2014 Newsletter Sponsor
The Center for Better Hearing
3500 N. Rock Rd., Bldg. 1200
Wichita, KS  67226-1334

WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 83 Years 
Vol. 75 No. 1    January 2014

January 14 WIBA Monthly Luncheon 


Kansas Passenger Rail - 

Closing the "Service Gap"

An Economic Development Perspective


Councilman Meitzner will present an overview of Kansas passenger rail service and its economic impact on the city of Wichita at the January 14, WIBA monthly luncheon. He will present points on why this is an important matter to discuss now and why this is the right, or wrong, time for it.


Pete Meitzner is a lifelong resident of Wichita, attending Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School and graduating from Wichita State University with a degree in Business Administration and Economics emphasis.


Meitzner has brought his business experience to the city council.  His experience has given him the budgeting and community knowledge that is a necessary for keeping our City moving in a positive and responsible direction.  His previous business history allowed him to work closely with numerous State, County and City governments all over the U.S. which has provided him firsthand knowledge and insight for his position on the city council.


The luncheon will be held at the Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita St., from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, Jan. 10. Reservations and payment can be made online at www.wiba.org, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or my emailing membership@wiba.org. 


Register and Pay now! 


Sponsors of the first time guests and new members: 


Sponsors of the first-time guests and new members: 


VR Business Brokers





Occidental Management Company 





Sponsor of the Prize Drawing


Pioneer Balloon Company






Please note: WIBA will no longer invoice for luncheons!
Pay at door with check, cash or credit card or; you can register and pay online through our web site (http://www.wiba.org/WIBACalendar/); or through the emailed luncheon announcement you receive each month. 
Chairman's Column

The Power of Small Business

Let's Look at the Numbers


The positive impact of small business is a fact that is often overlooked by the mainstream media.  Over 55 million people work for small businesses in the United States.  And there are over 27.8 million businesses that are small (500 or less workers).  That is an amazing 99.7% of employers that are classified as small businesses. 

And while you often read in the newspaper about the jobs that large employers are generating,, but 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs in the United States since the 1970s have been generated by small businesses. The number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49% since 1982. This recovery is different in that large companies are growing while smaller companies, which usually lead the way out of recessions, are not.  Small business is the economic engine that drives our economy!

There is, however, a cost of being small.  It cost small businesses 364% more to comply with environmental regulations than large firms.  And businesses with less than 20 employees, which make up the majority of our WIBA membership, have to spend 36.5% more on regulatory compliance per employee than larger businesses.  Further, small business owners pay 18% more than larger businesses for the same group healthcare. And to further compound the burden placed on small business they pay more than three times per employee on tax compliance than big business.

As a member of WIBA, you are part of the organization that is the voice of small business.  Please use our educational seminars, numerous networking activities, and opportunities to interface with top business and political leaders, or our powerful lobbying efforts to stay informed about issues that impact your business.  Get involved with WIBA because small business really counts!

Wayne Roberts

WIBA 2014

Chairman of the Board

WIBA January Calendar
Tues. Jan. 7 - 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse - home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 515 S. Wichita St.,

Tues. Jan. 14 - 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse - home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 515 S. Wichita St.,

Thurs. Jan. 23 - 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Business Your Way Mixer, Candle Club, 

6135 E. 13th St., Wichita, KS  316-201-3264 

Educational Seminar Schedule 
Wed. Jan. 15 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.

WIBA Educational Seminar, WordPress 101, WIBA Offices, 200 E. 1st St., Ste. 100,  316-201-3264   

Wed. Jan. 22 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.

WIBA Educational Seminar, WordPress 201, WIBA Offices, 200 E. 1st St., Ste. 100,  316-201-3264   

Wed. Jan. 29 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.

WIBA Educational Seminar, Blogging for Business, WIBA Offices, 200 E. 1st St., Ste. 100,  316-201-3264  
Reservations for any of these WIBA events can be made by emailing membership@wiba.org or online at


The WIBA offices will be closed for the holidays on 
January 1, 2014. 

WIBA Educational Seminars in January


Blogging in the New Year


The January educational seminar will be held as a three-part series on successive Wednesdays. Each session will be held at the WIBA offices, 200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101, from Noon - 1:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 per session. 


Attend one or all three. Pick what works for you!


This is a "bring your own brown bag" affair. Reservations are required and can be made online, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or by emailing membership@wiba.org.


