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Congratulations! to new SIB Client Evette Dupree of Prudential Realty Center, and renewed SIB Clients Virginia Yarbrough of Massage Plus, Mary Williams of The Floral Gallery, Deborah Gunn of Multicultural Youth Training & Development,  Dorothea Johnson of Inner Glow Skin Care Services, Sadie Smith of Skin Balm Inc; and new SIB Business Partner Greg Martin of Portraits to Go, and renewed SIB Business Partners Terri Jeter-McAvoy of Henderson, Hutcherson McCullough, and Treasa Newton of Woman's Way Journal Click here to see new and returning members, and other featured businesses showcased at www.sistersinbusiness.net


SIB Empowers Legacy of African-American & Women History with Business Success!         

                                                                                                                                  Photo by Catherine Price of CSFP Studio

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, 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, 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 Walter Johnson and Lew Goss-Aquarium Foods, Ginger Weeks, Aladdin Printing & Copying, and Catherine Price of CSFP Studio)


Sisters in Business Empowers African-American and Women History with Business Success!

"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, on February 14, 2006 previously named Sisters-In-Business.Com was established  as a web-based networking service by founder and owner Tekelia C. Kelly. Now along with its new and official website Sisters In Busness.Net located at www.sistersinbusness.net, the 1-year old company offers its all-in-one business development "NAME" strategy, the company's acronym for Networking, Advertising, Marketing, and Empowerment.

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce proclaimed February 15 was proclaimed as Sisters In Business Day during its 1st Year Anniversary celebrated on February15, 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).  Catherine Price of CSFP Studio Photography was the event photographer and Ferlencia Tuggle was the Event Decor Designer.  Monica Smoot and Dorothea Johnson were event coordinators, and Jo-Carole Smith also provided lovely pictures as freelance photographer.  Click here to see Advertisers for the events in the Sisters In Business 1st Anniversary Commemorative Program Booklet.

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.

As seen on original website a year ago is phrasing below:



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, too!)


Also, see the following related  event items:

Fire Eye Grand Opening Web Cast



Program and Commemorative Booklet

http://www.sistersinbusiness.net/Newsletters Online/030707/SIB First Year Anniversary Program-FINAL VERSION 02.28.07.pdf



Chattanooga Chamber link of Ribbon Cutting http://www.chattanoogachamber.com/memberservices/Ribbon_Cuttings_February07.asp#sister


1st Anniversary Photo Gallery- Photos Compliments of Catherine Price of CSFP Studio (Coming soon online at www.sistersinbusiness.net)




Client Testimonial by Stephanie Sinkfield, Owner/Agent State Farm Insurance



Client Testimonial by Stephanie Sinkfield Owner/Agent State Farm Insurance








Stephanie Sinkfield, Owner/Agent

State Farm Insurance

Join Date January 30, 2007

"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." 




 Girl's Inc Awards Sisters In Business "Unbought Unbossed" Award for  Women's History Month


Girl's Inc Awards Sisters In Business In Celebration of Women's History Month

Girls Inc. girls, staff, and board members named 14 women who have changed Chattanooga.  Sisters In Business Founder and Owner Tekelia Cassaundra (Crutcher). Kelly will be one of those honored with the distinctive "2007 Unbought and  Unbossed" Award presented by Girls Inc of Chattanooga.  Sisters In 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.

Chattanooga 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 community.”

The UnBought 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.

“It’s not 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.”

At the 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 www.girlsincofchatt.org.

Sisters in Business Special Invitation

Sit 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 sistersinbusiness@comcast.net about purchasing your ticket and to make 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 Inc. 

Join Us! Interested in becoming a member of the Sisters In Business Network?  Great!  Just give us a call at 423.421.5646, or email us  sistersinbusiness@comcast.net


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.


Evette Dupree of Prudential Realty Center Joins Sisters In Business


Evette Dupree of Prudential Realty Center Joins Sisters In Business

Evette Dupree of Prudential Realty Center joins the Sisters In Business Network after watching a business presentation of SIB network members on the WRCB-TV Channel 3 "Trends On 3" in February of this year. Evette is both a residential and commercial real estate agent who works out of the Riverfront Office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her focus is to help you define your most basic core needs and convert them into real estate answers. Evette can make you feel at home in your new home.

Welcome Evette to the Sisters In Business Network.  Click here for Evette's Business Directory Listing.  For additional information contact:

Evette Dupree

Prudential Realty Center

Riverfront Office
505 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, TN   37402

Office: 423-643-9300
Cell: 423-316-8345
Fax: 423-339-1399
Email edunn@realtycenter.com
URL http://www.realtycenter.com/edunn





Expectation And The Bottom Line by Beverly Inman-Ebel, TLC CEO
Interpersonal Business Communications


Expectation And The Bottom Line by Beverly Inman-Ebel, TLC

In my travels around this great country talking with thousands of women business owners, many revealed to me that they started their own business because they were not advancing as quickly as they wanted.  Others replied that they wanted to do it their way and simply be their own boss.

