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Sisters In Business.Net Newsletter

Education / Back To School Issue

Fall/August 2008

In This Issue

Featured Members

Business Directory

What Folks Are Saying

How to Survive the Economy: A Case Study

Upcoming Events

Youth Mean Business About Jobs and Skills

“Success Skills Toolkit for Teens”

Walgreens-Gunbarrel- A "Youth Friendly Business"

Rachel Kelly-UT Ronald McNair "Exemplary" Scholar

St. Elmo M.B. Church "Youth Day & Academic Awards"

Volkswagen Fuels Jobs, Education Fuels Workers

Back-to- School Savings

and Calendar

The Education of Ms. Groves

Passing the Baton:  Help To Run the Race

National Biz Info:  U. S. Chamber SmartBrief

The Power of Knowledge:  Operation Gives Child New Life

On The Town: Pastor Julian Smith & Wife Catering Biz

Community News, Events, & Announcements




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Passing The Baton-From Education to Employment!

If "knowledge is power", you might well be blown away with this edition of the Sisters In Busines.Net Newsletter.  It is so power-packed, with entrepreneur, economic, employment, and education information, that you're going to be enlightened, engaged, empowered, and even entertained!   Notice the "e "words?  We expected you might.  Why, it's the Education Edition...what else would you expect?  Here everything is an educational experience, including the expressions and emphasis on words. 
Uh-hum. Okay. So, welcome to this month's Sisters in Business.Net's Newsletter, the Education/Back to School Edition.  It's Rated E for Everyone!   We're so EXCITED about your getting started, we'll cut this editorial short, and point you to the links below.  (Are you reading this newsletter in print?  Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  Visit us online at www.sistersinbusiness.net!)  Enjoy!  

How many e "words" can you count above?

BRAINQUEST ANSWER:  If you counted e "words" in paragraphs only,  the answer is 28.  If you counted e "words" in paragraph and title, the answer is 30.   EXCELLENT! :>)

PLAY A GAME:  Pass on and share. Provide all info except the answer to youth, coworkers, friends.  The one with best timed results for finding the correct answer, is the one who wins!



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SIB Clients Sherry Casteel-Traverus Travel and Rosalyn Hickman-Covenant Keypers listen at 3rd Annual Tennessee Economic Mini-Summit for Women, where they also presented their business services/products.


3rd Annual Tennessee Economic Mini-Summit for Women





Re: May 14 TECW Women's Economic Mini-Summit

On behalf of the Southeast Development District Advisory Council (SEDDAC) to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW) I want to thank you and your "Sisters In Business" colleagues for participating in last week's economic mini-summit at Bryan College.  I think the event was a unquestionable success, and I hope you all felt it well worth your while.  I understand your session was well-attended and has received much positive feedback. 

Please convey our sincere thanks to all who assisted you from Sisters In Business.  I hope we can look forward to your continuing participation in future events.  We wish you all success in your businesses and in your personal lives, and we join in helping to improve the well-being of Tennessee's women and families.

Very truly yours,

Tonya Kennedy Cammon

Events Planning Committee



"I was impressed with the wonderful work you are doing in supporting women entrepreneurs through the many services you provide.  It is obvious that you love what you do and that you do it well and that you’re making a difference in the lives that you touch.  Kudos!"

Corinne Livesay,

Director of Special Projects

Bryan College




My business webpage on the Sisters In Business website is still working!  A client of mine called me after finding me on the internet.  She said she had lost my business card, but remembered that I was online.  She searched for me online, found my webpage with contact info, called me, and booked a couple of services.  Thank you for what you've done for my business!



Dorothea Johnetta Johnson

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Inner Glow Skin Care Ser



(Read more about how this business used our SIB Business Consulting and Solutions services to help build and brand her business under "Setup for Success" article.) 



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 Setup for Success

Setup for Success:  How to survive the economy in business 

My business webpage on the Sisters In Business website is still working!  A client of mine called me after finding me on the internet.  She said she had lost my business card, but remembered that I was online.  She searched for me online, found my webpage with contact info, called me, and booked a couple of services.  Thank you for what you've done for my business!

Dorothea Johnetta Johnson

Certified License Aesthetician

Inner Glow Skin Care Services


How to survive the economy in business?  Continue to do business.  Advertise, thrive, still show you're alive.  Advertise at a bargain.  Brand ‘NAME’ Your Business.  Here's How!


