Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) began in 1942 when a local chapter was chartered at Spotsylvania High School. In 1950, Virginia was chartered as the 11th State Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. Virginia FBLA is part of the national structure of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL).

CONTACTS

FBLA-PBL State Office and State Specialist:
SANDY MILLS

FBLA State Office
115 Marshall Lane
Winchester, VA 22602
Telephone: 540/686-1105
smills@vafbla-pbl.org

State Chairman and
Business & Information Technology and Related Clusters Specialist:
JUDITH SAMS

Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Telephone 804/371-0196
Fax: 804/371-2456
judith.sams@doe.virginia.gov

National Office:
FBLA-PBL, Inc.

1912 Association Drive
Reston, VA  20191-1591
Telephone: 800/325-2946 (FBLAWIN)
Fax: 703/758-0749

Supplier of FBLA membership items and chapter management tools:
FBLA-PBL MarketPlace

4471 Nicole Drive
Lanham, MD 20706
Telephone: 866/325-2725 (FBLAPBL)
Fax: 301/731-6101

Membership Lockbox (FBLA state and national dues):
FBLA Membership Lockbox
P.O. Box 79063
Baltimore, MD 21279-0063

State Structure

FBLA is supported by the Virginia Department of Education. The State Chapter is headed by the State Chairman* and the FBLA Specialist.

The State Executive Board governs Virginia FBLA and includes the State Chairman, the FBLA Specialist, the state officers, one adviser of each state officer, and the Regional Directors. The Director of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Services, Department of Education, is an ex officio member of the Executive Board.

*According to the guidelines of the National Association of Parliamentarians and FBLA-PBL, Inc., the term chairman is used as a generic term.

Regional Structure

When the State Chapter was established, it was organized into four nearly equal geographic regions, each centered around a state college or university. The tremendous growth of Virginia FBLA resulted in the formation of additional regions. The most recent, the 11th region was formed in 1980. The purposes of the state’s regional structure are to provide opportunities for leadership development and participation in FBLA activities beyond the local chapter level
to provide an orderly and approved selection of participants in competitive events at the state level.

Each region has its own bylaws, officers, adviser, and director. The regional adviser is the adviser of the regional president’s chapter, and the director is appointed by the State Chairman. Each regional president serves as a vice-president of the Virginia State Chapter.

Local Chapter Structure

A local chapter of Future Business Leaders of America may be established in any school with a Business and Information Technology program. The teachers in the Business and Information Technology department serve as chapter advisers. FBLA is a co-curricular organization, and its activities are an integral part of the instructional program.

The local chapter, operating under a charter granted by FBLA-PBL, Inc., conducts activities within the framework of the state and national organizations. To ensure that all students benefit from FBLA activities, a local chapter may be organized into mini- or subchapters. These mini-chapters may be organized by special interest groups or by periods of the school day.