African-American & Women History
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)
Legacy of African-American & Women History
with Celebration, & Girl's Inc Award
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
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
"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
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
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
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
Kelly (left), Sisters In Business Owner/CEO and Jamecia Love, Girls
Inc Member & Boyd Buchanan Student
Inc Awards Women Leaders! Sisters In Business Empowers Business Online
participating in the Women’s
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
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
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
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
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Program to develop. and reinforce Math and Reading skills. Features
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
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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
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,”
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
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
Mapco Petroleum Oil, and
other projects implemented and managed by Tekelia C. Kelly's For Your
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