TIBA Member Support Grant

Congratulations to Elissa Shipman
our 2021 TIBA Member Support Grant winner!

I am a 3rd generation American Family insurance agency owner. My grandpa, Earl Shipman was the 1st generation and came by the office every day after he retired to continue the relationships he built. Larry Shipman, my father, was the 2nd generation agency owner for American Family – for 51 years. I worked for him for 35 years. In 2017 I became the agency owner.  

I have held my insurance license since 1985 and graduated from Washburn University with a Business Finance Degree. I have two daughters Kaile and Morgan. Both are about to finish up college and their degrees. 

I respect and believe in the values and accomplishments of the previous generations and I am now fulfilling my dream to be the 3rd generation agent and continue 66 years of our client relationships. 

Team Shipman is here to serve. Our unique background, training and experience has prepared us well to help meet your insurance needs. Additionally, as residents of the Topeka community, we understand how important it is for us to be there for you – our trusted friends and neighbors. Together, we’re building strong partnerships to help everyone succeed. 

Please drop by for a coffee, tea, hot chocolate anytime. If we can help with an insurance question or offer our assistance we would be happy to help. We want to thank TIBA for this honor and will continue to support our community with this grant.

Thank you again,
Elissa Shipman, Agency Owner/Agent

2021 Grant Info & Application


Membership Criteria:

The Topeka Independent Business Association is organized to promote the formation, growth and viability of small and independently owned business in the Topeka area.

  • We work to improve the business climate and foster business opportunities for independent business.

  • We urge our members to do business locally whenever possible.

  • We provide benefits, services and education to aid in the operation and profitability to its members.

  • We promote entrepreneurship as affording the greatest opportunity for youth.

Because of our mission and passion for our community TIBA’s Board of Directors have voted to give back to our members through our new Member Support Grant.

What is TIBA’s Member Support Grant? It’s an opportunity to assist members of TIBA (must be a member of TIBA as of March 1st, 2021) with a $3000 grant to support business operations. 

Applications will be scored on the following criteria: 

  • Length of TIBA membership

  • Community Involvement

  • Leadership (within company and community)

  • Creativity through the pandemic

Deadline: Friday, October 15th, 2021

To apply, fill out and submit the digital form below.

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