SIB Clients can add to their business tool box custom domain names and web address “parking”, to include links to their other SIB web pages and/or their own business websites. This is just another powerful SIB solution enabling clients to better “ brand” their business. This improves marketability, credibility, and networkability in the business marketplace.  Now clients can do business more competitively online and offline, and gain points as a 21st century professional. Dorothea Johnetta Johnson (above) has already taken advantage of the service by registering her new domain www.innerglowskincare.com and parking it at her client page inside the SIB network; where there’s mall of internet traffic going 24-7.  She then leverages her new web address on her business cards, car signs, voicemail messages, and when communicating with customers. It’s SIB’s network, advertise, market and empower (NAME) your business strategy.


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SIB Upcoming Events


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 Tekelia C. Kelly

Sisters In Busienss.Net Founder/CEO

August 2, 2008 9:00 AM

“Success Skills Toolkit

for Teens”


October 4 – 25, 2008,  Saturdays  

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Ages 14 and up


Chattanooga State Technical Community College

Call 697-3100 to register


Call 421.-5646 for more info.


(Ask us about coming to your site for custom training.)


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 Feature Education Section: Youth Mean Business

 Youth Mean Business About Jobs & Skills


Angie and Robin receive their Certificate of Training and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit from Chattanooga State Technical Community College for successfully completing the AYES Youth In Business "Interpersonal Skills Development"  class this summer.


"This is so needed!  I remember going through this phase. I took a [personality] test.  They told me I was creative and good luck.  I wish I would have had some skills to go along with my interests.   If they would have had AYES, they would have been able to point me in that direction."


Elizabeth Miller, WUTC Radio 88.1 FM, UTC, Chattanooga, TN


Students learn and practice proper keyboarding skills and basic formatting In AYES Youth in Business Computer Keyboarding class at Chattanooga State.

Youth mean business about skills and jobs, and so does the AYES Youth In Business Skills Training Certificate Program.  Parents of youth seeking enrichment learning programs to enroll in this summer found the AYES Youth In Business curriculum full of skills and fun at Chattanooga State! 


Tekelia Kelly, founder and designer of the program, is an adjunct faculty member at Chattanooga State where she also teaches computer classes for the college and continuing education programs.  Ms. Kelly has designed the AYES curriculum to offer courses like Interpersonal Skills Development, Success Skills Toolkit for Teens, Computer Keyboarding, Microsoft Office Software Training, and more.


Tekelia Kelly, AYES Youth In Business Founder and Instructor, helps students during classroom activities at Chattanooga State.


Consistent with Ms. Kelly's track record as a teacher and trainer in both academic and corporate business settings, respectively, learners enrolled in the  AYES Youth In Business Skills Training Certificate Program found classes full of helpful instruction and exciting!  Students in each class gave high value ratings for instructor delivery, class content, class  effectiveness, and overall satisfaction.  Comments shared by some students are given below.


AYES Student Quotes


“This class helped me understand a lot dealing with job interviews and a resume.  I wouldn’t change a thing, except to be able to be in it more and longer, because it was so fun!”  -Robin H.


"I had a lot of fun!  It was a great learning experience.  I would love more classes like this.  It helped me a lot.  Thank you! Angie. B.


I told her that I was going to pick a class and she could pick a class.  I chose AYES, and she thought it was going to be boring, but she's been telling me how "awesome" it is!  Kristi D.


Thanks for taking your time to teach me how to type better.  I love this class.  It helped me a lot! Have a great summer!  Love ya,  -Shearyl.D


"AYES Youth In Business E-Learning Portal "

Kick-off of the AYES E-Learning Portal also enabled students to extend their learning beyond the classroom.  Instructor-led material covered in class was also made available online to learners for practice at home.  With simple email registration,  students were able to continue learning and sharpen their skills even after class was over.

AYES (Alternative Youth Economic Solutions) exists to empower the socio-economic development, employment, and education needs of youth and young adults, and help bridge the transition from high school to go college, workforce, trade, or entrepreneurship.   Offering projects and training that develop hands-on skills geared toward employers, AYES prepares students for job opportunities that offer sustainable income in the form of summer jobs, part-time and full-time work, internships, job shadowing, volunteer, and even entrepreneur opportunities.

The AYES program is designed to interface with employers, entrepreneurs, and entities hiring in the community, who realize the benefit of having skilled youth working in their workforce, and value hiring and inspiring youth through their business.  "Through a collaborative effort, we can provide training, networking, mentoring, employment, and business services via the AYES program.  This will offer a comprehensive and alternative approach for youth workforce development; one which offers experiential learning, hands-on skills, and transferable knowledge.  This will benefit youth throughout their career and life…that’s A YES!", says Tekelia Kelly." 



