Future Business Leaders of America

June 6, 2020
By AdmissionSight

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and DECA

Running your own business one day seems like a viable dream now, but without the right mentorship from organizations like the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) or DECA, there is no real way to know if you’ll make it to the top. The nature of business is competitive and the only way to get ahead is to start now.

Future Business Leaders of America holds a National Leadership Conference each year in which top competitors from each state that were selected during state-level conferences, go on to partake in a four-day summer event in which they establish themselves as global leaders in the business community.

During the event, participants develop relationships with industry leaders and the battle for cash prizes and scholarships which will advance their business careers and secure placement into Ivy League business programs at Colombia, Harvard, and Yale. A Colombia graduate even started the Future Business Leaders of America competition back in 1937. Each year, the Future Business Leaders of America helps over 230,000 members in 4 divisions prepare for careers in the dog-eat-dog world of business.

Future Business of America Logo

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Learning business is more than just learning economics in a textbook, it’s understanding the social dynamics and personal skills required to excel in both your college experience and in your future career. Test your leadership skills by participating in community events like organizing a charity event for the March of Dimes.

Develop knowledge that will help with career and college placement like getting assistance on your resume or cover letter. The Future Business Leaders of America currently has high school members from grades 9-12 and over 70 competitions across the United States. To become a member and compete in competitions register within your local charter, and then enter into one of the following events as either an individual or charter project.

Students who excel beyond state-level conferences will compete in the national conference in over 55 categories such as entrepreneurship, or business math. Each year a community service award is also given to specific Future Business Leaders of America members from a charter which has exemplified extraneous hours of hard work in servicing their community needs.

A gather of FBLA students pose in front in Anaheim, CA


If the Future Business Leaders of America doesn’t seem like the charter for you, then you might find DECA, also known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, a better fit for establishing and applying your entrepreneurial skills. Established 75 years ago, the non-profit student organization has more than 200,000 members across the US, District of Colombia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain and is authorized by federal agencies such as the United States Department of Education and Congress.

Draw on skills like consensus building, and project management to prepare for careers from marketing to hospitality. Competitive events offered through the charter are aligned with the National Curriculum standards in career clusters ranging from categories like— business law and ethics team decision making, accounting applications, apparel accessories marketing series, innovation plans, and even a virtual business challenge for leaders in personal finance.

You can register as a member of DECA, or start a new chapter, by beginning the process of applying to compete in competitions throughout the country. If you are currently a member of the DECA charter and are a community-oriented and professionally responsible high school senior, then you might also be the perfect candidate for the emerging Leader Honor Award offered for students looking to study marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

As a member of DECA, you can also launch your own school-based enterprise, and opportunity which supports high school students to run a real business of their own creation by selling products from a permanent location, mobile kiosk, or internet marketing operation based out of your educational facility. Educators will instruct students in launching their own SBE based on training materials provided by DEC, which places emphasis on teaching students how to become proficient in the 5Ps of marketing: people, product, price, place and promotion.

Each project submitted by the school-based enterprise teams will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals that are awarded to the best individual and team project among the model school-based operations. Those recognized as gold medalists of this competition go on to attend the School-Based Enterprise Academy International Career Development Conference, an annual event held each year in Orlando, Florida, which offers students the chance to network, work with vendors, attend professional development sessions, and learn from other school-based enterprise winners who may serve to be a future business partner.

A gathering of DECA students posing in front in WA

Pursuing competitive events through charters like DECA and the Future Business Leaders of America which prepare emerging business leaders for college and career success is only one of the ways to stand out on your college admissions essays. AdmissionSight is here to help enhance your chances of getting into Ivy League universities by assisting with the essentials of your common application, essay editing, extracurricular work, and college interview preparation.

Learn from professional Eric Eng, who knows all the ins and outs of the college admissions process, and who will work closely with you to win national awards for competitions such as the Future Business Leaders or DECA. Eng has what it takes to make just a profile on paper to come to life and allow you to shine in the eyes of college admissions committees from MIT to Harvard.

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