About NBEANational Business Honor Society


National Business Honor Society

Are you looking for a way to provide honor and national recognition to outstanding students in your business education program? Look no further. The National Business Honor Society is the perfect way to bring greater recognition to your students AND your business education program.

By starting a chapter of the honor society, you will be able to promote and recognize your dynamic students’ academic achievement in business education at the secondary level.

Who’s eligible? Any high school junior or senior who has completed or is currently enrolled in his/her third business course and has a 3.0 (overall) and 3.5 (business course) GPA.

What school can start a chapter? Any public or independent secondary school offering business curriculum reflective of National Standards for Business Education is eligible to apply for a local chapter charter.

Start a chapter today. It’s so easy…you’ll be glad you did!

The National Business Honor Society is an official division of the National Business Education Association. Through starting a chapter your students’ names, business teachers' names, and school will be recognized on our website.


Starting a chapter is very easy. Follow these steps:

1. Review the Start-up Kit. (See link below)

2. Prepare local chapter bylaws using the sample chapter bylaws as a starting point. (See link below)

3. Complete the charter application. (See link below)

4. Submit the charter application, chapter bylaws, and charter fee to NBEA Headquarters.

Remember, this is an ideal way to bring more recognition to your students and to your business education program. In these times when business education programs are closing due to funding cuts, make sure you do something to bring more life and promotion to your program. This is one way to bring a great deal of promotion and added value to your program.

Approval procedures will be held periodically throughout the year.  New charter applications must be received by October 1 or February 1. Please allow up to two months for completion of review of your charter application.  If there are any discrepancies with the charter application, you will be notified.  All discrepancies must be resolved within 30 days or the application will not be approved.

For specific questions, please don't hesitate to contact the NBHS Governing Council at nbea@nbea.org.


Documents and information for current chapters and establishing new chapters:

Current Chapters

Chapter Renewal Invoice (current chapters must download and complete this form and renew their chapter annually). Payment must be enclosed with renewal invoice. Purchase orders for renewal fees are not accepted.

New Member List for Certificates (current chapters must download and complete this form whenever chapter member certificates are needed)

All Member List for Current School Year (current chapters must download and complete this form after the chapter induction ceremony; this form must be received no later than April 1 each year)

NBHS Insignia Order Form (current chapters may order NBHS insignia items for chapter members and advisers)


New Chapters

NBHS Chapter Start-up Kit

NBHS Charter Application

NBHS Sample Chapter Bylaws

NBHS Brochure