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Congratulations! to new Sisters In Business (SIB) Clients Cheryl McCray of Baskets by Cheryl; Jacqueline "JD" Richards of The Beauty Industry Suites, LLC & Expozure Hair Concepts, Yolanda Davis of Gypsy Beads and Things; and Sherry Casteel, of Traverus Travel Click here to see new and other featured businesses showcased at www.sistersinbusiness.net
 Girls Inc Awards Women Leaders! SIB Empowers Business Online

Tekelia Kelly (left), Sisters In Business Owner/CEO and Jamecia Love, Girls Inc Member & Boyd Buchanan Student


Girls Inc Awards Women Leaders! Sisters In Business Empowers Business Online

Girls Inc teens participating in the Women’s History Project, along with their staff and board members, named 14 women who have changed Chattanooga.  In the spirit of Shirley Chisom, the first African American woman to run for president of the United States, the award models Ms. Chisholm declaration of herself as a representative of all people and made a commitment to serve as a leader who would remain “unbought and unbossed. 

Sisters In Business Founder and Owner Tekelia Cassaundra (Crutcher) Kelly was one of those honored with the "2007 Unbought and  Unbossed" Award Zsa Zsa Perryman, Assistant Account Executive of Waterhouse Public Relations and Coordinator for the Girls Inc Women History Team spoke during the event about the girls' journey for choosing women they desired to see receive the award.  In the process of conducting their research, the girls indicated how they thought all nominees would be found in Google.  A notion that was brought into alignment as Ms. Perryman guided the young women to "rediscover paper-based


research".  The technology-savvy, business-leadership quality girls took information gathered from the library and developed a MySpace page for their award winners.  The MySpace page highlighted each honoree and was projected as a sidebar throughout the ceremony.  The girls' product made for a very professional-looking presentation, and great example of how such a online medium can be used for education and presentation. 


Upon acceptance of her award, Tekelia Kelly acknowledged and thanked her "smart, strong, and bold" Girls Inc teen awarder Jamecia Love, who also attends Boyd Buchanan School.  She explained how delighted she was to learn from Jamecia while doing their email interview that Jamecia had attended Tekelia Kelly's CHIPS Computer Camp program about eight years ago as a 3rd Grader. 

After thanking the Girls, Inc staff and board; table guests to inlcude Sisters in Business clients Dorothea Johnson (Inner Glow Skin Care Services) and Joyce Holt (The Health Nut); and parents Maelene (Branham) and Moses Crutcher, Tekelia closed referring to earlier statement made by Zsa Zsa Perryman's regarding the girls expecting find people in Google and humorously added "We can get you in Google!"

More about Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga:

Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing a healthy and positive environment where girls can enjoy being girls; by providing enriching programs that nurture their capacity for personal achievement, confident adulthood and economic independence; and by advocating for an equitable society.

Click here to read more about the Unbought and Unbossed Award ceremony and honorees.

Click here to see Girls Inc Women History Team "Facebook Project" on the Internet, or go to www.myspace.com/unboughtandunbossed.

Click here to read the Chattanooga Times Free Press Community News story on the event: http://www.timesfreepress.com/absolutenm/?a=12897&z=   The article is on page 13.


Why Getting in Google & Other Search Engines Good for Business With Zsa Zsa Perryman

Why Getting in Google (or any Search Engine) can be good for your business, and networking.

“At Waterhouse Public Relations one of the first things we do when we evaluate a client is look at their Web site.  If you’re not present on the Internet, then you may as well not exist. Your Web site should be a direct reflection of the message your company wants the rest of the world to know. If it’s not, then you’re turning away potential customers. Who cares what you have to offer if you do not know how to offer it the correct way?”  


Quote by Zsa Zsa Perryman

Assistant Account Executive of Waterhouse Public Relations

& Coordinator of the Girls Women History Team


People are online searching for business, products, services all the time, locally, nationally, and even worldwide. Being searchable and findable on the world wide web is vitally important for business today, as people use the internet, email, and search engines like Google.  Even the teen girls in the Girls Inc Women History Team project noted how they expected to find and conduct research on all their nominated honorees on the internet via a search engine like Google, as explained by Zsa Zsa Perryman, Coordinator of the Girls Inc Women History Team.

