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. 10                 October 2014

Come join us on October 14 for this important luncheon.  Whether you have made up your mind or not about the proposed sales tax for the city of Wichita you won't want to miss this luncheon. 


The proposal itself will be presented by city manager, Bob Layton. The opposing view on the porposal will be presented by Jennifer Baysinger, from the Coalition for a Better Wichita. The pro side of the debate will be presented by Jon Rolph and Moji Fanimokun from Yes Wichita. 


Make your reservation early! This one will fill up!


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. Reservations are REQUIRED  
by Friday, Oct. 10. 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


Interested in sponsoring a luncheon? We still have a spot open for December! 

Call 316-201-3264 and ask for Judy. 


First Time Guest and New Member Sponsor




Prize Drawing Sponsor





Results of WIBA Member Survey on the City 

One Per Cent 

Sales Tax Proposition


Almost thirty per cent of WIBA members responded to our recent survey on the proposed City of Wichita sales tax.  Neither support nor opposition drew fifty per cent of WIBA members. 


Consequently, WIBA will not take a position on the sales tax proposition.  WIBA cannot pretend to speak for a majority of independent businesses on an issue when its members are split evenly on the proposal.

Chairman's Column - October 2014


Charlie Schaefer, owner of United Warehouse, was the WIBA Chairman of the Board in 1997.  He passed away on August 6 this year.  Charlie was a staunch supporter of WIBA and its mission of doing business with other independent businesses in Wichita and the surrounding area.  Charlie remained active in WIBA after his leadership years and often provided counsel and advice.

Charlie bought United Warehouse from his father in 1978, which originally was a grocery warehouse for wholesalers in the Wichita area.  In 2001, Charlie built a 200,000 sq.ft. building on East 45th Street North.  It has been expanded twice and now stands at 420,000 sq.ft.  In 2003, Charlie built a 336,000 sq.ft. warehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Tulsa operations have also expanded and today operates in nearly 700,000 sq.ft. of warehouse space. 

United Warehouse provides storage, logistics, distribution and transportation for major companies across the U.S.  Today, the company employs nearly 145 people.  What a wonderful success story!

The first time I attended a WIBA luncheon as the guest of Dr. Ron Waln, Charlie came up to me after the meeting and said he would like my help in hiring an assistant.  That invitation is exactly what WIBA is all about - doing business with other members.  I had the privilege of working with Charlie and other members of his staff for several years as the company grew.  Charlie's infectious love of life, of his family and his church family was obvious in every conversation we ever had.  I admired him greatly and considered him a friend.  I will miss you, Charlie.


Alicia Holloway

Right Recruiting

2014 WIBA Membership Survey Results

In the mid-'50s, WIBMA placed a big emphasis on surveying the membership to get readings on the views of independent business. After each survey and a series of interviews had been conducted, the Friendly Dollar, the WIBMA's monthly newsletter, ran long articles disclosing the results.


WIBA follows this same theory today. We want to know what the members think and feel about issues that affect the independent business owner. The following are some of the highlights from the 2014 membership survey. Overall we had a 22% return rate. 


Q.Which benefits do you find most beneficial to your business?  Rank 1-7 with 1 being the most beneficial. 

1.    Networking events

2.    Listening to speakers at a monthly luncheon

3.    Representation in Topeka

4.    Opportunity to discuss issues with elected officials

4.    WWLA

6.    Educational Seminars

7.    Insurance Services

Q.What is the most important issue facing Wichita and the surrounding area?  Rank 1-5 with 1 being the most important.

1.    Economic growth and jobs

2.    Infrastructure - water, sewer or transportation

3.    Education

4.    Taxes

5.    Public Safety

Q.How would you rate your level of satisfaction with WIBA?
highly or somewhat satisfied
Q.How likely are you to continue being a WIBA or KIBC member?    


very or somewhat likely 


Q.How likely is it that you would recommend WIBA      

to another business?  

very or somewhat likely 

Q.How satisfied are you with WIBA's representation  of your interest with the state legislature?                                             


very or somewhat likely


WIBA Renewals

Metro Appliances and More

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Dunning & Assocaites, SPAs, L.L.C.

Farha Construction, Inc.

Profit Builders, Inc.

Goddard Chamber of Commerce

Signs and Design 




Chew & Lee Accounting Group 

Cohlmia Marketing

Real Solutions, Inc.

Roots & Wings dba Casa of Sedgwick County

USD 259

Wright Tri Corp., L.L.C. 

Welcome New WIBA Members!



