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Connecting Women In Business & Their Communities Worldwide
July 2007
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2nd Annual Empowerment Expo Successful.2

The Sisters In Business.Net "2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon & Business Showcase" held June 8, 2007 at the Chattanooga Convention Center was version two of the company's success with the event--given sellouts of both luncheon and exhibitor tables and outstanding feedback from those in attendance! The event served as an empowerment luncheon, business tradeshow, and youth fundraiser, benefiting Girls Inc. 


Dr. Carolyn Bibbs of Creative Life Incorporated in Memphis, Tennessee, and SIB Lifetime Member, empowered all in attendance at the SIB 2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon and Business Showcase. 

The event featured dynamic Keynote Speaker Dr. Carolyn Bibbs of Creative Life Inc in Memphis, Tennessee; and art display and silent auction sponsored by internationally renowned artist Synthia SAINT JAMES.


Synthia Saint James is the International Fine Artist who created the 1st Kwanaa  Postal Stamp for the United States Postal Service.  She donated a very special piece of her art collection, called "Empowerment", for the SIB 2nd Annnual Empowerment Event, and has become a SIB Lifetime Member.


Empowerment was the keyword used in a search engine by SIB owner Tekelia Kelly that ironically sparked Synthia Saint James' and Tekelia Kelly's paths to cross.  Click here to read more about Synthia Saint James and to see her art.


The luncheon was truly "EMPOWERING" as Dr. Carolyn Bibbs gave an inspirational message about not just being a dreamer of dreams, but a "Dream Maker" of business and life dreams.  Dr. Bibbs is also a SIB Lifetime Member.  Click here to read more about Dr. Carolyn Bibbs.  Click here to read excerpt of Dr. Bibbs speech made at the event.



Synthia Saint James, International Fine Artist, Creator of 1st Kwanzaa United States Postal Stamp, Art Exhibit Sponsor/Donor, & SIB Life Time Member

LaTrice Currie, Mistress of Ceremony, News Channel 3 Television Broadcaster, Owner of Greek Style and SIB Member

Beverly Cosley, member of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, and Special Presenter for International Fine Artist Ms. Synthia Saint James

Flo Samuels of the Chattanooga Christian Community Foundation. blessed the event with a beautiful invocation. 


Other special program guests of the occasion included Beverly Cosley, member of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.  Ms. Cosley made a very special presentation for  Ms. James.


LaTrice Currie, local News Channel 3 TV Personality, was the  Mistress of Ceremony, and is the owner of Greek Style located on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chattanooga, TN.  Ms. Currie is also a Sisters In Business Network Member Flo Samuels of the Chattanooga Christian Community Foundation. blessed the event with a beautiful invocation. 


Enrichment and entertainment was provided by poet Tongeia Farmer, James McKissic, and Kimberly Thomas.  Please click here to see other other program participants and highlights. Click here to read special poem written for occasion by Tongeia Farmer.


Expressed by Maxine Bailey, CEO of Girls Inc it was "Once again, just a splendid event!" And once again, God has proven Himself to be faithful! Thanks be to Him!  See pictures highlighting the event below.


See photos and stories below for more highlights.  Click here to photo gallery of vendors and more or event!


SPECIAL THANK YOU!  Sisters In Business wishes to thank Mr. Obbie Dial of "Photography by Obbie Dial", and SIB Network Member Virginia Yarbrough of "Massage Plus", for photos taken of the event.



Sisters In Business Award Presentations


Awards were presented to community business leaders: Virginia Yarbrough of Massage Plus, Walter Johnson of Aquarium Foods, Maxine Bailey of Girls Inc, and Deborah Gunn of Multicultural Youth Training & Development (MYTD).  Rachel Kelly, emerging entrepreneur of Miss Rachel's Premium Childcare and Personal Assist Services was honored with the inaugural "Youth In Business Award".  Other youth honorees for award certificates were Latrice Word, Exploring Entrepreneur, and Akira Pinkerton "Established" Entrepreneur" and owner of The Pink Closet.

(Pictured below are award recipients with Sisters In Business Owner Tekelia C. Kelly.)

Virginia Yarbrough of Massage Plus Receives 2nd Annual SIB "Heart & Soul" Award for Business Woman Leadership !

                                         Photo by Obbie Dial



Walter Johnson of Aquarium Foods Receives Inaugural SIB "Brothers In Business" Award for Business Excellence & Quality Service!

