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Aug. 12, 2016

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Welcome Back!

Greetings, advisers!
We have an exciting school year ahead of us. Hopefully, your summer break was full of the rest, relaxation and rejuvenation you deserve. This year, I am looking forward to learning even more about your chapter successes and FBLA integration in your classrooms. As we prepare to take Tennessee FBLA to new heights in membership growth, leadership development, and competition preparation, I am extremely motivated to support you in best serving our student members. Are you ready to create your #LegacyofLeadership?

Let's go!
Steven J. Mitchell, MS, MAEd
Tennessee FBLA State Adviser

Preparing the Ready Student

In what seems like a monumental task, all teachers strive to create the “ready student." Ready students leave their high school classrooms not only educated, but they are ready to make a difference in their communities. Ready students are prepared for a four-year college experience, a two-year college experience, a technical school experience, an apprenticeship, or a career.

A “ready student” is carefully prepared by educators like you through a variety of outlets and resources, and one of the most influential outlets is FBLA. FBLA encourages learning, challenges students to excel, and enhances 21st century skills. With the start of a new academic year, please encourage your students to join FBLA today!

Please visit and to learn new ways to bring business and education together at your school.

New Tennessee FBLA Regions by County

In an effort to better serve the students of Tennessee FBLA, the Tennessee FBLA executive committee has approved the following changes to be made to the regional structure in preparation for an earlier state leadership conference in March and to allow the top seven competitors in each regional-level event to advance to SLC.

New Tennessee FBLA State/Regional Officers

Evan Hoffman | President

Cassietta Jones | Vice President

Delaney Harris | Secretary

Elvira Gallegos | Reporter

Jacey Brady | Parliamentarian
Cassietta Jones | Region 1 President

Delaney Harris | Region 2 President

Sunshine Coombs | Region 3 President
Baylee Nester | Region 4 President

Emily Haley | Region 5 President

Quinn Raudat | Region 6 President

Tennessee FBLA Membership Campaign for 2016-17

DECA/FBLA Fall Leadership Camp at Camp Clements

The Tennessee DECA and Tennessee FBLA state officer teams have planned a fun weekend of leadership development and team building activities for your local chapter officers and members like never before!
For more information about the DECA/FBLA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements, please visit
Date: Sept. 9-11, 2016
Location: Camp Clements
5401 Sparkman Town Rd
Doyle, Tennessee 38559
Advisor PD: Sessions by your Career Cluster Consultant, Dr. Anna Ogburn, will be available!
Registration Fee: Thursday arrival - $160.00 per person
   ---(includes lodging on Thursday night and breakfast on Friday morning)
Friday arrival - $140.00 per person
Registration Window: Aug. 1-26, 2016
   ---Registration will close on Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. CDT.
Payment Information: All payments are due by Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.
Checks should be made payable to Tennessee FBLA.
Please include a copy of the invoice with your chapter’s check, along with FBLA-3000 in the check’s memo line.
Payment Mailing Address
Tennessee FBLA (Attn: Steven J. Mitchell)
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Tennessee CTSO Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) Registration

Each FLC is open to active and aspiring members of any of the seven Tennessee Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). Only CTSO chapter advisors may submit this form to register for a conference.

All seven Tennessee CTSOs will come together for three one-day regional leadership conferences this fall. You are highly encouraged to attend the conference that is closest to your school. The conference registration fee is $30 per attendee and will include leadership training, a conference t-shirt, and lunch. Conference registration for each location will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Each FLC site will accommodate up to 800 attendees, so please register and submit your payments early. Registration will open on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at 8 a.m. CDT.

The conference dates are as follows:
  • West Tennessee | Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Agricenter International | 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120
  • Middle Tennessee | Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Music City Center | 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
  • East Tennessee | Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Chattanooga Convention Center | 1150 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


All checks from every CTSO must be made payable to Tennessee FBLA with FLC-2000 in the memo line. All payments must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. All payments must be mailed to:

                         Tennessee FBLA (Attn: Steven J. Mitchell)
                         710 James Robertson Parkway
                         Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
                         Nashville, Tennessee 37243

CONFERENCE DRESS CODE: All attendees must wear business casual attire, including a polo-style or oxford-style shirt, khaki pants, and casual shoes. All shirts must be neatly tucked in. No jeans or gym shoes are permitted.

FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference (NFLC) in Daytona Beach

The  NFLCs are designed to help you build your Legacy of Leadership in the coming year! The FBLA board of directors, national officers, national staff and Tennessee state officer team welcome you to this year’s NFLCs. This year, the Tennessee FBLA state officer team will be attending the NFLC in Daytona Beach, FL. All Tennessee FBLA chapters are encouraged to meet us there! More information about the NFLCs can be found hereWatch the promo video, and please it share with your students!

Business, Finance and Marketing Curriculum Connection

Are you looking for new instructional tasks, unit plans, and lesson plans to use in your classroom? If so, check out these tasks written specifically for your classroom standards, located on the eduTOOLBOX website. 

Nashville Predators Leadership Nights for FBLA

The Nashville Predators will be hosting two Leadership Night events this season, and all Tennessee FBLA chapters are invited!
Fall Semester Leadership Night – Nov. 21, 2016
  • Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Registration Deadline: Nov. 4, 2016
Spring Semester Leadership Night – Feb. 7, 2017
  • Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks
  • Registration Deadline: Jan. 20, 2017
This unique event includes:
  • Behind the scenes tour of Bridgestone Arena – Tour times are available using the registration link below.
  • Panel discussion at 3 p.m. with Nashville Predators front office staff and former players
    • Students are encouraged to submit questions for the panel prior to the event by tweeting to @PredsEDUNights
  • PREDS Leadership Night t-shirt
  • Game ticket in the Goal Zone ($35 per person: sections 301-306, 329-333), Fan Zone ($50 per person: sections 313-322) or Lower Bowl End Zone ($65 per person: sections 101-103, 118-120).
  • Fan Zone Tickets and Lower Bowl End zone ticket holders receive include hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, nachos and Pepsi products from 4-5:15 p.m.
  • Space is limited and reservations are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Register your chapter at
Watch a recap of a past Leadership Night at
Contact Mickey Hock at (615) 770-2352 or for more information.

Click here for more leadership opportunities available for Tennessee FBLA members.

Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) Dates

Region Conference Date Conference
Conference Coordinator’s Email Address
1 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 First Baptist Church Broad
Tanika Lester
2 Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 Union University
Lori Harris
3 Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 First Baptist Church
Connie Baggett
4 Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 Forest Mills Church of Christ
Rita Young
5 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 TBD Elouise Jones
6 Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 Knoxville Expo Center
Marsha Salyer
Tennessee FBLA Regional Conference Registration Deadline
Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at 5 p.m. CDT
Tennessee FBLA Online Testing Window
Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 3, 2017

State Leadership Conference (SLC) Dates

This year, our state conference will be held on March 19-22, 2017 in Chattanooga, TN. More details will be released soon.

Tennessee FBLA State Theme for 2016-17

Required CTSO Release Form for 2016-17

All 2016-17 CTSO conference participants must have a signed CTSO release form on file before participation can be granted. Please click here to download a copy of the form. Advisers must keep all release forms in their possession at all times and be prepared to show them at the registration table of any CTSO (or FBLA) conference. Attendees without a signed form on file will be sent home from the conference and will be unable to participate.

All required Tennessee FBLA forms can be found here

Tennessee Titans Learning Lab for FBLA

Important Dates and Deadlines

August 2016
1–26                      DECA/FBLA Leadership Camp Registration Period
29–Sept. 16           TN CTSO Fall Leadership Conference Registration Period
September 2016
8–11                       DECA/FBLA Leadership Camp, Camp Clements
27                          West TN CTSO Fall Leadership Conference, Agricenter International
October 2016
4                             East TN CTSO Fall Leadership Conference, Chattanooga Convention Center
14                           National Fall Leadership Conference (Daytona Beach) Registration Deadline
TBD                        Middle TN CTSO Fall Leadership Conference
November 2016
11–12                     National Fall Leadership Conference in Daytona Beach, FL
December 2016
16                           State/Regional Officer Candidate Intent to Run Forms Due
16                           Regional Leadership Conference Registration Deadline

January 2017
9–13                      Regional Leadership Conference Online Testing

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