3934 E. Elm St.

Wichita, KS 67208-3405

Nancy Trier-Metzger, 316-684-3415



Education - Training and Tutoring



155 S. West St.

Wichita, KS 67213

Jan Cheesman, 316-264-0066



Office Equipment - Supplies



6505 E. Central #167

Wichita, KS 67206

Garland Egerton, 316-665-4380




Referred by: Alicia Holloway - Right Recruiting



4500 W. Maple

Wichita, KS 67209

Angela Miller, 316-512-4162



Social Services

Referred by: Tawnya Anderson -
Metro Appliances & More




630 N. Pennsylvania

Wichita, KS 67214-4157

Shirley King, 316-265-0879



Printers - Print Shops

Referred by: Tawnya Anderson - Metro Appliances & More



515 N. Ridge Rd., Ste. 202

Wichita, KS 67212

Troy Trussell, 316-263-4400



Employment Services



709 W. 30th St., S.

Wichita, KS 67217

Cyrstal Lathrop-McDonald, 316-655-9294


Event Planning

Referred by: Tawnya Anderson - Metro Appliances & More


WIBA members will receive $25 off of their next year's dues for referring a new member! 



Professional Software, Inc. Receives Sage 

Eagle Award for 2013-2014

Professional Software, a Sage North America business partner specializing in the sales, installation and support of Sage 100 ERP has earned the prestigious Sage Eagle Award for the fourth year in a row for consistently delivering extraordinary customer experiences. Professional Software was also awarded the Sage Customer Excellence Award for the second year.

The Sage Eagle Award, part of the Sage Partner Advantage Awards that acknowledges partners for top performance and excellence, honors a Sage business partner for demonstrating the highest level of extraordinary customer experience as measured by top renewal rates and Net Promoter Scores achieved in the Customer Loyalty Program.

"For four years in a row, Professional Software has excelled, placing customer needs as a top priority and creating experiences for businesses to be successful and confident in their decisions," said Donald Deshaies, vice president, channel strategy and management, Sage North America. "Congratulations to the entire team at Professional Software for this big win!"

Doug Jenkins, President of Professional Software, said, "We want to first of all thank all of our customers who took the time to participant in the Sage Customer Loyalty Survey. We place a high priority on customer service, so to be honored again nationally for this is a great testament to our staff."

These honors were presented at the Sage Summit 2014 conference, July 28, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Sage Summit is the ideal venue for partners to refresh their skills and engage in meaningful conversations around burning topics for SMBs to help better serve their customers. The conference brings together partners, customers and prospects for an immersive education experience designed to provide the specific knowledge needed to better manage their business and achieve success.

Since 1983, Professional Software has been a technology industry leader providing integrated business software solutions for the small to mid-size business community. Professional Software has been a Sage Business Partner and Development Partner for Sage 100 ERP since 1989. Professional Software was awarded the Sage Eagle Award in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and was named the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2010.


Senior Care Pharmacy will be at the WIBA Women's Leadership Alliance luncheon on Oct. 7 to give flu shots on-site to any woman who would like to get one. Flu shots are $20 - cash or credit card accepted. RSVP if you plan on attending the WWLA luncheon.


Other WIBA members can opt to schedule a 1-2 hour block of time where an employee of Senior Care Services will come to your business to immunize your employees. 


WIBA Educational Seminars 

Motivation in Today's Workplace

October 22, 2014


This month's educational seminar will be presented by Phil Hayes from The Arnold Group. The seminar will cover how to: 

  • Increase awareness of external and internal factors that affect employee performance 
  • Enhance knowledge of the major theories of motivation and how to apply them in the workplace  
  • Find out what motivates your employees  
  • Employ an effective arsenal of motivational techniques to achieve peak performance from your workers  
  • Encourage employees to achieve personal and organizational goals
  • Cultivate enthusiasm in your organization   
The seminar will be held at the WIBA offices, 200 E. 1st, Ste. 101, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required by Mon., Oct. 20, and ARE REQUIRED. The cost is $25 for WIBA members and $35 for non-members. You can make your reservation by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264, email to membership@wiba.org or online at www.wiba.org


Seminar presented by:  


  One Source
WIBA October Calendar 

Tues. Oct. 7      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264


Tues. Oct. 14      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264


Fri. Oct. 17      3:30  p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New Member Reception,  WIBA Corporate Offices, 200 E. 1st St., 316-201-3264


Wed. Oct. 22     11:30 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m. 

Educational seminar, Motivation in the Workplace, WIBA Corporate Offices, 200 E. 1st St., 316-201-3264  



Reservations for any of these WIBA events can be made by emailing membership@wiba@wiba.org 

or online at www.wiba.org/wibacalendar
WIBA Happenings
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
Joe Johnson, Chairman of the Board
Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey & Associates
Emily Compton, 1st 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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