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What is FBLA?

Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.

In 1937 the FBLA concept was developed by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in 1942 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Washington became a state chapter in 1965.

There are currently over 240,000 active members who participate in more than 13,000 chartered chapters in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rice, the Virgin Islands, U.S. Territories, Canada, and Department of Defense Schools worldwide. Read about the history of Washington State FBLA.

How does FBLA benefit students?

  • Orientation to business careers
  • Leadership skills
  • Improved career skills
  • Recognition at conferences
  • Travel opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Resumé enhancement
  • Meet new people
  • Network with business professionals
  • Establish occupational goals
  • Get firsthand experience with business people
  • Practice effective money management
  • Learn the value of community responsibility
  • Get on-the-job training in a wide range of business activities, including planning, fundraising, conducting meetings, and managing finances, time, and resources

How does FBLA benefit schools?

The business curriculum—and the school as a whole—can be enriched by this co-curricular activity.

Schools benefit from:

  • Increased interest and enrollment in business programs
  • Positive publicity created by being involved in newsworthy events
  • Opportunities for building partnerships and gaining connections with local businesses
  • Encourages student involvement in local civic and business activities

For more information about the Port Angeles High School FBLA Chapter, please contact advisors Bernie Brabant or Pam Helpenstell.  You can find out more at the Washington FBLA website.

2023 FBLA National Leadership Conference

June 25 - June 30, 2023
Atlanta, Georgia

Get ready for this year’s upcoming National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA! If a member can succeed at the Regional Conference, then place at the State Business Leadership Conference, a member is then eligible to represent Washington at the National Leadership Conference where over 12,000 students gather from around the United States, Germany, Canada, and the Virgin Islands to compete and gain leadership skills by way of the Institute for Leaders training.

2022 Washington State Business Leadership Conference

April 20- April 23, 2022
Spokane, Washington 

Our Chapter members attended the Washington State Business Leadership Conference in Spokane, WA.
Several members qualified for finals for their events. Corey Young placed 5th in the Impromptu Speaking. 

2022 Puget Sound Region Winter Conference

February 5, 2022
Tacoma, Washington

We attended the Puget Sound Winter Conference in Tacoma, WA. Natale Brigandi and Lilly Pena placed 1st in the category Introduction to Social Media Strategies. Liberty Lauer, Cindy Liang, and Lilly Sanders placed 1st in the category of Social Media Strategies. The majority of competing members at the Puget Sound Region Winter Conference qualified for the State Business Leadership Conference.


2021 Virtual Puget Sound Region Fall Conference

November 19, 2021
Port Angeles, Washington

On November 19, 2021, we virtually attended the Puget Sound Region Fall Conference at Port Angeles High School.