2020-2021

Membership Madness

PBL members have a competitive edge and now is the time to make sure your chapter ends on a strong note. Do you have the best of the best in your chapter ready to join in the National Leadership Conference? Whether you plan to compete in the National Awards Program, network and engage in specialized PBL sessions, or run for the National Officer team, the first step is ensuring you are an actively registered and paid member!

“Membership Madness” is a special campaign designed to help PBL chapters retain and recruit members, while vying for bragging rights (and other great prizes) as a top collegiate chapter!

Member Registration Information

In order to successfully register as a member, visit https://my.fbla-pbl.org/. You will need the following information.

We encourage local chapter advisers to register student members. Once an email for a student is entered in the system, the system will email the student with login instructions. Students may log in to their profile and pay online with a credit card. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Smothers (lsmothers@fbla.org).

First, to be completed by the adviser for each student member:

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
    (Note: This is a newly required field for 2020-21 membership. Do not use a generic email.)
  • Home Address including City, State and Zip
    (Note: This information is required to ensure any prizes or scholarship checks are sent directly to the student’s home.)

Second, to be completed by the student member if the adviser does not complete payment for chapter members;

  • Payment Option (Credit Card, Check, or Money Order.)

How It Works:

Through March 25, all chapters that add (as well as fully register and pay for) new members will continue into the bracket competition. Then, from March 26 through April 15, chapters will continue to grow their chapters earning points for every new member. In the spirit of the traditional competitive bracket challenge, the chapter with the most point continues to the next round. The chapter that completes the most new member registrations will win a special recognition and prizes.

Looking to start a new chapter? Did you recruit members after being knocked out of the bracket rounds? No problem! FBLA-PBL will still track the number of new members added in a separate leaderboard and your chapter will still have a chance to win the Wild Card top prize at the end.

Follow us on Instagram @fbla_pbl for engagement opportunities and prizes.

All chapters that participate will receive special recognition in our year-end membership publications.

What You Need to Know:

In order to meet the challenge, your membership needs to be active and paid.  Members should check with their local chapter advisers and get registered as a member. Once registered, students may pay their dues online.

Being a paid member entitles you to be eligible for regional conferences, state conferences, and of course – NATIONALS!

Note the following deadlines that require membership dues to be paid. Be sure check to check with your local and state advisers to understand any local, regional, or state registration deadlines!

Frequently Asked Questions

Membership registration is open for all divisions. That said, Membership Madness is exclusively designed for the PBL collegiate division.

The FBLA-PBL Board of Directors passed a motion, as presented by the NLC Task Force, to host an online National Leadership Conference in 2021. This event will include opening sessions, keynote and featured speakers, workshops, networking and social events, officer campaigns, elections, competitive events, regional rallies and recognition sessions (FBLA), national officer announcements, and Awards of Excellence sessions. Where appropriate, shared sessions may be developed between divisions. An official announcement regarding the format and details of the event are forthcoming in the new year, however we wanted to share this decision with you early as it may impact the decisions you make for your state conferences in the months ahead.

Please note that this was an informed decision supported by an abundance of information with careful consideration to the following points: the state of California is closed to events for the foreseeable future; reports of 39 states not allowing student travel for the duration of the academic year; members and advisers seeking to plan ahead; the increase of COVID-19 spread and the unknown widespread availability of the vaccines; ample time needed to plan an improved online experience; and equity, equality, and access.

As next steps, the NLC Task Force and National Center staff will be gathering input directly from members and advisers in order to meet all the needs and turn this event into the most beneficial experience for all. We fully intend to enhance and improve this virtual event beyond what we were able to do for the 2020 NLE and look forward to working together to make it an outstanding opportunity for all. This will be done in a number of ways including surveys, focus groups, and interviews. More information to follow!

All advisers can explore the adviser resource guide and other resources available in our Leadership Community. For direct assistance, our National Center staff stands by ready to help! Contact Eric Jones ejones@fbla.org, Katera Poma kpoma@fbla.org, or Lisa Smothers lsmothers@fbla.org with any questions you may have.

This year has brought recruitment and retention challenges like we’ve never seen before; we completely understand. While the objective is to nurture chapter growth, the focus should be on fostering member engagement. Even one new member can keep you in the game, so look beyond your current network and get creative this spring.