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Purpose/Mission Statement

IBEA Serves Business Educators in Illinois by:

  • Promoting the profession and providing the environment and encouragement to improve professional endeavors.
  • Keeping them informed through the publications of IBEA Reports and Web Gazettes e-newsletters on activities, legislation, meetings, awards, and new developments in business education in Illinois.
  • Bringing them together at two state conferences: The IACTE Convention and the IBEA Fall Conference.
  • Providing them with special publications or teacher resources posted on the IBEA website.
  • Communicating regularly with state affiliates and national organizations.
  • Encouraging membership and a cooperative exchange of ideas among teachers of office technology, distributive education, consumer education, general business education, computer education, and teacher education in public, private, and parochial schools; community colleges; and private and public four-year colleges and universities. The IBEA website and listserv promote this exchange of ideas and information.
  • Inviting membership from students, retired members of the profession, and individuals who cooperate in the development of business education in the State of Illinois.
  • Providing scholarships for outstanding high school graduates, post-secondary, and graduate students interested in business education.
  • Promoting cooperation among Illinois business education youth organizations. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Business Professionals of America (BPA), Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), Pi Omega Pi (POP), DECA, SkillsUSA and unaffiliated local business education clubs.
  • Recognizing the accomplishments of Illinois business educators and/or contributors to business education in Illinois through the IBEA Distinguished Service Award, IBEA Middle School, Secondary, Post-Secondary, and Collegiate Teacher of the Year Awards, IBEA Supervisor/Administrator of the Year Award, IBEA Outstanding New Professional Award, IBEA Research Award, Professional Recognition Awards, Writers' Hall of Fame, Friend of IBEA Award, and Certificates of Appreciation.

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