The IBAW was formed to exclusively serve the needs and interests of small, independent business of Wisconsin.
As Wisconsin’s leading advocacy group for small business, we provide our member companies with maximum value for their investments of time and money.
Hear what our members say by watching the video.
• Events and programs that will benefit our members’ business endeavors and contribute to their ongoing success.
• Attract and secure high-profile, high-demand business and political leaders for our monthly meetings who share their valuable experience and insights while keeping members informed on timely and relevant business issues and public policy concerns.
• Intimate group size give our meetings structured two-way conversations whereby members have the opportunity to both solicit and offer feedback to our speakers as well as other like-minded small business professionals.
• Programming solely driven by the interests and the voice of our members.
IBAW is a venue for high level CEOs, CFOs, COOs, other upper management, business professionals 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 1973, 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:
To advance business prosperity through insightful programming,
executive networking and member-driven public policy and advocacy.
The IBAW provides business professionals the opportunities 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
| 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