Knowledge and Insights Powering Independent Business

Upcoming Events

  What do members say about IBAW programing?

“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

IBAW's mission is to provide insightful programming to its members. We do this by selecting knowledgeable speakers with business experience. 

The video to the right is a short selection from our discussion on exporting where we brought in Mr. Tom Bentley, CEO of Bentley World Packaging, Mr. Joe Jurken, Partner of the ABC Group and Mr. Damian Felton for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Upcoming events

    • Friday, February 19, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
    • The Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee

    Monthly Meeting: Situation:CRITICAL

    Can Wisconsin's Restaurant Industry Survive Covid?

    Friday, February 9, 2021 | Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am 

    Location: The Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee

    There’s no doubt about it; Wisconsin’s restaurant sector has taken it on the chin during the Covid-19 situation with mandated closures and capacity limits that not only impact the restaurant business itself but all of its employees as well. Even if restaurants were to get full capacity back, would the public feel comfortable enough to patronize the business to the point it can survive?

    This month our speaker is Kristine Hillmer, Director for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. We’ll cover all these points - and more - at our February meeting.

    Join us!

    COVID-19 Information for the meeting:

    - Advanced registration is required for this meeting - please: No Walk Ins.

    - Seating at tables will be spaced accordingly for social distancing.

    - Face masks worn in common areas of Wisconsin Club (lobby, restroom).

    - Fist bumps or elbow bumps instead of handshakes.

    - Wisconsin Club has done extensive cleaning, sanitizing and is rated as an 'A' by the City of Milwaukee Health Department


    7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. - Check in, coffee, networking

    7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Plated breakfast

    8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Program

    8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Q&A with speaker

    9:00 am - Adjourn


    Attire: Business Professional

    Please note:
    No refunds/credits can be issued for those unable to attend 24 hours before the event. Due to venue policy, "No shows" are charged / invoiced. 
    • Thursday, February 25, 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • TBA
    • 10

    Next Level Leadership Training

    February 25, 2021 - 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Get the upcoming leaders inside your business ready to take over. This is the perfect program to help build and organize the next generational leaders inside your business. 

    Based on Brian Tracy's proven process for success is the foundation for this leadership program brought to you by the IBAW and FocalPoint Leadership.

    Communication & Accountability

    Leadership & Strategic Thinking

    Effectiveness & Time Skills


    Module 1 - Communication & Accountability: Jan 19, Feb 16, March 16

    Module 2: - Leadership & Strategic Thinking:  April 20, May 18, June 15

    Module 3: - Effectiveness & Time Skills: July 20, Aug 17, Sept 21

    Class is on the third Tuesday of the month, starting on January 19

    Cost: $1500 / each 3-month Module 

    (3 sessions each + 1/2 hr 1x1 coaching session each month) 


    $3700 / all 3 modules paid in advance

    For more information contact IBAW 

    Executive Director Steve Kohlmann by clicking here.

Past events

Monday, November 09, 2020 19 Ways Your Brand Makes a First Impression
Friday, September 18, 2020 Turbulent Wisconsin
Friday, December 13, 2019 Promoting Employment in the Trades - One on One with Rebecca Kleefisch
Friday, August 16, 2019 The Business of Law Enforcement
Friday, May 10, 2019 2019 Sporting Clay Shoot
Thursday, April 11, 2019 Legislative Roundtable
Friday, March 01, 2019 President's Circle Leadership Group
Friday, November 02, 2018 President's Circle Leadership Group
Thursday, November 01, 2018 Legislative Roundtable
Friday, October 05, 2018 President's Circle Leadership Group
Monday, September 10, 2018 Overcoming Objection Workshop Part 2
Friday, September 07, 2018 President's Circle Leadership Group
Monday, May 14, 2018 Sales Roundtable:What Are You Doing to Keep Your Confidence Level High?
Monday, April 09, 2018 Sales Roundtable:10 Minutes To a Better Website
Friday, April 06, 2018 President's Circle Leadership Group
Monday, March 12, 2018 Sales Roundtable: Open Format!
Friday, March 02, 2018 President's Circle Leadership Group
Monday, February 12, 2018 The Million Dollar Question: Why Do We Do Business Together?
Friday, February 02, 2018 President's Circle Leadership Group
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Legislative Roundtable
Monday, January 08, 2018 The Million Dollar Question: Why Do We Do Business Together?
Friday, January 05, 2018 President's Circle Leadership Group
Monday, November 13, 2017 Sales Roundtable "Leveraging CRMs for Maximum Sales"
Monday, October 09, 2017 Sales Roundtable "Voice of the Customer – A Strategic Approach"
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 President's Circle Leadership Group
Friday, August 18, 2017 7 Steps To Building A High-Performance Culture
Monday, August 14, 2017 Eliminating Tongue Tied-itis
Friday, May 12, 2017 2017 Sporting Clay Shoot
Monday, May 08, 2017 How to Capitalize on the New LinkedIn for Growing Your Sales
Monday, May 09, 2016 Sales Roundtable - Open Format!
Thursday, April 21, 2016 "Meeting the Demands of Today's Employers"
Monday, April 11, 2016 Sales Roundtable - Improving Your Personal Brand
Monday, March 14, 2016 Sales Roundtable - Value Points and how to Communicate Them.
Monday, February 08, 2016 Sales Roundtable
Monday, January 11, 2016 Sales Roundtable: When Prospects Go..DARK
Monday, December 14, 2015 Sales Roundtable
Monday, November 09, 2015 Sales Roundtable
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