|2014 Newsletter Sponsor
The Center for Better Hearing
3500 N. Rock Rd., Bldg. 1200
Wichita, KS 67226-1334
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 email@example.com.
Register and Pay now!
Sponsors of the first time guests and new members:
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or online at
The WIBA offices will be closed for the holidays on
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 email@example.com.
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
WIBA NEW MEMBERS
INSIGHTS CAREER CONSULTING, L.L.C.
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
Referred by: Liz Anderson, PostNet
UNITED WAREHOUSE CO.
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
Christopher W. Merchant, C.P.A.
Claco Supply, Inc.
Clifton Square L.L.C. - Plaza Nine Limited
Criser, Gough and Parrish, L.L.C.
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.
H.D. Mills and Sons, Inc., dba Southwest Auto Salvage
Handy Mailing Service
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.
KMUW - FM89
Knighton Oil company, Inc.
Law Office of Keith Richey
Lease Finance Partners
Lincoln Independent Business Association
M & M Insurance Associates
MAC Paper Supply, Inc.
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
Ron Spurlock Heating and Air Conditioning
Sedgwick County Association of Cities aka SCAC
Superior Health Company
Thomas M. Tran, M.D., L.L.C.
Valley Center Chamber
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
for pictures from the December 2013 events.