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 82 Years 
Vol. 75 No. 4     April 2014

Tracy Streeter, Director Kansas Water Department
Tracy Streeter, Director, Kansas Water Department
Alan King, Director Public Works and Utilities
Alan King, Director of Public Works and Utiliies

Focus on Community's Top Issue: 


WIBA monthly luncheon, April 8 



Recently the City of Wichita went through a process to identify what the citizens thought were the top issues for the community.  Water was at the top.  In Kansas there are structures, rules and system to control how water is accessed.  Tracy Streeter, the Director of the Kansas Water Office, will lay out the governance and decision making for water access in our state.  Alan King, Director of Public Works and Utilities for the City of Wichita, will discuss some of the challenges and options open to the City to continue to supply an adequate supply to the citizens and businesses of our area. 


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. Reservations are required by Friday, April 4. Reservations and payment can be made online at www.wiba.org, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or by emailing membership@wiba.org.



First Time Guest and New Member Sponsor


 The Center for Better Hearing

3500 N. Rock Rd., Bldg. 1200




Prize Drawing Sponsor



Cohlmia Marketing

535 W. Douglas, Ste. 170







 Annual Meeting invitations will be mailed out soon!


Chairman's Column

There is good news about the Kansas business environment....


Small business continues to drive the Kansas economy.  In recent information released by the Kansas Department of Labor 77% of businesses in Kansas are 1 to 10 employees, 21% 10 to 99 employees, and 2% greater than 100.  Small businesses are driving economic growth and creation of jobs. And elected officials look to WIBA for our perspective and insights about what they need to do to help further stimulate growth.


And as a result of recent legislation promoting  a new tax structure on small businesses there have been a record number of domestic new entity filings in 2013 (15,469).  And while the reduction of taxes was projected to result in a reduction in shorter term state revenues, revenues increased over 2012.   Just as recent as fiscal year 2010 the State general fund has a negative balance at year end.  In 2013, there was a positive balance of over $700,000,000.  That's how it looks from a state perspective.  Read More....




12950 E. 13th St.

Wichita, KS 67230

Jody Klein, 316-267-3678




Referred by: Tawnya Anderson
Metro Appliance & More







2033 E. Northern

Wichita, KS 67216

Melissa Hennen, 316-263-3931








WIBA Renewals

Construction Services Bryant, Inc.

Freeman Installation and Services, L.L.C.

Fidelity Bank

Gottschalk Brothers Roofing, Inc.

Hinman & Associates, L.L.C.

K-96 Corridor Development Association

Michael Slack Farm/Harvesting

Special Products



Kennedy and Coe, L.L.C.

Manufacturing Support Technologies L.L.C.

Key Strategies

Kansas Aviation Museum

March Oil Company

ADR, Inc.

Citizens Bank of Kansas

Plum Creek Pottery

  One Source
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Pastry Live - a competition by Chefs for Chefs has announced competitors selected for 2014. Among the competitors will be Darcy (Bishop) Thrasher, co-owner of Cero's Candies.

Darcy (Bishop) Thrasher, co-owner and chief chocolatier of Cero's  Candies, has been selected to compete in Pastry Live Chocolatier of the Year. The upcoming competition will take place August 24 - 26 at 200 Peachtree, Atlanta GA. Pastry Live is a national competition that is By Chefs for Chefs drawing some of the biggest names in chocolate and desserts.
Only nineteen competitors have been chosen for the Chocolatier portion. Other competition categories at Pastry Live are Team Competitions in Chocolate and Sugar Showpieces, Art of Cake, Signature Plated Desserts and Student Chocolate. Companies competing include Norman Love Chocolate of Fort Myers, FL; Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino of Las Vegas, NV; Tout Chocolat of Mexico City , Mexico; Forte Chocolate of Mount Vernon, WA; St. Croix Chocolates of St. Croix, MN and The Penisula New York of New York City, NY. Past Judges have included Ewald Notter, Jean-Marie Auboine, Heather Hurlbert,  
Jerome Landrieu and Nicolas Lodge.

Cero's Candies has been a Wichita Tradition since 1885. We use the finest ingredients to make quality candy at affordable prices. Cero's is one of the few companies in the US to make the traditional candies such as Caramels, Creams, Cherry Cordials and Fudge as well as Artisan Truffles, Artisan Marshmallows and Chocolate Orange Peels. In addition, we make Ice Cream and other sweet treats.
WIBA Educational Seminar 
Wednesday, April 16  
Effective Communications


Effective communication is essential in today's organizations. Individual contributors, team members and supervisors all must be able to successfully give and get Information using a variety of different

tools. They must also be able to create understanding despite barriers to communication.


Participants at this seminar will learn communication skills such as listening, creating clear messages and the best uses for common communication modes.


All or part of this seminar could be part of a solution to help organizations with the following objectives:

  • Improving productivity by improving communication clarity
  • Creating more transparency
  • Helping new or tenured managers develop their ability to get their point across more effectively

The seminar will be at the WIBA offices from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required by Monday, April 14. Reservations and payment can be made online, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or by emailing membership@wiba.org.

WIBA April Calendar
Tues. April 1 - 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita
Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-

Tues. April 8 - 11:45 a.m. - 1p.m.
WIBA Monthy Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse,
515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 

Wed. April 16 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  WIBA Educational Seminar, WIBA offices,  200 E. First St., Ste. 101, 316-201-3264 


Wed. Wed. April 23 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Face-to-Face luncheon, Corporate Caterers, 2949 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 100, 316-201-3264  

Wed. April 30 - 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
WIBA Annual Meeting, Double Tree by Hilton Wichita Airport, 2098 Airport Rd., 316-201-3264 
Reservations for any of these WIBA events can be made by emailing membership@wiba org or online at www.wiba.org/wibacalendar.
WIBA would like to extend their compliments and thanks to Ken Bender, Promax America, L.L.C. for excepting a position on the city's Grant Review Board.  


It is important that business is represented on these boards. We would encourage others to apply for positions on these boards when they come open. 

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
Emily Compton, 2nd Vice Chair 
Goodwill Industries of KS, 316-744-9291
James E. Dunning Jr., Treasurer  
Dunning & Dunning LTD, 316-264-7203 
Sue Joachims, Secretary  
Real Solutions, 316-214-5528 
Brian Powers, Immediate Past Chairman 
Powers, LLC, 316-461-2092


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