WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 84 Years 
Vol. 76 No. 1                January 2015

WIBA Monthly Luncheon - January 13, 2015 



Jeremy Hill, Director

Center for Economic Development and Business Research 

 


 

Jeremy Hill is the director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research. He came to Wichita State University from Georgia Southern University, where he was the director of the Coastal Rivers Water Planning and Policy Center. Hill leads the CEDBR in its mission to provide accurate, reliable information and analysis to inform decision-making in the public and private sectors.

 

The center provides market research, fiscal and impact analyses, and employment forecasts for the regional and state economies. Jeremy has also contributed to innovative research, analysis and planning in collaborative ventures across Kansas. His research focus has been on business analysis, community development, as well as workforce, tourism and retirement dynamics.

 

This variety of research has required economic impact modeling, cost-benefit analysis, forecasting, data analysis, and survey development and design. He has been involved in a number of national and regional organizations like the Association of University Business and Economic Research, National Association for Business Economics, and the Kansas Economic Development Alliance.

 

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 for members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are REQUIRED by Friday, Jan. 9. 

 

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 Sponsors



Prize Drawing Sponsor

www.cohlmiamarketing.com

Prize Drawing sponsors needed for 2015. Contact Judy at 316-201-3264 or email membership@wiba.org

Important Notice - Notice - Notice - Notice - Notice - Notice - Important Notice

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 - January 2015

The trends as we end 2014 look to be favorable for business.  Investment is increasing and consumer outlook is more positive than it has been in eight years.  We have reason to be optimistic.


Under President John Bardo's leadership WSU is emerging as a driver of economic change and growth for the region.  Koch Industries' recent pledge of over $11 million to various WSU projects suggests strong private sector support for Bardo's initiatives.


The past ten years have not been dynamic for the Wichita region.  For more than four years WIBA has been pushing for more focus on the support and development of local businesses.  Recently, the Brookings Institution, which has been working with the Kansas Global Trade Center on expanding Wichita exports, told Governor Brownback that 98% of new jobs come from local companies.  Our board of directors has determined that WIBA should develop the resources necessary to become more proactive in growing local businesses.


WIBA also pioneered a new model for the management of smaller nonprofits.  In May 2013 we signed a contract with the Nonprofit Chamber of Service to provide management resources to them.  We hope to provide this service to other area nonprofits.


Many independent businesses lack the time and resources to represent their interests in Washington D.C., Topeka, and locally.  WIBA does that representation for our members.  On February 3rd we will partner with the National Federation of Independent Businesses to hold a small business day in Topeka.  Those who attend will meet with leaders of the legislative and executive branches for the afternoon.  The day concludes with a reception which we share with Goodwill Industries.  There is no charge to attend the day's events or the reception.  I strongly urge you to attend.  Meeting the legislators, having them get to know you and your business is well worth the time.  Just let Judy Whiley, membership@wiba.org, know that you wish to attend.  Car pooling can usually be arranged.


We will continue to have stimulating lunches with highly relevant speakers.  We kick off the year with a scan of the economic outlook by Jeremy Hill, Director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State.


The last thing I have to say is, "Get involved."  You will find your WIBA membership even more valuable if you engage in WIBA's activities whether directed toward government issues, economic development, networking, training, or insurance.  We can help.  Rather than spend your time, say chasing down a variety of quotes for health insurance, for example, contact Karen Fillenworth, insurance@wiba.org, and let her do the searching.


We are excited and energized.  We want you to increase the value of your membership by getting just as excited and energized.

Joe Johnson

WIBA Chairman of the Board
 

 

 

Small Business Day in Topeka and Legislative Reception

 Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 

A full day of meetings with your legislators in Topeka. The Kansas legislature will convene on Jan. 12, 2015. Thousands of bills are expected to be filed. Now is the time to get engaged with your legislators. Get to know them and let them get to know you. We want to keep Kansas a  business friendly state. 

 

An evening reception is planned just for WIBA members and the South Central Delegation. This is your chance to talk with legislatures in person about issues that concern YOU in a casual atmosphere. 

 

                             Where: KAIA Offices, 815 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS

When:  5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Cost:    No cost to attend

 

 

 


 

Reserve by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or email to membership@wiba.org. Reservations are appreciated by Friday Jan. 30th.

 

 

The evening reception is being sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc. 

www.goodwill.org 

 

WIBA Educational Seminars 

Selling Essentials: Opening the Sales Call

January 21 and 28

 

The January educational seminar will be presented by BETA @ Butler Community College. It will be presented in two parts on consecutive Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  

 

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your knowledge and ability to:

  • Identify strategies to use for preparing to open the sales call
  • Describe the traits that help you to be successful when opening the call
  • Explain the importance of building rapport
  • Demonstrate how to open the call using a consistent framework
  • Describe tips for successfully opening the sales call 

The seminar will be held at the WIBA offices, 200 E. 1st, Ste. 101, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are REQUIRED by the Monday prior to the seminar (January 19 and 26). The cost is $25 for WIBA members and $35 for non-members. A discount is available for those attending both seminars, $35 for members and $50 for non-members. 


WIBA members can make their reservations on line, non-members need to email or call the WIBA office at 316-201-3264, email to membership@wiba.org. For members go online to the WIBA calendar - www.wiba.org/WIBACalendar 

 

WIBA Renewals

ACROBATIC ACADEMY FITNESS & EDUCATION CENTER INC.

AMIDON PLACE APARTMENTS

ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES L.L.C.

ASSOCIATED MATERIAL & SUPPLY CO. INC.

ASSOCIATION OF MECHANICAL SHEET METAL CONTRACTORS OF KANSAS INC.

AUGUSTA SAW & MOWER

BERNASKY TECHNICAL SERVICES INC.

BEST SUPPLY COMPANY INC.

BEVER DYE L.C.

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

DAVID UNRUH

DER ASSOCIATES LTD.

DeWITT REAL ESTATE

DOWNING & LAHEY MORTUARY

ECHO HILLS ENTERPRISES, INC.

FREEDOM ADVISORY GROUP INC.

GEORGE LAY SIGNS INC.

GREAT PLAINS VENTURES INC.

GUTHRIDGE/NIGHSWONGER CORP.

H. D. MILLS & SONS INC. dba SOUTHWEST AUTO SALVAGE

HANDY MAILING SERVICE

HARTMAN'S INC.

HOTEL AT OLD TOWN

INVISION PRODUCTIONS L.L.C. dba WOMEN'S FAIR

JOHN T. ARNOLD ASSOCIATES INC.

JOHNSTONE SUPPLY

 

  

KEITH GRAVEL CONSULTING SERVICES

KMUW - FM89

KNIGHTON OIL COMPANY INC.

LAW OFFICE OF KEITH RICHEY

LEGACY BANK

LINCOLN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

MARGARET SPEAR

McFARLAND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INC.

McGINN FARMS

MID-CONTINENT SAFETY A DXP COMPANY

MIL-PAC SPECIALISTS INC.

MITCHELL MEDIA SERVICES

NEWTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

NOUVEAU AT BRADLEY FAIR

PATRICIA W. RANK

PIZZA JOHN'S INC.

POWERS L.L.C.

PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE INC.

PROMAX AMERICA L.L.C.

RIGHT RECRUITING

RON SPURLOCK HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

SEDGWICK COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF CITIES aka SCAC

TODD ENTERPRISES

VALLEY CENTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VALLEY DRUG

VALLEY STATE BANK

WAG'EN TAIL RANCH

WICHITA BUSINESS JOURNAL

WICHITA FAMILY VISION CLINIC P.A.

WICHITA METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

WKI OPERATIONS, INC.

WORKSAFE PHYSICAL THERAPY

WSU KANSAS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

 


Welcome New WIBA Members!

GG'S OFFICE CLEANING

8021 S. Essex Heights Rd.

Halstead, KS 67056

Gwyleyma Gutierrez, 316-832-8363

ggcleaning4@kanokla.net

www.ggscleaning.com

Building Maintenance and Supplies

Referred by: Gail Foley - One Awesome Community

  

CITY STEAM CLEAN

604 W. 32nd St., S.

Wichita, KS 67217

Andrew Armstrong, 316-641-4784

andrew@csccarpetcleaning.com

www.citysteamclean.com

Carpet - Upholstery Cleaning

Referred by: CJ Home Investors LLC -
Johnny and Cristi Jackson


 


Check out the information below for details on the 2015 Membership Contest. 
Lots of prizes available for WIBA members. 

 

For each new member that list you as the referral:

  • Your business will receive a $25 credit towards next year's dues.
  • Free business card size ad in the WIBA ISSUES newsletter (one per month with no carry over).
  • You will receive a $10 dollar restaurant gift card.
  • Your name goes in the hat for the Grand Prize drawing at the January 2016 monthly luncheon.
  • Extra chances towards the Grand Prize as follows for premium memberships:

                        $1,000 Bronze level = 3 additional chances

                        $2,000 Silver level = 7 additional chances

                        $3,000 Gold level = 10 additional chances 

                        $5,000 Platinum level = 17 additional chances

 

Quarterly Prize

  • WIBA member who brought in the most new members for the quarter will receive the quarterly prize.
  • Acknowledgement in the WIBA ISSUES newsletter with picture, description of business and logo.
  • Prize with a retail value of $250 or more.

Grand Prize drawing at the January 2016 WIBA monthly luncheon

  • Increase your chances for the Grand Prize by referring as many new members throughout the year. 
  • Acknowledgement in the WIBA ISSUES newsletter with picture, description of business and logo.
  • Grand Prize retail value is $1,100. 

Top Star Award

  • The Top Star award is for the member who generates the highest dollar amount of combined memberships.
  • The Top Star winner cannot win the Grand Prize.
  • The Top Star prize will be announced at a later date.

Potential new members can be directed to WIBA web site at www.wiba.org to join or ask Judy to mail or email an application. Remember to have the potential new member list you on the referral line of the application! WIBA Staff and family members are excluded in contest.

WIBA January Calendar 

Tues. Jan. 6      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

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

 

Tues. Jan. 13     11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

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

 

Wed. Jan. 21      11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Educational Seminar, Selling Essentials -
Making the Sales Call, WIBA offices,
200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101, 316-201-3264


 

Tues. Jan. 27     5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Business Your Way Mixer, Exploration Place,
300 N. McLean Blvd., 316-201-3264

 

Wed. Jan. 28      11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Educational Seminar,  Selling Essentials -
Making the Sales Call, Part II, WIBA offices,
200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101, 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
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PUBLICATION OFFICE
200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101 
Wichita, KS 67202 
316-201-3264 
Fax 316-201-3268 
WIBA Website - www.wiba.org 
WIBA Email - membership@wiba.org  


 President 

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
OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
 
Joe Johnson, Chairman of the Board
Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey & Associates
316-684-0171 
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 
Alicia Holloway, Immediate Past Chairman 
Right Recruiting, 316-519-2662


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