Having a website is great and essential, and is now expected for businesses today. However, though it's great to have a company website, if no one can find you and your website, your efforts are in vain.  At Sisters In Business, we promote and advise our clientele to have their own company website, in addition to having a business webpage and directory listing inside our business network.  Being in the Sisters In Business Network is like having a storefront in our mall, where there is ongoing internet traffic, or visitors, 365 days a year 24-7 a day.  Our strategy is then "link" this dynamic traffic to our clients and partners company websites. 

Sisters In Business is a internet-based networking and advertising company.  We helps people find you and your business using our Search Engine Optimized (SEO) company website.  This has yielded an excellent track record for our website and members in the network.  he search engines for most relevant searches.  We have very proven results of placing our clients' and partners and their websites/webpages in search engines like Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, Goodsearch, and more for most relevant searches. 

Google has become known as the most used, most powerful search engine and advertising platforms on the internet.  Having a website and one that can be found is the order of the day...and "we can get you in Google", with a significant ranking in most instances.  It is important for anyone doing business today to have a email address, website, webpage, and/or some kind of findable presence on the internet.  Sisters In Business "can get you in Google"...as well as any other major search engine to help you brand, build, and broadcast your business.



SIB 2nd Annual Business Women’s Empowerment Luncheon & Business Expo


Sisters In Business Hosts Its "2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon & Business Expo, June 8, 1007


Sisters In Business will host its "2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon and Business Expo" June 8  2007 at the Chattanooga Convention Center located at 1100 Carter Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA).  The theme for this year's event is "Empowering Our Youth, Enriching Our Lives!"


The event is Sisters In Business annual major networking event, which offers a community luncheon, dynamic keynote speaker, showcase of selected businesses offering a variety of products and services for women in business, home, and the community, and other business empowerment and life enrichment activities. Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Advertisers Welcome!  Call 423.421.5646.  (See event flyer below. Click here for  more details.)


The event will also offer Parents, Youth Programs, Community Groups, Recreation Centers, Churches, Greek and Service Organizations TWO (2) GREAT WAYS TO “EMPOWER YOUTH & ENRICH LIVES" THIS SUMMER!

1) Sponsor and shadow youth boys/girls as they explore The Business & Tradeshow Marketplace as a Jr. Business and/or Shopper at SIB’s Business/Jr. Business Expo. 

2) Make a mentoring memory at SIB's Empowerment Luncheon with fun, food, and fellowship.

Also, the event will once again serve as a youth fundraiser to benefit Girls Inc of Chattanooga's GirlVenture and other youth development programs.  Stay tuned  for further updates about the event through SIB eNewsletter

Sponsors and advertisers are welcome and will be given substantial recognition.  Applications for exhibitor tables are also now being accepted.  To find out more about being an advertiser, sponsor, or exhibitor for the event, please contact Tekelia C. Kelly at 423.421.5646 or email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net.



Sisters In Business Presents

2nd Annual Business Women's

Empowerment  Luncheon & Business Expo








Keynote Speaker Dr. Carolyn Bibbs

Creative Life, Incorporated, Memphis, TN




Professional, Commercial, Home-based

& Service-Type Businesses


"Youth In Business" Exhibits


The 2007 “Youth Friendly" Businesses of SIB


Silent Auction by Int'l Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES


Fashion Show


& More!


Friday, June 8, 2007


Chattanooga Convention Center

Located at 1100 Carter Street,

Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA).



Open to public.


Exhibitor Hall Opens 10:00 AM-11:30 AM & 1:00 PM-3:00 PM



Empowerment Luncheon

Ticket/Table Reservations Required


11:30 AM -1:00 PM


Tickets $25.00/Adult; $15 Youth


$250 Reserved table of eight




Door Prizes & Giveaways!


Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Advertisers Welcome!

