Bigger and Better Business became the first national program of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. It was first introduced to the fraternity at the Tenth Anniversary Conclave held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in December 1924. When Bigger and Better Business was adopted as a national program, special emphasis was placed on work with negro businesses. The main purpose at the time was to encourage negro business to improve their business acumen, efficiency and service to the public in order to favorably compete with other businesses.
The basis of the Education program lies in the traditional emphasis that the Fraternity places on education. During the 1945 Conclave in St. Louis, Missouri, the Fraternity underwent a constitution restructuring which led to the birth of education as an international program. The program focuses on programming and services to alumni and collegiate in the Fraternity. Programs such as scholarships, lectures, college fairs, mentoring and tutoring enhance this program on local, regional and national levels.
Formulated in 1934, the Social Action program was conceived by Bro. Elmo M. Anderson to focus on improving the general well being of minority groups. The mission of the International Social Action Program is to encourage social, political and philanthropic leadership that strengthens our respective communities and our membership by:
Educating Fraternity members on health issues affecting them and their families
Increasing visibility and sense of self-worth by/through serving in the community
Providing unified efforts that address political and community issues and increasing awarness of the legislative process
Involving the membership in fund raising activities that support organizations that share our vision
Promoting health awareness in an effort to prevent health challenges amongst our membership
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The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity’s most valuable resource and strength. They are the primary means by which the Phi Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved. In order to accomplish the Fraternity’s objectives, it is essential that systems are instituted that effectively embody “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity” and promote brotherhood, scholarship and service.