folks are saying about Sisters In Business...
From: "Chamber Events"
Sent: Thursday, January 3, 2013 2:08:32
Subject: You've Been Nominated for the
2013 Small Business of the Year Award!
As Chair of the Small Business Awards
Committee, it is my distinct pleasure to
inform you that your company has been
nominated for the 2013 Small Business of the
Every year, this prestigious award is
bestowed on three businesses having 1-20,
21-50, or 51-200 full-time equivalent
employees. The companies must have been in
business under the current ownership for at
least three years, be a member in good
standing of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of
Commerce at time of nomination, and have
shown exemplary success within their
industry. Your company was nominated based
on the belief that you meet these criteria.
Again, I would like to congratulate you on
your nomination for this exciting award. We
look forward to receiving your completed
application by January 23, 2013.
Chair ~ 2013 Small Business Awards
From: "Gail McKeel" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 6:59:34 AM
Subject: Re: Upcoming Event! "Our Block
2-Unfinished Business" with Special Guest Bizzle!
Hello Sisters In Business,
Thank you so much for sharing
this !! Our communities need more of this kind
of positive events ! I'll see you there.
That [SIB Blog Talk Radio Interview of
Pastor Jamal Morris for Our Block 2 Event]
is absolutely wonderful!!! Thank you so
much! God Bless and lots of Love!!!
Vonda R. Ware, MD, FACOG
From: "Noel Maria" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:37:05 AM
Subject: Available as a speaker?
Are you available to be a
featured speaker or panelist during a luncheon meeting? I'm on
the board of the Chattanooga Technology Council (CTC), a
non-profit organization devoted to promoting the growth of
technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and education
throughout the greater Chattanooga area.
CTC is well-known in the local
business and technology community.
I'd like to [expose] them to
dynamic people like you ... and I honestly mean this because who
(other than you) would have thought, when you first discussed
SIB, that it would turn into what it is today ... launching so
many businesses and especially giving a voice to
African American women business owners.
I'm VP of Special Events and
Programs for the CTC Board, and am currently scheduling speakers
for 2012. Are you interested in telling your story?
Are you interested in
speaking? If so, email or call me.
FYI ... I also want to tell
you about an upcoming Technology Conference in Chattanooga.
From: "Janet Blakemore"
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 10:09:25 AM
Subject: Hello to Ms. Kelly
To Ms. Kelly: I’m just taking
the time to thank you for the emails that I receive from
sistersinbusiness. I’m not sure how I got added to email list
but I’m glad I was. I am an independent business woman with an
interest in how to utilize your site...Thank you so much and my
Janet E. Blakemore
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
W.R. Snodgrass Tower, 8th
Nashville, TN 37243
"We love because
it's the only true adventure"
Message from the TMCC President & CEO… Sherri Gilchrist
Chattanooga Times Free Press Article
There are several associations that assist businesses in our
community and they all have their niche; such as the Manufactures
Association, the Association of General Contractors, the Minority
Contractors Association, Rotary, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of
Commerce, Sisters in Business
and the Realtors Association, just to name a few. We encourage
people to join and support those associations when it fills a need
for their business. These associations build networks to support
their membership, they advocate for change and they give back to
From: "Frenise mann"
Sent: Friday, March 5, 2010
Subject: Re: Kingdom Summit Event
Tekelia, it looks fabulous!!!! You are awesome.
To: "Tekelia Kelly"
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 10:08:20 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada
Subject: Re: Inner Glow Skin Care Special for Valentine
Thank you! I appreciate all you do for me and the sisterhood.
I have had people tell me that they love the calendar.
Love you too!
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
To: Tekelia Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:18:06 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada
[the SIB Select Calendar] absolutely beautiful!!!!
precious. I’ve had several people tell me they saw my picture and
the calendar. So, it’s working.
have a flyer to send you about Marriage Recognition Sunday coming up
February 14. It should be ready tomorrow (Wednesday), January
Covenant Keypers, Inc.
Tekelia, Thank you so much! You put us on
Pearl Cleage Special Event
Thanks a whole bunch. It's filling up really
Someone told me he saw it in one of your
People have told me they've seen me on the Sisters In
Business website or in the newsletter. A new patient told me
she found me through Sisters In Business!
Dr. Cassandra Whitaker, OB/GYN
My business webpage on the Sisters In Business
website is still working! A client of mine called me after
finding me on the internet. She said she had lost my business
card, but remembered that I was online. She searched for me
online, found my webpage with contact info, called me, and booked a
couple of services. Thank you for what you've done for my
Dorothea Johnetta Johnson
Glow Skin Care Services
" I have heard a lot of good stuff about SIB."
