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Connecting Women In Business & Their Communities Worldwide
 October 2007
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2006 Christmas at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Shop Early for the Holidays and Help The Community!


It has been said that most of us are just one pay check away from being homeless.  This event is a proactive step towards stimulating socio-economic development in the community, and sustaining household and business income for community businesses.

Sisters In Business will host its "2nd Annual Holiday Shopping Showcase & Business Expo" on November 17, 2007 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Country Place Restaurant on Shallowford Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


This event will serve as a platform for empowering women-owned and small businesses in Chattanooga and surrounding areas.  It will offer a wonderful pre-holiday shopping experience for early shoppers and bargain seekers. 


The event will also once again include a food drive and fundraiser for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  It t has been said that most of us are just one pay check away from being homeless.  This event is a proactive step towards stimulating socio-economic development in the community, and sustaining household and business income for community businesses.


Shown below is a group picuture of the children living in the Community Kitchen Family Housing and Learning Center (FHLC).  These children benefit directly from programs such as SAFAH (Supplemental Assistance for Facilities to Assist the Homeless) and FHLC—they’re the children helped by your heart of giving. 




“Helping and the heart go hand in hand; Sisters in Business and the Community Kitchen have that belief in common.”


Jens Christensen

Chattanooga Community Kitchen


Click here to make a donation to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen

More About the Showcase


Shop Early for the Holidays!  Vendors offering fashions. jewelry, handbags, hats, shoes, fragrances, candles, floral designs, art & crafts, books, pictures, decorated accessories, household, culinary, gift and novelty items, as well as professional and business services such as hair, facials, spa, catering, health and wellness, financial, and real estate services are welcome!


In an effort to benefit the homeless men, women and children serviced by the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, donation from shoppers will be accepted along with any donated canned goods.  Donations can also be made at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen located on 11th Street.


Please come out on November 17 to do your early holiday shopping while supporting this great cause.  Please click here to learn more about the work being done by the Chattanooga Community Kitchen Click here to learn about the Sisters In Business.Net.





More About Business Expo

Earn Extra Income!  Business vendors in the Sisters in Business Holiday Shopping Showcase will also provide info about business, employment, and networking opportunities with those interested in starting a business, gaining employment, and/or making contacts for networking.  Opportunities to earn additional income for the holidays and thereafter along with other incentives can also be explored amongst participating "direct selling" or multi-level marketing type vendors.  Be sure to ask vendors about business, networking, or employment opportunities.



Businesses offering direct selling opportunities provide important benefits to individuals who desire to earn an income, or build a business of their own. Direct selling offers an alternative to traditional employment for those who desire an opportunity to 1) earn a flexible income, 2) earn a supplemental household income; or 3) compensate for the responsibilities or circumstances that do not allow them to have a regular part-time or full time job. In many cases, direct selling opportunities develop into a fulfilling career for those who achieve success and choose to pursue their independent direct selling business on a full time basis.



Join us for the "2nd Annual Holiday Shopping Showcase & Biz Expo" on Nov. 17. 

Click here for more info. Or call 423.421.5646.











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Sisters In Business.Net supports the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, which provides services to thousands with food and shelter each year--a very needed "Help from the Heart of the City"

On Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Country Place Restaurant on Shallowford Road, in East Brainerd Chattanooga, Tennessee, from 12 PM-3 PM, Sisters In Business.Net will host its "2nd Annual Holiday Shopping Showcase & Biz Expo". This is also the second year for the CCK and SIB partnership. The event will benefit the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, with a portion of vendor fees donated to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen by Sisters In Business.Net.

The event will also economically empower women-owned and small business vendors participating from Chattanooga and surrounding areas, as well as Atlanta, other parts of Georgia, and as far away as Michigan. Shop beautiful gifts at bargain prices during this "free" holiday shopping showcase. Find fabulous gift items for as low as $2.00. Come see and shop with 20 great vendors offering a wonderful variety of quality merchandise.  This is holiday shopping that will definitely help with your shopping list, but definitely not break your budget.  For more information about the event, please call 423.421.5646 or visit www.sistersinbusiness.net.

he above image offers you a "sneak preview" of the wonderful
assortment of quality merchandise that will be offered at the show. This is holiday shopping that will definitely help with your shopping list, but definitely not break
your budget.

Non-perishable foods and monetary donations collected in CCK envelopes with receipts will also be accepted for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen during the event. Monetary donations can also be made by clicking the convenient Chattanooga Community Kitchen donation link below, or by visiting www.community-kitchen.org. Monetary and food donations can also be accepted at 727 East 11th Street in downtown Chattanooga.

Specific needs for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen this year are: canned vegetables (# 10 size if possible), adult socks and underwear, individual use shampoos, conditioners and soaps, frozen turkeys and hams (delivered to the Kitchen so we can put them in the freezer), flour, butter, sandwich bags, paper lunch sacks, 55 gallon garbage bags, men's coats (large), shoes and household items (pots, pans, dishes, glasses and utensils) night shelter volunteers, and funding.