Job Bank, on-the-job training and shadowing, mentoring, employment assistance referrals, virtual coaching  is all part of the "pass the baton" philosophy of the AYES program.


"It seems efforts have been made from time to time to accommodate youth needing to work, but  not as consistently as the need for youth to be employed...and be employable; particularly between the ages of 15 and 19.  That's about a 4-5 year span of youth needing to have a consistent socio-economic development solution that integrates with their life and career paths.   For youth who may attend college, college internship opportunities may be an option, but they are not numerous, and are not commonly available to most people.


AYES is a 21st century school-to-work or youth employment training program.  Its an effort to empower youth in the workforce; with a strategy that involves several key factors which include instructional design, technology, creativity, flexibility, and "youth friendly" business partners who seek to "pass-the-baton" to youth as the next generation of workers. 

Our vision is to train, equip, and deploy youth with a good working knowledge of what they need to do for the employer, business owner, or for their own venture.  Our ultimate goal is to usher into place the resources that will ongoingly provide youth training, staffing, and employment services that will interface between youth, their schools, 2-year and 4-year colleges, employers, business owners, professionals, and community organizations", says Kelly.

As encouraged by Ms. Kelly for students to use her as an employment reference as well as utilize the AYES/SIB Job Bank Network, student Robin asks the SIB Founder/CEO for her business card during class.  Robin is pursuing a job at a Walgreens located in her community.  Students have also been told by Ms. Kelly that the AYES program is dedicated to helping them even after class is over.  Since the class ended, Kelly has been in contact with her job-seeking students and their parents to evaluate progress, and coach students further as needed.  As Robin receives the business card, Ms. Kelly tells her that she is excited about having the opportunity to introduce such a bright, sixteen year old, high school student, who has taken the initiative to be trained for employment on Saturday mornings during her summer vacation.  Robin has training, some skills, transportation, and excitement about going to work.  Already addressed is her online application required for the job.  The next step for Kelly...a call to the Walgreens store manager in Angie's neighborhood, and/or maybe a letter of recommendation...all in an effort to "hire and inspire a youth in business".

.  See Ms. Arnold's statement below in Walgreens article.

AYES and Sisters In Business.Net


Sisters In Business.Net (SIB) is like an institute of women and men business owners, and has a knowledgebase of subject matter experts, contacts, and resources that can be leveraged to help students not only learn and explore a job, but pursue and obtain viable employment. 

Given the sister company For Your Information, Education and Information Technology Solutions, SIB is also able offer education and training that can be designed, developed, and delivered both in traditional as well as technology-integrated computer based training (CBT) learning environments, formatted for CD-ROM, Flash Drive, online E-Learning, classroom, computer labs, and at various locations like Chattanooga State, in-house, or at client's site. 

Through AYES, SIB seeks to accommodate students and employers' training needs, even to the where trained youth and/or company training programs can be delivered "just in time" as needed.  Having a pre-existing relationship, lead time, and training requirements of partnering employers, the company plans to be able to pull off the the shelf standardized or customized training for the employer, deliver it to the youth, and deploy a youth primed for his/her job and work environment. 

"Hire & Inspire" Students!  Provide ongoing part-time, co-op, after-school, intern, or job-shadowing type positions, preferably that pay or offer some financial incentives.  (Volunteer opportunities with job skills development can also be helpful.)   Paying positions for jobs like data entry clerks, mailroom clerks, sorters, telemarketing, computer aided drafting, level-one computer support, help desk, insurance clerk, bookkeeping assistant, veterinarian assistance,  multimedia productions, graphic designer, office assistant, cosmetology assistant, cashier, store clerk, administrative assistants, customer service, telephone sales, sales clerk, hospital diet aide, package handlers, seamstress, exercise class assistant, lawn maintenance, babysitting, artists, painters, singers, dancers, writers, and beauty/barber assistants...are some of the jobs we can see youth successfully doing at an entry level in the workforce.  We think it can work...for both youth and employers.  It may require a shift in thinking...but "shift happens", as seen in the Did You Know Shift Happens video, a state of the art documentary on the socio-economic and educational needs for preparing youth for the future.

"The great potential of youth and performance gains for society can both be maximized as we factor in alternative ways to incorporate youth into the socio-economic equation.  Along with work-age teens having a valuable high-school education in the classroom, we must also provide job opportunities that offer them "hands-on" skills development in the laboratory of life.  There they will be better able to see the application and transfer of knowledge.  There they will be better able to appreciate the value of interpersonal relationships in business and the workplace.  This is essential and can help make for life-long learning and income sustainability that will benefit not only youth, but society as well.  The effort to provide youth employment and training programs that interface with workforce and career development is truly a needed "rung" on the ladder of life and career success.  That's "A Yes"...Alternative Youth Economic Solutions!", says Ms. Kelly.