Call 423.421.5646


Benefiting Girls Inc of Chattanooga

& The Youth of Chattanooga



Get ready for another SIB EMPOWERING Event for the Entire Community!  Get your tickets early.  Like last year, we expect this event to SELL OUT! (Pictured below SIB 2006 "1st Annual Empowerment Luncheon, Tradeshow, & Youth Fundraiser")






SPONSOR, ADVERTISER, & EXHIBITOR opportunities are available.  For more information, please email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net  or call 423.421.5646.

Thank you for your support of this event to Encourage & Empower the Entrepreneur Spirit and Business Enterprise of Youth in the Community.

“Sisters In Business...Empowering Economic Development & Business Enterprise Locally and Worldwide!”



"Sisters In Business Say" Quote by Dr. Cassandra Whitaker

Sisters In Business Say!



“I am excited about Sisters In Business!  We are already strong and the bond will get even stronger.”


Dr. Cassandra Whitaker, OB/GYN, SIB Client

  MD Whitaker’s Women Center




 Cheryl McCray of "Baskets by Cheryl" Joins SIB



Cheryl McCray of "Baskets by Cheryl" Joins

Cheryl McCray

"Baskets by Cheryl"

Sisters In Business.

Cheryl McCray, owner of "Baskets by Cheryl" joins the Sisters In Business Network as a Business Client.  Cheryl designs beautiful gift baskets, custom-made for special occasions, events, and more! 

We are proud to welcome Cheryl to the Sisters In Business Network.  Click here for Cheryl's Business Directory Listing.  For additional information contact:

Cheryl McCray

Baskets by Cheryl

556 Dodson Avenue

Chattanooga, TN  37404

Office: 423-362-0869
Email basketsbycheryl@yahoo.com

Stay tuned for more information about Cheryl and "Baskets by Cheryl" in Sisters In Business eNewsletter.




Yolanda Davis of "Gypsy Beads & Things" Joins SIB



Yolanda Davis of "Gypsy Beads ~N~ Things" Joins Sisters In Business















Yolanda Davis

"Gypsy Beads ~N~ Things"

Yolanda Davis, owner of "Gypsy Beads ~N~ Things" joins the Sisters In Business Network as a Business Client.  Yolanda designs beautiful and unique hand-crafted jewelry.  Yolanda also custom makes jewelry to customers' requests. 

We are proud to welcome Yolanda to the Sisters In Business Network.  Click here for Yolanda's Business Directory Listing.  For additional information contact:

Yolanda Davis

Gypsy Beads ~N~ Things

100 Cherokee Boulevard

Suite 2004

Chattanooga, TN  37405

Office: 423-432-1811
Email gypsybeadsnthings@comcast.net

Stay tuned for more information about Yolanda and "Gypsy Beads ~N~ Things" in Sisters In Business eNewsletter.    




Sherry Casteel of "TraVerus Travel" Joins SIB



Sherry Casteel of "TraVerus Travel", Cleveland, TN Joins Sisters In Business.

 Sherry Casteel

"TraVerus Travel"

Sherry Casteel, Independent Marketing Travel Agent for "TraVerus Travel" joins Sisters In Business as a Business Client.  Sherry provides exciting travel opportunities.  She has the ability to book travel, as well as teach others to book travel wholesale rather than retail.

We are proud to welcome Sherry to the Sisters In Business Network.  Click here for Sherry's Business Directory Listing.  For additional information contact:

Sherry Casteel

TraVerus Travel

3435 Davis Cir. NW

Cleveland, TN  37312

Office: 423-476-5361


Stay tuned for more information about Sherry and "TraVerus Travel" in the Sisters In Business eNewsletter.





Jacqueline "JD" Richards of "The Beauty Industry Suites, LLC/Expozure" Joins SIB



Jacqueline "JD" Richards, CEO of "The Beauty Industry Suites, LLC/Expozure Hair Concepts" Joins Sisters In Business


Jacqueline "JD" Richards

"The Beauty Industry Suites/ Expozure Hair Concepts"

Jacqueline "JD" Richards, CEO of "The Beauty Industry Suites, LLC/Expozure Hair Concepts (EHC) has joined the Sisters In Business Network as a Business Client.  EHC is a full service salon voted one of the top 100 in the country by Salon Sense Magazine in 2005.  The Beauty Industry Suites offers today's independent beauty contractor the ability to own their own salon without the start up cost.