                                 Photo by Obbie Dial



[Other men business leaders honored were Lew Goss co-owner of Aquarium Foods and Kris Simmons of Fire Eye Productions. Not shown.]


Maxine Bailey of Girls Inc Receives the Inaugural "Youth Friendly Business" Award!


Deborah Gunn of Multicultural Youth Training Development (MYTD) Received the Inaugural "Youth Friendly Business" Award!


                                                    Photo by Obbie Dial



Rachel Maria Kelly of Miss Rachel's Premium Childcare & Personal Assistant Services Received the SIB's Inaugural "Youth In Business" Award!

                                                 Photo by Obbie Dial


Click here for other Empowerment Expo program participants.

Click here to photo gallery of vendors and more!


Biz Exhibitors at SIB 2nd Annual Expo!

The SIB Business Showcase was also energized with marketplace buying and networking as vendors and consumers connected and interacted.


SIB 2nd Annual Empowerment Expo Showcase Vendor:

 Expozure & The Beauty Industry Suites, JD Richards, Owner, with makeup artist and customer at Expozure's booth.



SIB 2nd Annual Empowerment Expo Showcase Vendor:

 Sew Shop Designs, Kimara Cox, Owner with model in one of Kimara's dress designs Kimara's business booth.











Click here for other Empowerment Expo program participants.

Click here to photo gallery of vendors and more!

Click here to read specially written poem for occasion by Tongeia Farmer.


SIB Select Showcase at NCBW Event
SIB 'Select Showcase' Vendors at NCBW Show

Below are shots of and special advertisements for Sisters In Business Network clients at the 100 Black Women Fashion Show Event.  SIB Select Showcase premier vendors included Evelyn Baker of Elegant Handkerchiefs, and LaTrice Currie of Greek Style.


Some of other SIB clients exhibiting at the event included Ferlencia Tuggle of Ferlencia's Floral Design, Yolanda Davis of Gypsy Beads N Things, Carolyn Miller of Warm Spirit, Dorothea Johnson of Inner Glow Skin Care Services, Stephanie Sinkfield of Statefarm Insurance, and Zeknovia Charles Realtor.

SIB Select Showcase Vendor:

Elegant Handkerchiefs, Evelyn Baker-Owner, at her booth.



SIB Select Showcase Vendor: 

Greek Style, Latrice Currie-Owner



Welcome New SIB Network Members  


Welcome New SIB Network Members


Congratulations! to new Sisters In Business (SIB) Network Members.  (See new members and their business info following this listing.) Clients: Brenda Cowan, AFLAC; Linda Harvey, Harvey Electric; Linda Coleman, Kezinda's Homemade Desserts; Partners:

Mose Whitfield, Allserv Team Marketing.


Click here to see new and other featured businesses showcased at www.sistersinbusiness.net



Dr. Carolyn Bibbs


Creative Life Incorporated

1222 Riverside Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38106






Visit My Business Page




Shannon Servin


A Helping Hand

Birchwood, TN









Brenda Cowan



1200 Mountain Creek Road

Suite 130

Chattanooga, TN 37405








Linda Harvey


Harvey Electric

826 Retro Hughes Road

Bakewell, TN  37373






LInda Coleman


Kezinda's Homemade Desserts

155 Stubby Lane

Ringgold, Georgia  30736







Mose Whitfield


Allserv Team Marketing

5708 Uptain Road

5800 Building 453

Chattanooga, TN  37411







Feature Stories

Ruby Claytor is the Founder and Owner for Woman of Hope in Bloomfield, Connecticut.  The vision of "WOMAN OF HOPE, LLC" is to help each woman realize there is hope, a plan and a future for her life. No matter what she has experienced in her past, she can move into a brighter future, knowing she can be restored and become the person she was destined.


Woman of Hope members celebrated their organizations Fourth Anniversary in Hartford, Connecticut this year, with a special occasion program themed  “RISE FROM YOUR BROKEN-NESS,” MY SISTER,  “IT’S YOUR TIME TO FLY”



Rosetta Q. Russell is the Church Administrator at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church and a Referring Travel Agent (RTA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Rosetta received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from the University of the District of Columbia and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.  Rosetta’s spiritual gift is administration, and in July 2006, she was designated as a Fellow in Church Business Administration by the National Association of Church Business Administration.



Tricia Robinson, founder and CEO of NuLife Laser Institute, has joined the Sisters In Business Network.  For the past two years, Tricia’s center has provided services for smoke cessation and weight management utilizing photomedicine.  NuLife Laser Institute is the first business in the tri-state area to offer these services with this advanced technology.


