News and Updates

Summer Training Conferences 2014

*Please note the time and location change to the Berkeley STC*

Step Up to the Challenge with your state officers and get ready to start the new academic year!  Come out to our Summer Training Conferences (STC) held in July and August! Whether you are a well-established chapter or just starting out, STC provides the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow state officers and establish your network with California PBL members.

Learn how to bring your chapter to the next level as we guide you through increasing membership, marketing your local chapter, and participating in various state programs.

Are you ready? Register for free using the link and join us at any of the following locations!

Summer Training Conference (STC) Registration Form

University of Southern California (USC)
Vonkleinsmid Center (VKC) 100
Saturday, July 19
11 AM to 3 PM

Cerritos College
Automotive Partners (AP) 12
Saturday, July 26
11 AM to 3 PM

University of California Berkeley
Valley Life Sciences Building 2030
Friday, August 8
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Madera Community College
Room R4D
Saturday, August 9
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

After each STC, continue networking at an optional lunch/dinner with your fellow members – get your fill of delicious food and best practices!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to email us at

Celebrate FBLA-PBL week with CA PBL!

Greetings California PBL!

Every year, FBLA-PBL sets aside the second full week of February, as National FBLA-PBL Week. Chapters are encouraged to use this time to publicize their activities and successes, boost their membership, and gear up for their spring activities. Each day has a special focus to help you get your members excited to participate, nationally, during FBLA-PBL Week!

Follow throughout the week by reading blog posts about the day’s activities:


February 10 – National Presidents’ Open Forum & Fight to the Finish

Kick off FBLA-PBL Week with the National Presidents’ Open Forum! All three division national presidents (FBLA, PBL, and Professional Division) will host a live Google Hangout on Monday, February 10, at 6:00 pm EST.

Have you completed the four levels of the Business Achievement Awards (BAA)? ”Fight to the Finish” contest recognizes the top 10 states with the most Business Achievement Awards completed. 


February 11 - Each One Reach One Day

Are you ready to double your membership? Discover fun and easy recruitment ideas you can use for “Each One Reach One” day.


February 12 – Professional Attire Day/Adviser Appreciation Day

Show off your professionalism by dressing for success and share your appreciation for those that teach, lead, and mentor your chapter. Read more for tips on how to do both.


February 13 – Connect with the Professional Division for Career Awareness Day

Get involved with your Professional Division and start connecting with community leaders. It’s the ideal way to celebrate Career Awareness Day!


February 14 – FBLA-PBL Pride Day

Show your true colors by posting a group photo to our Facebook page. Your State Officer Team is waiting to share successful FBLA-PBL Week tips on how to show your FBLA-PBL pride and engage your members in the experience.


February 15 – Community Service Day

Serve your community by planning a service project for your chapter. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, organizing a blood drive, and partnering with a local charity improves your community—and FBLA-PBL member team spirit!

Additional ideas to help spread the word about FBLA-PBL Week, locally:

  • Promote FBLA-PBL Week with a press release [sample]. Send a press release about FBLA-PBL Week to the local newspapers, radio stations, and television stations, including the local community access cable station. Send a follow-up reminder a few days before your event with a special page describing photo opportunities available during FBLA-PBL Week at your school.
  • Promote FBLA-PBL Week online. Blog, Tweet, or Facebook before and during FBLA-PBL Week. Create and post a FBLA-PBL Week promotional video to YouTube. And be sure to snap photos throughout the week and post them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, etc. Don’t forget to tag the FBLA-PBL National Facebook page.
  • Download the sample ProclamationYou will need to research the process for requesting a proclamation in your area. Look on your local or state government’s website for contact information and procedures. Depending on the volume of requests their office receives, you may need to submit your request several days prior to the date you’d like to pick it up. Once you have a contact, send them a copy of your proclamation sample text and they will let you know when you can pick it up. Be sure to ask if a government official will be there to present it to you, and if so, be sure to bring a camera. If you are planning to receive your proclamation in conjunction with an event, send a press release to your local media

Happy FBLA-PBL week, CA PBL!

Q&A with Angad Singh Padda: A Spotlight on Mr. PBL 2013-2014

CA PBL’s annual Mr. Phi Beta Lambda competition gives an opportunity for the gentlemen of the nation’s most elite business organization to take a step forward and showcase their expert professional skills during the State Fall Business Leadership Conference. Our 2013 Mr. Phi Beta Lambda is Angad Singh Padda from Diablo Valley College. We had the opportunity to interview Angad, a highly passionate PBL member who truly represents California Phi Beta Lambda and our drive to unite chapters from all over the state.

Here’s your chance to learn more about Angad and his academic career, how he feels to be this year’s Mr. PBL, why he values PBL’s commitment to the March of Dimes, and more!

Angad Singh (1)
Q: What are you studying at DVC, and what career path do you plan to pursue?

A: I am studying Business Administration at DVC and after attaining my bachelor’s degree, I would like to work for a non-profit organization or a socially responsible and reputable firm in the operations management sector. I also plan to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree in the future.

Q: How does it feel to be this year’s Mr. PBL?

A: I feel humbled and grateful by the honor. Competing at the state level with immensely capable and talented individuals was an amazing experience and I am proud to have represented Diablo Valley College. I owe the title to to my friends and advisers from the chapter. I am Mr. PBL solely because of their support and faith in my ability. I won the competition not for myself, but for my chapter, DVC PBL.

Q: What were you feeling when it was announced that you were the winner?

A:  For a moment time came to a standstill. I closed my eyes in disbelief and thanked God for his kindness. When I opened my eyes, my back hurt from the “thunderclaps” I received from my enthusiastic friends. In a nutshell, the feeling was an amalgamation of joy and thankfulness!

Q: Why do you value PBL’s commitment to the March of Dimes?

A: In the modern day, we are so involved and caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily affairs that we forget to take out a moment and contribute for the welfare of society.  PBL gave me the opportunity to take a step forward towards a noble cause and I value the commitment because it reminds us that it is our moral duty to serve humankind. A true leader in my books is a selfless one.

Q: What is something that California PBL should know about their Mr. PBL that they may not know, but should know?

A: At heart, I am a very simple person and an introvert. I prefer to stay behind the curtain than in front. Who knew that even reticent individuals can win “pageants”!

Fun fact: I am a golf addict and feel more comfortable in a business suit than in pajamas!

Q: What advice do you have for the men of PBL who may want to take part in the Mr. PBL pageant at next year’s SFBLC?

A- For the gentlemen of PBL who want to compete for the title next year, I would like to share the following thoughts. Step up, have faith in yourself and give it your best shot. You are not only competing for yourself but for your chapter. Observe your fellow contestants and learn from them because end of the day the competition is a rare learning experience and irrespective of who wins you will gain a lot. Enjoy yourself and perform as you would if no one is watching. Rest assured it will be one of the best moments of your life, I promise!