New York FBLA

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New York State FBLA Information

The Future Business Leaders began in New York State in 1946 when Dobbs Ferry High School was chartered as the first chapter in the state. Eighteen years later, on April 15, 1964, New York State was chartered as the thirty-fifth state association of the Future Business Leaders of America. New York has since grown to 5,000 members strong!

The state was originally divided into thirteen districts whose boundaries were set up in accordance with the State Education Department Planning Regions. Subsequently, due to its large geographic size and population, District 1 was later divided into two districts by county: District 1 Nassau (1N) and District 1 Suffolk (1S). This brings the total number of districts within New York State to fourteen. Finally, in 2001, District 3 was divided into District 3 North (3N) and District 3 South (3S) bringing the new total number of districts within New York State to fifteen.

1967 the New York State Association of FBLA came under the auspices of the Bureau of Business Education in the New York State Education Department in Albany. Mr. Hobart H. Conover, Chief of the Bureau of Business Education at that time, was named State Chairman; Mr. Elton T. Murphy, Associate of the Bureau, was named the first State Adviser. Today, our State Chairperson is Mr. Dennis Kagel, Supervisor of Occupational Education for the New York State Education Department. On March 20, 1970 FBLA received an absolute charter from the University of the State of New York. Within five years our state had grown to 125 chapters; after ten years New York State increased to 151 chapters.

Today, as we lead the way into the twenty-first century, New York State strives to achieve a chapter total of 170, a membership of 5,600 and a Professional Division membership of 200.


Membership Eligibility:

At the seventh and eighth grade level, any student who is taking technology, home and career skills, or a course offered by the Business Education Department, is eligible to join the State Association.

Any student in New York State in grades 7-12 is considered an active member who initially became an FBLA member while enrolled in a business and marketing education course.

Each local chapter shall have an adviser who shall be a faculty member who is teaching a business or business-related course. A local chapter may have as many special-emphasis groups under the chapter charter as it deems necessary to meet the interests of all students. The local chapter of FBLA shall assume all responsibility for coordination the program for these interests groups.