About Us

What is Phi Beta Lambda?

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a business career organization for college students. It gives students the opportunity to grow, travel, and meet other students from all over the United States. PBL offers competitive events at the state and national levels. Students compete in events, ranging from accounting to website development, to test their business knowledge and skills.

Dr. Hamden L. Forkner had a vision of uniting all high school and college business clubs across America. After three years of hard work, the FBLA concept was developed and, in 1940, an organization for the high school clubs was formed. This organization was known as the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). In 1958, the first PBL collegiate chapter was chartered. FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The collegiate division has over 11,000 students.


  • I believe education is the right of every person.
  • I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world. I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all of these groups.
  • I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.
  • I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.
  • I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.
  • I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.
  • I believe I have the responsibility to work efficiently and to think clearly. I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.


  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community.
  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
  • Encourage and practice efficient money management.
  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
  • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.
  • Facilitate the transition from school to work.

Phi Beta Lambda Code of Ethics

  • I will be honest and sincere.
  • I will approach each task with confidence in my ability to perform my work at a high standard.
  • I will willingly accept responsibilities and duties.
  • I will seek to profit by my mistakes and take suggestions and criticisms directed toward the improvement of myself and my work.
  • I will abide by the the rules and regulations of my school.
  • I will exercise initiative and responsibility and will cooperate with my employer and fellow workers.
  • I will dress and act in a manner that will bring respect to me and my school.
  • I will seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my resources to worthwhile projects.