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More than 1,600 of America s best and brightest college students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $81,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), held its PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 24 27. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Several of our local MCC students received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 27.

Joseph Lussier placed 2nd in Information Management and 10th in Help Desk
Emily Tomlinson placed 9th in Job Interview
Emily Tomlinson and Barbara Brooks were in the top 15 for the Social Media Challenge
Ernest Roundtree also competed in Impromptu Speaking and Business Law

We cannot be more proud of these students, they not only represented our college with professionalism and integrity, they also did extremely well in their events, said Kim Simons and Clarissa Hill (advisers)

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit