FBLA-PBL is an organization for students that want to pursue a business career in the future; FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America. Upper Dublin is only one of 13,000 different chartered chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other foreign countries! Helping prepare students for their future, FBLA is an amazing organization to be a part of. It offers students a chance to enhance their business background, improve their leadership skills, establish real-world business goals, build their transcript and network with business professionals through guest speaker opportunities.
Last week the Upper Dublin Chapter of FBLA students celebrated National FBLA Week. To celebrate the momentous occasion, club members dressed up for theme days during the weeklong festivities in efforts to spread club awareness and club pride. The days were as follows: Monday(Future) – Fancy, Tuesday(Business)- Business Casual, Wednesday(Leaders)- Lazy Leisure, Thursday(of America)- America. (This was a play on the club name.)
To keep the excitement going, they attended an FWBA meeting on February 18th! FWBA is the Fort Washington Business Alliance, a business organization that represents all businesses who are interested in improving the Fort Washington Office Park and surrounding area. Their purpose seeks to promote business of the park in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
FWBA and FBLA have been in partnership with each other for several years. The FBLA club has offered new innovative ideas for the FWBA members through special projects including Business Loyalty Programs, Social Media Initiatives, and Internship Programs. These collaborative projects help to continuously improve their business practices with feedback from the Future Leaders. In return, the FWBA members have been offered internships, fundraisers and other opportunities for club members to connect with business professionals. FWBA has even made generous donations to help finance the State Leadership Conference trip where our students compete in academic competitions in a variety of business categories each spring in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
At the FWBA meeting, the students were given a chance to practice their networking skills and meet representatives from many different business members. In addition, students got to see Police Officer Madrak present an “Active Shooter Situation” presentation which informed business owners and consumers on standard safety procedures. It was a great opportunity for the officers to meet prominent local figures they would have not met otherwise, as well as a fantastic education experience. It was a great time for them to meet new people whom they would have never met otherwise as well as an extremely educational experience. Speaking with Dustin Zhang, secretary of the club, expressed, “Being able to network with so many different local business figures was a really unique and rewarding experience that I would love to do again.”
Overall, the week was a success, with many student participants. It was exciting to see the school become more aware of the organization, and everyone cannot wait for next year’s.