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Week of September 18, 2006

'Ferlencia's Floral Designs' Joins SIB

Sisters In Business is proud to present its newest Business Client and Member of the Sisters In Business Network, Ferlencia Tuggle.  Ferlencia is the owner of Ferlencia's Floral Designs, located at 711 Tunnel Boulevard in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Ferlencia started her floral design business in February 2006.  She has been working since that time to get her name in circulation as a small business owner.  "I have been doing flowers for about ten (10) years, and God gave me a business vision, and provision to get started", Ferlencia shared.

Ferlencia has made great strides as a new business owner, adding to her credit the recent New Business Start-up Award (see picture at left), presented by the African American Chamber of Commerce, as  part of their 2006 Community Choice Awards event.

SIB is happy to have Ferlencia as a Business Client, and member of the Sisters In Business Network!  You can now find her in the Sisters In Business Business Directory and  Vendor Showcase, as she is also a "Holiday Shopping Showcase and Business Expo" vendor/exhibitor. As with all SIB Clients and Partners, SIB looks forward to empowering Ferlencia's efforts to "circulate" her business name.  How befitting, (and wise one might add) the choice to join a network who is actually in "the NAME Strategy" business, as coined by SIB owner Tekelia Kelly.  Sisters In Business' NAME Strategy is an acronym for Network, Advertise, Market, and Empower!", said .Tekelia Kelly.   This is exactly what Sisters In Business is in the business to do for those in the Sisters In Business Network. 

A "Sneak Preview" to the SIB Holiday Shopping Showcase & Business Expo Benefiting the Chattanooga Community Kitchen


Click links inside Showcase Table below for more information.

Click here to see updates of "Who & What " in the Showcase, including, Vendors, Merchandise, & Door Prizes!

SPONSORS NEEDED!  Please click here for more information.



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 .    Canvas Canoe . ZUN-NO-Vee-Ya's Personalized Candles . The Floral Gallery  . Premiere Designs


Click here to be  an EXHIBITOR in the Showcase


Email here to ADVERTISE in the Showcase



Email here to SPONSOR the Showcase



Click here for more information about SIB's upcoming Community Kitchen Fundraising Event on Nov. 4, entitled the "1st Annual Holiday Shopping Showcase & Business Expo.  Also visit Sisters In Business online at www.sistersinbusiness.net.


Breaking News



Sisters In Business Nominated for Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Award

Sisters In Business has been selected as a nominee for this year’s MED Week Awards Banquet to be held on Thursday, September 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Chattanoogan.  The guest speaker is Mr. Victor Hogstrom. 

Sisters In Business is being applauded for its efforts amongst the achievements of local business owners listed in these five categories: Minority Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, Corporate, Service, and Trailblazer.




Kid's Coupon Books For Sale


Hamilton County-Chattanooga Kid's Coupon Books For Sale @ SIB.  Save $1.00. Call 423.421.5646, or email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net






Cheri Hudgins, Sister of the Month-September 2006

Cheri Hudgins is a licensed Administrator of Rose of Sharon's Senior Villa and the manager of Sharon's Personal Care a BeautiControl Consultant. If you wish to learn how to relax in the comfort of your own home, then Cheri is the person you want to call. 

Cheri is available to do "Spa Parties" for special events, such as Bridal Showers, Ladies Night Out, or a special twist for a birthday party.  She will create an environment of relaxation while providing great information of how to care for you and your body. 

Visit Cheri online at www.sistersinbusiness.net where she can be found in the the SIB  Business Directory, and her own Business/Owner Webpage


SIB Seeks to Empower Women to Be Healthy! Introducing Felicia Wilson, SIB Health/Fitness Writer


Sisters In Business is happy and proud to introduce Felicia D. Wilson, a certified Health & Fitness Instructor  Felicia as a column writer for Sisters In Business.  Felicia has been asked to share her expertise with SIB readers in an effort to help empower women to stay fit and healthy.

Felicia is married to Marcus D. Wilson.  They have very active 11 year old (Akina), nd 18 year old step daughter (DeAngela) and grandson. She was raised in a single parent home as the middle child of 3 girls.  She graduated from UTC (University of Tennessee @ Chattanooga) in 2000 with a BS degree in Psychology.  She is employed by UnumProvident and has worked for the last 6 years as a Senior Disability Benefit Specialist

Fitness has been apart of Felicia's life for over 10 years. She has been a certified instructor for 3 years.  She teaches aerobic and strength training classes during her lunch breaks at work.  Felicia began teaching a fitness classes at New United Church, and later started a fitness class at her current place of worship St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church.

