Professional Business Leaders
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Nebraska Partner of the Month
Lutz has grown a lot since they were founded in 1980. They are now the largest locally owned accounting firm of their kind in Nebraska with offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, and Hastings. Lutz was one of 172 firms from across the nation who were named to both the “America’s Best Accounting Firms” and the “America’s Best Tax Firms” by Forbes for 2021. They attribute their success to the integrity, work ethic, and collaboration of their team. Lutz has four core values that they follow to give their clients the best service and experience: Integrity, Brainpower, Humanity, and Confidence. These values guide Lutz’s team in their decisions and are integral to their culture.
Lutz provides a broad range of services to assist their clients however they can. These services include tax, assurance, healthcare consulting, business valuation, investment management, recruiting, outsourced IT, and more! Lutz strives to innovate and improve their offerings to increase the success of their clients. For instance, they recently added a Data Analytics & Insights service line to help their customers interpret data and find opportunities. Lutz cares about their clients and what is important to them. At Lutz, they “mind what matters”.
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2021 Spring Stock Market Game registration!
Registration Deadline is March 5
Students in the FBLA-PBL Stock Market Game (SMG) may work individually or in teams of two to five members to build and manage a successful investment portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, using a hypothetical $100,000. They track their investments over the course of 12 weeks, receiving valuable opportunities to practice core math, English Language Arts, and research skills as well as fundamental business, economics and social studies content in a real-world scenario.
Please follow the instructions below to purchase and register teams for the 2020 FBLA-PBL Spring Stock Market Game. Thank you for your patience!
- Please click this link.
- Login into your account.
- Click blue button that says: “Purchase for *school name*”
- Click Review & Checkout under the Spring “Stock Market Game” button.
- Under Quantity use the arrow to select how many teams you are purchasing the game for.
- Each team can have 1-5 participants.
- The cost is $10.95 per team.
- We only accept credit card payments for the Stock Market Game.
- After you change the quantity, click “update cart.”
- Scroll to the bottom and click the checkout button.
- Once you have purchased teams for the Stock Market Game please visit http://fbla-pbl.smgww.org and complete a team request form to receive your team IDs and passwords.
FBLA NATIONALS UPDATE 2021
Current State of FBLA-PBL
Despite the global pandemic, we stepped up to the challenge and are making progress on all parts of our strategic plan. When we crafted this plan, we had no idea what would be in store for us, yet it hits all the right notes through its goals:
- Become a student-focused organization with a differentiated member experience at middle, high school, and collegiate levels.
- Expand membership outreach to underserved student environments.
- Establish a robust alumni and professional network that is focused on creating resources to support the student membership experience.
- Improve FBLA-PBL’s capacity and capabilities to lead as a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).
2021 National Leadership Conference
The Board of Directors passed a motion, as presented by the NLC Task Force, to host an online National Leadership Conference in 2021. This event will include opening sessions, keynote and featured speakers, workshops, networking and social events, officer campaigns, elections, competitive events, regional rallies and recognition sessions (FBLA), national officer announcements, and Awards of Excellence sessions. Where appropriate, shared sessions may be developed between divisions. An official announcement regarding the format and details of the event are forthcoming in the new year, however we wanted to share this decision with you early as it may impact the decisions you make for your state conferences in the months ahead.
Direction and Differentiation of Divisions
Throughout the Board meeting, the important topic of future direction and differentiation of our divisions was referenced often. We are pleased to have volunteer task forces working diligently to improve programming for FBLA-Middle Level, FBLA, and PBL as well as guiding the transition of our Professional Division into an Alumni Network. Partnering with McKinley Advisors, the National Center will be conducting robust market research to identify needs and wants. In addition, the National Center continues to acquire and implement the appropriate technology and resources, such as our Leadership Community and an updated Learning Management System, to fulfill our mission.
Equity, Inclusion, and Access
The Board of Directors spent significant time in a learning session regarding Equity, Inclusion, and Access. Apoorva N. Gandhi, Vice President of Multicultural Affairs and Business Councils for Marriott International, Inc., led a discussion on how we as leaders can grow and acknowledge areas or improvement for these issues within FBLA-PBL. As part of FBLA-PBL’s ongoing commitment to identify and share resources related to social justice and equality, we will continue to find ways to foster engagement and growth for all our stakeholders around this topic.
As next steps, the volunteer task forces will be working to make recommendations to the Board in the Spring of 2021. We will continue to communicate as often as necessary to ensure you understand the full scope of our work.
March Of Dimes
Registered and Paid Member Goal Tracker
Are your student’s active members of both FBLA-PBL and the National Technical Honor Society? If so, then they are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 FBLA-PBL/NTHS $1,000 Scholarship.
- Applications must be in 10th grade or higher
- A fully completed application must be submitted by the deadline date (April 1) or forfeit eligibility
- Scholarship monies are held up to (3) years to be used for post-secondary education
The application must include:
- letter of recommendation from FBLA-PBL chapter adviser
- letter of recommendation from NTHS adviser
- 1-2 page resume detailing FBLA-PBL and NTHS involvement
Students can apply here until April 1 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
2020-2021 Member of the Year (MoY) Submissions
Deadline: March 5 at 11:59PM CST
Nebraska PBL is excited to continue it’s Member of the Year (MoY) program. These programs recognize the top members in Nebraska PBL! Each chapter will be able to nominate one person that they believe exemplifies the core values of Nebraska PBL through their actions both with PBL and outside of PBL. Out of all the nominees, a committee will decide on the Member of the Year. This PBL member will be recognized on social media as well as the PBL website via the Chapter Channel. An award for Member of the Year will be given out at SLC along with a $500 scholarship.
Fill out the form below to nominate a member from your chapter for this month’s Member of the Year.