again, just a splendid event...!" Maxine
Bailey, CEO Girls Inc
SIB New Member Congratulations!
Sisters In Business
(SIB) welcomes new Clients & Partners
joined/rejoined for the month of April 2007.
Clients:Synthia St. James
(Lifetime Membership) International
Artist & Author, Frenise Mann
SOE, Inc., Patricia Robinson-Nulife
Laser Institute, Sadie Smith-Skin
Balm Inc;Santha Bone-Wayne
Essence of Travel, Latrice Currie-Greek
Style, Velma Wilson-Cleaning
Dr. Thomas Rumph-Eastdale
Family Dentistry, Sherri
Chattanooga African-American Chamber of Commerce.
NEW! Community Org/Group/Church: Mt. Canaan Baptist
Sisters In Business Tekelia Kelly on THIS & THAT-WTVC Channel 9
Watch Sisters In
Business' Tekelia Kelly on THIS & THAT with special co-host Mrs.
Marcia Kling. The program will air on WTVC Channel 9
Wednesday May 23, 2007 at 12:30 PM.
Greet, Network, & Eat!
Sisters in Business Networking Event of the Year!
"Meet, Greet, Network, & Eat
at SIB’s Community Networking (and Mentoring) Event of the Year"
Sisters In Business.net
presents its "2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon &
Business Showcase". Open to Public!
are invited to be our guest at Sisters In Business "2nd Annual
Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon & Business Showcase" as we
empower the women business community and community at large.
Attend the Showcase! Get Empowered! Enjoy Food, Folks, and Fun at
Sisters In Business "2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment
Luncheon & Business Showcase".
community business event is for both adults and youth; and rated
“E” for EMPOWERMENT! Offering Empowerment for Everyone through
Business Enterprise, Economic Opportunity, Exposure, Exchange,
Education, Enrichment, Enlightenment, Engagement, Enjoyment,
Entertainment, & Eats!
Discover and do business with new, emerging, and established
businesses in the community as well as with people in the
consumer market at the Business Showcase!
Contribute to a worthwhile cause by investing time and
resources for youth development this summer. Make a
“mentoring milestone” at this Empowerment Luncheon &
Business Showcase event!
Enjoy Food, Friendship, and Fun!
MISS IT -- SAVE THE DATE AND ATTEND: June 8, 2007
Invite a friend! Bring company employees or co-workers. Share
with your church, youth group, or special youth. Unable to
attend…enable someone who can. Empower your ticket(s) purchase by
attending yourself and/or donating for someone else to attend.
Please RSVP your request for Luncheon Tickets/Table and Exhibitor
Table to Tekelia C. Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or
423.421.5646. Please see the related
event flyer. Feel free to
copy, distribute, and display the flyer to help promote this
DON’T MISS IT -- SAVE
THE DATE AND ATTEND: June 8, 2007
Where & When
Chattanooga Trade Center
1100 Carter Streeet (Downtown)
Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA)
June 8, 2007
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
(Open and Free to Public)
Session I: 10:00
Session II: 1:00
LUNCHEON 11:30 AM
$25.00; Youth $15
Table (8 Seats) $250
Tickets & Exhibitor Tables
Sponsorships and Advertisers Welcome!
Contact Tekelia C.
Inc Awards Women Leaders! SIB Empowers Business Online
Tekelia Kelly (left), Sisters In Business Owner/CEO
and Jamecia Love, Girls Inc Member & Boyd Buchanan
Girls Inc Awards Women
Leaders! Sisters In Business Empowers Business Online
the Women’s History Project,
along with their staff and board members, named 14 women who
have changed Chattanooga. In the spirit of Shirley Chisom,
the first African
American woman to run for president of the United States, the
award models Ms. Chisholm declaration of herself as a
representative of all people and made a commitment to serve as
a leader who would remain “unbought and unbossed.
Sisters In Business Founder and Owner Tekelia Cassaundra
(Crutcher) Kelly was one of those honored with the
Unbought and Unbossed" Award.
Zsa Zsa Perryman,
Assistant Account Executive of Waterhouse Public Relations and
Coordinator for the Girls Inc Women History Team spoke during
the event about the girls' journey for choosing women they
desired to see receive the award. In the process of
conducting their research, the girls indicated how they
thought all nominees would be found in Google. A notion that
was brought into alignment as Ms. Perryman guided the young
women to "rediscover paper-based research". The
technology-savvy, business-leadership quality girls took
information gathered from the library and developed a MySpace
page for their award winners. The MySpace page highlighted
each honoree and was projected as a sidebar throughout the
ceremony. The girls' product made for a very
professional-looking presentation, and great example of how
such a online medium can be used for education and
Upon acceptance of
her award, Tekelia Kelly acknowledged and thanked her "smart,
strong, and bold" Girls Inc teen awarder Jamecia Love, who
also attends Boyd Buchanan School. She explained how
delighted she was to learn from Jamecia while doing their
email interview that Jamecia had attended Tekelia Kelly's
CHIPS Computer Camp program about eight years ago as a 3rd
After thanking the
Girls, Inc staff and board; table guests to inlcude Sisters in
Business clients Dorothea Johnson (Inner Glow Skin Care
Services) and Joyce Holt (The Health Nut); and parents Maelene
(Branham) and Moses Crutcher, Tekelia closed referring to
earlier statement made by Zsa Zsa Perryman's
regarding the girls expecting find people in Google and
humorously added "We
can get you in Google!"
about Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga:
Girls Incorporated of
Chattanooga inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold by
providing a healthy and positive environment where girls can
enjoy being girls; by providing enriching programs that
nurture their capacity for personal achievement, confident
adulthood and economic independence; and by advocating for an
Click here to read more about
the Unbought and Unbossed Award ceremony and honorees.
African-American & Women History with
picture from left to right: Kristi Haulsee-Chattanooga
Miller-Warm Spirit, Don Wheeler-Talk Listen Communicate, Sadie Smith-Skin
Balm, Inc., Teri Jeter-McAvoy-Henderson Hutcherson &
McCullough (Sliver Sponsor),
Joyce Holt-The Health Nut, Maelene B. Crutcher, Mack
Kelly, Tekelia C. Kelly- Sisters In Business
Founder/CEO, Rosalyn Hickman-Covenant Keypers, Treasa
Newton-Woman's Way Journal (Gold Sponsor), Ferlencia Tuggle, Ferlencia's Floral Design, Councilman Manuel Rico,
Ashley Doherty-Fire Eye Productions, Stephanie Sinkfield-State
Farm Insurance Owner/Agent, and
Dorothea Johnson-Inner Glow Skin Care Services.
(Not shown Sliver Sponsors Walter Johnson and Lew Goss-Aquarium Foods,
and Ginger Weeks, Aladdin Printing & Copying)
Sisters in Business
Legacy of African-American & Women History
with Celebration, & Girl's Inc Award
"Tekelia, We had a ball and already we have
written 6 policies as a result of the contacts we
Stephanie Sinkfield, Owner/Agent
State Farm Insurance
Born out of
need and desire to help empower, promote, and
prosper women in business,
Sisters-In-Business.Com was established as
a web-based business networking service on February 14, 2006
by founder and owner Tekelia C. Kelly. Now along with its
new and official website
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce proclaimed
February 15 as Sisters In Business
Day during its 1st Year Anniversary celebrated on
February 15, 2007 at the Development Resource Center (DRC)
in headquartered location Chattanooga, Tennessee in the
United Sates of America.
"It was absolutely wonderful!
I will download the [web cast] to hear the entire program. YOU DID
AN EXCELLENT JOB. I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF SIB."
Rosalyn Hickman, Executive
The now approximately 100-member network
consists of Clients who are women who own and or
operate a business be it professional service,
home-based, self-employed, franchise, hobby, or
ministry, Partners who are both male and female
businesses in corporations, industry, community who
support the network through sponsorships and offer
their business services as preferred service
providers.; vendors who exhibit at SIB tradeshows,
Advertisers, and Event Sponsors.
Sponsors of event were Woman's Way Journal (Gold Level) ,
Henderson Hutcherson &
McCullough, Aquarium Foods, and Aladdin Printing &
Copying (Silver Level).
Sisters In Business Owner Tekelia Kelly, "The date of
February 14 when business marks its beginning is significant
for several reasons: one being it is on the day
of Valentine, symbolic of
the company's labor of love, second owner's mother in laws
birthday who like owners birth mother, and grandmother were
all pioneer sisters in business; and thirdly
because February being Black history month as
the company cited upon its first day in operation it
sought to honor African American woman business owner continuing
the great legacy of Black women entrepreneurs such
as Madame C J Walker and so many others.
SISTERS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!(as first published on
website February 14, 2006)
The month of February
2006, we celebrated Black History and the
Grand Opening of the "sistersinbusiness.net
NETWORK, we would like to pay tribute the
"legacy and livelihood" of African-American Women
Business Owners; and the contributions they have
made to sisterhood and society as a whole.
"Celebrating the Legacy & Livelihood of
African-American Women Business Owners, and Sisters
everywhere! (...and Brothers everywhere,
Ruth Brinkley, president and CEO of Memorial
Healthcare Systems, is shown with the girl who
honored her, Jameisha Borders. Click to enlarge.
girls, staff, and board
14 women who have changed Chattanooga. Sisters
In Business Founder and Owner Tekelia Cassaundra
(Crutcher) Kelly will be one given the distinctive
honor of the 2007
"Unbought and Unbossed" Award
Girls Inc of Chattanooga.
Business Network client Sharon Kelly, owner and operator
of Rose of Sharon Senior Villa will also be honored.
Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga honors women in
Chattanooga who have made significant contributions to
the advancement of women in the community at their
annual UnBought and UnBossed awards program. The event is held during March in celebration of Women’s History Month.
UnBought and UnBossed is a tribute to the spirit and determination of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to run for president of the United States. Ms. Chisholm declared herself to be a representative of all people and made a commitment to serve as a leader who would remain “unbought and unbossed.
is rich in history, but women’s history usually takes a
back seat,” says Maxine Bailey, president & CEO of Girls
Incorporated of Chattanooga. “Honoring Chattanooga’s
influential women at UnBought and UnBossed is our way of
celebrating the powerful impact they have had in our
and UnBossed honorees are selected by teen girls who
participate in Girls Incorporated’s women’s history
project. The girls identify women in our community whom
they consider role models. This year’s honorees include:
Vicky Gregg, president & CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of
Tennessee; Anna Van Cura, founding director of Ballet
Tennessee; Selma Cash Paty, attorney at Paty, Rymer &
Ulin; Sharon Kelly, owner and operator of Rose of Sharon
Senior Villa (and client of Sisters In Business); Rebecca Smith, director of scholarships
for the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga;
Sonia Sasse, community activist; Dr. Minnie Vance,
physician; Heidi Hefferlin, founding principal and
president of Hefferlin Kronenberg Architects; Sheila
Jennings, community activist; Judge Rebecca Stern,
Hamilton County Criminal Court; Tekelia Kelly, founder
and owner of Sisters In Business; Sherrie Gilchrist,
president and CEO of Chattanooga African American
Chamber of Commerce; the Chattanooga firefighting team
of Captain Benita Owens and firefighters Melissa Miller
and Kelly Liles; and the Chattanooga Locomotion,
Chattanooga’s professional women’s football team.
only a celebration of history but a celebration of
achievement,” says Ruth Brinkley, president and CEO of
Memorial Health Care System, a recipient of last year's UnBought and UnBossed award and honorary chair for 2007.
“These women not only attained personal goals and
aspirations, but paved the way for young girls to
understand the many rewarding opportunities open to
women in the world today.”
UnBought and UnBossed Award breakfast ceremony, the girls will
illustrate the link between past, present and future
generations of female leadership by honoring their role
models with awards and recognition. This year’s event
will be held Tuesday, March 20 at the Chattanooga Choo
Choo Imperial Ballroom from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tickets
are $250 for a table of eight, $32 for a mother/daughter
package, $24 for adults and $14 for students. For more
information please contact Girls Incorporated at (423)
624-4757 or visit
Sisters in Business Table
At Our Table! Sisters In Business invites
all network clients, partners, and vendors to join us
during the UnBought and UnBossed Award breakfast ceremony
by sitting at the Sisters in Business table. Call
423.421.5646 or email
to maker your reservation for a seat at the table(s).
Represent your business and network, all while
supporting the great programs that help girls at Girls
about Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga:
Incorporated of Chattanooga inspires all girls to be
strong, smart and bold by providing a healthy and
positive environment where girls can enjoy being girls;
by providing enriching programs that nurture their
capacity for personal achievement, confident adulthood
and economic independence; and by advocating for an
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Business is celebrating its first
anniversary and the creation of its new
website at www.sistersinbusiness.net.
The celebration will take place February
15 at the Development Resource Center (DRC)
at 1250 Market Street. Everyone is
invited to join in the celebration and
participate in this networking event.
The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m.
with “Meet & Greet” networking and a
mini-trade show. The Chattanooga Area
Chamber of Commerce will conduct a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Walter Johnson and Lew Goss, owners of
Aquarium Foods, are providing hors
d’oeuvres for the festivities.
“Sisters In Business promotes
women-owned, minority, and small
businesses, and helps them succeed by
offering affordable and easy online and
live business solutions that help
strengthen market position and provide a
competitive edge,” according to founder
and president Tekelia Kelly. “The
official website name change from
sistersinbusiness.net has resulted in
greater internet marketing results and
yielded high listings in most search
engines,” Kelly says. “This means
greater visibility and searchability for
network businesses.” Now having
developed alliances with other women
networking groups in the USA and the
United Kingdom, the company is well on
its way to bringing into fruition its
vision of connecting women in business
and their communities locally and
worldwide, according to Kelly.
“Chattanooga is a top-rated city
known for its wonderful attractions and
quality of life,” she says.
“Customer-wise, we want to be a virtual
gateway to beautiful Chattanooga,
Tennessee, and the USA. Business-wise we
want to be a ‘connecting flight’ within
the USA, and between other ‘women in
business’ communities world-wide.”
For more in information about the
February 15 event or to advertise at the
event, please call Kelly at 423.421.5646
or email email@example.com.
Sisters In Business is a "sisterly"
networking firm that connects both
established and emerging women in
business and their communities,
world-wide. The Sisters In Business
eNewsletter is distributed to thousands
of readers locally, nationally, and
globally. Thank you for your interest in