Professional Business Leaders

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Nebraska Partner of the Month

Union Bank & Trust is a locally owned bank that was started back in 1917 as Farmer’s State Bank. Now, they have almost 30 branches across Nebraska and 2 branches in Kansas. UBT prides themselves on taking a personal approach to service and providing warm, helpful assistance. Their hard work has paid off since Union Bank & Trust was named the #2 bank in the United States on the Forbes “World’s Best Banks” list this year! UBT credits their success to their employees and customers who they would be nothing without.

Union Bank & Trust has a strong culture that focuses on people—their employees, clients, and communities. UBT encourages all employees (at every level) to be leaders in philanthropy through volunteering and donating. It’s part of their culture to support the communities they serve. In fact, UBT’s board of directors even established an annual share of earnings to reinvest in the community. In the past five years, they have contributed over $5 million back into the communities they serve!

Upcoming Events

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Pertinent Chapter Information:

FLC is over and SLC is on the way!

FLC is complete and with a great conclusion. For the first time ever FLC was online and split across a course of three days. Many great speakers including Dell Gines and Javier Fernandez gave amazing speeches. New bylaws were voted on and enacted concerning updated the wording to fit modern standards, removing the assistant vice president position, and creating committees to allow for more leadership opportunities. 

SLC will start on April 11 and 12 so be sure to register your membership in time to compete.

Tomorrow’s Business Leader

The latest issue of TBL is now available online! TBL is now serving as the signature publication for the entire organization, including information, content, and resources for all divisions. Please share with your chapter advisers and members. 

About the New TBL

The 2020-21 Back to School edition of TBL was redesigned with a new nameplate and layout. This fresh look was created with the reader in mind, highlighting the entire FBLA-PBL experience throughout the pages. In addition, content of TBL spans all divisions with information relevant to members and advisers in FBLA-Middle Level, FBLA, PBL, and our Professional Division. The digital version is optimized to share articles via email and social media, save or print sections for easy reference, and discover extended content in the form of videos and slidedecks.

What’s Next for TBL

Print editions of the Back to School edition of TBL will be mailed to chapter advisers, state leaders, and national officers in the coming weeks. Additional copies are available upon request. An 11×17 Aspire membership poster will be in each print edition. Look out for more information soon about how to get a large poster as well!

Given the nature of remote learning and in an effort to meet adviser and member needs with relevant content in a timely manner, the late fall/early winter edition of TBL will be digital only with a limited print run upon request. In addition, because the new TBL is geared toward all divisions, we will no longer be distributing PBL Business Leader or the Professional Edge via email.

Chapters are welcome to submit their chapter news or story ideas for future issues here.


Registered and Paid Member Goal Tracker

Fully Paid Members
68/220 31%
Registered Members
90/220 41%

What's in your Briefcase?

This Month:

November 5 @ 7 pm- Video release of NE PBL State Officer Joshua Santiago and York Vice President Kitra Cody showing a quick breakdown of some professional dress etiquette to keep in mind.

November 10 @ 8 pm – Tune in to chat with Hunter Bergman about entrepreneurship, startups, and more! Hunter is currently involved with several startups, and he is excited to share his experiences with other PBL members. #PBLPreneurs

FBLA-PBL/NTHS Scholarship

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.

PBL Roadmap Series

FBLA-PBL National Center has added a new folder to the Local Chapter Adviser Resource Library: The PBL Roadmap.

The FBLA-PBL Roadmap is a resource for members, advisers and state leaders. The PBL Roadmap (or “the Roadmap”) defines the knowledge, skills, experiences, and behaviors that every FBLA-PBL member can and should cultivate during their time in PBL.

FBLA-PBL created separate Roadmaps for each of its three divisions: FBLA-Middle Level, FBLA, and PBL. The roadmaps for each division are linked and build upon one another. A PBL member who travels the Roadmap is distinctly prepared for their post-graduation career and can demonstrate that career readiness to future employers.

 There are four components to the PBL Roadmap:

  1. Overview – An introduction to the PBL Roadmap.
  2. PBL Knowledge, Skills, Experiences, and Behaviors Roadmap – A table that shows what an PBL member should strive to know, learn, and do.
  3. PBL Action Plan – A series of specific ideas that advisers can use as co-curricular resources in their classrooms or that PBL members can pursue independently.
  4. PBL Self-Assessment – A tool to help PBL members assess where they are as they start the Roadmap and evaluate their progress throughout the Roadmap.

Note: This is an introduction to the Roadmap which was created last year and introduced to state leaders in January 2020; there is no requirement to use it.  It was designed to assist in guiding members in achieving the identified key knowledge, skills and behaviors for this division of our organization. This resource is meant to serve as a tool for you in your chapter to guide member experienceFBLA-PBL National Center has added a new folder to the Local Chapter Adviser Resource Library: The PBL Roadmap.

November Member of the Month (MoM) Submissions

Deadline: November 27 at 11:59PM CST

Nebraska PBL is excited to continue it’s Member of the Month (MoM) and Member of the Year (MoY) programs. These programs recognize the top members in Nebraska PBL! Each chapter will be able to nominate one person each month 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 Month. This PBL member will be recognized on social media as well as the PBL website via the Chapter Channel. A member can only win MoM once during the current school year.

Each member who wins MoM will be automatically nominated for Member of the Year, an award that will be announced at SLC and comes with a $250 scholarship. In addition, chapters may submit an additional member who did not win a MoM designation for MoY. Members who won MoM earlier in the year will be allowed to update their resume and portfolio for MoY.

Fill out the form below to nominate a member from your chapter for this month’s Member of the Month.

Member of the Month (MoM) Submission
  • This could be a head-shot or a formal picture.
  • Drop files here or
    This could be pictures of the member in action or a document describing why they are being nominated.