By Angelina Han
Each year, students all over the region compete in their FBLA chapter, testing their business skills in hopes of reaching states, and eventually, nationals. FBLA, or Future Business Leaders of America, is a great organization that, as the name suggests, is aimed to build both leadership skills and business knowledge. While the beginning of the year is more focused on regionals and states, the latter half is focused on educating the members on necessary information with the help of professional guest speakers; in a recent meeting, a representative from Men’s Warehouse talked about how to dress for an interview.
This year’s regionals were absolutely smashing. Out of 124 club members, 120 competed: 56 qualified and 6 entered in with state projects (no regionals), 10 members were runner-ups, and 58 members will be going to Hershey for SLC (State Leadership Conference) in April. There are a range of competitive events, but ultimately all of them relate back to business skills (i.e. math, accounting, communication). Besides competing during the actual conference, participants get the chance to listen to seminars and learn useful information that they can actually take back with them. By learning how to apply for a job, or preparing for college, students are able to experience a multitude of applicable skills that will help them succeed in the future. Kevin Duan, a second time state qualifier and national qualifier from last year, expressed his enthusiasm stating, “I feel pretty excited about going to states. I get to meet new people and see friends that I made last year.”
There is also a virtual business challenge (VBC) that members can take on. VBC is an online business simulation in which teams of 3 run their business for 6 months, trying to earn as much profit as possible. The club already has members that have qualified for Nationals in Atlanta for this June. For the second year in a row, UD FBLA has placed 1st in the state and top ten in the nation!
Talking with Mrs. Sundling, a business teacher and FBLA advisor, she proudly stated, “I am truly impressed with the dedication members showed in preparing for their events and can’t believe we have another record breaking year. This will be the largest group to date going to Hershey for the SLC.”
In order to reduce costs, state qualifiers are holding several fundraisers. Go out and support your friends and classmates. The first of these fundraisers will be held at the Willow Grove Panera this Thursday, February 11th (4-8pm). All you have to do is order something and drop off your receipt at the FBLA table for them to receive credit. It’s a win-win!!!
A warm congratulations to all state winners, and we wish you all the best of luck at your events!