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FBLA Chapter Leaders Workshop with Business Professionals


The name is self-explanatory. Future Business Leaders of America or FBLA. Today leaders of eleven high school chapters gathered for a workshop to gain skills to grow their clubs. And they get inspiration from folks who've made it. 

If you become scared of failure, you will not try.  There will always be the risk that you will fail," said Haley Carter. The mom/writer/blogger hit home with McAuley Catholic High School senior Emily Freitas, the membership vice president of her schools FBLA chapter.
She shared Carter
s message that, "You  might think you're a follower, youre really not. We all have visions and all bring something to the table. And we all have things to say, things we have to do. So, we're all leaders cause we all have life missions we need to complete."
Freitas and other FBLA chapter leaders  get to know each other through networking games. Then share ideas on how to grow FBLA in their schools and experience the opportunities it provides.  Such as
connecting with entrepreneurs like Heather Orscheln who owns Repurpose Boutique in Carthage.   

Orscheln said, 
I  think you have to test your market. And if your idea is really good,  and you have the right idea, and it starts to take off, it will grow on its own."

Dalton Bell from Diamond FBLA said he
s taking home her message. "Always like, have a plan for the future. Like Heather Orscheln said, have a system. Start small. Work your way up."

Patrick Scott, owner president and CEO of  Heartland Financial Group, was in  FBLA himself. Scott said,
I think in this time and age good jobs are hard to find. You're gonna have hundreds of people going up against you. You have to figure out how to differentiate yourself."

FBLA chapter's take part in competitions that include sixty business career related topics including student presentations.

Freitas said being in FBLA competitions has taught her a lot.  "It kind of makes your more comfortable with yourself. I
ve definitely become more confident in myself and in what I have to  say. You have this experience and you're not afraid to get up and talk in front of people which is an important thing to be able to do.

Organizers say the lessons students learn in FBLA won't just help them at their high schools but later on in life.

Debbie Stephens from Carthage Schools serves as the FBLA District 17 lead chapter advisor. She added, "In real life, you have to work with groups. So you can get to know each other, find each other
s strengths and weaknesses and enhance upon those and be able to bring to the table what you can do best."

Twenty-one schools are part of district 17 and will compete in business tests and challenges on February 7th.


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