Pennsylvania FBLA Headlines
2014-2015 State Project:
Celebrating Seniors and Making Dreams Come True
Project Theme: "Making Hope New and Wishes Come True"
Fund Raising Goal: $33,000
Make all checks payable to: PA FBLA State Project.
Send all checks to:
Justin Miller, PA FBLA State Treasurer, Springfield High School, 49 West
Leamy Avenue, Springfield, PA 19002
How to Start/Reactivate an FBLA
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.
2014-15 Special Video Project
Pennsylvania FBLA announces four digital video production
events in which individuals or teams up to three members may participate.
Students may enter one or all of the events and earn the right to attend the
2015 State Leadership Conference in Hershey. Guidelines:
1. Students must be paid FBLA members at the
time of submission.
2. All entries will be submitted digitally.
3. Deadline for submission is October 31, 2014.
4. Video productions must not exceed two minutes.
5. Evaluation is based on 40% vote by PA FBLA Executive Committee Members; 30%
vote of advisers across the state; and 30% vote from PA FBLA Facebook page’s
6. Top three individuals or teams in each project category automatically
advance to the State Leadership Conference.
Video Project #1: Competitive Events Changes
Video Project #2: Social Media Promotion
Video Project #3: State Project Promotion (Twilight Wish Foundation)
Video Project #4: Membership Recruitment
Entry Form for Video Projects
Chapter advisers must submit an “Event Entry Form” for each
individual/team entry to the PA FBLA Executive Director, Bruce Boncal, no later
than October 24, 2014, or one week prior to the submission of the video project.
2. Once the
state office receives the event entry form, instructions will be e-mailed to the
chapter adviser regarding the upload procedures to the PA FBLA drop box.
Entries will not be accepted on DVD, CD, thumb drive, etc.
3. On the event
entry form, the chapter adviser will identify an e-mail address to which the
dropbox sharing invitation will be sent.
4. There must be
a separate event entry form for each submission.
5. Advisers must
be able to upload the video to the PA FBLA dropbox—not share it from their own
2015 State Leadership Workshop
Dates: November 2-3, 2014
Registration/Payment Deadline: September 24, 2014
Location: Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
Sunday Night Lodging: at Penn State Conference Center Hotel
Optional Saturday Night Lodging at Three Different Locations:
1. Harrisburg Hilton (95 minutes from State College)
2. Williamsport Holiday Inn Express (65 minutes from State
3. Johnstown Hampton Inn and Suites (75 minutes from State
We are unable to secure Saturday night lodging in State College because
it is a football weekend. Because the football schedule changed
after we had our dates selected and contracts signed, football weekends
have priority. Rather than move from State College, we have chosen
to offer optional lodging locations as close to State College as we can
offer. Although it is not ideal, it does provide Saturday
accommodations closer to State College for those traveling greater
3. Check Out the Starting Lineup at the 2014 State Leadership
Keynote Speaker -- Bill Cordes
Entrepreneurship Magazine's "2012 Entrepreneur of the Year" -- Jason
Membership Processing Procedures
Online SLW Registration and Lodging Procedure
State Leadership Workshop Promotional Memo -- Who Should Attend?
SLC Overview, Dates, and Lodging Details
Battle of the Chapters
Delegate Code of Conduct
SLW Refund Policy
SLW Refund Request Form
Student Permission Form -- Including Dodgeball Permission
Adviser/Guest/Chaperone Emergency Form
Form to Accompany Student and Adviser/Guest/Chaperone Forms
Adviser Hotel Safety Guidelines
Credit Card Processing Form
Lodging Template Form
2014 - 2015 Competitive Events
link for a complete list of event topics.
New Competitive Events Announced (stay tuned for
Microsoft Office Specialist (Excel)
Microsoft Office Specialist (Word)
Securities and Investments
Social Media Campaign
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
* Develop competent, aggressive business leadership
* Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
* Create more interest in and understanding of American business
* 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
* 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
I will seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my
resources to worthwhile projects.
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
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
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
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.
National Leadership Conference Winners
Congratulations to all Pennsylvania FBLA
contestants and award winners who participated in the 2014 National
Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. With 53 award winners
(improving upon last year’s total of 43), Pennsylvania FBLA had the
third highest number of award winners among all the states in attendance
at the NLC. The final tally will come from the national office in the
next few weeks, and I will send out any updates to my totals or list.
Pennsylvania members earned 4 first-place awards at the 2014 NLC.
For the first time in our Pennsylvania
62-year history, a Pennsylvania FBLA member is now serving as National
FBLA President. Congratulations to Sam Kessler of Wissahickon High
School (20), the first National FBLA President from Pennsylvania!
We are proud of Sam and the
professional campaign that presented at the National Leadership
Once again, we are “Pennsylvania Proud” of our delegation, our
competitors, and our newly elected National President, Sam Kessler. The
Pennsylvania delegation was also complimented for our professionalism,
courtesy, and respect at the Country Music Hall of Fame AND by the
daughter of Barbara Mandrell on our visit to Fontanel, Ms. Mandrell’s
mansion. According to Ms. Mandrell’s daughter, Pennsylvania FBLA was,
by far, the best high school group they had ever experienced that had
toured their facility.
Thank you all for making this a tremendously successful year for
Pennsylvania FBLA! Our success is due to motivated and hard-working
members; advisers who step up—even in the face of additional work above
and beyond their classroom responsibilities--give their students
opportunities to shine and excel; and parents and school administrations
who stand behind their children and students to help them make their way
to the NLC to represent Pennsylvania.
Click here for
a complete list of NLC award winners.
Members/Officers Email Lists
complete this online form to receive direct information from the PA
FBLA state office. Officers will be listed in a directory of local
PA FBLA members,
register here for the "member's listserve" for information from the
state officer and the state officer team.
PA FBLA Virtual Chapter Membership