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Okolona Business & Professional Association
September Print E-mail

September's Breakfast Sponsor:

Dr. James Ramsey of The University of Louisville

Thursday, September 25, 2014: 7:30am-9:00am

Hot Breakfast Catered by The Tumbleweed with GanoLife Coffee

Doors Open at 7 AM for Serious Networkers and Coffee!

Okolona Firehouse #1 – Community Room Upstairs – 8501 Preston Highway (40219)

Recognizing The Signs Of Domestic Abuse

Our Invited Speaker: LMPD Detective Larry Farmer

While domestic violence is all over the news this month, it's not always easy to tell at the very beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any age, race, gender or religion. Social economic status or having a college degree does not exclude you either. Many abusive partners may seem absolutely “perfect” in the early stages of a relationship. Possessive and controlling behaviors don't always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship begins to grow. Domestic violence doesn't look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. One thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partners. If you're beginning to feel as if your partner or a loved one is becoming abusive, call someone to talk about it at The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE (7233).

Some Characteristics and Common Signs You Are Dating or Living With An Abuser

· Telling you that you can never do anything right or shaming you with put-downs

· Showing jealousy of your friends and accusations of where you've been

· Damaging your property, especially when they are angry (throwing objects, punching walls, slamming doors, etc.) or threatening to hurt or kill you, your family/friends, or pets

· Controlling every penny in the household, refusing to give you money for expenses, taking your money, or preventing you from working or attending school

· Acting in ways that scare you (such as driving recklessly or dangerously when you're in the car with them, pulling your hair, punching, slapping, kicking, biting or chocking you)

· Controlling the people you talk to or see, where you go, what you do, or what you wear

· Preventing you from making your own decisions or pressuring you to change your mind

· Telling you that you are a bad parent or threatening to harm or take away your children

· Abandoning you in unfamiliar places or leaving you without transportation

· Intimidating you with guns, knives, or other weapons, or actually hurting you with them

· Pressuring you to have sex or forcing things you're not comfortable doing sexually

· Preventing you from calling the police or seeking medical treatment

· Forcing use of drugs or alcohol (especially, if you've had a substance abuse problem)

· Trapping you in your home or keeping you from leaving

Come join the discussion and learn how to better recognize the signs of domestic violence. You may just save someone's life because of the information that will be shared – and that life may be someone in your office, a close friend, or even you. Visit www.TheHotLine.org


Renewal Print E-mail

Renew your 2014 Membership dues today.

Benefits of Membership

Renewal dues for 2014 is $150 and includes:

  • Affinity programs offering discounts to the members.
  • A membership website directory listing with business name, address, contact name and phone number.
  • Monthly e-mailed newsletters with the latest area developments and business news. Recognition of all new business members.
  • 10 monthly meetings with the opportunity to network with fellow businesses.

The Association sponsors several community events throughout the year including Light Up Okolona and FACE-2FACE events. We also support the Lone Oak Park at the corner of Preston and Outer Loop and area beautification efforts.

Whether you have started a new business or have been here for years, membership in the Okolona Business & Professional Association will give you the opportunity to be involved and stay informed of area business growth.

Renew today by using the below link.


Meeting pictures Print E-mail


Courtesy of Kat Baker & Eric Link

On-line meeting pictures-




Welcome Print E-mail

The Okolona Business & Professional Association, Inc is a non-profit organization.  Think of it as a Chamber of Commerce for small and large businesses alike, formed for the following purposes:

  • To build community pride through the development and maintenance of Lone Oak Park at the corner of Preston Highway and Outer Loop, the gateway to Okolona.
  • To provide a forum for regular meetings to encourage networking between member businesses.
  • To improve the business climate in the Okolona community by listening to the concerns of the business and professional community, and to have those concerns heard by the appropriate city officials.
  • To promote and encourage the beautification of the community and surrounding areas.
  • To encourage the particitpation of all members of the Association in their civic duties as business leaders.
  • To provide added value programs and discounts to our members through Affinity programs.

The Okolona area is experiencing new growth and development. Today, it is more important than ever to build a strong business organization that works together to improve our community.

If you are interested in joining, but have more questions, please call Amy Streible, Business Development Manager, at (502) 439-5633 or e-mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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