The Center for Women’s Business Research (NY,NY) released statistics this month on average revenues per firm by gender and race of ownership based upon the 2002 Economic Census.

Average Revenues per Firm by Gender and Race of Ownership, 2002 Economic Census

$154,582  White women average revenues

$565,829  White men average revenues

$158,010  Asian women average revenues

$366,087  Asian men average revenues

$75,219   Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander women average revenues

$201,687  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander men average revenues

$73,612   American Indian and Alaska Native women average revenues

$152,349  American Indian and Alaska Native men average revenues

$65,216  Hispanic and Latino women average revenues

$182,441 Hispanic and Latino men average revenues

$37,787  Black and African American women average revenues

$107,720 Black and African American men average revenues

®Center for Women’s Business Research 2006

One statistic is consistent: women business owners earn less than men business owners.  I am confident there are multiple reasons for this.  I want to concentrate on one: expectation.

How often do we get what we expect?  The question was not asking if we get what we want.  Expectation is the anticipation of an event.  To anticipate it we must have put thought into it.  By thinking through this event, we have created a plan.  If we truly expect it to happen, we will put action into that plan.

One of the best ways to increase our expectation is to talk positively to ourselves.  I bet you encourage your best friend, sister, daughter, and mother.  Don’t stop there!  Give yourself a daily pep talk.  Do this the first thirty minutes in the morning and the last thirty minutes at night because this is when our left hemisphere of our brain is shut down.  The right hemisphere is open to suggestion and will believe whatever you tell it, so be sure to tell it positive stuff.  These are commonly known as affirmations.

There are rules to follow to ensure success with affirmations.  First, use the first tense such as “I”.  You have control and influence over your own right hemisphere so direct the message to you.  Second, use the present tense such as “I am” rather than, “I will.”  You want your brain to work on it in the here and now rather than some unspecific time in the future.  Finally, use only positive words in the affirmation.  Instead of saying, “I will not get tense during the sales call” say, “I am relaxed during the sales call.”

Once you have created three-to-five affirmations, attached mental movies to them.  Close your eyes and see them happening.  Include sound, and your other senses of touch, taste, and smell.  Visualize yourself reaching your sales goals.  Hear your presentations that you make to prospects.  Hold a new product that you have created.

Now attach these mental movies with a positive emotion, such as happiness, confidence, and pride.  Your affirmation and visualization have now been recorded in your brain as a memory.  The more positive memories we have, the more likely we are to keep going when the going gets tough.

Perhaps you do not want your business to earn more money.  If you do, remember these positive steps of 1) make affirmations; 2) visualize; and 3) attach a positive emotion.  I believe you can be anything you set your mind to be.

Beverly Inman-Ebel is the CEO of TLC, Talk Listen Communicate, LLC.  More information can be found at www.talklisten.com or 888-BECAUSE.


Beverly Inman-Ebel is the CEO of TLC, Talk Listen Communicate, LLC.  She is the former national president of National Association of Women Business Owners and was named the 2004-2006 International Woman Entrepreneur by FCEM.  For further information about Beverly Iman-Ebel click her, or contact bie@talklisten.com.


A Time for Renewal by Dr. Tanya  Horne, M.D.
Health & Well-Being


A Time for Renewal by Dr. Tanya Horne, M.D.

Spring is just a few weeks a way.   Springtime is a time for renewal, new beginnings and spring cleaning.  Before you start on those spring cleaning chores.  Stop and take some time for yourself.  As workingwomen in the home or outside the home, you are often so busy taking care of everyone else that we seldom stop to take the time to take care of ourselves.  There are projects and deadlines at work, school activities, church activities, sports, community events, family events, not to mention the cooking, cleaning and the laundry that has to be done because your son says he has no more clean undershirts to wear.  You know the saying, “A woman’s work is never done.”

Today’s women lives are filled with activities.  We are often rushing from one event to the other from sun up to sundown and we fall exhausted into the bed to sleep for just a few hours before we start all over again.   It is not a restful sleep because we are thinking about all the things we have to do tomorrow.   Proper sleep and rest is very important to your body and your overall health.   Our bodies can take only so much stress before it starts to breakdown. 

