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WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 83 Years 
Vol. 75 No. 3    March 2014

March 11 WIBA Monthly luncheon

Steve Smith


Health Care Reform for Employers -  

Things That Are New and Different    



PPACA may well be the most complicated law in our nation's history.  This presentation will provide a brief update as to how the law will impact employers, with a focus on things that are new and different from this time last year, including the final "shared responsibility" regulations, the new reporting requirements that will affect employers, and selected "hot topics."


Steven P. Smith is a member of the Hinkle Law Firm LLC in Wichita.  His practice is focused on helping employers understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act and with other laws affecting the benefits they provide to their employees, including ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, and the Internal Revenue Code.  He is a contributing author to the book, Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates Other Than COBRA and HIPAA, which is published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA). 


The luncheon will be held at the Wichita Boathouse home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 515 S. Wichita St., from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, March 7. 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. 



Sponsors of the First-Time Guests 

and New Members: 


VR Business Brokers




  Metro Appliances & More





Sponsor of the Prize Drawing


Central Power Systems & Services 






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. 
Profits Up, Jobs Flat
 Click Here for the February 2014 CFO Magazine Business Outlook article (pgs. 49-51). This article features the survey results of a recent Duke University/CFO survey. Pay particular attention to the section "Caring About HealthCare" showing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health benefits. 
Chairman's Column

Our Lobbyist in Topeka



While the financial impact to our businesses from taxes and regulations is enormous, a small minority of WIBA businesses can afford to hire a lobbyist to work a specific issue, much less be full time during the session to oversee any potential legislation that may arise.

WIBA is fortunate to have Bright and Carpenter, one of the most respected lobbyists in Topeka, advocating on our behalf. Natalie and Marlee are watching issues that may impact independent small business and reporting back to us so our membership can be proactive in contacting their Representatives or Senators to express your opinion on upcoming legislation. 

At the beginning of the legislative session WIBA developed a list of potential legislative issues.  These are some of the bills our lobbyists will be working:

Read more...... 


Join NFIB Kansas and the Wichita Independent Business Association for our  

Small Business Day at the Capitol. 

Wednesday, March 5, 1-3:30 p.m


  Keynote Speaker

Gov. Sam Brownback 




Important Notice from the Chairman of the Board

There are many bills in the legislature that can dramatically impact your business. An excellent way to get connected and have your voice heard is to participate in our upcoming Legislative Reception in TopekaIt will take place from  5 PM to 7PM at the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents, 815 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS.
There is NO COST to attend either of these events.  We are setting up meetings earlier in the day with legislative leadership. You  are welcome to attend those meetings or just the reception.
If you are interested in attending either one or both of these events, contact the WIBA office, 316-201-3264 or membership@wiba.org since there will carpooling.  
WIBA March 2014 Calendar
Tues. March 4,   11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse -
home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame,
 515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 

Wed. March 5,  5- 7 p.m. Legislative Reception in Topeka, Kansas Association of Insurance Agents, 815 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS,  316-201-3264  

Tues. March 11,   11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse -
home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame,
 515 S. Wichita St.,316-201-3264 


Wed. March 12, 19 and 26  Noon - 1 p.m.  
WIBA Educational Seminars: Gmail accounts, Google Chrome and Google Apps, WIBA Corporate Offices, 200 E. 1st St., 316-201-3264  
Fri. March 21,  5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Business Your Way Mixer, Goodwill Corporate Offices, 3351 N. Webb Rd., Wichita, 316-201-3264  
Wed. March 26,  7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  
Early Bird Networking Breakfast, Metro Appliances & More, 3545 N. Hillside, Wichita, 316-201-3264
Reservations for any of these WIBA events can be made by emailing membership@wiba.org
or online at 

WIBA Early Bird 

Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.


You are invited to attend the WIBA Early Bird Networking event scheduled early for your convenience.  Start your day off with coffee and breakfast with WIBA members and guests, hosted by Metro Appliances & More located at 3545 N. Hillside.


This event will feature Sarah Bagby owner of Watermark Books & Café who will start the networking witha a few comments about Buying Local and how important it is for the independent businesses to keep dollars local.


We hope that you will mark your calendar NOW and plan to attend this FUN networking event and bring a guest! Invite a local merchant in the retail or restaurant industry or a business that can't get away for a lunch time event.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014



Metro Appliances & More

3545 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS



7:30 am - 8:30 am



$10 for WIBA Members

WIBA members can bring a guest for free!






316-201-3264 or email


On-line: www.wiba.org and click on the date on the calendar then click the ticket


Reservations are appreciated so we can 

plan accordingly





WIBA Educational Seminars

Gmail - Google Chrome - Google Apps 
March 12 - 19 - 26


The March 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, March 12             

Getting the most out of your 

G-mail account

Learn to create labels and filters inside your mail as well as for-warding from one to another email account, how to organize contacts and how to use Gmail to get your-self more organized.





Wednesday, March 19 

Exactly why you should ALWAYS use Google Chrome

This class covers the set up and use of Google Chrome as well as an intro to Chrome Apps and Extensions. By the time this class is over, you will probably be ready to kick Internet Explorer to the curb!!






Wednesday, March 26  

Google+ & Google Apps; Why they matter to every business owner

In today's world, search engine optimization (SEO) is a lot more than just a buzz word. Google has lots of ways to get your SEO rolling and a lot of them have nothing to do with your website! This class will teach you how to take Google Apps and stretch them to make your business get FANTASTIC results in the search engines!  ;)



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



1214 N. Crestway

Wichita, KS 67208

Rey Arellano, 316-288-1162


Financial Services



2371 N. Light House Cove

Wichita, KS 67205

Johnny and Cristi Jackson, 316-519-3101



Real Estate

Referred by: Gail Foley, The Gail Foley Show





6205 E. Kellogg

Wichita, KS 67218

Jack Pulley, 316-618-2000


Auto Dealers

Referred by: Wayne Roberts, Pioneer Balloon Company



319 E. Aaron Drive

Andover, KS 67002

Molly Myers-Hoffman, 515-480-0988



Referred by: Laurie Mulford, 4 Your Business




Advocates for Behavioral
Health P.A. 


Alcon, Inc.  


Alzheimer's Association  


Audiology & Hearing Aid
Services, Inc




Campbell Programming 


Craig Gilstrap & Associates


George B. Howell, M.D,.


George Howell, Realtor


Kanza Bank


Koch Industries, Inc.


Lee Reed Engraving, Inc.


Michael Slack Farm Harvesting


Next Element Consulting L.L.C.


Northwestern Mutual


Oeding Financial, Inc.

Performance Health, P.S


Polly-Faulkner Insurance 

Agency, Inc


Tony Bui - Farmers Insurance


Total Printing Solutions


VR Business Brokers


Wichita Downtown 

Development Corp. 

WIBA Happenings
For pictures from the most  
recent WIBA events
  One Source
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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