Darlene Houston Joins Sisters in
Business SIB Debuts Her "Purse-sonal
Sisters in Business is proud to present one of its newest SIB Clients,
Ms. Darlene Houston of
Darlene's Purse-sonal Collection. Darlene
is a native Chattanoogan and the third of five siblings. This
family ranking, presented her with a lot of challenges in her role as
a sister. Under the guiding hands of her supporting parents, Edward
Houston and the late Dorothy Andrews Houston, she has now emerged as
an outstanding businesswoman with a zeal for creativity and a passion
for design, that is definitely “Purse-Sonal!”
Reflecting back over her earlier years, one can see how being in
service to others, became a natural for Darlene. Her parents were the
owners of the renowned “Old Time Barbecue” for twenty-six years in the
Chattanooga community. Through this family venture, she learned first
hand the dynamics of the business world. Her personal accomplishments
during her twenty-eight years in the corporate world, helped her
establish sound business principals in managing others, centered on
total quality management principals and service to clients.
Darlene’s venture into entrepreneurship, materialized as a result of
her inner quest to find out exactly what family gene had been passed
on to her. She often pondered this, while listening to her brother
sing like a Mocking Bird and watching another sister, not only sing
like a Mocking Bird but also design clothing with such Broadway flair!
As each sibling discovered his or her unique talents, Darlene just
waited, and waited, and waited for that unique talent to reveal
itself. And that it did, right into “her hands.”
here to read more about
Darlene Houston of
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Treasa Newton of Woman's Way Journal
SME (Subject Matter Expert) for SIB's "Lunch & Learn" on December 14 ,
SIB Sponsor and Partner Treasa Newton will be (SME) for month of
Newton is Editor / Publisher of Woman’s Way Journal, a regional
information publication for women. She began Woman’s Way in March of 1993
as a ministry to “education, inform and empower women in a family-type
publication.” Today, the publication has over 60,000 readers monthly and
is distributed in seven counties; two in Tennessee and five in Georgia.
establishing Woman’s Way Journal, Treasa was CEO of Creative
Communications, a local advertising agency in the Chattanooga area for ten
served as Supervisor of the Communications Department of Blue Cross / Blue
Shield of Tennessee, as Public Relations Director for a national hospital
management firm and was responsible for some 150 hospitals nationwide. She
also served as Director of Information Services for the University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga, as advertising assistant for a major
manufacturing company and as editorial assistant for the Tennessee Credit
community involvement includes serving on the boards of Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Chattanooga as parliamentarian and on the board of the
Tennessee Federation of Business and Professional Women as Regional
Director. She served as that organization’s state president in 1987-88.
Santha Bone, Sister of the Month-December 2006
Santha Bone - Realtor
Wayne Roach &
6249 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Visit Santha Bone online at
www.sistersinbusiness.net where she can be
found in the the SIB
Business Directory, and at
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doctors, accountants, aestheticians, real estate agent, investment
brokers, virtual assistants, caterers, florists, and many other
professional women-owned businesses in the Sisters in Business Network.
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Thank you for supporting women-owned and small business in your
At Sisters In Business "Lunch & Learn" Meeting
Thursday, December 14, 2006
at The Cellar restaurant in the Tallan Building.
The Cellar is located downtown Chattanooga at the corner of Martin Luther
King (MLK) Blvd and Chestnut inside the Tallan Building Chattanooga, TN
37402. Phone:, (423) 648-0880. Lunch will be available if so desired, not
required, at a cost of $10.50 per person, and will begin 11:30 AM.
visit the Cellar Restaurant which also makes available its menu daily.
FREE PARKING: Nearby Day's Inn
Rivergate has graciously allowed free parking for all luncheon attendees
Come Meet and Greet!
Come Talk and Eat!
Hear a Brief Speech,
From an SME!
(Subject Matter Expert)
these local area businesses for great gift ideas and savings just in
time for the holidays! Call or visit for more info.
affectionate to one another given to hospitality.
THE FLORAL GALLERY
Mary Williams, Owner
1524 Dodds Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37406
My Store Page
"Flowers for your Floral Needs"
2448 N. Brier Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37406
711 Tunnel Boulevard
Jewelry and Accessories
Greta Long, Owner
For more information contact:
or call 423.421.5646
Balance Those Tempting Holiday Treats with Good Nutrition Tips
by Felicia Wilson
small also is a way to avoid big calories!
season to be tempted—by momma’s good cooking, holiday parties and treats
lurking around the office
are several strategies for making your way around the buffet table at
family gathering and/or the office party.
you asking: How? Well you can better resist holiday treats with a little
preparation. First and foremost, do not skip breakfast or lunch.
have a lower-calorie meal earlier in the day, make sure you don’t starve
yourself because you are sure to overdo it when it’s time for the party.
consider the connection between what you wear and what you eat.
been recommended that you wear clothes that are close-fitting so that
when you eat enough you are sure to feel it, and when you feel it STOP!
be sure not to wear clothes that are uncomfortably tight, because this
could cause significant discomfort.
is a good time to prepare eye-appealing fruit kabobs or a low-fat recipe
from a light-cooking magazine.