We are proud to welcome JD to the Sisters In Business Network.  Click here for JD's Business Directory Listing.  For additional information contact:

Jacqueline "JD" Richards

The Beauty Industry Suites, LLC/Expozure Hair Concepts

6727 Heritage Business Court Ste.706
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Office: 423-510-0883 
Email  neserich@aol.com

Stay tuned for more information about Jacqueline "JD" Richards and "The Beauty Industry Suites/Expozure Hair Concepts in upcoming publication of the Sisters In Business eNewsletter.




 "Blooming & Booming" Sisters In Business":  Mary Williams, Forestine Watson-Haynes, & Ferlencia Tuggle

Mary Williams' Floral Gallery Celebrates 20 Years of Business Serving Chattanooga and More!




Mary Williams, Owner of The Floral Gallery, located at 1524 Dodds Ave. Chattanooga, TN



Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Williams Owner of the Floral Gallery, Celebrating 20 Years of Floral Design Business  Services.  Mrs. Williams is a business woman extraordinaire, and we are very proud to have such an established business woman in Chattanooga, and the Sisters In Business Network!


A lot can be learned from Mrs. Williams' business acumen; rooted in goodwill,  professionalism, and excellent community and customer service.  Like that given to Lisa Fontana of  Henderson Hutcherson McCullough, an partnering Chattanooga accounting firm who was also a Silver Level sponsor for Sisters In business "1st Year Anniversary and Grand Opening of Sisters In Business.Net.  Tekelia Kelly was told of Mrs. Mary's quality service and business professionalism.  Ms. Fontana also mentioned how she discovered that Mrs. Williams was part of the Sisters In Business Network by recognizing her Client Membership Certificate displayed out front in her service area. 


Read more about Lisa Fontana's experience with the Floral Gallery below.


Thank you Mrs. Mary Williams for your excellent model as a Sister In Business.  We appreciate your business in the Sisters In Business Network.    


Click here to read more about Mrs. Williams and The Floral Gallery.



Lisa Fontana of Henderson Hutcherson  & McCullough's Praises The Floral Gallery

"On February 26th I was leaving work late and headed to my daughter's basketball game.  It was a pretty big game and it was also my daughter's 17th birthday. I thought it would be really nice to give her flowers after the game.  Of course I am the world's worst at waiting until the last minute and this time was no different!  With no time to spare I headed to the game hoping to find a florist that was still open.  It was my lucky day!  I stopped at The Floral Gallery on Dodds Avenue, and the owner Ms. Mary Williams took great pains with me even though it was time for her to close.  Ms. Williams personally worked on putting my bouquet together until she thought it was just right.  As I was paying her and thanking her again for helping me,  I noticed a frame on her desk that read "Sisters in Business".    I had just become familiar with Sisters in Business through a co-worker, Terri Jeter McAvoy and was thrilled to be doing business with one of its participants.  I said as much to Ms.  Williams and with a huge smile and lots of pride in her voice she told me she was one of the founding members.   

Thanks, Lisa"


Lisa Fontana

Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC 
1200 Market Street
Freight Depot
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2713
fax: 423.265.8125




28th CDC Breaks Ground for MLK Condos



Forestine Watson-Haynes, Executive Director of 28th CDC, and The MLK Condos Project Team break ground; empowering downtown Chattanooga and the Martin Luther King District at Houston and Mable as shown in above photo. 

The 28th CDC is a private, locally initiated non-profit community development organization serving over 20 neighborhoods in Chattanooga, Tennessee’s 28th legislative district. Governed by a maximum 21 member board of directors, the 28th CDC seeks to provide and administer programs, projects and activities that contribute to the social, economic, and civic development of persons residing in the neighborhoods and communities we serve.

