WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 84 Years 
Vol. 76 No. 7                July  2015


WIBA Monthly Luncheon

July 14, 2015


Jeff Fluhr and the Greater Wichita Partnership 


Jeff Fluhr, current president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, in now heading up a new economic development group called the Greater Wichita Partnership.


The Greater Wichita Partnership is charged with overseeing the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, Wichita Downtown Development Corp. and various committees working on education and entrepreneurship in the region.


This new group was formed as a response to economic leaders' frustration with the weak rebound of the Wichita economy after the most recent recession.  The scope of the group may grow if other economic development-related entities join with it.


Come join us to hear a presentation of the current status and progress made by this new partnership. 
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, July 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.

Chairman's Column - July 2015

Guest article by Bright & Carpenter Consulting, Inc


The 2015 Legislative Session wrapped up Friday, making it the longest session in history going 118 days. This session will be remembered for the bitter fight between closing a $400 million budget hole and maintaining the Governor's "March to Zero" income tax plan passed in 2012. The final tax bills passed with only republican votes, by several who had signed a "No Tax Pledge" during the last election. A bill to increase taxes was a hard fought battle within the Republican Party, but was necessary to avoid deep budget cuts as had been threatened by the Governor earlier in the week.

After cutting as much as thought possible from the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and enacting a 2% across the board cut, a hole of more than $400 million remained. Many tax plans were discussed, including plans that made significant changes to the pass-through business income and reduction of income tax rates. However, the final plan made only a minor change to business income and instead increased state sales tax. Significant legislative policy discussions also took place around sun setting sales tax exemptions, a reduction in the sales tax rate on food and imposition of a local property tax lid. In the end, the tax plan passed included the property tax lid for local governments which prohibits cities and counties from adopting, absent mandatory elections, portions of their budgets funded with revenues from certain property tax increases. The House and Senate Tax Committees will review all sales tax exemptions next session, but none will have an automatic sunset. And, the Legislature will also look at the sales tax reduction on food during the 2016 Session if revenues are adequate.

Bill Johnson, Evans Building Co. 

Bill Johnson was given a plaque in recognition of his many years of service on the WIBA board of directors. Bill served from 2008 - 2013 and contributed much to the running of the association. 

Current director of the board, Joe Johnson, Schaefer, Johnson, Cox and Frey & Associates, P.A. presented the award at the June board meeting. 
WIBA Renewals


Acumen Business Connections, Inc.

Air Capital Catering

Brummett's  N-C Specialist

Caring Transitions of Wichita

Collaborative Life Coaching

Edrop, L.L.C.

Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc.

J. Michael Cos, Inc. 




John Stevens

Jose Guttierrez - Farmers Insurance Group

One Awesome Communityh



Teamedia, L.L.C.

Watermark Books & Café

WIBA New Member




1809 S. West St., Ste. 2

Wichita, KS 67213

Rhonda Bevilacqua, 316-942-7272




Referred by: Sue Joachims - Real Solutions

July WIBA Educational Seminar   

Helping  Prospects Better Understand the Value of Your Product or Service

July 22, 2015 


The July educational seminar will be presented by Tabor College. 


The course will focus on practical insights based on the new DiSC assessment for Sales Professionals Course Objectives


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 (July 20). The cost is $25 for WIBA members and $35 for non-members. 


Reservations can be made on line at  www.wiba.org/WIBACalendar, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264, or by emailing membership@wiba.org.



WIBA Educational Seminars
A Fantastic Benefit!

Testimonial from a WIBA member: 

I just wanted to give you some feed back on the BETA courses (Business Development - Corporate/Employee Training

BETA @ Butler - Andover) you have had the last two months.  I thought they were absolutely fantastic and I definitely will be looking forward to attending more in the future.  Not only did they offer great information, they also allowed me to interact with other sales people like myself and learn some best practices.


Best Regards,


Brad West

Account Manager

KK Office Solutions

(316) 650-5181  (cell)

WIBA July Calendar  

Fri. July 3

WIBA Offices Closed for the Holiday 


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

WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 


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

WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 


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

Educational Seminar WIBA offices, 

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


Tues. July 21     4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Business Your Way Mixer, Caesar's Table, 155 N. Market, 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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Click on any of the links below to see pictures from the event. 



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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