"AYES Youth In Business Training Certificate Program" is a 501C3 initiative.  Contributions are graciously accepted and can be made to help students needing scholarships and program materials in order to participate in program.  For more information, please call 423.421.5646 or emailing sisters@sistersinbusiness.net.


Related Links


For Your Information (FYI) Education and Information Technology Solutions

Sisters in Business.Net

AYES Youth In Business

AYES Youth IN Business Contribution Form




AYES Next Class: “Success Skills Toolkit for Teens”

P.O. Box 25548 Chattanooga, TN  37422    Telephone: 423-421-5646

  URL: www.sistersinbusiness.net    Email:  sistersinbusiness@comcast.net




---Next Class---



“Success Skills Toolkit for Teens”

Course Designer/Instructor:  Tekelia C. Kelly

Chattanooga State Technical Community College

October 4 – 25, 2008,  Saturdays   8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Ages 14 and up


Call 697-3100 to register

This “boot camp” type workshop offers teens 21st century readiness training, and a personal business toolkit that will grow with them.   Using PC, Keyboarding, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook computer applications, this project-based class helps teens create “real-world” tools that will help assure their personal business savvy, and success in school, college, career, and life.  High School Sr. Project tools and techniques are also covered. 

AYES (Alternative Youth Economic Solutions) offers academic enrichment, career counseling, job preparation, certificate of achievement, Continuing Education unit (CEU) credit, class training, hands-on experience,  and credentials that can be shown on student’s job and college applications, and resumes.  A USB Thumb Drive storage device for student’s portfolio and other electronic works is also provided, and given to students after completion of class.  AYES Youth In Business Networking and Job Services are also offered to students successfully completing the course.


Walgreens  Youth Friendly Business  Partner

Walgreens-Gunbarrel, Manager Arnold  AYES "Youth Friendly Business" Partner


“AYES Youth In Business wishes to thank “Youth Friendly Business” Partner Walgreens Pharmacy Gunbarrel Road and its Manager Patricia Arnold in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for their support and donation to the AYES Youth In Business Training Certificate Program. 

"I am the Store Manager of Walgreens and we have an internship program for business minded students through out the summer. As we start to prepare our young people to learn professional behavior they will be an asset for many job opportunities. As a company we have several opportunities for young people to learn and operate of our Retail Drug Business. Starting from service clerks, photo lab technicians, beauty advisors, inventory coordinators, pharmacy technicians, assistant managers, store managers and pharmacist. I would like the opportunity to discuss your program further. As my company is opening 5 new stores through out South East Tennessee I think we could utilize a few good employees and build a wonderful work force. We currently have 22 stores with in our area and plan on continuous growth with in this market. Please contact me Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm."  

--Thank you Patricia Arnold


Walgreens Pharmacy Store Manager 2289 Gunbarrel Road Chattanooga, TN 37421



AYES (Alternative Youth Economic Solutions) is a 501C3 education and training technology program created and taught  by Tekelia C. Kelly, Founder/Owner of Sisters In Business.Net, and Adjunct Instructor at Chattanooga State Technical Community College.



"Hire & Inspire" Youth in Business!




We are seeking businesses and professionals who would be interested in participating in the AYES Youth In Business Training Certificate Program as a business consultant, sponsor,

employer, mentor, or other type of supporter.  Businesses will be given the opportunity to "hire & inspire" youth in business ages 15 and up. They may serve as subject matter experts on class business projects and applications as they relate to their business, and have a platform to demo products/services, share company information, and announce potential jobs. 


See also AYES Media Kit Info:

AYES Youth In Business Website

AYES Youth In Business Program Flyer

AYES Youth In Business PowerPoint Presentation

AYES Youth In Business Job Bank (User ID/Password Required)

AYES Youth IN Business Contribution Form


Rachel Kelly -UTC Ronald McNair "Exemplary" Scholar

Rachel Kelly "Exemplary Scholar" Award at UT Ronald McNair Program

Rachel Maria Kelly (pictured left), a Senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) was honored with a Ronald McNair Scholar Fellowship at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UT) this summer.  The Ronald McNair Program Summer 2008 Research Institute began Sunday, May 25, 2008 and ended Saturday, July 25, 2008.