Click here to read more about Forestine Watson-Haynes, Executive Director of 28th CDC, and the MLK Condos at Houston & Mable at www.sistersinbusiness.net



Ferlencia's Floral Design Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary!  A Message from the Owner 


Ferlencia Tuggle is now displayed in Warehouse Row in downtown Chattanooga, TN


A year has passed since the opening of Ferlencia’s Floral Designs at 711 Tunnel Blvd. It has been a busy and interesting year for me and the business. I have learned so much and God has placed some wonderful people in my path. Networking has been essential for getting business... Sister’s in Business has played a part in the networking. The newsletter has prompted some telephone calls for orders and encouraging words from friends and former co-workers.  So the SIB newsletter is an awesome tool for the Sisters.  

I have had the pleasure of doing business with Stephanie Sinkfield, Owner & Agent of State Farm Insurance, another Sisters In Business client.  I designed and delivered a couple of arrangements, to include one for office.  Stephanie has also serviced me by providing me a quote a business insurance policy. 

I have learned to think outside the box, be very creative because the consumer is always looking for something different, and offer affordable and well made quality consumer items. Those are just 3 ways to describe my floral designs and anything that I do.


On this my first anniversary I can look back and truly see growth in my business.
This year I have added equipment that allows me to do more fresh cut flowers
for weddings and Valentines Day and Sympathy Sprays and a lot more...
Doing fresh cut has also allowed me to do some delivery in the Chattanooga area... Also I will be in the yellow pages in July 2007 which is a huge step for the business. I have spent a lot of time on networking and marketing the business. For advertising purposes I have compiled a CD slideshow of pictures of my floral designs. Some of these designs are displayed in a window for viewing at Warehouse Row in downtown Chattanooga and you can purchase some things at Penney’s Corner in Warehouse Row. I have truly been blessed and I give God all the glory for everything and I know that he has a lot more in store for me. I would like to thank everyone for their patronage, referrals and encouraging words. And I want Chattanooga to know that I am here for their floral needs and I look forward to serving them. Never give up on your dreams!

Ferlencia Tuggle, Owner

Ferlencia Floral Designs


Click here to read more about Ferlencia Tuggle and Ferlencia's Floral Designs. 



Sisters in Business' 1st Year Anniversary and Grand Opening Celebration was adorned with a beautiful food table and other event decor by Ferlencia's Floral Designs.  Sisters In Business wishes to thank Ferlencia's so much for the outstanding Floral design services given for our special occasion.  We share with you the special sentiments that come with being one (1) year old company.  Congratulations, again, Ferlencia!  We wish you all the best for future business success!





Expectation And The Bottom Line by Beverly Inman-Ebel, TLC CEO
A Time for Renewal by Dr. Tanya  Horne, M.D.
Health & Well-Being Column


A Time for Renewal by Dr. Tanya Horne, M.D.

Spring is just a few weeks a way.   Springtime is a time for renewal, new beginnings and spring cleaning.  Before you start on those spring cleaning chores.  Stop and take some time for yourself.  As workingwomen in the home or outside the home, you are often so busy taking care of everyone else that we seldom stop to take the time to take care of ourselves.  There are projects and deadlines at work, school activities, church activities, sports, community events, family events, not to mention the cooking, cleaning and the laundry that has to be done because your son says he has no more clean undershirts to wear.  You know the saying, “A woman’s work is never done.”

Today’s women lives are filled with activities.  We are often rushing from one event to the other from sun up to sundown and we fall exhausted into the   Read more of column.




Expectation And The Bottom Line by Beverly Inman-Ebel, TLC CEO
Interpersonal Business Communications Column


Expectation And The Bottom Line by Beverly Inman-Ebel, TLC

In my travels around this great country talking with thousands of women business owners, many revealed to me that they started their own business because they were not advancing as quickly as they wanted.  Others replied that they wanted to do it their way and simply be their own boss.

The Center for Women’s Business Research (NY,NY) released statistics this month on average revenues per firm by gender and race of ownership based upon the 2002 Economic Census.

Average Revenues per Firm by Gender and Race of Ownership, 2002 Economic Census

$154,582  White women average revenues  Read more of column.


Community News, Events, SIB eNewsletters, & Ads

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Community Unites to Support New East Hamilton County School



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