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About FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.  FBLA is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.

  • The FBLA concept was developed in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University.
  • The first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee on February 3, 1942.
  • FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students.

FBLA Mission

Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

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-PBL National Dress Code

FBLA-PBL members and advisers should develop an awareness of the image one’s
appearance projects. The purpose of the dress code is to uphold the professional image of the
association and its members and to prepare students for the business world. Appropriate attire
is required for all attendees—advisers, members, and guests—at all general sessions,
competitive events, regional meetings, workshops, and other activities unless otherwise stated
in the conference program. Conference name badges are part of this dress code and must be
worn for all conference functions. For safety reasons, do not wear name badges when touring.  

Professional attire acceptable for official FBLA-PBL activities include:


  • Business suit with collar dress shirt, and necktie or
  • Sport coat, dress slacks, collar shirt, and necktie or
  • Dress slacks, collar shirt, and necktie
  • Banded collar shirt may be worn only if sport coat or business suit is worn
  • Dress shoes and socks


  • Business suit with blouse or
  • Business pantsuit with blouse or
  • Skirt or dress slacks with blouse or sweater or
  • Business dress
  • Capris or gauchos with coordinating jacket/suit, worn below the knee 
  • Dress shoes

Inappropriate attire, for both men and women, includes:

  • Jewelry in visible body piercing, other than ears
  • Denim or chambray fabric clothing of any kind, overalls, shorts, skorts, stretch or stirrup pants, exercise or bike shorts
  • Backless, see-through, tight-fitting, spaghetti straps, strapless, extremely short, or low-cut blouses/tops/dresses/skirts
  • T-shirts, Lycra™, spandex, midriff tops, tank tops, bathing suits 
  • Sandals, athletic shoes, industrial work shoes, hiking boots, bare feet, or over-the-knee-
  • Athletic wear, including sneakers
  • Hats or flannel fabric clothing
  • Bolo ties 
  • Visible foundation garments

CLARIFICATION–Many women’s two-piece suits are currently designed so that they do not
require a blouse. Therefore, this will be accepted. In addition, sling-back shoes, open-toe shoes,
and sleeveless dresses are accepted.