educators, science educators, counselors, and principals/assistant principals, among others.  PA FBLA will provide training for new advisers. 

Critical to the chapter's success will be an adviser who believes in:   the goals of FBLA; career development and leadership development opportunities as tools for future student success; community service to build school pride and community connections; competitive events as a vehicle to demonstrate student academic achievement; among others.

PA FBLA Virtual Chapter Membership

Virtual Chapter Coordinator:
Mrs. Maura Angle

The Gateway to Virtual Greatness!

Students in schools that do not have an FBLA chapter, students who are in cyber schools, or students who are home schooled may become part of the PA FBLA virtual chapter.  Click here for more information about the PA FBLA Virtual Chapter.  Start spreading the word of the PA FBLA Virtual Chapter among those you know who are at a school without an active FBLA chapter.

The PA FBLA Virtual FBLA chapter is now accepting applications.  Click this link to submit your online membership application.

Click this link for downloadable Virtual Chapter files.

Watch the membership recruitment video.

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

FBLA 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

FBLA 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 by 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.

FBLA Creed
I believe education is the right of every person.

I believe the future depends on the 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 that every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.

I believe that 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 think clearly.  I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.

2018 NLC Awards of Excellence Program Replay:
----->click here:
----->click here:  Complete NLC Awards Winners List

2018 SLC Awards Program Replay:
----->click here:
----->click here:  Complete SLC Awards Winners List



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