Wednesday, Jan.  15                 

Word Press 101: The Basics

How to upload WordPress to a hosting server

Picking a theme

What are plugins and widgits

Basic overview of the WordPress dashboard  




Wednesday, Jan. 22  

Word Press 201

Basic knowledge on editing HTML and CSS and PHP documents to customize your WordPress site.






Wednesday, Jan. 29  

Blogging for Business

Performing a key word analysis

Knowing your audience

Great writing practices






Pay for all 3 now


Seminar presented by Beth Wood, Beth's Bytes, WIBA # 3335


200 N. Broadway, Ste. 100

Wichita, KS 67202-2328

Mike Mathia, 316-425-7200



Human resource consulting.



940 N. Tyler Rd., #103

Wichita, KS 67212-

Marc Kaplan, 316-260-1123


Tax Consulting

Referred by: Liz Anderson, PostNet 


901 E. 45th St., N.

Wichita, KS 67219

Brett Schaefer, 316-712-1000



Warehousing and distribution. 

Referred by: Bret Clark, Valley State Bank





Acrobatic Academy Fitness and Education Center, Inc.

Adult Child and Family Counseling

Americans for Prosperity Kansas

Amidon Place Apartments

Assessment Strategies, L.L.C.

Associated Material and Supply Company, Inc.

Association of Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors of Kansas, Inc.

Augusta Saw and Mower

Bernasky Technical Services, Inc.

Best Supply Company, Inc.

Brunk Realty, Inc.

Builders Development, Inc.

Business Protection Equipment Corp.

Calvin Dean Homolka, II, Attorney

Cero's Candies

Christopher W. Merchant, C.P.A.

Claco Supply, Inc.

Clifton Square L.L.C. - Plaza Nine Limited

Criser, Gough and Parrish, L.L.C.

David Unruh

Deb Anton - Wells Fargo Advisors, L.L.C.

DER Associtates., Ltd.

DeWitt Real Estate

Downing and Lahey Mortuary

Freedom Advisory Group, Inc.

George Lay Signs, Inc.

Gruenbacher, Inc.

H.D. Mills and Sons, Inc., dba Southwest Auto Salvage

Handy Mailing Service

Hartman's Inc.

Hentzen Contractors, Inc.

Hotel at Old Town

Joan M. Bowen

John T. Arnold Associates, Inc.

K. I. A., Inc.

Keith Gravel Consulting Services

KLH Consulting, a division of IGWT, Inc.


Knighton Oil company, Inc.

Law Office of Keith Richey

Lease Finance Partners

Lincoln Independent Business Association

M & M Insurance Associates

MAC Paper Supply, Inc.

Margaret Spear

Marion Pharmacy, Inc.

McFarland Research and Development, Inc.

Meritrust Credit Union

Mil-Pac Specialists, Inc.

Mitchell Media Services

Mobile Instrument Service and Repair of Mid-America, Inc.

Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

Nouveau at Bradley Fair

Patricia W. Rank

Pizza John's, Inc.

Prohome International, L.L.C.

Promax America, L.L.C.

Rick Drees, LT Care Solutions

Right Recruiting

Ron Spurlock Heating and Air Conditioning

Sedgwick County Association of Cities aka SCAC

Superior Health Company

Thomas M. Tran, M.D., L.L.C.

Todd Enterprises

Trends Specialties

Valley Center Chamber  

of Commerce

Valley State Bank

W.M. Mainz and Associates

Wag'En Tail Ranch

Wichita Business Journal

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

WKI Operations, Inc.

WSU Kansas Small Business Development Center

  Evans Building Company
  One Source
WIBA Happenings
for pictures from the December 2013 events. 
200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101 
Wichita, KS 67202 
Fax 316-201-3268 
WIBA Website - www.wiba.org 
WIBA Email - membership@wiba.org  


Tim Witsman 
Manager Insurance Services 
Karen Fillenworth 
Manager Membership Services 
Judy Whiley 
Governmental Affairs Consultants 
Natalie Bright and Marlee Carpenter 
Employee Benefits Consultant
David Hornick

Wayne Roberts, Chairman of the Board  
Pioneer Balloon Company,  316-688-8621 
Joe Johnson, 1st Vice Chair 
Schaefer, Johnson, Cox, Frey, & Associates, P.A.316-207-7727 
Emily Compton, 2nd Vice Chair 
Goodwill Industries, 316-744-7795
James E. Dunning Jr., Treasurer  
Dunning & Dunning LTD, 316-264-7203 
Sue Joachims, Secretary  
Real Solutions, Inc., 316-214-5528 
Brian Powers, Immediate Past Chairman 
Powers, L.L.C., 316-461-2092


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