About Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

PBL is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda and has over 10,000 members and more than 500 chapters across the United States. PBL is NOT a fraternity or sorority. Anyone who is interested in pursuing a business or business-related career can join PBL.

Currently, our membership includes sports-recreation majors, criminal justice majors, secondary education majors, computer graphic design majors and business majors. There are many opportunities for everyone; any major!


FBLA-PBL's mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

FBLA-PBL's programs focus on:

  • Leadership Development—members develop essential soft skills by holding chapter officer positions at the local, state, and national levels; by networking with accomplished business professionals; and by participating in business-focused workshops, seminars, and academic competitions.
  • Academic Competitions—members demonstrate their business expertise at high-profile regional, state, and national competitive events. The top students are recognized with trophies and cash awards. Learn more about competitive events.
  • Educational Programs—members create career portfolios, enhance their knowledge with world-recognized skills certifications, and have access to select college scholarships. Learn more...
  • Membership Benefits—members receive exclusive discounts and enhanced benefits for travel, education, and more. Learn more...
  • Community Service—members work with the March of Dimes to help end premature births by participating in awareness campaigns and the March for Babies fundraiser.
  • Awards & Recognition—members build a portfolio of accomplishments with a wide range of awards programs. Learn more...


What started as an idea 1937 by Hamden L. Forkner to unite the thousands of business club in the high schools and colleges across the US became the Future Business Leaders of America in 1940.

Iowa has a rich history within FBLA, with Iowa becoming the first FBLA state chapter in 1947. In 1958 Phi Beta Lambda, the postsecondary division, was staretd. The University of Northern Iowa was the first PBL chapter.

In 1989 the Professional Division was formed for FBLA-PBL alumni and professional businesspersons, and the FBLA-Middle Level was started in 1994. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.