Bigger and Better Business became a principle concern of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in 1924. At the 1925 Conclave, the voting body make Bigger and Better Business a national program. In April of 1926, business programs were sponsored by chapters throughout the nation. Since 1926, Bigger and Better Business Program has been sponsored on a national scale by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
The purpose of the program are:
1. To make surveys of business conditions on a community basis and to provide for the wide dissemination of the findings through printed reports, forums, and lectures.
2. To cooperate with the United States Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration in the promotion of its programs to aid small businesses.
3. To cooperate with Junior Achievement, Inc., through promoting and assisting in the establishment of branches of Junior Achievement.
The program is under the supervision of the National Director of Bigger and Better Business. The National Director is assisted by the Regional Director of Bigger and Better Business from each of the seven regions.
The genesis of the Education program lies in the traditional emphasis which the Fraternity places on education and the fundamental reorganization of the Fraternity that took place in the period of 1945-46.
1. Sigma Beta Clubs – These clubs provide mentoring, guidance, educational tutorial assistance and advise to young men between ages 6 to 18.
2. Project S.E.T. (Sigma Education Time) – Project S.E.T. ‘s goals are to increase grade point averages and graduation rates of collegiates throughout the nation; serve as role models to the campus community that education must come first for success and empowerment in the new millennium; and dispel prejudices and negative stereotypes of African American men by establishing education as our top priority.
3. Sigma Scholars: A Resource Guide to Better Scholarship – The study was researched and designed at the request of our Sigma Beta Clubs and collegiate members. Sigma Scholars covers a variety of topics encompassing essay examinations, studying for Math and Science, tutoring sessions and note taking.
4. Phi Beta Sigma Book-A-Bration For Our Youth – The objective of this program is to collect 20,000 books nationwide to donate to local schools and churches.
5. Phi Beta Sigma Educational Foundation (PBSEF) – 501 (c) 3: This tax-exempt program enables educational achievement via scholarships and grants for our youth and to fund leadership development.
Phi Beta Sigma has from its very beginning concerned itself with improving the general well-being of minority groups. In 1934, a well-defined program of Social Action was formulated and put into action. The Social Action project was concieved in the mind of Brother Elmo M. Anderson, President of Epsilon Sigma Chapter(New York, 1934). Some social action projects have focused on:
1. American Cancer Society
2. March of Dimes
3. Project Vote
4. AIDS/HIV Epidemic
5. Sigma Presence on Capital Hill
6. Living Well