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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school! I know that “school” looks so different all across the state these days, but I am confident that we will continue to find creative ways to embrace and integrate our beloved FBLA into this academic year.
 
Virtual competitions are in the works for regionals in the spring. I cannot confirm exactly what they will look like just yet, however. As you can imagine, this notion is truly a hot topic for CTSOs across the country. Many other state leaders and national staff are still trying to figure out what platforms will be able to adequately support virtual competitions of FBLA’s nature without it being a poor experience for our students (i.e. bandwidth issues, storage space, etc.). This vetting process has been a laborious undertaking because we all want the safest, most enjoyable experience for the students.
 
Right now, I am not in a position to provide any confirmed event dates just yet, beyond our previously scheduled state leadership conference (SLC) dates, which were contracted for March 28-31, 2021 long before this pandemic began. As soon as plans, dates, and participation guidelines can be confirmed and shared, they will be posted on FBLATN.org and communicated to all Tennessee FBLA chapter advisers as quickly as possible.
 
Meanwhile, please know that FBLA is definitely open for membership and will be operating in the most conducive fashion possible given these unique circumstances this year. I appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
 
 
Best regards,
 
Steven J. Mitchell, State Adviser

New State Officers and Regional Presidents for 2020-21

The 2020-21 Tennessee FBLA state officers and regional presidents are eager to connect with your chapter this fall. Learn more about our student leaders and how they can engage with your chapter here.

#Aspire with the FBLA-PBL Leadership Community

The Leadership Community provides the opportunity for FBLA-PBL leaders and advisers to network, collaborate, and gather online to work together toward our shared mission of forming students into community-minded business leaders. Click here to learn more about FBLA-PBL’s newest member benefit that provides an online space for you to build your network and create new connections.

#Aspire with the 2020-21 Chapter Management Handbooks

Are you familiar with the FBLA Chapter Management Handbook and FBLA-Middle Level Chapter Management Handbook updates? If not, please review the appropriate handbook for your chapter to be aware of key guidelines and resources, such as:
  • Recruiting, Retaining, Recognizing, and Registering Your Chapter Members
  • Competitive Events Updates
  • Business Achievement Awards (BAAs)
  • 2020-21 National Theme: ASPIRE
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Fundraising Partners
  • FBLA MarketPlace
Bookmark your handbook in your web browser to be easily accessible throughout the year for all of your FBLA-related questions.

Chapter Membership Is Now Open for 2020-21

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is for high school students, with over 196,950 members and more than 5,200 chapters. FBLA-Middle Level (FBLA-ML) for junior high and middle school students, with over 21,900 members and more than 750 chapters. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for college students, with over 8,000 members and more than 350 chapters. Professional Division (PD) for FBLA-PBL alumni, business professionals, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association, with over 3,900 members.

FBLA membership is open year-round; however, Tennessee FBLA encourages all chapters to activate their chapter by submitting initial membership by November 15 to ensure your chapter continues to receive communications, publications, and services from FBLA-PBL and Tennessee FBLA. The deadline for members to be eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference is March 1. Click here to submit your chapter membership.

State Membership Campaign for 2020-21

Last school year was a challenging year for membership growth for Tennessee FBLA, and we want every chapter to reach new heights this year by participating in our state membership campaign. This year, our goal is to exceed 6,000 members in Tennessee FBLA, and we cannot achieve this goal without you. Please remember there are great incentives and awards in place for increasing your chapter membership by December 1. The Tennessee FBLA State Membership Campaign will certainly help you reach your chapter goals.

Join Our Exclusive Tennessee FBLA Adviser Communities

There are two exclusive communities on Facebook and GroupMe for Tennessee FBLA advisers only. These online tools provide an opportunity to network with fellow chapter advisers across the state and develop a support system with your FBLA colleagues in Tennessee.
  • To join the private Facebook community for advisers, click here or search for "Tennessee FBLA Advisers (ONLY)" on Facebook.
  • To join the private GroupMe community for advisers, please reply to this email with your mobile phone number.

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