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What folks are saying about Sisters In Business...


From: "Chamber Events" <events@chattanoogachamber.com>
To: Tekeliakelly@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, January 3, 2013 2:08:32 PM
Subject: You've Been Nominated for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award!

Good Afternoon,

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 Year Award.

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.


Ronelle Sellers
Chair ~ 2013 Small Business Awards






From: "Gail McKeel" <gmckeel11@epbfi.com>
To: sistersinbusiness@comcast.net
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. 


Thank you,


Gail McKeel

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" <noel_m@theenterprisectr.org>
To: sistersinbusiness@comcast.net
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.


H. Maria Noel

Manager, Community Revitalization

The Enterprise Center



From: "Janet Blakemore"
To: "sistersinbusiness@comcast.net" <sistersinbusiness@comcast.net>
Cc: "
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 God Bless!


Janet E. Blakemore

Administrative Procedures Division

312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue

W.R. Snodgrass Tower, 8th Floor

Nashville, TN  37243

"We love because it's the only true adventure"

--Nikki Giovanni

Message from the TMCC President & CEO… Sherri Gilchrist 

The 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 their communities.



From: "Frenise mann"
To: sistersinbusiness
Sent: Friday, March 5, 2010
Subject: Re: Kingdom Summit Event

Tekelia, it looks fabulous!!!!   You are awesome.


From: dorotheajohnson
To: "Tekelia Kelly"
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 10:08:20 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
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


From: "rosalynhickman" <>
To: Tekelia Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:18:06 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada


It’s [the SIB Select Calendar] absolutely beautiful!!!!

Thanks precious.  I’ve had several people tell me they saw my picture and the calendar.  So, it’s working.


I also have a flyer to send you about Marriage Recognition Sunday coming up February 14.  It should be ready tomorrow (Wednesday), January 20.


Love you much!

In His Name,

Rosalyn D. Hickman

Executive Director

Covenant Keypers, Inc.


Tekelia, Thank you so much!  You put us on the map!

Audrey Miller

DIVA's Pearl Cleage Special Event



Thanks a whole bunch.  It's filling up really well.

Someone told me he saw it in one of your marketing tools.


 Rosalyn Hickman
Covenant Keypers


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 business!

Dorothea Johnetta Johnson

Inner Glow Skin Care Services


" I have heard a lot of good stuff about SIB."

Jan Cheek
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

Bryan College

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 and families.

Very truly yours,

Tonya Kennedy Cammon

Events Planning Committee


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.  Thank You!

Darlene's Purse-Sonal Collections.

Great Issue. Thanks for the Renaissance Square inclusion. The marketing text is great.

Forestine Watson-Haynes
Executive Director
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."

Katrina Chesney

"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!"

--Dr. 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."

Beverly Inman-Ebel, Talk Listen Communicate, LLC


You are doing great things for entrepreneurs as well as for this community.

Kris Simmons

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.

--S. Jamison.

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.

Yolanda 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 the world. 

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 Holt

•       I have referred a friend to Dr. Cassandra Whitaker

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 Purse-Sonal Collection

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 and encouraging words from friends and former co-workers.  So the SIB newsletter is an awesome tool for the Sisters.   


Ferlencia Tuggle April 2007

Sisetrs In 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,

Bloomfield Connecticut


Tekelia, I really enjoyed the lunch and learn session I attended last year.  Wanted to know if there is a calendar for 2007.

Thanks, Kimara D. Cox

UT Extension Hamilton County

TNCEP Program


“We are already strong and the bond will get even stronger.”

Dr. Cassandra Whitaker, OB/GYN MD Whitaker’s Women Center


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 Tekelia!!!

Marlaina Mettendorf

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!   Teletha

Teletha McJunkin, BSW, MPA

Service Coordinator

The Villages at Alton Park



Thanks for helping us get the word out.

Thanks, H. Maria Noel

Manager, Renewal Community

The Enterprise Center



I have enjoyed receiving your newsletter and have passed it to others that I meet. 

Thanks, John
Dr. John Hayes
Hayes-Hayes, PA

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 this knowledge.
Charlotte Boatwright, R.N., L. P. C., Ph. D.
President, The Coalition Against Domestic & Community Violence
of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.
Coordinator, Chattanooga Family Justice Alliance

From: RevBMiller
To: sistersinbusiness
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 Aesthetician




Mrs. Kelly, This is awesome!  God is really using you to do great things.  I am so proud of you.

 Gwen Thompson

 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)

 Felicia Wilson

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.
 - Michelle  
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.

Poetic Out!

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!

Poetic Out!

Tongeia S. Farmer (Toni)

aka - Lady T.Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.

...regarding the Showcase of  Vendors for the NCBW Fashion Show/Luncheon Gala.

 Your participation will greatly add to this affair. 

Donna H. Stone

100 Black 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!!!

Linda Todd

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. 

Be blessed!!!!

Have a great day!!!
Tongeia (Toni) Farmer
Administrative Assistant
SRR & Associates, PC
(423) 266-0163
(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


Thank You



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 owners.


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 way for:


Please stand when I call your name.


  1. Jabrelle Thomas
  2. JaMiecia Love
  3. Mykia Turner
  4. Rolisha Davis
  5. Shaquilla Ball
  6. Taneshia Woods
  7. Cori Moon
  8. Candace Douglas
  9. 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.

Thank you


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