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Hi, Tekelia, I really enjoyed your SIB
session yesterday afternoon. I was impressed with the wonderful
work you are doing in supporting women entrepreneurs through the
many services you provide. It is obvious that you love what you do
and that you do it well and that you’re making a difference in the
lives that you touch. Kudos!
Blessings, Corinne Livesay,
Director of Special Projects
Re: May 14 TECW Women's Economic Mini-Summit
On behalf of the Southeast Development District
Advisory Council (SEDDAC) to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW)
I want to thank you and your "Sisters In Business" colleagues for
participating in last week's economic mini-summit at Bryan College.
I think the event was a unquestionable success, and I hope you all
felt it well worth your while. I understand your session was
well-attended and has received much positive feedback.
Please convey our sincere thanks to all who
assisted you from Sisters In Business. I hope we can look
forward to your continuing participation in future events. We
wish you all success in your businesses and in your personal lives,
and we join in helping to improve the well-being of Tennessee's women
SISTERS-IN-BUSINESS has truly been a great
platform for my business. By joining Sisters-In-Business, I have been
able to exchange and share new ideas with Tekelia and members which
has enable me to capitalized on my dream. EXPOSURE has been
wonderful. I have received numerous of telephone calls and e-mails
advising me that they have seen my work on line. In February of 2007,
Sisters-In-Business and I were featured on WRCB-TV 3 Trends. I have
also been given an opportunity to showcase my work in one of
Chattanooga local businesses. By partnering with
SISTERS-IN-BUSINESS, it has truly opened doors that once were closed.
Darlene's Purse-Sonal Collections.
Great Issue. Thanks for the Renaissance Square
inclusion. The marketing text is great.
28th Legislative District CDC
"What makes Sisters In Business different as a
networking organization are your "Diversity Factor" and your "Immediate
Value factor". Your network has a wide range of different type of women and
businesses. Also, a business can immediately see the value of their
investment when they see their business advertised in your newsletter."
"Hi, I am a new OB/GYN in the Chattanooga area. I
heard about your group and am interested in joining. Please inform me of
what I need to do. I am excited about Sisters In Business!"
Cassandra Whitaker, OB/GYN
"I received feedback about my article! I met a woman business owner on a TV
show and she mentioned she had read my article in SIB."
Inman-Ebel, Talk Listen Communicate, LLC
You are doing great things for entrepreneurs as well
as for this community.
Fire Eye Productions
Mrs. Kelly, I am a new comer to Chattanooga, being here
for almost 2 years, from Ohio. I have attended a few of your Networking
events which were very informative. I receive your emails which keep me
informed on community events. I read the email regarding AYES and I had to
take a moment out of my "busy" day and say Congratulations! Out of all the
Network and Community associations I have come across in Chattanooga, your
organization is the one I see truly making a impact on the community. And I
feel you deserve a standing ovation. Good luck to you and all you are doing.
Have a blessed and wonderful day.
Networking, advertising, word of mouth referrals and
relationships are the things I value about Sisters In Business; along
with the insight I gain from being with other business women, hearing their
experience and how they do things. I also value the fellowship.
Davis, Gypsy Beads N Things
Sisters In Business is an excellent avenue to get
your business exposed, not only in Chattanooga, but via internet--across
Virginia P. Yarbrough,
Certified Licensed Massage Therapist
Massage Plus, Service
Tekelia, We had a ball and already we have written 5
policies as a result of the contacts we made!
Stephanie Sinkfield, Owner/Agent
State Farm Insurance
A Followup from Stephanie Sinkfield...
"Below is what has happened since I joined SIB:
• Wrote 6 policies as a result of people I met
[as an exhibitor] at the SIB 1 year anniversary.
• Quoted numerous policies as a result of people
and members met (Health Nut, Tonya Horne, Ferlencia's Floral Designs)
• Ferlencia has done a flower arrangement for my
office which is beautiful by the way!
• I have purchased some vitamins from Joyce
• I have referred a friend to Dr. Cassandra
I have met other small business owners and I am also
developing a network of people that I can call and or refer for products
or services. Not only that, but as a Chattanooga transplant I am getting
my name out in the Chattanooga area which is wonderful."