Felicia had struggled with coming up with a name and mission statement. Then she shared that the Holy Spirit spoke to her and gave her the word "Faith". Understanding that Faith is "the thing hoped for and the evidence of things not seen", Felicia began thinking about a person who has never worked out, yet having a desire to workout. She thought about how this person would need faith to know that the results will come with the work. 


"Well to make a long story short", said Felicia, the name of the class is "Faithful Fitness".  She explained that the fitness class' foundation is built on I Corinthian 9-19-20: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."


Felicia also shared that she gets great joy out of the class and having the ladies trust in the gift that God has given her to help them better themselves.  She feels that as her class is building up themselves, they are also building up the kingdom of God.


"I am so grateful and thankful to my wonderful husband and daughter. They share me unselfishly with not only the fitness ministry, but with our women's ministry and discipleship classes for our youth", Felicia said.


Look for the Sisters In Business Health and Fitness column written by "Faithful Fitness" Instructor Felicia Wilson starting in the month of October 2006.




SIB Business Clients Directory

Find the Business or Service You Need In The SIB Business Network

Look for 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.  Needing a business or service?  Find the service provider you need at Sisters In Business.  Visit us online at www.sistersinbusiness.net

Click here to search for our business clients, partners, and their services, using our  Business Directory and Service Links


Sisters In Business works to promote, propel, and prosper those in/related to its network. 

Thank you for supporting the women-owned and small businesses in your community.


Sisters In Business Client Advertisements

The Floral Gallery

Mary Williams, Owner


Brighten up your room or any decor with the special floral designs from The Floral Gallery, owner Mrs. Mary Williams.

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".

1524 Dodds Avenue 

Chattanooga, TN  37406





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"Flowers for your Floral Needs"





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



Read a wonderful account of services rendered by Mrs. Mary Williams Chattanooga Police Department as explained in testimonial written by Mrs. Elsa Dotson on behalf of Mrs. Mary in support of her nomination for the ATHENA Award, please click here.

To find out more about the Athena Award click here.


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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For more business development resource information on matters such as  business plans, finances, training and business savvy strategies, please visit our website at http://sistersinbusiness.net/BusinessSupt.htm.  


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SIB Partner Katye Jones, SME at October 26th "Lunch & Learn" for Your Finances


SIB Network Client Katye Jones of Merrill Lynch will be the guest Subject Matter Expert (SME) at next month "Lunch & Learn" networking meeting. She will speak on "Smart Women Finish Rich" . She will also have a book to give away by the author of the book.



LOCATION: The Tallan Cellar in the Tallan Building Downtown Chattanooga, TN, located 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. Click here 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 this day.

Please click here to see upcoming SIB SME's and SIB Networking Meetings. 


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Got Power?  

(Brothers In Business Always Welcome!)

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At Sisters In Business "Lunch & Learn" Meeting Thursday, October 26, 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. Click here 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 this day.


Open to Public.

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Hear a Brief Speech,

From an SME! (Subject Matter Expert)

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AYES! (Alternative Youth Employment Solutions)



That's AYES!  Sisters In Business has a passion for youth, and also wish for them to discover their potential to do business as young business entrepreneurs.  That's why 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. 

Click here to learn more about SIB's "YOUTH IN BUSINESS" and AYES page.

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

Email us here to request more information about Youth In Business.




Bizzy Bee Brief

by Tekelia C. Kelly

(Busy Bee Brief is now a monthly feature in the SIB Online Newsletter.)


Business Website


Where business meets technology.



Business Q/A

Question: The following question was sent in by one of our readers.  We'd like to hear you answers as well.  

"Once you have started a business, what is a good way to build clientele and keep clientele?"  


Click here to give your answer that we'll share it in our next issue. 



Click here to ask your questions). We'd love to hear from you.  :>)




Business Quote

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

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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Interested in sponsoring this event.  Please contact Karl Gardner at email www.karldgardner@aol.com or phone (404)735-5282.



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.

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