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February 2009

In This Issue

Happy 3rd Year Anniversary!

Best Buy Walgreens Corporate Partner Salute
Celebrating African-American History

 Inside of History is "His Story"

Black History Month Tribute

To She Who Overcomes

A True Hope Chest

Songs That Have Kept Us Strong

Thank You!


There are many different types of "hope chests" in our world today in which to store our treasures (money).  With nothing being fail-safe, what should one do if the bottom falls out of their hope chest?  Read this article

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3rd Anniversary-Black History Edition  

February 2009

"Celebrating History, Hope, Purpose, and Prosperity"

Dear Friend,
Happy 3rd Year Anniversary!


February 2009 marks the 3rd Anniversary of Sisters In Business (SIB)!  Much has been, and is still, going on behind the scenes with SIB still having a #1 page ranking in the search engines.   We are delighted to be a premiere place to showcase business owners and professionals needing a visible and viable venue of internet traffic, to network, advertise, market and empower, in local, regional, national, and global markets.  Click here learn about our  advertising solutions and very affordable prices.


And speaking of behind the scenes, please allow us to introduce to you this year our parent company For Your Information (FYI).  FYI is the creative and technical force that designs and develops solutions for the Sisters In Business and AYES operations. Since 1995, FYI has provided education and information technology solutions to businesses, academia, individual professionals and homes across the state of Tennessee.  Click here to learn more about FYI.

Lastly, we wish to thank our existing subscribers, and the many interested individuals who have contacted us about our services.  Please pardon our delay in responding, if any, as we work to increase resources to accommodate a growing demand--a really good problem to have.  In the meantime, please take advantage of our fast and convenient services offered online at www.sistersinbusiness.net.

Tekelia C. Kelly,

Founder CEO, Publisher,

Sisters In Business.Net


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Corporate Partners

Best Buy and Walgreens Gunbarrrel Locations



Wendell Norman, Manager

Best Buy, Chattanooga, TN

Sisters In Business.Net wishes to express its sincere appreciation to its corporate partners Best Buy- manager Wendell Morgan; and Walgreens Pharmacy- manager Patricia Arnold, both located at Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga, TN.  Best Buy and Walgreens partnered with SIB in offering the AYES Youth In Business program as summer workshops at Chattanooga State, as well as individualized coaching sessions for youth needing 1-on-1 education and/or employment coaching.  AYES was also covered in Best Buy's Black Employee Network (BEN) newsletter, which highlights the community service and goodwill projects and activities involving Best Buy employees. 


If you would like to support the private education and employment coaching services of AYES YIB, for youth in high school, trade, college, pre-professional, and entrepreneurial areas, please contact Tekelia C. Kelly at 423.421.5646. or email tekeliakelly@sistersinbusiness.net.  Or you may make your tax deductible donation in honor of the AYES program by clicking here.






Celebrating African-American/Black History, and the Timeline of Hope


We celebrate African-American Black History, and the legacy of hope that has been woven throughout the fabric of mankind in our country via  many platforms of leadership.  It has been said that "inside of history is "His Story".  For your enlightenment, you are invited to explore movies Our Hero Lives and Black History Month Tribute, and the commemorative button "Legacy of Hope" by clicking the related mages and links below.



Inside of History is "His Story"

Philippians 4:10-14 KJV 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Legacy of Hope image at http://www.politicalshop.com/



Black History Month Tribute




"I don't want a black history month.  Black History is American History."

~Morgan Freeman


"When I found I had crossed that line [on her first escape from slavery, 1845], I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven."

~Harriet Tubman





To She Who Overcomes


Patricia Graham,

Desktop Publisher

Part of our mission at Sisters In Business.Net is to offer a platform for women in business to encourage and empower each other.   One special individual who selected our service to market her business is Patricia Graham.  Pat is a desktop publisher whose creations include greeting cards and stationery for weddings.    Pat is originally from New York, but has relocated to Chattanooga.  Her personal journey has been one of hard reality, only to prove how one's loving support strengthens us to overcome.





My Story

by Patricia Graham


My bother, sister and I were raised in Pennsylvania by my aunt, uncle, and grandmother. I was just two when I moved to Pennsylvania from Albany New York, while my sister was six and my bother was four. 