Stephanie Sinkfield, Owner/Agent
State Farm Insurance
SIB Membership January 30, 2007
"Tekelia, I listed my business in the Yellow Pages, but
though they have an online service, it's just a directory search. They could
never do for me what you're doing for me on the website. You put my business
out there, showcasing what I do. Networking has been essential for getting
business. Sister's in Business has played a part in the networking. The
newsletter has prompted some telephone calls for orders. So the SIB
newsletter is an awesome tool! I sent the SIB Online Newsletter article to
my mother and sister in Chicago. They sent it to Florida; from there it was
sent to Washington State, where I got a customer order. Then it returned
back to Chattanooga where I got a customer referral." --Ferlencia Tuggle,
Ferlencia's Floral Designs
"It's working! When I went to work, I was hit with 'I
saw you on the Internet introducing your new business venture'. WOW! I
didn't realize it would happen this fast!" --Darlene Houston, Darlene's
has been essential for getting business... Sister’s in Business has played
a part in the networking. The newsletter has prompted some telephone calls
for orders and encouraging words from friends and former co-workers.
So the SIB newsletter is an awesome tool for the Sisters.
Tuggle April 2007
Busness Online Newsletter
Tekelia, Thank you for the invitation to participate.
Your event was definitely a success. And your hard work really paid off.
Beverly J. Cosley, Manager
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation
Sisters in business is powerful and growing, praises
to the Lord. I read the website weekly and would like to join, even though
we are in CT, never know when someone may relocate or would like
information about WOMAN OF HOPE. Sisters In Business could certainly work
in CT, when you are ready to expand let me know.
Ruby Claytor, Woman Of Hope,
Tekelia, I really enjoyed the lunch and learn session
I attended last year. Wanted to know if there is a calendar for
Thanks, Kimara D. Cox
UT Extension Hamilton County
“We are already strong and the bond will get even
Dr. Cassandra Whitaker, OB/GYN MD Whitaker’s Women
My name is Marlaina Mettendorf and I am an
Independent Consultant with Cookie Lee jewelry. I just wanted to thank
Tekelia for all of the time and effort she put into the Sisters in
Business Holiday Showcase last Fall at the Choo Choo. Because of this
event I have had two very good Office Shows and have recruited a
consultant. I have met some amazing and wonderful people through this and
am so grateful for this fruit that came from it!! Thanks so much
Cookie Lee Jewelry
Independent Consultant / Executive Director II
We are so proud of you and all that you are doing to
bring our sister's together to look out for each other. This is needed
especially in our African-American community. Much continued success.
J D Richards
The Beauty Industry Suites
LLC/Expozure Hair Concepts
Tekelia, Greetings! As I browsed the Internet today, I
purposefully found the Sisters in Business Network web site. It is obvious
that lives are being changed as a result of Sisters in Business Network.
Please add me to your mailing list and keep me abreast of future events. --
RJ Jackson The Courage Giver
Hi, I’m the service coordinator at the Villages
and a part of a newly forming collaborative of residents and
organizations in Alton Park. I would LOVE to find out more
information about AYES! That is exactly what is needed!!!! I’d also
like to know if your organization ever does speaking engagements. We
have so many single women here at the Villages and I’d love for them
ot be inspired about their future and the possibilities that are out
there. Thanks, And I look forward to hearing form you!
McJunkin, BSW, MPA
Villages at Alton Park
Thanks for helping us get
the word out.
Thanks, H. Maria Noel
The Enterprise Center
I have enjoyed receiving your newsletter and have passed it to others
that I meet.
Dr. John Hayes
I am reading with great interest your Sisters in Business newsletter.
I would like very much to come to speak at one of your Lunch and Learn
events about domestic violence and its impact on business and community!
Please let me know if you have an interest in empowering your members with
Charlotte Boatwright, R.N., L. P. C., Ph. D.
President, The Coalition Against Domestic & Community
of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.
Coordinator, Chattanooga Family Justice Alliance
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Subject: Re: Bernie Miller District 5 Election Info
I like it. Great work.
Keep up the great work.
Pastor Bernie Miller, D.Div.
New Covenant Fellowship Church
1326 N. Moore Road
Chattanooga, TN. 37411
“You have done a wonderful thing!! Now I feel that I
have a resource for any assistance that I may need.”
Karen Lee, Citywide Insurance Services
“When I got on the website, everything was there I
needed to know. I was thrilled and excited to become part of a business
with a group of women who owned their own businesses.”
Deborah Grimes, Creative Catering
“Sisters In Business has exposed my business to the
community by way of its website. My advertising in the newsletter
resulted in business leads and customers.”
Dorothea Johnson, Inner Glow Skin Care, Licensed
Mrs. Kelly, This is awesome! God is really using you
to do great things. I am so proud of you.
Tekelia this website is awesome! Keep up the good
work. I see why I haven't seen you in exercise class, you been working on
this website. (smile)
Hello Tekelia -
My name is Michelle Buxton and I have just viewed your web page sent to me
by a friend. How brilliant! What exposure you are giving to the
empowering women in our community. I am a Independent cooking Consultant
with the Pampered Chef. I showcase my products by presenting cooking
shows (very fun). I also do fundraiser's and wedding showers. You can
also sign up for a wedding registry through my web-site or have a catalog
show. The Pampered Chef promotes bringing the family to the table.
