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Week of September 11, 2006



September 11,  We Are All Connected

by Tekelia C. Kelly


Tekelia C. Kelly at site of previous "Twin Towers",  New York, NY  copyright 2002.


"No life is ever lost in vain, when in your heart that life remains."

Quote by Tekelia C. Kelly,  September 11, 2006    (Birthday: September 11)


Work on this issue of the Sisters In Business Online Newsletter began the morning of Friday, September 8.  When I realized the date this issue would have, I stopped.  September 11 is so significant to me--for two very interrelated reasons.  One is known globally by probably all the world.  On this day a very heartwrenching and disturbing act took place in our country.  So many precious, innocent lives in the New York Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania lost their lives.  There were also many brave individuals who rushed to save and help others, and some of those who also lost their lives or suffer illness today.


The unfathomable loss and impact on each individual family sobered our country, as we saw and heard the individual accounts of this tragedy take place.  The fact that this kind of act could happen was shocking enough, but that it happened on our soil with so many American lives lost was crushing and debilitating.  I recall  a  news reporter's comments in his attempt to help us realize the devastation of that day, and grasp the 'number' of people lost, by saying we should think of it as one person--killed that number of times. 


We are all so connected.  No matter how "pollyanna" that may sound, uninteresting that may be, or trivial when compared to the order-of-the-day topics in our society, it is still so very true. I'm reminded of a quote I learned many, many years ago that says, "That which is most personal, is most universal." 


Consider this: You are traveling in your car...going to work, grocery store, vacation, spa, pick up kids, see the doctor, meet a date for dinner, etc; and you get on the Interstate only to find that someone has, let's just say, run out of gas in the middle of the Interstate. You now must slow up and wait your turn to pass.  Your life's schedule has been altered, and depending upon where you are in traffic, and/or how long it takes to fix the situation, you could find yourself waiting for a long time.  Though this may not be the most inspirational example of the power of one, it is still yet, "the power of one".


Another story that comes to mind is one you may have heard, as it is often shared:  There were a multitude of starfish that had washed up on a beach as far as the eye could see.  A, man, out of compassion for the starfish made an effort to help save them by throwing the starfish back into the ocean one starfish at a time.  A person observed him and approached him saying "What are you doing?  There are so many of these starfish all lined up and down this beach that you can't get to them all. What difference will it make?"  The man replied, it will make a difference to those that got thrown back in the water.  The power of one is an  extremely powerful thing!  


I am one who happened to be born on September 11.  And that is the second reason why September 11 is so significant to me.  I personally now hold this day as a special '911' call to help.  I will forever have a special link to this world on this day.  And with every day, I purpose to make a positive impact on the world in which I live.  With each passing birthday, I realize more and more how fulfilling it is to try to embrace life and the people in it.  I have learned how valuable relationships with people are, and how much we all need each other. 


This revelation is not sometimes as readily seen and appreciated in a society of individuality and personal quests for success. We are conditioned to have ambition and drive to boot, along with personal aspirations, and personal achievements, personal agendas.  We are encouraged to make our mark on life, and be the best, want the best, and look the best we can.  And all of things are fine and have there place, when balanced.  But at the end of the day when the brains, beauty, and bucks have "been there, done that", it is our relationship with our Creator and people that truly makes the difference in our lives.


You are one powerful individual, with a life for investment. Get additional dividends out of your life as you also deposit into others.  Whatever you can do to make a positive difference in this world--do that! Your return on investment will be rewarding, and far reaching.  For, in the very wise words taken from of a song in  Disney's movie Pochohantas, "...we are all connected to each other, in a circle, in a hoop that never ends."




Tekelia C. Kelly, Founder/Owner Tekelia C. Kelly Enterprises, LLC (SIB & FYI)

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SIB Holiday Shopping Showcase & Business Expo- November 4, 2006


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Hear are some of the first to be registered for the Sisters In Business “1st Annual Holiday Shopping Showcase & Business Expo”, benefiting the Chattanooga Community Kitchen at the Holiday Inn Choo Choo Imperial Ballroom on November 4th, 2006.  We have vendors from Knoxville, Louisville, Nashville, and Chattanooga, TN to include:


Inner Glow Aesthetician Skin Care Services .  Avon Fashions & Cosmetics   Virginia’s Massage Plus & Specialty Foods . Tasteful Creations by Tammie  (custom made to order jewelry)  .  Cello In a Box  .  Once Upon A Family  Cookie Lee Jewelry  .  Mary Kay Cosmetics  .  Ferlencia’s Floral Design   .  Undercoverwear Fine Ladies Lingerie  .  Warm Spirit Body Products   .   Azianna Gabrielle Fashions  .  Merrill Lynch Financial Investments  .    Scenic City Women’s Network   Woman’s Way  .  Hummingbird Cottage  .   Chattanooga Christian Family  Magazine . 

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Specials for the month of August include Assorted Mixed Dish Gardens 8" Assorted Containers for $25.00.  Also 10% discount on all other orders through September.  Visit your "sister in business" Mrs. Mary William at the Floral Gallery "for all your floral needs".

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SIB Business Client Mrs. Mary Williams  Nominated for Chattanooga Chamber's ATHENA Award



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Inner Glow Skin Care At Heavenly Styles Salon-Waxing By Dorothea Johnetta Johnson, Owner


"Tired of unwanted hair on your body?  Inner Glow Skin Care at Heavenly Styles Salon and Day Spa has your answer.

