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.
OKOLONA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/MAIN STREET
BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2017
President: Steve Schultz, Retired Businessman
First Vice President: Jimmy Bryan, Minister
Second Vice President: Brenda Wise, Nursing Home Administrator and Consultant
Treasurer: Jay Mann, Bank President
Past President: Annie Gates, Educator
Amy Anderson, Vocational School Administrator
William Bailey, Businessman
Harolyn Flint, Business Owner and Operator
Lorene Moore, Retired Teacher
Betty Owens, Business Owner and Operator
Nancy Schreck, Nonprofit Executive
Nancy Sullivan, Education Consultant
Barbara Walker, Retired Military
Susie Wardlaw, Retired Healthcare
Executive Director: Dr. Perry Grubbs
To provide a quality of life for our citizens through promoting Economic Growth, Community Service and Community Pride.