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Tekelia C. Kelly Enterprises, LLC





Tekelia C. Kelly Enterprises, LLC


Entrepreneur, Engineer, Educator, Editor, Entertainer


Tekelia C. Kelly is a Business and Information Technology Consultant, with over 15 years experience in Corporate Business.  Her professional training includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Masters-level coursework in Instructional Design and Technology.  In addition to Sisters In Business (SIB) and AYES Youth In Business, Tekelia owns and operates FYI (For Your Information), an  Education & Information Technology Solutions firm which provides Business Consulting; IT Project Management; Workforce, Career, Personal Development Training; Computer Technology Training, Tech-Ed Curriculum Coordination,  K-12 Educational Teaching, and Tutoring services. FYI has served businesses, schools, colleges, and homes since 1995.  Major service areas of TCK Enterprises are:



Education Technology (CHIPS Computer Camps, Classes, Labs, Tutorials, and E-Learning)

Information Technology (Computer Hardware/Software Training, Inforware, Business & Technology Consulting)

Network Marketing (Networking, Advertising, Marketing, Empowerment, eBroadcasting)

Business & Workforce Development (Women, Men, and Youth Small Business)



Click here to visit the For Your Information (FYI) website.

Click here to visit the Sisters In Business (SIB) website.

Click here to visit the AYES Youth In Business (AYES) website.



 SIB Empowers African-American & Women History with Enterprise Success



Sisters In Business.Net - Founded February 2006



Shown in picture from left to right: Kristi Haulsee-Chattanooga Chamber, Carolyn 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 Empowers 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 made!" 

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 www.sistersinbusness.net, the 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 Director

Covenant Keypers

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).

Says 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.

Girls Inc Awards Women Leaders! SIB Empowers  Business Online

Tekelia Kelly (left), Sisters In Business Owner/CEO and Jamecia Love, Girls Inc Member & Boyd Buchanan Student


Girls Inc Awards Women Leaders! Sisters In Business Empowers Business Online

Girls Inc teens participating in 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/CEO Tekelia C. Kelly (front row 4th from left in yellow suit ) was one of 14 women honored by Girls Incorporated board, staff, and girls as leaders for having made significant contributions to the advancement of women in the Chattanooga community at Girls Inc annual UnBought and UnBossed awards program. The event was held March 20 during in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Imperial Ballroom .

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.”

Sisters In Business Founder and Owner Tekelia Cassaundra (Crutcher) Kelly was one of those honored with the "2007 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 presentation. 

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 Grader. 

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!"

More 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 equitable society.

Click here to read more about the Unbought and Unbossed Award ceremony and honorees.

Click here to see Girls Inc Women History Team "Facebook Project" on the Internet, or go to www.myspace.com/unboughtandunbossed.

Click here to read the Chattanooga Times Free Press Community News story on the event: http://www.timesfreepress.com/absolutenm/?a=12897&z=   The article is on page 13.


For Your Information - Founded February 1995

6/28/2006 - Girls Inc. Summer Entrepreneurship Academy Wraps Up ...

Girls Incorporated® of Chattanooga plants those seeds every year for ... Jeff Olingy, Chattanooga State; and Tekelia Kelly, Sisters in Business. ...
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7/3/2006 - GirlVenture Awards Presented - Business - Chattanoogan.com

the chattanoogan.com - chattanooga's source for breaking local news ... Tekelia Kelly of Sisters in Business said, "I saw a lot of individual talent that ...
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SIB in the News: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Article: Click here to read more.

SIB in the News: Onyx Magazine, June 2006, Volume 9, Issue 2

Tekelia Kelly's Professional Career

Mapco Sets Up Computer Training Center for Employees - 1998-04-27

"Tekelia (Kelly) deserves credit for implementing the program and getting it kicked off," Rasbach says. "it wasn'ta one, two, three thing." ...
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Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

Internet 101 - Tekelia Kelly This course , taught by CSAS parent Tekelia ... of a student currently enrolled in grades K - 11 at CSAS or K - 7 at CSLA who ...
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[PDF] SummerCamp 2005-06.indd

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML
Custom designed by Instructor Tekelia Kelly for St. Nicholas Summer Program to develop. and reinforce Math and Reading skills. Features best-in-class ...
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University Tennessee of Chattanooga (UTC) Lupton Fund Provides More Technology

"To date, 37 of the 75 designated Lupton podium installations have been completed," said Tekelia Kelley, IT Lupton Project Manager. ...
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Lupton Renaissance Fund Update  

Lupton Renaissance Fund Provides State of the Art Classroom Technology

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is on the fast track to implementing state-of-the-art multimedia technology podiums, a classroom transformation made possible by an award from the Lupton Renaissance Fund, the largest unrestricted cash gift to public higher education in Tennessee history. The fund was established in September 2001 with an initial gift of $25 million to the University from Chattanooga philanthropist John T. Lupton and his wife, Alice. The purpose of this initiative is to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities across the campus.