Have your unwanted hair removed by waxing.
Waxing is a way to have hair removed from your body.  It last longer than shaving every week because and the hair is removed straight from your hair follicle. 
Inner Glow Skin Care  is available to remove unwanted hair by waxing it from your eyebrows, lips, chin, sides of face, underarms, legs and bikini area.
Call now to schedule your appointment and receive a free lip wax with a eyebrow and chin wax.  Offer expire September 30, 2006.
Inner Glow Skin Care at Heavenly Styles Salon and Day Spa
3475 Brainerd Road, Suite 1
Chattanooga, TN 37411
423-290-5023 or 423-629-9272
Dorothea C. Johnson
Licensed Aesthetician


SIB Network Business News



GO DBE TN CONTRACTS FOR WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS.  (Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise) Diversity Business Marketplace 2006, a  Procurement Conference is scheduled for September 21, 2006.  For more information please contact Chattanooga African American Chamber 535 Chestnut Street Suite 200, 423-265-0021.






Girls Inc. Job Openings

Girls Inc. is expanding their programs and services to reach more girls, Girls Inc., and has several job openings.  They are actively recruiting full and part time staff who embrace our vision of better outcomes for girls in our community and share in our passion for inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.  Click here for more information about job openings.

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SIB Client Dr. Cassandra Whitaker,  SME at September's "Lunch & Learn"


SIB Network Client Dr. Cassandra Whitaker, of Whitaker Women's Center will be the guest Subject Matter Expert (SME) at next month "Lunch & Learn" networking meeting. She will address "Updates in Women's Health Issues, including New Vaccine for Cervical Cancer".


The next Lunch & Learn Networking Meeting will be September 13, 2006 at The Tallan Cellar in the Tallan Building Downtown, located at 2 Union Square 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.  Click here visit the Cellar Restaurant which also makes available its menu daily. 


FREE PARKING: Nearby Day's Inn Rivergate on the corner and across the street from the Tallan Building, has graciously allowed free parking for all luncheon attendees this day.


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The Sisters In Business Holiday Shopping Showcase & Business Expo 2006 has allotted a limited number of  tables for young folk (15-21) who may wish to do  business and showcase their talent and skills. Do you know a young person who has marketable skills?  Do they show the potential of being in a junior business?  Maybe they are good at word processing, or other office applications, provide computer training or computer technical support, can sing, dance, or do dramatizations for special occasions, create dynamic drawings and wonderful paintings, knit or crochet beautiful blankets, braid hair, has baby sitting service, write story/poetry books, or tutor children. 

Maybe you, or someone you know, could help sponsor such a youth on this day. Why not help some young person develop their talents and abilities and show them how their skills are a marketable resource that could help sustain and financially support them in life if/when needed.  Get their business plan, display, and business cards ready, and coach them that day as they explore the world of entrepreneurship and business commerce. 

Email here to request more information about Youth In Business.


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Please consider being a mentor to children whenever you can.  Thank you!.


Bizzy Bee Brief

by Tekelia C. Kelly



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Everything about business comes down to PEOPLE. Where in business can we escape the impact of human care, human creativity, human commitment, human frustration, and human despair? There is no reason for anything in business to exist if it does not serve the needs of people.

Bruce Cryer, Re-Engineering the Human System


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Sister-Girl Story


Story submitted by: Tekelia C. Kelly

I read a passage sent to me by a dear sister entitled TGIF: God's Recruitment Strategy for Leaders.  TGIF stands for "Today God Is First" I wrote back in an email the following.  (Click here to read TGIF passage.)

Wow!  This passage truly “hits the nail on the head” with what we were talking about this morning, doesn’t it?  This encourages my heart and “refuels” my strength.

It is so like our God to intercede and make “on-time” contact with us via messages like below.  When God-cidents like this happen I am reminded of his Word that says, “He’s intimately acquainted with all my ways” (Ps. 139:1-16), and that “He will guide me with His eye upon me. (Ps. 32:.8).  As I have heard it also described once by someone, God has just “winked” at us! This passage is like an affirmation--as though He heard and felt everything we shared this morning--and He did!

I had been praying about my "feeling" so distraught about situations, yet knowing I must persevere because I had been in this kind of place many times before; ONLY to see ‘God’s Hand’ and His Faithfulness time and time again.  But as I said on the phone, it seems the trials are getting harder and longer to stay in.  And that’s because the roots are going down deeper --in Him-- each time.

Thank you so much for sharing, Dear Sister!


Send in Your "Sister-Girl" Story (Seeking 'words of wisdom" from wise women who care to share the benefits of their experiences, in order to help develop girls, women, and "sisters in business", and even the boys and men in our community.)  Send your story to sistersinbusiness@comcast.net  (Stories are in the queue.  Stay tuned.)


Community Connections







Saturday, September 16 -- 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
554 McCallie Avenue

Light Breakfast Provided

The Event is FREE, but
everyone must pre-register

For More Information, please contact:
Romaine Ballew
Administrative Assistant
Scenic City Women's Network
(423) 698-6262
fax----(423) 629-7777
Website: www.scwn.org

The 24th Annual MED Week Conference is September 28, 2006 at the Chattanoogan.  We are proud to have as our guest speaker, Mr. Victor Hogstrom, President & CEO of KCPT in Kansas City Missouri; he was formerly the President & CEO of WTCI in Chattanooga.  The tickets for the luncheon are $35.00 each starting at 11:30 a.m.


Sisters In Business is a proud Sponsor of the Chattanooga Premier Stage Production "Crowns" by Regina Taylor. Directed by Karl D'Wayne Gardner.



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