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Okolona Business & Professional Association
March, 2015 Print E-mail

Okolona Business & Professional Association

March's Breakfast Sponsor:

Town and Country Ford Louisville

(502) 964-8131


Thursday, March 26, 2015: 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)

Our Invited Speaker:

Dr. Tom L. Owen, Professor of Libraries

Archivist for Regional Collections

Archives and Special Collections – University of Louisville

A Look At The History of Louisville As We Move Forward!

Dr. Tom Owen is a Professor of Libraries (Term) at the University of Louisville. As the Archivist for Regional Collections at Archives and Special Collections, he works to preserve and make available records that document the University's history, as well as the history of the Louisville area. In addition through his public presentations, he promotes appreciation of the University throughout Kentucky and the region. He served on the City of Louisville Board of Aldermen from 1990 through 1998 and in 2003 began service on the Louisville Metro Council, serving as President in 2009.

Owen writes on history topics for area newspapers and magazines, and has edited microfilm publications including the Papers of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the Legislative Records of the City of Louisville, and the Historical Records of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. He has written biographical sketches of the Kentucky Governors and an article on “Louisville” for the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Tom produced a series of television sketches on local historical sites for public television and for many years produced “Sidewalks,” a weekly radio feature for WFPK-FM.

Tom Owen teaches state and local history in the classroom, in talks and workshops, and on walking, bike, bus and boat tours. He served as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Louisville. He has produced six videos in a series called “Tom Owen's Louisville” on the history of neighborhood life in this region.

Tom graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and holds a M.A. Degree in history from the University of Louisville. He was awarded the Ph.D in American History in 1982 by the University of Kentucky. Before his career at the University of Louisville and serving on Louisville's Metro Council, Tom was a pastor in the Methodist Church for a decade.

A native Louisvillian, Tom is married to Phyllis Ann Johnston, has a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren. He likes to fix-up old houses, recycle everything he can get his hands on, promote his community, push both bicycling and public transit, eat at various restaurants, have company, daydream about making things better, attend UofL sporting events, watch movies, and take vacations.

Come enjoy a wonderful talk on the rich heritage of Louisville (including some fun facts about the Okolona area) and bring along a colleague. It's going to be a fun morning and you'll learn some really terrific things about the city you call home!!


Renewal Print E-mail

Renew your 2015 Membership dues today.

Benefits of Membership

Renewal dues for 2015 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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