During an end-of-program ceremony Ms. Kelly was honored with the Stellar Award for her research presentation as well as the Exemplary  Scholar Award for her overall achievement in the program.  The University of Tennessee's Ronald McNair Program is designed to encourage and facilitate doctoral studies.

Dr. Lisa Cothran , Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (pictured right) recommended and mentored Ms. Kelly for the program.  Dr. Cothran, a previous Ronald McNair Scholar among her other numerousLisaCothran accomplishments, has met one of the special challenges of the program which is to also receive the Ph.D., become a member of college faculty, and encourage others to pursue the Ronald McNair Program. 

Rachel's mother, Tekelia Kelly, shared, "We are so very appreciative of Dr. Cothran and grateful for her support of Rachel!  Dr. Cothran's recommendation and mentoring of Rachel is an exemplary demonstration of one who seeks to 'pass the baton'."  Rachel's participation in the Ronald McNair program included a GRE Prep Course, (Statistics) Research Study time, *IDS = Stands for Interdisciplinary studies, and includes modules in Technical Writing, Research methods and Library systems and services, research assistance with research doctors, and conference presentations.  

An entrepreneur of Miss Rachel's Premium Childcare and Personal Assistant Service, Rachel was honored with the Youth In Business Owner Award last year at the Sisters In Business 2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon and Business Expo.  She returns home to Chattanooga to complete her last semester towards her Bachelor of Science degree, and to graduate this December from UTC.  Rachel's major is in Psychology, and minor in Criminal Justice.  She plans to attend graduate school and begin work on her Ph.D. doctorate degree in School Psychology.  Rachel's career goal is to work as a School Psychologist. 

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is for undergraduates who want to earn a Ph.D.  The University of Tennessee's Ronald McNair Program is designed to encourage and facilitate doctoral studies in the following areas:

• Agricultural Sciences
• Agri-business
• Anthropology
• Architecture
• Biology
• Ecology
• Engineering
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Mathematics
• Micro-biology
• Physics
• Statistics
• Quantitative Psychology and related fields
All fields of study are considered; however,
   priority is given to the aforementioned


The Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRIO program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  Based on his dedication to young people and his image as an outstanding role model of achievement, especially for young Americans, the United States Congress named the newly established Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program for Ronald E. McNair in December 1986. The U.S. Department of Education, which administers the program, recognized the need to address the lack of sufficient numbers of doctoral students who come from low-income, first-generation backgrounds, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education initiated the McNair Program to improve students' preparation and motivation for graduate study. The first McNair Scholars program began in 1989.


Related Links


UT Ronald McNair Program

Ronal McNair Story

TRIO Programs


 St. Elmo "Youth Day & Academic Awards 2008"

"Youth Day and Academic Awards 2008"at St. Elmo"

Preparing Youth for Future Success Includes Education


Congratulations to the following youth honored during our visit to St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church's Youth Day and Academic Award Ceremony.


Photo by Wanda Threat used with permission by St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church.

St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Youth Academic Award Recipients

Perfect Attendance Honor/Star Roll Athletic Achievements

Character Awards

Nia Sanders
Sarah McElvain
Devin Pope
Paris Taylor
Alaina Stallings
Jeffery Pinkerton
Stephanie Stallings
Emery Pinkerton
Jaylen Pinkerton
Erion Pinkerton
Jessica Zachery
Jerome Morgan Jr.
Katreia Toran
Wanda Taylor
Antoinette Taylor
Deja Pope
Raven Cooper
Akina Smith
Alvin Smith
Jaylon Church
Devarious Lee
Jessica Zachery
Wanda Taylor
Antoinette Taylor
Erika Smith
Jamaal Walker
Trashunda Green


Akina Smith
Autumn Green
William Moore
Valenie Robinson
Antoinette Taylor
Terrence Levy
Jamaal Walker
Crystal Morgan
Laquisha Greer            
Nia Sanders
Sarah McElvain
Mayia Lee
Morgan Cantrell
Jasmine Jones
Paris Taylor
Christian Levy
Alvin Smith
Ashton Smith
Mya White
Stephanie Stallings
William Moore
Jessica Zachery
Laquisha Jackson
Wanda Taylor
Antoinette Taylor
Varian Ford
Deja Pope
Jamaal Walker
Kelsey Mynatt
Deric Ison
Devin Pope
Jasmine Jones
Thadeus Casey



 "Great job Blessed Scholars...keep up the good work in '09!"


Volkswagon Fuels Jobs, Education Fuels Workers

Volkswagen fuels jobs.  Education fuels employees.



