About the Chamber/Chamber Membership

Chamber History and Board of Directors

History of Chamber: The Okolona Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1934, with Joseph L. Bowles as its first secretary. Following the depression, the newly formed Chamber adopted the slogan, "The Little City That Does Big Things".

Okolona Positioned for Growth

Detail analysis studies show that Okolonians are spending more of their income in the city, than in the in past. Sales tax is steadily increasing as new businesses open. Okolona’s retail area consists of approximately 15,000 persons.

Chamber Membership Provides:

  • Advocate for Business: The Chamber is the voice of the business community in local, county, and state issues representing the business community in problem solving, promoting economic development, raising the per capita income and providing strong financial resources to create a better life for all citizens.
  • Meeting Room Rental: Chamber members are offered the use of the meeting room free.
  • Tax Deductibility: Membership in the Chamber may be 100% deductible as a necessary business expense or individual contribution.
  • Resource Center: Information resources are available at the Chamber-examples include community demographics, local and area phone directories, a city/county map, lists of clubs, organizations, businesses, industries, and churches.


President: Nancy Schreck, Nonprofit Executive
First Vice President: Betty Owens, Business Owner and Operator
Second Vice President: Annie Gates Retired Educator
Treasurer: Vera Mitchell, Retired Educator
Past President: Jimmy Bryan, Minister

Brenda Wise, Nursing Home Administrator and Consultant
James Cook, Minister/ Consultant
Sumeka Thomas, Attorney & Judge at Law
Perry Grubbs, Retired Executive Director
Amy Anderson, Vocational School Administrator
William Bailey, Businessman
Harolyn Flint, Business Owner and Operator
Lorene Moore Barr, Retired Educator
Susie Wardlaw, Retired Healthcare

Executive Director: La Sonja Ivy


Mission Statement

To provide a quality of life for our citizens through promoting Economic Growth, Community Service and Community Pride.

Copyright © Okolona Area Chamber of Commerce • Okolona, MS • All Rights Reserved • A Mississippi Main Street Community
Telephone: 662-447-5913 • Fax: 662-447-0254
Sponsors: Bank of OkolonaRenasant BankUnited Furniture
Cook Coggin Engineers, Inc.Okolona Electric DepartmentFood Giant
Chickasaw CountyCity of Okolona