Knowledge and Insights Powering Independent Business

With Senator Ron Johnson

CNBC Commentator and Director of Economic Council, Larry Kudlow

Meeting with Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan in Washington D.C..

KT McFarland,

 Former National Security Advisor 

Steve Kohlmann

Executive Director

Yes, there are other business organizations. 

One is very unique. IBAW.

Business owners and entrepreneurs often find themselves stuck on a hamster wheel of building a business. Lots of running but getting nowhere. Being a business owner, involved with entrepreneurship or sales can be very isolating at times and it's hard to find like minded individuals to share that experience. Nevertheless, you always have to keep learning, growing and evolving.

If you feel the heaviness of building a business but yearn for the lightness of being a beginner again, join us! We have the people and programs to help you.

IBAW has spent time carefully curating incredible programming and attracting the right individuals to our organization. While people come to our events for content,  they leave with something far more

Just like an investor investing in a businesses, IBAW invests in people because we believe amazing people become increasingly amazing over time.

The IBAW model is to be a boutique business organization and to dedicate itself to supporting and serving a intimate group of business individuals. These people value legacy over currency. They know good is the enemy of great, that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and are never satisfied with "good enough".

But more importantly they are not afraid to sacrifice and are willing to help others with who they are...and who they want to become.

These are the people we are committed to the IBAW.  Is that you?


Mr. Kohlmann has been contracted through his firm, Kohlmann Management Group, as Executive Director for the IBAW. Steve has been involved with the organization for the past twelve years where he has served on various committees, as a past president, and now as executive director.

As Executive Director he oversees day to day operations of the IBAW including programing, member relations, marketing & communications, website, strategic alliances, outreach and fundraising.

Previously Steve was with Heritage Printing / Cultivate Communications in Brookfield contributing to the development of campaign strategies, determining project timelines, managing the production process and planning for major initiatives including interactive and direct marketing, consumer and business-to-business advertising campaigns. His experience covers a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, technology , non profit and service industries. Prior to Heritage, he oversaw sales & marketing for a mid-sized printing / manufacturing firm in Milwaukee.

Steve has been a regular featured speaker at the Milwaukee Biz Times Expo on Marketing & Communications and has sat as a member of the Business Advisory Council for Special Needs Adoption and United Cerebral Palsy Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Steve is active in his community of the Town of Brookfield. He has sat on the Tax Assessment Board of Review for the Town and is a member of the Community Development Authority (CDA) for the Town of Brookfield where he oversaw the $250 million dollar retail development in Waukesha County known as “The Corners”.

Presently Steve is a Supervisor for the Town and also sits as a member of the Town's Architectural Control Board and Personnel Committee.


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