Volkswagen Chooses Chattanooga, Tennessee


Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has announced that it will invest $1 billion to build its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Chattanooga, bringing 2,000 jobs to the area. "This area has a deep base of well-trained labor, with excellent engineering and manufacturing programs at the universities and technical colleges," said Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. "Thanks to the visionary leaders and people of Chattanooga, we're confident that the values of this area are compatible with our own, and we envision a long and productive partnership."


Kudos to Governor Phil Bredesen (D-TN), U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), U.S. Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN), Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), and all others who were instrumental in making this great success happen for the state of Tennessee and the City of Chattanooga.  What a valiant team effort, and stellar example of "how to get it done"!



Thoughts on Education and Future workforce


Citing his age of 53, and past businessman experience during a television news interview, Senator Corker expressed his delight with VW choosing Chattanooga for its new manufacturing facility, and highlighted the good he envisioned for younger generations of business people and citizens given our new partnership.


Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey shared the following statement regarding children learning and being prepared for new job opportunities.

"How’s your child doing in school? Are they attending or are they learning?"  These are different jobs than were here 25 or 30 or 40 years ago. The technology is amazing." -Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey




Chattanooga State and UTC will play key roles in the education of the workforce.


Click here for more information about Chattanooga and VW U.S. Production facility in the city.

 Back-to- School Savings and Calendar

Sales Tax Holiday
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Hamilton County Department of Education: At-A-Glance Calendar

August 6, Wednesday .....................................Registration Day
August 7, Thursday..........................................Teacher Professional Development (PD-2) NO STUDENTS
August 12, Tuesday .........................................First Full Day of School
September 1, Monday......................................Labor Day

School Year Calendars

  The Education of Ms. Groves


The Education of Ms. Groves


The Education of Ms. Groves

Chronicling a new teacher's first year

By Hoda Kotb


 August 8, 2004. Jean Childs Young middle school.
It’s the day before the storm for 21-year-old English teacher Monica Groves.

Monica Groves, first-time teacher: I’ve never before felt so strongly about something. I’m extremely excited about meeting my students. And I haven’t met them yet, but I already love them.

Growing up in a stable middle-class household in Lansing, Michigan, Monica was often the only minority student in her class. Now she’ll be teaching sixth grade in a school that is 99 percent African-American.

The Education of Ms. Groves

Every year, thousands of young teachers walk into a classroom full of dynamic and sometimes difficult kids. Meet Monica Groves and witness the challenges she'll face as a first-time teacher. She's determined that her students will learn... but in the end, she's the one who will be truly tested.

Full story at MSNBC.com DATELINE

 Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton...stuff to help run the race.

"We eat the fruits of trees planted by our forefathers.

What trees have we planted for our children?"


"The Christian life is not a sprint or even a marathon; but rather a relay race in which we must pass the baton to the next runner by letting it go at just the right time."  Dr. Kemper


The Library Card


Eye Exam & Health Screening

College Cost Savings Tip

2 + 2 Programs

Save money by taking general education credit courses at a 2-year college like Chattanooga State and transfer credits to a 4 year college locally  or abroad.

Savings Plans


Advice and resources for saving money for life, retirement, etc.


 Looking for a Career Change?   Want to Make a Difference?

Do you want to teach Math or Science to students in grades 7-12?

So if you are in career transition, and are looking for fulfilling adventures consider the Transition to Teaching program.  More information can be found on our website www.tnt2t.com

Life & Career Readiness for Children

Did you Know 2.0  -"Shift Happens"

State of the art in education




Connect you with some resources to learn more about the shifts that are occurring in our world and their implications for K-12 and higher education.

Because we are educators in the United States, our experiences and perspectives are going to be somewhat America-centric. However, we believe that the themes of Did You Know? are global in nature and apply to schools and children around the world. We want all children to be successful. We do not view the growing importance of India and China as negative but rather as additional opportunities for everyone in the world. We do not mean to gloss over the very real issues that countries such as India and China face, and we recognize that globalization and "flat world" factors have downsides just like other societal shifts. We prefer, however, to focus on the positive benefits and on doing what we can to help children learn and grow so that they may become successful digital, global citizens.

We'd like your help. Everyone must be involved in the conversation if we are to come up with a system of education for our children that prepares them for the 21st century. Click on the links on the left to get started; request to
join the wiki if you want to add to or revise the wiki. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have comments, suggestions, or questions.

Many, many thanks to the folks at XPLANE who voluntarily donated their time and considerable expertise to make the new version of Did You Know? They were a joy to work with and we are very grateful for their assistance.


