WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 84 Years 
Vol. 76 No. 4                April 2015

Note - There will not be a regular monthly luncheon for April. 

Please join us for the April 9, 2015, Annual Meeting.  



Chairman's Column - April 2015

Guest Writer
Pete Schrepferman

Does Wichita have an attitude problem? Does the city collectively have low esteem? Certainly we have needs and problems, as every community does. A lot of it is created by politicians, and enforced by the media. Politics is a negative business to begin with, more so in today's world, unfortunately. In order to get support, they denigrate their opponents. 


While there is always room for improvement, Wichita has a lot going for it:

  • Our aircraft industry plays a big part in the industry world-wide, and continues to adapt to the world market.  Cessna/Textron is growing, and with agreements signed with China along with their other market share should have a solid future. Spirit is strong and has just announced records earnings. Projections call for steady and increased production for Boeing and thus Spirit. A great upside.
  • If we only measure the industry by jobs that were once here and not by new successes we will always have negative attitudes about it. All manufacturing is moving to modern techniques in order to stay competitive. Many job openings are there today, but they require new skills. Training is available for those who pursue it.
  • The recent announcement of NIAR expanding into some of the old Boeing facility is very positive and should have great potential to attract new aircraft related and other industry.
  • The Innovation Campus at WSU is progressing on schedule with great promises for the future. 
  • Koch Industries continues to grow and hire at pay scales well above the average in Wichita.
  • Union Station, after sitting idle for most of the last 40 years, has come back to life. New owner Occidental Management (an active WIBA member) has leased all of it's space and construction is in progress. With it's central location, this will be a great addition to the Old Town area.
  • The new state-of-the-art Eisenhower International Airport terminal is now open and will be a great first impression for visitors.
  • The 2018 NCAA Regional Basketball at Intrust Arena will give a one-time boost to the economy, but also great exposure for the city. 

I would be remiss if I did not point out that almost all of the above progress is being done with minimal government involvement.


Low city self esteem? We should be busting our buttons!

WIBA Educational Seminars 

Everyone Can Write a Killer Marketing Plan - Including YOU!

April 22, 2015 


Chelsea Gaspard, Marketing Consultant/Owner at Studio 429

Class Description:

If marketing isn't your "thing" raise your hand. All of you who don't think you can do marketing, Chelsea Gaspard is here to tell you, YOU CAN all you need is a plan!

If you want to leave this class with ALL the tools to write a killer marketing plan, this is THE class for you. Bring yourself, your thinking cap, some paper, and a pen because this is going to be a working session for attendees. We're going to get you talking, thinking, and bouncing ideas off of each other so that by the time you leave the WIBA office, you're going to be excited about growing your business and you're going to be ready to launch this plan!

During this class, Chelsea is going to provide you with some of her secret weapons for organizing your campaigns and making sure your marketing message is clear and consistent.

Presenter Bio

For the past eight years it has been Chelsea's mission to help small businesses around the world learn more about marketing their services and products. As the Marketing Communications Director for Pioneer Balloon Company, Chelsea contributed to and managed Pioneer's publication division. In addition to directing the most prestigious educational/marketing program in the party industry, she helped numerous home-based businesses grow to achieve their individual definitions of success.

Chelsea has a Bachelor's degree in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in professional writing from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Chelsea founded Studio 429, LLC in 2014 for the purpose of providing local businesses with affordable solutions that will help leverage their marketing potential within their communities. She now focuses on helping company's build their marketing initiatives from the ground up, and educates them on how they can control all the moving pieces going forward. 



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 the Monday prior to the seminar (April 20). The cost is $25 for WIBA members and $35 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



Safety Consideration for the Aging Worker

By Nancy Wilson, PT, CEAS


For the first time in the history of American business four different generations are in the work place at the same time. This can cause communication, management and work site safety issues and increased workers' compensation claims. It should be noted that "older employees" can be defined from 40 to 55 and over, depending on the agency.


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WIBA Renewals


Air Capital Exterminating, Inc.

Bokeh Development, L.L.C.

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

Bressler Ventures, L.P.

Burnell's Fine Jewelry

Central Bank & Trust Co.

Construction Services Bryant, Inc.

Data Linc communications, Inc.

Davis Contracting

Emprise Bank

Fieser Simmentals

Freeman Installation and Services, L.L.C.

Fulton Balley Farms/Boot Scootin Barn, L.L.C.

Gottschalk Brothers Roofing, Inc.



Hesston Area Chamber of Commerce

Hinman & Associates, L.L.C.

K-96 Corridor Development Association

Key Strategies

Manufacturing Support Technologies, L.L.C.

Michael L. Jacobsen, D.D.S.

Network Kansas

Pen Publishing Interactive, Inc.

Print Source, Inc.

Rose Hill Chamber of Commerce

Security 1st Title

South Seneca Car-Care

Trains 'N Toys at Garden Railway Gizmos

Wichita Railway Services, L.L.C.


Welcome New WIBA Members



1940 Ohio St.

Wichita, KS 67214

Doug David, 316-262-0556



Heating - AC - Electrical

Referred by: Shirley King - MSI Services, Inc.



3910 N. Bridgeport Cir.

Wichita, KS 67219

Juli Roth, 316-944-5464



Office Equipment - Supplies

Referred by: Denise Spurlock -
Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning



1307 W. 31st St., S.

Wichita, KS 67217

HollyYip, 316-522-7757



Referred by: Julie Roth & Crystal McDonald - 
KK Office Solutions & Xclusive Events & Services



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 April Calendar  

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

WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 


Thurs. April 9     5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

WIBA Annual MeetingDouble Tree by Hilton Wichita Airport, 2098 Airport Road, Wichita, 316-201-3264


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

Educational Seminar,  WIBA offices,
200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101, 316-201-3264 

Thurs. April 23      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Face-to-Face forum with the City, Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 



Reservations for any of these WIBA events
can be made by emailing 



  One Source
Click on any of the links below to see pictures from the event. 

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 
Alicia Holloway, Immediate Past Chairman 
Right Recruiting, 316-519-2662

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