"Help from the Heart of the City"
"Help from the Heart of the City" is not just a slogan. Your general donation to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen is the simplest way to help.

Click here to make a donation to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen

Thank you very much, it will go a long way in feeding and supplying shelter for the homeless.





Aquarium Food Specials for Churches, Groups & Holiday Events!



Enjoy the delicious-tasting dishes from Aquarium Food during those special group gatherings, and over the holidays. 


Specials are now being offered to groups: $5.00 per meal on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.   Great for Bible Study and other group meetings. 


Remember holiday dinners and special platters can be easily and "tastefully" done by Aquarium Food Catering services.  For more information about group and holiday specials, contact Aquarium Foods at 423 265-1691.



Owners Lew Goss and

 Walter Johnson

TN Aquarium Plaza, 2 Broad St.
Chat., Tennessee 37402
United States
Phone: 423 265-1691
Fax: 423 266-6268




Welcome New & Returning SIB Network Members


The SIB Network


"A USA Business Network, Consumer Guide, & Business Directory Service

...all at Your Fingertips!"


Welcome New and Renewed Members




Dr. Cassandra D. Whitaker


( Renewed "2nd Year" Network Member)


Whitaker Women’s Care

929 Spring Creek Road Suite 202 Chattanooga, Tennessee 37412  www.whitakerwomenscare.com 

(423) 855-4044


Calvin Shropshire

Visalus Representative



 Chattanooga, TN 37421 cshropshire@myvisalus.com





Jennifer McFarland

Visalus Representative



Cleveland, TN




Latrice Edwards



The African Hut Gift Shop

5128 Adams Rd

Hixson TN 37343



(423) 842-5329



Rodney Billups



Herman's Soul Food

3821 Brainerd Road

Chattanooga, TN




Networking with Dr.Thomas Rumph at New Belvoir Plaza  

Photo by Jim Stevens, Brainerd News

Just some of the folks who dropped by to "meet, greet, network, and eat" at the "Belvoir Plaza" Open House presented by Dr. Thomas Rumph.  Pictured above from left to right are (standing) Caprice Wofford, Mary Todd, Anthony Todd, Laverne Barnes, Mother of Linda Coleman, Eunice Walker, Bryan Stevens, Dr. Thomas Rumph, Tekelia Kelly, Mark Jones, LaTrice Edwards, and Calvin Shropshire; (kneeling) Linda Coleman, Sherry Casteel, and Stan Brown.


New Brainerd Business Spotlight:


Dr. Rumph's "Belvoir Plaza" Networking In the Community


The "Belvoir Plaza" Open House was a wonderful networking experience for host Dr. Thomas Rumph, also the owner of the new Brainerd business, and the attending guests.  Guests included SIB Network members, Chattanooga and Atlanta businesses, and community friends.  The event took place on Saturday September 15, 2007, and resulted in good attendance, and media coverage, thanks to the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce (TN-MCC), The Courier Newspaper, Power 94 Radio, Chattanooga Times Free Press, and Brainerd News. Photos were also taken by Jim Stevens, owner of Brainerd News.


“The event worked out quite well!  And we still are building on the flow of the success.  I also think it added to me getting a write up in the Chattanooga Free Press.”  -Dr. Thomas Rumph 


Said by Dr. Rumph regarding the event “The event worked out quite well!  And we still are building on the flow of the success.  I think it added to me getting a write up in the Chattanooga Free Press.”  The event yielded phone and email inquiries from individuals interested in knowing more about office space rental opportunities for the building.  Interest came from both local area Chattanooga as well as inquirers from Atlanta. Sisters In Business.Net owner Tekelia C. Kelly advertised and promoted the event for SIB Business Partner Dr. Thomas Rumph.  Success Realty Stan Brown provided tenant rental services and property information.


Photo by Jim Stevens, Brainerd News




 Belvoir Plaza
Saturday, September 15, 2007
11:00 am 
(Register at 10:30 am)

(A Newly Remodeled Property)

3913 Brainerd Road

(Next to Sonic Restaurant)

Chattanooga, Tennessee


Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Rumph, Owner

SIB Partner


Special thanks to Linda Coleman for her delicious desserts.


Linda Coleman

Kezinda's Homemade Desserts

155 Stubby Lane

Ringgold, Georgia  30736






Other Sisters In Business clients/partners who have businesses in the Brainerd Community include Ferelencia Tuggle of Ferelencia's Floral Design, Mose Whitfield Allserv Team Marketing, and Carolyn Miller -Warm Spirit Independent Consultant.




After Hours Networking at the Tea Cottage in October


After-Hours Networking With Sisters at the Tea Cottage


Sisters In Business Network members and community women business owners made new contacts, developed new relationships, and shared information about their  businesses at the After-Hours Networking event on October 12, 2007 at the Tea Cottage, owned by Charlene Lamar. 


Special guest speaker Mrs. Rosalyn Hickman, Executive Director of Covenant Keypers spoke to group about the Covenant Keypers organization, their mission of building strong communities through strong marriages, and shared about their upcoming  events. 


