“To bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.”
Oregon FBLA began in 1942, and was founded seven years later in 1949 through the vision and dream of Dr. Hamden L. Forkner.
Dr. Forkner collaborated with fellow professors and leaders at Oregon State University to develop a statewide structure and system for building FBLA programs across the Oregon. OSU led the way developing an initial structure and helping the first local chapter in Oregon get founded at Woodburn High School in 1942. After seven years of hard work, National FBLA-PBL Executive Director Dr. Holis Guy awarded the Oregon Department of Education the Oregon FBLA-PBL State Charter on June 15, 1949. Oregon FBLA became the sixth state in the nation to gain a state charter.
In more than 65 years of continuous service to Oregon, FBLA has positively impacted over 100,000 alumni members, produced over 400 state officers, 30 national officers, three Adviser Wall of Fame members, and added dynamic entrepreneurs, employees, inventors, community and civic leaders to Oregon’s work force.