AYES Youth in Business Skills Training Program


Education, Training, Enrichment, Employment, Networking, Mentoring,

Recreation, Counseling, Helpful info and links for Youth in School


Enrichment Thinking

Below are media, materials, links, tips of information that are educational, enriching, and inspiring.  Also would make for great family, coworker, spouse, friendship, relationship-building.  It's not too much information (TMI) <smile>, but GVI-- good and valuable information.  Consider food for thought and, as they say in learning environment "higher order thinking" and living, 


“The Great Debaters"

  Great Adult, Youth, Family, and Community Empowerment Movie


 (caution rating for young children)

Cosby Television Shows on DVD



Great Adult/Youth/Family/Community TV Programming, Educational Situational Comedy

Music With A Message


Amazing Grace History  (A Must See!!!)


Inspirational Story

 A son asked his father," Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?'  The father who, despite having a heart condition, says 'Yes'.  They went on to complete the marathon together.  Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his son's request of going through the race together.  One day, the son asked his father, 'Dad, let's join the Ironman together.'

To which, his father said 'Yes.' 
For those who didn't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever.  The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) maratho n along the coast of the Big Island .

Father and son went on to complete the race together. View the video by visiting the link below...

Click Here to View the duo... 



Great "Willpower" Video Spotlighting the Failure-to-Success Stories of

Lucille Ball, The Beatles, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison,

Ulysses S. Grant, and Walt Disney!



The Digital TV Transition.  What you need to know about DTV.


Research Skills

Use the the Search Engines as another quick and power search option for finding lot of information such recipes, where something is located, more info on a news topic you saw on TV and more.   televe But be careful to Validate sources for accuracy and current information.  WJocj brings us to the next item. Snopes busted.

Internet Integrity 

For help in determining what is and is NOT not true on the internet. See link below:


Mind Your Media

If you find some print media like mail catalogs, magazines, etc. too distracting, graphic, or risqué, you can simply call their customer service number and politely ask to be removed from their mailing list.  Verify when you should see the last issue to make sure they discontinue sending their publications.

Power Quotes of the Quarter

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone."

--Audrey Hepburn,
actress, philanthropist



"Knowledge is Power"


"Knowledge is Power...Knowledge used responsibly is wisdom"


"My people perish for the lack of knowledge"


"Keep on sewing your seed, for it may all come up good"

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

Ecclesiastes 11: 6


And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


"Do deeds out of desire and delight instead of  disgust, dispair, disappointment, and dread."


"If I knew, I would do."


"HE’LL bless you if you do HIM right"


"Put HIM up front!" 


"If you stick and stay you'll make it pay."


"Being successful in business is not just who you know but who knows you …and who can find you."



 National Biz Info: U. S. Chamber SmartBrief

  Business Leadership 

§  Craft your leadership persona

ToTo make a transition to leadership, managers must focus on three factors: skills; relationships and networks; and style. Herminia Ibarra of INSEAD explains how to do this. Financial Times (7/8)

§  Use creative approaches to expand business
Small businesses may struggle to grow in today's economy, but they can take creative measures to ensure they don't stay stagnant. Such measures include contacting former customers, expanding referral networks, seeking out strategic alliances, considering a merger with another firm, implementing cooperative advertising, expanding product lines and conducting an overall re-evaluation of the business. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (7/7)

§  Six steps to more effective performance management
Six steps can transition you from traditional performance management to a more effective system that focuses "on the development, communication and monitoring of strategy." This piece explains the steps and helps address the pain points. Director of Finance (U.K.) (6/26)

§  What your body says that your words don't
This video about body language calls on the expertise of former counterterrorism FBI agent Joe Navarro, who's an expert in nonverbal communication. This four-minute video teaches you what others are saying beyond their words -- and what you say as well. The Washington Post (6/23)

§  Gen Y changes culture of workplace
As the tech-savvy Millennials have moved into an aging work force, generational differences have limited how much information is shared between older and younger workers, according to Harris Interactive's recent 2008 World of Work survey. "Gen Y is changing the face of global business, possibly the most dramatic upheaval in business culture since women entered the workplace during World War II," the survey reported. The Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii)/McClatchy-Tribune News Service (7/6)


    The Power of Knowledge:  Operation Gives Child New Life


 Jayla Turner with her mother Zelene Turner

Jayla Turner with her mother Zelene Turner 

Operation Gives Child New Life

Baby Jayla's Life Is Saved With New Thymus

If you would like to donate money to help Jayla, you may donate to the organization that raised money for her first surgery by clicking here.

 Community News & Announcements


Pastor Julian Smith, and wife Sister Linda Smith, cook on the town with their smoker.

