The benefits of joining business clubs—and which ones to join

Think you might want to pursue a career in business or accounting? Got a competitive streak? Want to stand out on your college applications? Join a business club.

Business clubs are a stellar way to network with your peers, learn more about a subject you’re passionate about and even travel. The clubs highlighted below also host seminars and conferences, as well as business and accounting competitions at the regional and national levels (read: street cred for your school and a shot at college scholarships).

Business Professionals of America (BPA) 

Business Professionals of America is an organization of aspiring young professionals. Students involved with BPA thrive early in collegiate business programs and in the professional world because of the rich content the club offers through various activities focused on leadership development, professionalism and self-improvement. They offer several programs designed to help students prepare to be successful in their chosen careers in finance, management, IT and computer applications.

FUN FACT: At its 50th anniversary celebration at Fenway Park in Boston, BPA broke the Guinness World Record for most people wearing tie-dye in one place.

DECA

Join DECA and expand your business skills through role play business scenarios and skills testing. DECA focuses on students with an interest in marketing, finance, hospitality or management. For almost 70 years DECA has worked to prepare millions of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready. Their programs and activities are constantly evolving to use the latest technology and reflect the most up-to-date educational research.

FUN FACT: Love fashion? Create a trend forecast video and enter DECA’s High School Video Challenge .

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Future Business Leaders of America is the largest career student organization in the world. FLBA focuses on career preparedness for business and business-related fields through workshops, seminars, educational programs and networking opportunities with accomplished professionals. Participation in its business and accounting competitions will keep students on their toes and strengthen confidence, as well as open the door for topic area-specific scholarships. 

FUN FACT: FBLA-PBL has an online innovation center where students can submit ideas for improving the organization and vote on those ideas to gain leaderboard status.

Visit each organization’s website using the links above to learn more about what all membership has to offer as well as how to start a chapter at your school, if it doesn’t have one already.