WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 84 Years 
Vol. 76 No. 6                June  2015


WIBA Monthly Luncheon

June 9, 2015


Economic Initiatives Panel Discussion 


Karyn Page, President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc 


The Global Cities Initiative is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.  Wichita is one of 21 metro areas in the country participating in the Global Cities Initiative's Exchange, a network of metropolitan areas developing global economic engagement plans.  Launched in 2012, the Global Cities Initiative helps business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness. 


The Wichita-South Central Region released an export plan in March, outlining specific steps local business, civic and government leaders will take to promote economic development. The plan assesses the region's current export climate, sets market-based goals for increasing exports and lays out an implementation plan to support local businesses in increasing exports.  

Gary Oborny, CEO of Occidental Management is co-chair of Wichita's Entrepreneurship Task Force.

The Task Force is developing ideas for an innovation accelerator to be opened by the end of 2015. This will be a place where startups can gain capital, mentoring, co-working space and other resources, then emerge as standalone companies. Oborny says the group is narrowing down its list of buildings that could house the accelerator and writing a job description for the program's director.


Oborny will be giving us an update of where the group is at this time.            Gary Oborny Bio 




Tim Witsman, WIBA President, will be explaining the importance of jobs generated by local companies and WIBA's ideas on supporting the growth of local companies.




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, June 5. 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 



Prize Drawing Sponsor  




Chairman's Column - June 2015

The 2015 Kansas legislative session will probably have concluded by the time you read this piece.  As I write this we do not know the final decisions on taxes and the budget.


One of the things that WIBA members rarely see are the efforts of our lobbyists, staff and members to support and protect independent businesses.  Our positions and policies are developed within the Government Affairs Committee which is open to all members.  You are encouraged to join by contacting Tim Witsman at ftw@wiba.org.


WIBA advocates for you in many areas, including being a member of the core group that successfully developed and passed a change from the array to fixed system for unemployment insurance that will save many members a considerable sum and make the cost more predictable.


I will focus on the tax issues as they dominated the 2015 legislative session.  As the legislature prepared to reconvene it was clear that there was little appetite for further cuts. The bulk of the State budget is in education, social services and transportation.  They won't touch education again for fear of the Ks. Supreme Court coming down with a decision that makes the deficit even worse.  They don't want to talk about social services because they don't want to have a vote on expanding Medicaid.  They've already transferred many tens of millions of dollars from the Transportation Fund. 


Chairman's Article Continued 

WIBA Renewals


Air Capital Insurance L.L.C.

Community Bank of Wichita

Conlee Consulting Group

CS & S Graphics

Farmer's Fallow Deer Farm

Financial Benefits Inc.

Great Plains Television Network L.L.C.

Kenneth W. Hoop Oil & Gas


Linda D. Kirby, Attorney-at-Law P.A.



Lilies Flowers and Gifts Inc.

NAI Martens

Pharmacare Health Specialists L.L.C.

Recheck Inc.

Kirk Rundle Consulting L.L.C.

Sunflower Travel corporation

The Center for Better Hearing

Times-Sentinel Newspaper Group L.L.C.

Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 


Welcome New WIBA Members


1137 N. Mosely St.

Wichita, KS 67214

Matthew Menges, 




Auto Repair and Services

Referred by: Pattie Durham - VR Business Brokers


100 N. Main, Ste. 1003

Wichita, KS 67202

Patty Brown, 316-262-4375


Associations and Chambers

Referred by: Tim Witsman - WIBA


WIBA June Calendar  


Tues. June 9     11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WIBA Monthly Luncheon Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 


Wed. June 17   11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Educational Seminar  WIBA offices, 

200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101, 316-201-3264 



Thurs. June  25    11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Face-to-Face forum with County officials,
Petroleum Club, 100 N Broadway St #900, 


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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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



200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101 

Wichita, KS 67202 


Fax 316-201-3268 

WIBA Website - www.wiba.org 

WIBA Email - membership@wiba.org  


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