We found "on the town" Pastor Julian Smith, and wife, Sister Linda one Saturday cooking and serving food to some very happy customers. With their smoker setup near Bear's Barbershop in Alton Park, Chattanooga, TN , this was their location for the day.    You will want to try the delectable smoked chicken, turkey, sausage, and ribs of Pastor Julian's Catering business.  We did, and it was delicious!  Look for the Smith's on the town at different locations.  For more information contact 423.332-0566 or email jlsmi834@comcast.net.


More Community News & Announcements:



Seeking the following professions in The SIB Network...

Accountants Physicians


Information Tech Support, Tech Equipment Supplier
Attorneys  Printer, Entertainers, Speakers, Writers




Girls Inc Upcoming Events
Women's Inc.
August 7 at 6 p.m.

Girls Inc. offices in Highland Park

Chattanooga, TN

Open House

August 28 at 6 p.m.

Girls Inc. offices in Highland Park

Chattanooga, TN

YPAC’s Annual YP of the Year and YP-Friendly Company of the Year Awards.

YPAC would like to recognize Young Professionals and Young Professional Friendly Business who exhibit outstanding achievements.  Nomination forms can be found online at www.ypacnow.org, and we’ll be announcing our top 10 finalists soon!  Don’t delay nominate today! 

We will be celebrating these honorees at our annual Signature Event, the YPAC Awards Party on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at The Loose Cannon.  

For more information about the awards, judging criteria, event sponsorship or to submit nominations, please contact Amanda Carmichael at amanda@ypacnow.org, Kate West at kate@ypacnow.org, or visit www.ypacnow.org.

Unite for School Success (USS)

The purpose of the Unite for School Success (USS) group is to promote strong community support and confidence in the school by making sure the students, parents and neighbors of the school are involved the evolution of the school (including financially).  With this shared goal in mind, Ms. Dantzler and USS are sponsored a Team Name Selection Poll on the East Hamilton website, www.EastHamilton.com July 14th through July 25th

Final team name selection will be announced at the 2nd annual fundraising party which will take place September 6, 2008 in the Council Fire Clubhouse.  Please contact DeAnn Rauth at 899-4933 or check website for more information on ticket purchase. To make a donation or to volunteer your time, please contact Curtis Smith at 423-596-4457, Scott Gentry at 423-320-2995 or Mechelle Forgani at 423-490-0620.      

UPDATE July 28, 2008

Hurricane party meeting Thursday July 31st @ 7 p.m.

Please contact Lori A. Wade at 304-7388 or wadeclan@aol.com to get your tickets to sell!!!  Tickets can be brought to you!!


The Creative Underground (TCU) will present "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" in late August 2008 at Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Circle Theatre.

"Sing, Mahalia, Sing" is a joyous celebration of the life and music of one of the world's greatest gospel singers, Mahalia Jackson.



For more information contact:



730 East  M.L. King Blvd

Chattanooga, TN 37403




Why A Sistah Can’t Get No Love?


From the creators of Bessie's Blues and Black Nativity—a hilarious new adult comedy on the taboos of sex, love, and infidelity.

Written and Directed by Thomas W. Jones II

Starring Karl D'Wayne Gardner and Veronica Byrd

September 13 – October 19, 2008
Encore Theatre

3264 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411

Saturdays: 7 PM and 10 PM (BYOB - 10PM show only)
Sundays: 5 PM


$15 (advance)
$20 (door)
$12.50 each for groups of 10 or more


For group information call 404-735-5282


Chattanooga Hamilton County NAACP



Election Day is August 7, 2008.  To find your polling (voting) location please visit the Hamilton County Election Commission website by clicking here Or call (423) 493-5100.  Early voting is from July 18, 2008 until August 2, 2008 at the Election Commission, Brainerd Recreation Center, and Northgate Mall in Hixson locations. 


There will be onsite voter registration.

This meeting is open to the General Public and all are invited to attend.  For questions, please contact Mrs. Valoria Armstrong at (423) 432-9776.

National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

Chattanooga Chapter

Hamilton County Voters Council

And 100 Black Men of Chattanooga

Host Hamilton County Sheriff Candidates

Political Forum And Voter Registration


Monday, July 28, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

University Center – Raccoon Mountain Room

Questions will be taken from the audience. 


“Voting Begins with You!!!”


Fourth Annual Refreshing Worship Conference '08 Fan The Flame

Thursday-Saturday, August 21-23


Get ready for a "set you on fire" event!  Mark your calender.  It'll be here in 28 days...


Hope to see you there,


'Citizens of the Kingdom'

Mark & Margaret Jackson




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