As women, we are nurturers and caregivers and we get satisfaction from caring for others.  However, if we do not take care of ourselves, we cannot take care of anyone else.  Take a look at your schedule and eliminate those things that are not necessary.  Determine your priorities. Learn to say no and don’t feel guilty about it.  Put yourself on the schedule.  Take some time for yourself everyday if it is just 15 minutes.  Take care of your mind body and spirit.

This spring, make a promise to renew yourself:

R-Rest Get 8 hours of sleep each night

E- Eat a well- balanced diet

N-Nurture yourself and treat yourself to a massage

E-Exercise on a regular basis

W-Worship your Heavenly Father and ask Him to order your days

Dr. Tanya M. Horne, MD


Tanya M. Horne, MD is both business executive and entrepreneur. Tanya works in a professional position as a Medical Consultant at Unum Provident  in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She also is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. For more information about Tanya Horne and Arbonne International Services click here.  You may also contact her at (423) 313-7065 or tanya@tanyamhorne.com.


Marriage GOD’S STYLE, by Rosalyn Hickman, Covenant Keypers
Marriage God's Style, Rosalyn Hickman, Executive Directory, Covenant Keypers

Marriage GOD’S STYLE by Rosalyn Hickman, Covenant Keypers

Does anyone still believe in Marriage God’s Style?  Does anyone believe that God’s Love will overcome anything, and that God really had a great idea when he created marriage?

Yes, Yes, and Yes!  Let the record show that Covenant Keypers and true believers in Jesus Christ, still believe that God’s way is the best way and the only way to a successful marriage!

Some may ask; “What is the difference between marriage God’s style and any other marriage?”  The obvious answer to that question is, “God!”  But the practical answer is simply how spouses respond to God; how they respond to their differences; and how they respond to adversities; in their marriage.  It’s easy to get along with your spouse when things are going your way and there are no problems.  But the true test of the relationship is in the storms that will come.

In fact, it is no different than your Christian walk.  How ever you respond to differences and adversities in your life in general, is how you will respond to differences and adversities in your marriage.  Did you know that “You” take “You” everywhere you go?!  So, the key is to let God work on “you” and everything else will fall in place as He intended.  It’s not a trouble-free marriage you need, but a “me-free” marriage!

So, start enjoying marriage God’s style.  Don’t get sidetracked with the high rate of divorce in the church; or the fact that fewer and fewer people are considering marriage but choosing rather to cohabitate; or the popular voting in favor of marriage agendas that oppose the Word of God.  Just remember, God’s way is the best way!  Just ask Adam and Eve:  They tried it their way and look where it got us all!


Rosalyn Hickman and her husband Gary are founders of Covenant Keypers, Inc., a marriage ministry to Christian churches, Christian businesses and today's multicultural community.   Rosalyn is also a Christian mentor/counselor to married, single, and divorced women who are seeking the will of God for their lives.. For more information about Rosalyn Hickman click here, or email hickmans@covenantkeypers.org.




SIB 2nd Annual Business Women’s Empowerment Luncheon & Expo


Save the Date:

2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon and Expo,

June 8  2007

Sisters In Business will host its "2nd Annual Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon and Expo" June 8  2007 at the Chattanooga Convention Center located at 1100 Carter Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA). 

The event will feature a community luncheon with dynamic keynote speaker, and showcase of selected businesses offering a variety of products and services that cater to women in business, home, and the community. The event will also once again serve as a youth fundraiser to benefit Girls Inc of Chattanooga's GirlVenture and other youth development programs.  Keep watching the SIB eNewsletter for further updates about the event. 

Sponsors and advertisers are welcome and will be greatly promoted.  Applications for exhibitor tables are also now being accepted.  To find out more about being an advertiser, sponsor, or exhibitor for the event, please contact Tekelia C. Kelly at 423.421.5646 or email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net



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SIB Company Presentation Online

See an overview of the Sisters In Business Network!  Learn about becoming a SIB Client or Partner; Earn Extra Money as a SIB Affiliate, Advertise in SIB Yellow Pages & Women's Guide.  Click here to watch our company presentation and find out more.



Community News, Events, SIB eNewsletters, & Ads

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>Community Unites to Support New East Hamilton County School




>Chattanooga International Summit


>Leaders Listen, Interactive Workshop on Improving Listening Skills


>Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

>Board Diversity Program



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Stephanie Sinkfield


Stephanie Sinkfield, Owner/Agent

6025 East Brainerd Rd, Ste 108

Chattanooga, TN 37421

(423) 698-2403

As your life changes, so do your insurance needs. Whether you’re graduating, getting married or welcoming a child into your life, we can work together to help you protect the ones you love.




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State Farm Insurance Companies - Bloomington, IL

Office Hours:
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Saturday by Appointment

Phone: (423) 698-2403

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