As she enters her third year in business, Tricia plans to expand the services of her company to include pain management and soft tissue wound healing. 



You’re Invited to


Saturday, July 21, 2007
11:00 am 
(Register at 10:50 am)

Network, Advertise, Market, & and Empower Your Business!


Join area business owners and others from the community. 

Make new contacts, forge new relationships, and grow your business.

Bring business cards and info to this free networking event. 




5700 Building . Conference Room 108

Eastgate Office Complex

(Near Goodyear Tire Store)

Chattanooga, Tennessee


Guest Speaker:  Mose Whitfield - Calhoun, GA



Limited Seating Call 423-593-2922


"I wanted to let you know that I received a call from the Newspaper, so thank you again for the referral.

God Bless!

Frenise Mann

SOE, Inc and

Crye-Leike Realtors-Hixson Office
5870 Highway 153
Hixson, TN 37343


Office: (423) 870-5202
Cell: (423) 504-5530






Frenise Mann
Crye-Leike Realtors


Community News, Events, SIB eNewsletters, & Ads
Community News & Events

Legendary Chattanooga Educator Celebrates 90th Birthday.  Family and friends will celebrate the 90th birthday of retired local educator, Doris Kelly on Saturday at the Chattanoogan from 6–9 p.m.

Mrs. Kelly has left a track record of selfless dedication at just about all levels of the educational system in not only the city, but also throughout the region and state. This beloved, semi-retired educator’s influence on several generations of students in the Chattanooga area has been nothing short of profound. During the course of her career, she enriched the lives of generations of young people in the Chattanooga area through her love for her students and dedication to teaching. She dedicated herself to her personal mission of helping students achieve their educational goals, encouraging them to work to their fullest potential and challenging them to give back to their community.

Sisters In Business congratulates Mrs. Doris Kelly for her many wonderful contributions made to the Chattanooga Community, and wishes to express our sincere and personal appreciation for her making it her "heart and soul" business to educate others...and thus taking care of the community.   Best wishes on your 90th birthday!

The  Chattanooga High School Class of 1977 will celebrate its 30th Year Class Reunion this August 10-12, 2007.  Sunday worship service will be held  August 12, 2007, at Piney Woods Baptist Church, Reverend Ernest Tanner, Pastor, 614 52nd Street, 37410.  Speaker will be Rev. James "Blow Pop" Thomas.  All is welcome to attend. 
Donations are being sought for this multi-day event.  Sisters In Business Clients, Partners, and all of Chattanooga and surrounding area businesses are asked to donate door prizes for this 30th class reunion. Please contact M. A. Lee at marvlouz@yahoo.com for making you donation.

Stop the Madness will host its 1st Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament Friday, August 24, 2007 at Windstone Golf Course in Chattanooga, TN.  For more information, please contact Walter Hitchcock at 423-493-0447.

MYTD (Multicultural Youth Training and Development) will have its MYTD Fashion Show Sunday, July 29, 2007 New Covenant Fellowship Church 5:00 p.m. in Chattanooga , TN.

MYTD (Multicultural Youth Training and Development) will have its "Dancing Under the Stars" event on Friday, August 24, 2007 at 6:30 pm at the IBEW Hall located at 3922 Volunteer Drive in Chattanooga, TN.  Tickets are $20.00.  For further information contact Dana Kinamore at 580-6173.

Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) would like to recognize those who already exhibit these goals. One deserving individual and one company will be awarded for their contributions to the Chattanooga community and the promotion of professional development at the YPAC Awards on Saturday, September 29, 2007.  For more information about the awards, judging criteria, sponsorship or to submit nominations, please contact Amanda Carmichael at Amanda@ypacnow.org or visit www.ypacnow.org.

The 7th Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will take place on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center.   The reception will begin promptly at 6 PM and 7 PM Dinner.  Tickets and tables are available please call 423 265-0021 if you plan to attend. The theme of the banquet for this year is "Chattanooga Legends-Catalysts for Change".

Designed for a Purpose Fashion Show Fundraiser Brunch will be Saturday, July 28th, 2007 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Carrabba's Restaurant located 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN.


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Born out of need and desire to help empower, promote, and prosper women in business, on February 14, 2006 Sisters In Business was established as a web-based networking service offering its all-in-one business development strategy called "NAME", the company's acronym for Networking, Advertising, Marketing, and Empowerment. For further information, contact:

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