WIBA Membership Benefits

Networking

Connect with fellow business leaders and decision makers in the community through a variety of events all year long. WIBA Members receive member pricing for all events.

  • WIBA Women’s Leadership Alliance (WWLA) Luncheon – 1st Tuesday each month at The Boathouse. Learn from panel discussions, engage in table topics and hear from women business leaders.
  • Monthly Luncheon – 2nd Tuesday each month at Botanica. Stay informed with presentations designed to relate to your business from a wide variety of notable experts.
  • Simply Social Mixer – 3rd Tuesday of odd-numbered month at a different member’s location. Enjoy two hours to make connections with business owners and decision makers, free for WIBA members and their guests.
  • WIBA on Tap – 3rd Tuesday of even-numbered month at PourHouse by Walnut River Brewing. This is an additional mixer throughout the year to tap into the resources and expertise of WIBA members and guests. Free admission.
  • Small Business Connect Expo – Showcase your business (for a small additional fee) to celebrate National Small Business Week each May. Workshops will also take place during the event on a variety of topics including marketing, technology, resources and more.
  • 2020 WIBA Kickoff – Enjoy a wonderful semi-formal evening event with exceptional keynote speakers to celebrate the year.

Education and Resources

  • Social Media – Like our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages to receive updates on events and share with your friends and co-workers.
  • Disney Institute – WIBA hosts this renowned professional development course each year. This full-day event provides area professionals an opportunity to think differently about how they do business.
  • Online – The WIBA website includes member-only resources including a membership directory, member coupons, the ability to post on the community calendar, register for events and more.
  • WIBA CONNECT – This bi-monthly e-newsletter includes upcoming events, educational articles, member spotlights, new member recognition, community calendar and more.
  • Mentor Programs – WIBA provides opportunities for members to present to students through the GOALS/Partners 4 Success adult retraining program, Goodwill’s NexStep GED completion program and Brooks Middle School STEM science program in partnership with Exploration Place.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities – Get your business name in front of community leaders during WIBA events. Members receive priority on available and affordable sponsorship opportunities for businesses of all sizes.
  • WIBA The Alternative Board (TAB) Board – The mission of TAB is to help business owners grow and strengthen their company through a monthly board meeting of small business owners, one-on-one coaching and use of online information resources. Join TAB for a special WIBA member price.
  • Membership and Events Committees – Increase the value of your WIBA membership by participating in the Membership or Events Committees. Each committee is guided by a WIBA staff member and addresses decisions and actions that impact the organization and our membership.
  • Educational Seminars – In addition to WWLA and Monthly Luncheons, WIBA hosts quarterly seminars facilitated by business trainer Charlie Moon.
  • Business Counseling – Our Business Growth Initiative was created to identify and address barriers to growth in order to create a healthy and inviting business environment, including assistance with business plans, marketing, accounting, hiring and more.
  • WIBA Board Room – Members may schedule meetings in the WIBA board room (holds up to 25 people).

 Political Advocacy

Members have a voice that is heard in local, state and federal issues. We take a proactive stand on city, county, state and federal legislation that impacts the operation and profitability of our members’ businesses.

  • Advocates in Topeka – Our lobbyists at Bright and Carpenter represent WIBA members before legislative and executive branches of government, focusing on business issues. Specifically, they specialize in state business taxes, insurance and human resource issues. They bring a business voice to the Statehouse to develop sound public policy to protect the best interests of WIBA members.
  • Government Affairs Committee – This committee monitors issues, legislation, regulations and ordinances on the federal, state and local levels that have an impact on businesses. The committee also recommends positions or actions they feel WIBA should take or not take as an organization based on member surveys.
  • WIBA Small Business Day in TopekaMeet and speak with your State Legislators every year.
  • November Legislative Luncheon – Meet City Council members, County Commissioners, USD 259 School Board members and the South Central Delegation of state legislators and enjoy roundtable discussions during the November monthly luncheon.

Click here to register online or e-mail Judy at judy@wiba.org.