About Ohio FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions:

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
  • FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for post-secondary students; and
  • Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.

Business and Technology teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, business people, and community representatives) guide local chapters.

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. In 1958, the first PBL collegiate chapter was chartered in Iowa. The Professional Division, originally the Alumni Division, began in 1979. Joining FBLA-PBL in 1994 was the FBLA-Middle Level for students in grades 5-9.

What is Ohio FBLA?

Ohio FBLA is for schools in Ohio that want to start a business club. Goals of FBLA are to 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 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, and facilitate the transition from school to work.


FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world. Nationally, the high school division has 232,000 members, while the post-secondary division reaches over 11,000 college students. Ohio FBLA currently has over 1,000 members.