The Mission Statement of the FBLA-PBL Basic Training reads, “Our goal is to provide a quality event that prepares FBLA students to perform at a higher level of proficiency at District competitions.” The program began in 2009 and has held a training event every year since, watching it grow from a handful of high schools to averaging seven or eight schools each year. This year students from Clinton, Heber Springs, Pangburn, Quitman, Riverview, Rose Bud and Searcy participated with a total of 103 students participating in 13 events.

According to J. Dennis Devine, Faculty Sponsor, ASU-Heber Springs Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, “Many students who have attended FBLA-PBL Basic Training in prior years went on to compete at the state and even national levels.” Students were also given feedback from the judges to help improve their performances.

There were 13 events and a talent show this year. Students competed in Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Impromptu Speaking, Job Interview, Marketing, Intro to Public Speaking, Public Speaking, Publication Design, Sports and Entertainment Management, Web Design, Computer Applications, Spreadsheet Applications and Word Processing. They held a Ping Pong tournament in addition to the talent show.

Sponsors for the event were: Arkansas Motorcycle Safety, Centennial Bank, Eagle Bank, Ed LaSyone Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones’ Terry Castleberry and Joe Tournear, First Electric Cooperative, First National Bank, First Security Bank, First State Bank, Nestlehut Insurance Services and Sonic of Heber Springs and Quitman.

Judges from ASU-Beebe, ASU-Heber Springs, Cleburne County Rotary Club, Heber Springs Rotary Club, Cleburne County Bar Association, Pangburn High School, West Side Greers Ferry, South Side Bee Branch and Heber Springs High School judged the events.