SEARSPORT — A Searsport District High School senior has proposed a bill through his state senator that would make Feb. 13-19 Future Business Leaders of America week.

Max Provencher said he is “fairly involved with the FBLA” and wanted to raise awareness about the group, which prepares students for careers in business. At the local level he has served as president, and currently serves as vice president at the state level and treasurer for the national organization.

The organization has provided him with opportunities to participate in business competitive events and connect with leaders who have opened doors to internships, he said.

“FBLA truly refined my ability to see the potential in things, think long-term, and share my perspective with others,” he said. “Above everything else, FBLA has made me a great communicator, and that ability to communicate is why I have been so successful in other areas.”

Provencher said the national organization provides a legislative tool kit, which helped him put the proclamation request together to submit to policymakers, so Maine can join other states in recognizing and promoting the business organization. Last fall, he asked state Sen. Chip Curry, D-Waldo, to support the bill, which passed the House and Senate Jan. 26. Now, he said, it goes to the governor’s desk.

Provencher plans to study economics in either Boston or New York and ultimately wants to work on Wall Street as an investment analyst. He became involved with FBLA in his freshman year, after considering a career as a lawyer and as a pilot. He said his school then did not offer an economics course, so with the help of student adviser Jennifer Rich, he was able to bring an FBLA chapter to the district. “She was doing us a favor by taking this on,” he said. “She brings a lot of business knowledge and acumen.”

The legislative process, Provencher said, has been “super lengthy,” but that is just the way it works. “I’m obviously thrilled. I would say it has taken a lot more work than I thought it would to make a bill.”

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