When I started school, I had a hard time keeping up with the other kids. The teacher had a meeting with my aunt Mildred, and told her that I was a little slow and that she should take me to see a specialist. That is when my aunt found out that I was a slower learner.  The next thing I knew I was put in Special Ed.  I was in Special Ed throughout school.


I did take some classes outside of Special Ed, like Typing 2, Business Math, and History.  School was harder for me than it was for my bother and sister, because I also had to deal with name calling and fighting.


The students would call me names like the 'n' word, chicken George, and other mean names.  The students made me feel like I was a big dummy, and ugly.  I wanted to drop out of school. but that was a big no- no in my auntís eyes.  So, needless to say, school was a big battle for me every day, up until the day I finished.


My aunt Mildred would not let me give up on my self. She pushed me to be more than I can be. She told me that I can do any thing that I wanted to, all I had to do was just try.  


I went on and became a nurse's aide. I did that until I had back problems, which caused me to change my carriage. I then went on to a business school and learned how to be an office assistant.  Wile I was doing all that, I was fighting the state for my independence, a hard thing to do. But I was not going to let the state take over my money.


When I left home I thought I was independent.  But I found out I was still leaning on my aunt for help.  I would call her and ask what do you think I should do about this and that.  That was not being independent at all.


So, I stopped and went on to fighting with the state to keep my independence.  I didnít need, nor did I want , a payee to ask for money to buy whatever I wanted.  That was not my cup of tea.  I was not about to let the state take my independence away. I had come too far to let something like that happen to me.  Needless to say, I won that battle.  


I then went on  to see if I could go to college.  I thought "Can I do it?  Can I get an associate degree to be a an administrative assistant?"  It was a long and hard road, but I did it.


So, to all the people who have a disability, donít think you canít do something because you have a disability.  Never let your disability hold you back.  And don't let any thing or any one hold you back, for that matter.  You can do it.  You just need a little faith and someone to have your back; someone to tell you that "you can do it...just try".


I had my aunt Mildred, who is no longer with me.  She passed away.  But I still have someone who has my back.  She never lets me give up on myself, and I love her for that. 


I have now started my own business creating wedding stationary and greeting cards.  I've come a long way, and I thank the Lord everyday for what I have.


Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world.1 John 4:4

To him (her) that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life.  Revelation 2:7b


~Congratulations Patricia on your new business venture! ~

For more information about acquiring Patricia's services, please contact


Patricia Graham

Desktop Publishing Creations

prinkpg@live.com . (423) 698-0150


A True Hope Chest

by Tekelia C. Kelly




Have you ever had a "hope chest"?  A hope chest was/is a specially made trunk or storage box, that typically a young woman would use to save and collect her  valuable items or precious possessions; in anticipation of getting married.


In our world today, I guess some examples of a "hope chest", would be stocks, bonds, bank accounts, portfolios, IRA's, scholarships, loans, the lottery, cash advances, business ventures, jobs, social security, and more.  These are the types of safekeeping resources we look to secure our treasures (money).


As has been seen in the news, and heard by testimonies of numerous individuals' across the country, unfortunately there are no guarantees, or fail-safe plans with any of the above type hope chests.  It cannot be said, with any great degree of certainty, that the money you are counting on will be there when you need it.


So what does one do when a hope chest is not fail-safe, or the bottom falls out? You definitely DO NOT give up hope!  Just continue to do the best you can to work, earn, and save.  Then, beyond that, you must firm up your hope.  "Hope is frail, but hard kill". The effectiveness of hope lies in what, or who, you hope in.


I'm reminded of a woman in the Bible, who had a very special alabaster box.  It was like her personal treasure.  Her story can be found in Luke 7:36-50, Matthew 26:7-13, and John 12:1-3, Mark 14:3-9. 


If I may tell her story this way... 


The woman's alabaster box was like a hope chest.  She had stored inside of it her most valuable possession, a very costly perfume (ointment).  The perfume was a thing of value owned by the woman.  It was worth, wealth, and a treasure.


In the town where she lived, some people, who thought they knew her, said she was  a sinner, said she had a reputation, and thought she was not worthy of respect.  But soon the woman would meet a man who knew her beyond position and possession, and had the power to bless her abundantly.


The woman was waiting for the right opportunity.  The right opportunity came.


Seeking a real solution and acting on purpose she attended a meeting, where she knew a mighty counselor would be.  She was not invited to the meeting, but she came anyway.  She was focused on getting to the solution, not getting an invitation, or to network with the people.


