Our Mission

The Topeka Independent Business Association is organized to promote the formation, growth and viability of small and independently owned businesses in the Topeka area, and more specifically:

To work to improve the business climate and foster business opportunities for independent businesses

To promote and protect independent enterprise in the belief that businesses, substantially owned, managed and controlled by citizens of the community, will bring about a more prosperous community for all citizens

To provide benefits, services, and education to aid in the operation and profitability of its members

To encourage and support a high standard of ethics in every business and profession

To urge members to do business locally whenever possible

To promote entrepreneurship as affording the greatest opportunity for youth

To promote harmony, good fellowship, and a closer relationship among members and all Topeka business and professional men and women and their employees

To promote such municipal, state, and federal legislation or regulations as will preserve fair competition and encourage local enterprise and individual initiative

Our Vision

TIBA has three key areas of concentration important to the small business person:


TIBA is committed to helping Shawnee County businesses understand their options in obtaining affordable, honest, and managebale health insurance and health care.


TIBA will provide educational opportunities for successful ongoing businesses, directed at business owners and their key employees. In addition to sponsoring presentations and programs by professionals and experts, TIBA will encourage its most experienced members to make presentations for the benefit of other members.


TIBA is proactive in representing the interests of small and independent busniesses before the Kansas legisslature and governments in Shawnee County. TIBA is non-partisan.

TIBA will provide opportunities for business owners with common interests to discuss business and political issues in a roundtable format.

Current Board of Directors


Pam Billups

KS Business Solutions

Vice Chair




Roger Montgomery

KS Business Solutions


Mark Worden

SSC CPAs + Advisors

2022 Board of Directors


Abbey Brown
The Brownstone

Jimmy Brough
American Family Insurance

Braden Dimick
TK Business Magazine

Mike Emmert
Prudential Financial

Matt Hickam
Hickam Public Affairs, Inc.

Jennifer Kirmse
Azura Credit Union

Tim Kolling
Kansas Radio Networks

Karen Linn
BT & Co.

Chris Martin
Logan Business Machines

Stan Martindell
Topeka Electric Motor

Kristin Scott
Scott Human Resources, LLC

Jessica Sowards
Sowards Glass

Chris St. John
Lawyers Title of Topeka, Inc.