Are you affiliated with One Hundred Black Women?
Do you have monthly meetings with your members?
Is registration $195.00 a year?
I appreciate your time.
Good morning Tekelia, I like the new look. I always enjoy reading the
articles. Blessings to you for the accomplishments you have
made. May the Lord continue to bless you in all you do.
Tongeia S. Farmer (Toni)
Good morning, I am Tongeia (Toni) Farmer, the Poet of Records
(secretary) for Rhyme N Chatt, Interactive Poetry Group. 423/544-1597. Advertising information
requested. I would like to receive information for advertising for
individuals whom have published poetry books. Also, what would be the
cost involved for advertising for the poetry group?
Look forward to hearing from you soon!
Your newsletter is great!
Tongeia S. Farmer (Toni)
aka - Lady T.
...regarding the Showcase of Vendors for the
NCBW Fashion Show/Luncheon Gala.
Your participation will greatly add to this affair.
Donna H. Stone
Women NCBW Vendor Showcase
Sounds great! You’re stirring up a lot of
commotion, and getting a lot of attention…and that’s very good!!!
First Tennesee Bank
I really had a great time [at the 2nd Annual
Empowerment Luncheon & Showcase]. I met some wonderful people, got some
great contacts, and even sold a few books. (smile) If you like, I can
type up the poem inspired by the occasion and send it to you for printing
in the newsletter. I am sending this note to my other email acct for a
reminder to do just that. (smile). Thanks again for the opportunity and
blessing received by participating in your event.
Have a great day!!!
Tongeia (Toni) Farmer
SRR & Associates, PC
(423) 266-5631 FAX
Tekelia just LQQK at what GOD has done through
YOU!!!!!! :-) My heartis full in knowing how much you have and will
continue to bless others through this wonderful SISTERHOOD MINISTRY
Dawn M. Brown
First Tennessee Bank
“I feel that there is great value in being involved
with a network of women. We all have motivation to make it to the top, but
we want to take our sisters with us! We are all stronger together!”
Tamara Longworth, Laurel Lee Jewelry
“I just would like to give a hats off to Sisters In
Business for all the support you gave me on “Choices for Care” for the
elderly and disabled in Tennessee.”
Sharon Kelly, R.N. Rose of Sharon’s Senior Villa
“I work in Dalton (GA), so I’m not in Chattanooga all
day. And this (SIB Website) is always on 24 –7, which is great!”
Carolyn Miller, Warm Spirit Independent Consultant
“I have visibility! The empowerment luncheon is a
good and powerful thing! It offers me a great way to get the word out
about my business.
Janice Burse, Avon Independent Consultant
Girls Incorporated (formerly known as the Girls
Club) has as our motto: inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold
I cannot think of a stronger, bolder, or smarter
move than the establishment of Sisters in Business. You are an inspiration
to us all. Sisters in Business is a reminder to us all that we are
so much stronger, much smarter and much bolder when we
work together in a spirit of sisterhood.
In addition to our after school and community
program, Girls Inc. offers a range of Summer Career Academies to give girls
a comprehensive introduction to various career fields. In addition to a Law
Academy, a Journalism Academy and a Health Careers Academy, since 2004, we
have offered GIRLVENTURE, a program to inspire girls as future entrepreneurs
and business women.
We are so honored that Sisters in Business has
chosen to donate a portion of the proceeds from this first (and I
know there will be many more such events) luncheon and networking event to
support this program.
Twenty-seven girls have given up one entire month of
their summer vacation to participate in GIRLVENTURE. They attend all day
everyday - 8:00 – 5:30 – learning about how to start their own businesses,
visiting local companies and meeting female entrepreneurs and business
All 27 could not be here today – they are busy
working on their business plans for the end of program business plan
competition - but I would like to introduce to you 9 girls who are part of
the program. These are some of the future entrepreneurs you are paving the
Please stand when I call your name.
- Jabrelle Thomas
- JaMiecia Love
- Mykia Turner
- Rolisha Davis
- Shaquilla Ball
- Taneshia Woods
- Cori Moon
- Candace Douglas
- Derisha Roberson
I would also like to acknowledge Shea Johnson, GIC
VP for Finance and Operations who is guiding girls through the business
planning process and Terri Jeter McAvoy, GIC Board Chair and winner of this
year’s Athena Award
You are all invited to the GIRLVENTURE business plan
competition on June 29th at 1:00 at UTC. Join us then and see
future sister entrepreneurs in action.
Sisters In Business
P. O. Box 25548
Chattanooga, TN 37422-5548