Wisconsin's Resource
for Independent Business

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The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin (IBAW) was formed over 43 years ago for small business owners to engage in conversation relating to legislation which impacts the bottom-line costs of businesses throughout the state of Wisconsin. IBAW is a venue for high level CEOs, CFOs, COOs, other upper management and entrepreneurs to network, exchange business ideas and become educated and involved on issues which impact their business. 

In 2008 IBAW launched it's Business Education Series, a monthly programing series with 'top shelf' speakers on a variety of business issues and topics designed to inform, educate and engage the membership. Our members and guests consistently tell us IBAW has the best speakers and executive networking in southeastern Wisconsin. 

Our Business Behind the Scenes programing launched in 2010 giving our members unique views to a business one normally wouldn't have access to such as Caterpillar Heavy Mining, Mitchell International Airport, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater production of A Christmas Carol and the Harley Davidson Museum.

IBAW began a two page meeting recap document in 2011 which today has transformed into what is now a 24 page digital magazine distributed statewide. The magazine is filled with informative business articles and intelligence read by small business owners, entrepreneurs and elected officials throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Since 1971, IBAW members have remained committed to being involved in the legislative process and broaden our members education and professional networking opportunities. The organization continues to be an effective member-driven, grassroots voice in Madison and Washington D.C., working closely with state and national legislators on issues impacting small and independent businesses. Companies in manufacturing, service, distribution, IT, healthcare, transportation, the financial and banking sector and consulting participate as IBAW members and add to our voice. A statewide, non-profit association, IBAW members and sponsors employ thousands of Wisconsin workers. 

The IBAW's mission is just as important today as it was when it first started back in the 1970's: 

IBAW Mission:

To advance business prosperity through insightful programming, 

executive networking and member-driven public policy and advocacy.

The IBAW provides opportunities for high level professionals to:

      - Educate themselves and members of their team with insightful programing.

      - Develop a high level network of peers.

      - Contribute views to elected officials on policy & regulation issues which impact their business.

      - Personal growth avenues for themselves or upcoming members of their team.

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 What our members say...  

“I almost always come away from an IBAW meeting with useable material that helps me with my business.  Many times, a speaker   will give me something that applies to ITU AbsorbTech. Other times, it is a conversation over breakfast that gives me value. Because of the intimate setting, it is easy to engage the speakers after the presentations. I have a number of contacts I use often that began at IBAW.”

- Jim Leef, ITU AbsorbTech

"Both the speakers and members of IBAW are of the highest caliber.  
  The sessions are informative and add value both for my business as well as to be able to pass on to my clients.  
  IBAW is the place to be for quality programming and networking!”

- Lyndsay Zwirlein, PNC Bank

 “There are few organizations which can provide the level of value to that of the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin, their commitment to providing outstanding monthly programming, unique “behind the scenes of business” opportunities, and actual real-time assessment of the legislative landscape, are second to none in Wisconsin.”

- Tricia Conway, Director - External Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.

"Keep the machine running!  IBAW continues to provide a very productive opportunity to learn!"

- Tim Larkin - CEO, The Learning Exchange

 What Legislators say...
"IBAW has been a terrific facilitator in providing the feedback I need from the business community 
in order to make changes to our tax code that support business expansion. 
Wisconsin is a more business friendly state because of IBAW and their members engagement."

- Rep. Dale Kooyenga, 14th Assembly District


Independent Business Association of Wisconsin • 960 Timber Pass, Brookfield, WI 53045
Ph: 262-844-0333 •  Email: IBAWoffice@gmail.com
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