Other guests shown in above pictures included from top left to right Debbie Kelly middle left to right Dorothea Johnson, Velma Wilson, and Tara Hewlett; and bottom left to right Emma Cox, Bonnie Marsh, and Tekelia Kelly.  It was a great time of delectable hors d'oeuvres and empowering networking!   Photos taken by Dorothea Johnson.





Covenant Keypers 3rd Annual Fundraising Banquet



Herman's Diner Joins The SIB Network Directory & City Guide

Photo by Tim Barber Chattanooga Times Free Press


Rodney Billups stands in the dining room of Herman's Soul Food at 3821 Brainerd Road.   

New Brainerd Business Spotlight:

Herman's Diner Owner Rodney Billups Opens  in New Location


Herman's Diner is owned by Rodney Billups-father, and his sons Clifford and Brian.  These entrepreneurs are among the flux of new business owners opening doors to serve customers in the Brainerd 37411 zip code area, and beyond. 


Though new to the location, Herman's Diner is as seasoned a business as their delectable soul food dishes, having been in business for many years and previously moving its small Chattanooga eatery from Tunnel Boulevard to the more expansive site at 3821 Brainerd Road, the former Captain D's location. 


In recognition of the Brainerd Business Community in this month's Sisters In Business.Net eNewsletter, we are happy to also spotlight Herman Diner and welcome Rodney, Clifford, and Brian to The SIB Network!


Sisters In Business Partner Beverly Inman-Ebel  

TLC's Beverly Inman-Ebel Awarded and honored. 

Local CEO, and Sisters n Business Partner Beverly Inman-Ebel is sworn in as newest Council member to the National Women's Business Council in Washington, DC.  She will be serving a 3-year term as a member of this bi-partisan Federal government council that serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.  The Council's mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women's business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces -- from start-up to success to significance.

Pictured during the swearing in from left to right are:  Beverly Inman-Ebel, an unnamed witness holding the bible, Raul Cisneros, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Small Business Administration and NWBC Chair Tami Longaberger.


More about Beverly Inman-Ebel




Beverly Inman-Ebel 

honored in Glasgow, Scotland  (as reported by Chattanooga Chamber)

A local business owner, Beverly Inman-Ebel, CEO of TLC, Talk Listen Communicate, LLC was named the recipient of the prestigious International Woman Entrepreneur of the year award given by FCEM Congress.  This past week the 52-member FCEM World Congress met in Glasgow, Scotland with representatives nominated from 61 countries.  The FCEM stands for Les Femmes Chefs D’Entreprises Mondiales (The World Association of Women Entrepreneurs).  This year’s theme “Communication in a Modern World” brought women entrepreneurs together from all around the globe. Women from divergent nations, languages and cultures united in dialogue, experience and to share information.

Suzanne Pease, who accepted the award for Beverly, reported that the committee’s decision for Beverly was unanimous.  “What stood out from the rest of the candidates was the amount of time Beverly devotes to helping women business owners all over the world.” Beverly left Scotland the morning prior to the award announcement to speak to a group of women business owners in Spokane Washington.

In reaction to her win, Ms. Inman-Ebel stated, “I’m honored to be recognized by my sisters from across the globe.  There are many women from 3rd world countries who are trying to raise their standard of living by becoming business owners, they are the real heroes.”

Also nominated for the award were leaders from Europe, Africa, South America and the Far East.



The Healt Nut & Inner Glow Skin Care Service Open House


The Health Nut

Open House

November 2, 2007

11:00 AM-7:00 PM

5805 Lee Highway

Suite 304

Chattanooga, TN 37421




'The Health Nut' will be offering free blood pressure and blood sugar checks with mini-lessons on nutrition.

'Inner Glow Skin Care' will offer a special on professional skin care purchases for men, women and children - buy 2, get the 3rd item half price! There will be free skin care consultations with mini-lessons on facials and makeovers.

Get a $10.00 off coupon for a facial, and free skin care samples!  Nutritional refreshments will be served and a SURPRISE GIFT will go to the first 5 attendees!

For more information visit these member websites visit them online at :




Chattanooga Women's Leadership Inst. Luncheon with Special Panel Guest SIB Owner Tekelia Kelly
Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute Leadership Luncheon



Tekelia Kelly, Guest Panelist

 Sisters in Business.Net, Founder/Owner/Publisher


October 23, 2007

 The 2007-2008 Leadership Luncheon Series:

  Finding Your Path to Success The Topic:  “The Professional Path”  

Panelists: Christy Sell, General Sessions Court Judge
Astrid Lucas, Founder/Director, Chattanooga Spanish Academy
Tekelia Kelly, Founder, Sisters in Business.Net
Moderated by: Corinne Allen, Executive Director, The Benwood Foundation
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Chattanooga Choo Choo - Roosevelt Room
Cost: $20.00 per person or $200.00 per table
Reservations Required by:   Thursday, October 18, 2007
Cancellations after Monday, October 22 and no-shows day of the event will be charged.

For more information call 266-0382  http://www.cwli.org/index.htm



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The heart and soul of taking care of business.  Proverbs 31

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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