• Smith-Cotton FBLA

    Smith-Cotton's FBLA chapter is extremely active, earning honors of Gold Chapter of the Year at both the National and State levels.

    FBLA at Smith-Cotton is sponsored by Mrs. Lakin Janke
    This is her 7th year as sponsor and her 11th year involved in the program overall.
    It is easy to sign up to join FBLA at Smith-Cotton. Simply fill out the form by clicking the link or using the QR code found on advertising materials.
    The cost to join FBLA before the May 17th, 2023 deadline is $30; dues paid after this deadline for the 2023-24 school year are $35.
    Dues earn you an active membership for the current school year as well as an annual membership tshirt.
    Competitive Events Program
    Smith-Cotton FBLA has an active competitive events program. There are over 70 different types of events to choose from. These vary from accounting, to marketing, to computer applications, to website design among countless others. 
    All members are encouraged to compete in an event at the District level, hopefully earning their way to both the State and National levels of competition.
    -District Competition is held each year in early February at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
    -State Competition is held each year in mid-April in Springfield, Missouri.
    -National Competition is held annually in late June in various states across the country.
    Community Service
    Our chapter is very active in community service and outreach programs. Each year we choose a variety of ways to give back to our community. Some of these include typing the Letters to Santa for the Sedalia Democrat, visiting local elderly residential communities for bingo and conversation, or donating our time and efforts to serve meals at the Community Cafe.


    FBLA Facts

    FBLA High School helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions, leadership development, and educational programs.  

    The FBLA concept was developed in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee on February 3, 1942. 
    Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. (FBLA) is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world. Each year, FBLA helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.
    FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
    Competitive Events Program
    FBLA's National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.
    Conferences & Seminars
    FBLA-PBL sponsors conferences and seminars for members and advisers. These programs are designed to foster the development of business leadership skills.
    -National Fall Leadership Conference
    Each fall, new leaders and advisers from chapters across the nation gather for one of four conferences designed to guide and motivate their success for the year. This includes workshops, seminars, exhibits, and general sessions, as well as the benefit of networking among their peers from other cities and states. 
    -National Leadership Conference
    FBLA-PBL members have the competitive edge, as the best and brightest of FBLA and PBL convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA-PBL experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA-PBL has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving a national ranking.