She had already put in perspective everything in her life. She was clear about  what was important and what wasn't.  She had been there, done that, and taken advantage of all the special incentives the world had to offer.  All that was over.


She knew the man at the meeting named Jesus Christ was a subject matter expert on every thing.  He could work miracles given any situation.  Determined to have her own 1-on1 personal encounter with Him, she prepared her alabaster box to render a service to the Lord.  Her purpose was clear.


Moving towards Jesus, she brought her alabaster box.  She broke it, and poured from it the perfume on Jesus' head.  Standing at His feet behind him, weeping, she began to wash his feet with her tears.  She wiped them with the hairs of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment as well.


While some in the room criticized her for what they called a waste, as they felt the perfume could have been sold for money.  Jesus made it clear to all that this woman's actions were purposeful. He blessed her, and made a memorial to her.


Like this woman, we too, can realize an amazing return on investment (ROI).  God wants us to have life, and that more abundantly.  When we resolve that the best place for all we have, and all we are, is in the trust fund of Jesus, then we can rest in knowing we have a true hope chest.


The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 

John 10:10


And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.  Deuteronomy 8:3


 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13 


Songs That Have Kept Us Strong


Amazing Grace History (A Must See!!!)


 Hold to God's Unchanging Hand

  1. Time is filled with swift transition,
    Naught of earth unmoved can stand,
    Build your hopes on things eternal,
    Hold to Godís unchanging hand.
    • Refrain:
      Hold to Godís unchanging hand,
      Hold to Godís unchanging hand;
      Build your hopes on things eternal,
      Hold to Godís unchanging hand.
  2. Trust in Him who will not leave you,
    Whatsoever years may bring,
    If by earthly friends forsaken
    Still more closely to Him cling.
  3. Covet not this worldís vain riches
    That so rapidly decay,
    Seek to gain the heavínly treasures,
    They will never pass away.
  4. When your journey is completed,
    If to God you have been true,
    Fair and bright the home in glory
    Your enraptured soul will view.

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

1.                  My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When Darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood
supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne!

I Will Trust in the Lord



Verse 1          I will trust in the Lord.

                        I will trust in the Lord.

                        I will trust in the Lord until I dieó

                        I will trust in the Lord.

                        I will trust in the Lord.

                        I will trust in the Lord until I die.


Verse 2          Iím goiní to treat everybody right.

                        Iím goiní to treat everybody right.

Iím goiní to treat everybody right until I dieó

Iím goiní to treat everybody right.

Iím goiní to treat everybody right.

Iím goiní to treat everybody right until I die.


Verse 3          Iím goiní to stay on the battlefield.

(optional)      Iím goiní to stay on the battlefield.

Iím goiní to stay on the battlefield until I dieó

Iím goiní to stay on the battlefield.

Iím goiní to stay on the battlefield.

Iím goiní to stay on the battlefield until I die.


Verse 4          Iím goiní to stay on (a/my) bended knee.

(optional)      Iím goiní to stay on (a/my) bended knee.

                        Iím goiní to stay on (a/my) bended knee until I dieó

                        Iím goiní to stay on (a/my) bended knee.

Iím goiní to stay on (a/my) bended knee.

Iím goiní to stay on (a/my) bended knee until I die.


Verse 5          Iím goiní to watch, fight and pray.

                        Iím goiní to watch, fight and pray.

Iím goiní to watch, fight and pray until I dieó

Iím goiní to watch, fight and pray.

Iím goiní to watch, fight and pray.

Iím goiní to watch, fight and pray until I die.


Thank You!
February 2009 marks the 3rd Anniversary of Sisters In Business.Net (SIB)!  We are also celebrating African-American Black History, our new, 44th, and 1st African-American president-President Barack Obama, and SIB's new AYES partners Best Buy and Walgreens-Chattanooga Gunbarrel Road locations.

In this month's
issue of the Sisters In Business.Net Newsletter you will find inspirational stories about how one woman learned to overcome, and how another woman made the best investment in her life.  Find out what songs have kept us strong throughout the years, and more!  Click here to go to the full version of the SIB newsletter.
We are grateful to God for another year of being in business, and for three years of offering SIB and AYES services!  To every client, customer, partner, friend, viewer, subscriber, and the community at large, "thank you" for your support and interest!
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