Maintain variety in your food consumption each day.
the fat in your holiday diet; stoke up on fruits and vegetables to
a couple glasses of refreshing water before party-going or
piece of fruit or raw vegetables before party-going or party-giving.
aware of the calories consumed when the cook tastes while cooking.
where possible, the excesses of extras ... gravy, cream, mounds of
butter, sour cream, mayonnaise and hidden cheese.
white poultry without the skin.
Balance your social circuit with a few walking circuits around the
eating standing up.
decide to splurge, make it worthwhile by selecting something you
really enjoy ... then just have a small portion.
with existing conditions such as heart disease can try nuts and snacks
that have unsaturated fats. Those will keep you satisfied but also are
small physical activities help burn those extra calories:
a walk at lunch.
the stairs instead of the elevator.
active games such as Twister at family gatherings.
to your mailbox instead of rolling down the car window as you go by.
not be too hard on yourself and attempt to start a diet during the
holidays. Your goal can be to maintain your weight.
Look for the Sisters
Health and Fitness
monthly column written by "Faithful Fitness" Instructor Felicia Wilson.
"School Bus Driver"
by Tekelia C. Kelly, Editor
I cannot say enough how much I appreciate all those
who teach, work with, and help in the development and well-being of our
children. Today I would like to point out the school bus system,
both the drivers and those in dispatch for the service they provide us.
Like teachers and many others who
have been an extension of my parenting, by offering their guidance and care to
my children, particularly when they are away from me; the school bus drivers
played an important role in the lives of my children. They have
echoed my direction to my kids, watched out for them at bus stops, and
gone the extra mile in helping with lost items or illness.
As a kid, my first encounter with the
school bus was during the days of school bussing back in the
in Chattanooga. I rode the bus from then my ninth grade year of
middle school through a large part of my high school year. Now having relocated back to Chattanooga
from Memphis-three children later, with an 18 and 20 year old
now driving cars; I get to experience this special community tradition via my eleven year old son.
I hold in high regard school bus drivers,
and offer them my utmost respect. For it is our "precious cargo" (children)
that they are carrying to and fro on their bus routes, following a
schedule designed to assure that the children arrive at their primary and secondary institutions of learning
on time. While doing this, these wonderful drivers must be able to
navigate the roads, pedestrians, other drivers, and weather conditions;
manage behaviors and the well-being of children; adhere to school policies
and bus driving regulations; and secure the safety of everyone on the bus.
This is a job not to be taken lightly by the driver...nor anyone else.
The school bus system is another example
of how our society advocates community service, education,
and the accessibility of families and their children in our education
system. These are values that are still a priority in our culture.
I thank God for all of our special gifts
and talents, and the different abilities we have each been shaped with
that equips for our jobs. I personally do not know if I could
be a school bus driver. But I do know that I am so very grateful to
those who are. They are truly to be commended for taking on such a
serious job and performing it daily.
Would you please join with Sisters In
Business in showing appreciation to the school bus driver(s) in our lives
during the month of December. Maybe you can send a thank you or
holiday greeting card, or some other token of appreciation before school
lets out for the holiday season.
Our school bus drivers shoulder an awesome responsibility of transporting our children from
their homes/pick-up points to their schools, then back to their
Hence, another thing to be
thankful for this Holiday Season--our School Bus Drivers!
Be wealthy, well, and wise
this season with Professional Services Providers waiting to serve
Terri Jeter-McAvoy, CPA, CVA,
1000 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Merrill Lynch Global Private Client
2 Union Square - Suite 400
Chattanooga, TN 37402
office 1 423 752
toll free 1 866 299 3725
fax 1 423 752 3671
INNER GLOW SKIN CARE SERVICES
Owner of Inner Glow Skin Care
Service and Licensed Aesthetician
Inner Glow Skin
Inner Glow Skin Care is offering discounts on
Facials. Receive a One Hour Facial
for $50.00 instead of $60.00. This signature Facial includes
cleansing, toning, exfoliation and mask. A massage is given
to the décolleté' (chest) and both arms, your lower feet,
accompanied by steam and aromatherapy on a wonderful heated
massage bed. A wonderful full rejuvenating experience.
Approximately 1 hour for $50.00
This a great way to get yourself or your teenage started on
taking care of their skin. Receive a 30 minute Facial for
$25.00 dollars instead of $30.00.
Maximum results in a minimal amount of time for the
immediate needs of the skin. A deep pore cleansing followed
by a gentle exfoliation, treatment mask and a moisturizer.
Approximately 30 minutes for $25.00
Buy 2 Facials regularly $120.00 for $100.00.
This is a $20.00 savings.
Buy 2 Mini Facials regularly $60.00 for $50.00.
This is a $10.00 savings.
Skin Care starter sets available for Normal, Sensitive,
Acne, and Oily skin.
Gift certificates are also available for the
Holidays as well as any other special holiday. All Gift
Certificates are good 6 months from the date they are
All Christmas Bonuses are good till December 31st,
Please call Dorothea Johnson at Inner Glow Skin Care Service
Book a massage with Virginia Yarbrough at
the Chattanooga. Just double click on the hyperlink below.
ROSE OF SHARON
Adult Assisted Living Villa
Sharon Kelly, Owner/Nurse
Chattanooga, TN 37410
2000 Raulston Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404
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