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Independent Business Association of Wisconsin

Representing Wisconsin's Independent Businesses

 Manufacturing | Construction | Legal | Financial | Technology | Education | Healthcare | Entrepreneurs 

Jim Leef

Looking for a Upscale 

Business Group?

You've Come to the Right Place!


Since 1973, the IBAW has helped business owners and professionals advance their business through insightful programming, peer-to-peer networking and advocacy for their business in Madison and Washington D.C.

The majority of IBAW members are made up of small, independent business owners, managers and professionals who are looking for something more in a business organization then just going to "networking" events. They want valuable business content, meaningful business relationships and a voice with government both at the state and federal level.

Our members typically own businesses with sales from $3 million to $75 million in sales and have 50 employees or under. Other members are those that support those businesses whether they are financial, legal, technical or some other type of service industry. 

Regardless of your company size, whether you have 200 employees or just 1, if you are a  FREE MARKET THINKER, you should join the IBAW.

Yes, there are other business organizations. One is unique, IBAW.

Business owners and entrepreneurs often find themselves stuck on a hamster wheel of building a business. A lot 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 valuable...community.

Just like an investor investing in a business, 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 an 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 type of people committed to the IBAW.  Is that you?

Here are FIVE GREAT REASONS + 1 more - to join IBAW:

#1 - Monthly Meetings - Top Shelf Speakers

IBAW offers the best in insightful business speakers and programming at our monthly breakfast meetings in downtown Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Club. 

Our monthly meetings bring in the best speakers on business topics on a wide variety of topics including leadership, human resources, logistics, employee retention, and other timely business topics. At each meeting we offer peer-to-peer networking with business owners so you can expand your business contacts and create a meaningful business resource. Get informed.  Get inspired. Get connected.

#2 - Political Voice, Representation and Keeping You Informed

Since 1974 the IBAW has been your conduit for legislative issues impacting business. Published White Papers, Legislative Priorities and other articles distilled down complex issues to keep you informed and connected. Elected representatives often attend our events for updates and hear directly from you, the small business owner.

#3 - Sales Roundtable

Open to only IBAW members, the Sales Roundtable meets monthly to discuss the challenges of sales and marketing. Come to learn from and support other professionals across a wide variety of industries. Get sales and marketing tips, test ideas and tactics, and get inspired and motivated. Send your sales team! The IBAW Sales Roundtable is a free benefit of your membership and easily covers the cost of membership by itself.

#4 - Statewide Business Magazine - Published Monthly

Every month the IBAW publishers a digital magazine filled with business intelligence and insightful articles. 

We rely on our members for content - it's a great place to get exposed to a state wide audience as a benefit of your membership. Imagine writing an article on the Top 5 Trends in your Business and how business owners would benefit.

Our digital magazine is sent to over 700 business owners throughout the state of Wisconsin. It's great exposure and submitting an article is a free benefit of your membership  Click here for a sample.

#5 - Easy on the Budget

Membership in IBAW starts at $300 annually and is one of the best investments you can make for you and your business. 

Busy? Can't make it to a meeting? That's OK. Send someone from your team. With an IBAW membership anyone from your company can attend our events like our Sales Roundtable, Business Behind the Scene events and other workshops.  

+ 1 More...

Of course there are more than just five reasons to join IBAW. We have other social events throughout the year as well as workshops that you and your team can take advantage of. Events such as our Business Behind-the-Scenes events, our "WITH ED" event and our annual Sporting Clay Shoot are all exclusive events you won't want to miss!

Want to learn more? 

Walk through this website or watch this short informational video on what IBAW members have to say about our organization!

Have more questions? 

Contact IBAW Executive Director Steve Kohlmann, by clicking here.

Ready to Join?   Click here. 


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Office: 262-844-0333
Email: IBAWOffice@Gmail.com

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