Dr. Michelle Vineyard, Human Ecology, began using the equipment in May to show videos, Power Point presentations, and to go online for web sites associated with the subject area.

“I didn't have to worry about scheduling the equipment ahead of time and wondering if it would work. It eliminated a lot of wires and connections. It reduced classroom set up time for the PowerPoint presentations and the need to track down a laptop computer,” Vineyard said. “We took a virtual tour of a museum in France--the Agropolis Museum had a comparison of food intake in different countries. The students each had to do a group presentation and several of them did PowerPoint and brought music associated with the culture they presented to use for background.”

As a result, Vineyard says her students have given her a lot of positive feedback on the materials she was able to present.

“Many of the students will be using equipment such as this on the job and it gives them a hands-on opportunity,” Vineyard said.

"To date, 37 of the 75 designated Lupton podium installations have been completed," said Tekelia Kelly, IT Lupton Project Manager. Four skilled podium technicians: James Spruill, Shannon "Skip" Prather, Tony Boydston, and Erick Baird, will complete the installations over three years.

With the input of Dr. Karen Adsit, Director of the Walker Teaching Resource Center; Monty Wilson, Assistant Vice Chancellor of IT Division, and Rodger Ling, Director of Technology Support Services of IT Division, the UTC podium has been customized to suit the classroom, lab, and conference room needs of the University.

“With permanent installations, faculty will be more inclined to use visual imagery and electronic resources as a regular part of their teaching, which can help all students to learn content in a variety of ways,“ Adsit said.

According to Kelley, the UTC podium was modeled after a podium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mike Berger, Chief Engineer of UTK's Information Technologies Engineering Services, designs and develops the podium. Berger was brought on board at UTC to make the concept of the technology-integrated podium a reality.

"We have managed to reduce the cost significantly by internalizing our operations, using local small business vendors and leveraging the multimedia knowledge and technical expertise of our existing employees,” Kelly said.

A standard podium room installation includes a ceiling mounted LCD projector, switcher, VHS VCR, amplifier, speakers/audio system, wall mounted screen, computer connected to the network with zip, CD, floppy drives, and a document camera. External mounts are available for laptop computers and other external devices.

The podium team will also equip the University’s new Engineering, Math, and Computer Science (EMCS) building. This project includes a high-tech room; two major auditoriums, studio rooms, and 23 classrooms and labs that will have either stationary or moveable podiums. The new Engineering, Math, and Computer Science building is scheduled to open August 15 of this year.

For more information, please email or call (423) 421-5646.



Mapco Sets Up Computer Training Center for Employees

Memphis Business Journal - April 24, 1998

In an era when work force development is a key initiative nationwide, Tulsa, Okla.-based Mapco, Inc., is trying to keep employees at its Memphis oil refinery PC savvy by establishing a technology training center.

The company, which recently merged with the Williams Cos., Inc., contracted the design and implementation of the center to the Memphis small business For Your Information, Technology & Training Consultants, an information technology company founded last year by entrepreneur Tekelia Kelly.

The Mapco technology center, which marks Kelly's first Fortune 500 client, is designed to provide training and continuing education to about 325 employees at the local refinery.

The center, with eight 300 Mhz Pentium PCs and three instructors, includes instructor-led Windows NT and Lotus Notes classes, and two software packages that the company is preparing to roll out at the Memphis operation. Other classes are being offered for software like Word, Excel and custom applications.

The company expects to offer a range of classes with programs like Access, MS Projects and Visual Basic slated to be added. Mapco officials also are interested in a computer-based learning platform, something that would allow more flexibility in employee training.

"We spend a lot of money on computing power," says Ron Davis, Mapco information technology manager. "But what we were finding is that our employees were only using 10% to 15% of its capacity."

Mapco maintains a network of about 230 computers at its Memphis facility, and employees - ranging from hourly workers to salaried engineers - are clamoring to take advantage of the center. In fact, one of the primary reasons Mapco launched the center is in response to employee requests.

Mapco has a series of "business improvement teams" that meet periodically, and among the most consistent and across-the-board requests voiced were for more computer training, says Ted Rasbach, Mapco human resources consultant.

"Tekelia (Kelly) deserves credit for implementing the program and getting it kicked off," Rasbach says. "It wasn't a one, two, three thing."

Kelly has spent about 14 years designing and analyzing computer systems, mostly while working for companies like Diesel Recon Co., First Tennessee, Federal Express Corp. and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Since 1995, she has been an independent technology consultant serving local small businesses and schools.


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