"1st ANNUAL EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON A GREAT SUCCESS!"
SIB's “1st Annual Business Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, Mini-Tradeshow, and Youth Fundraiser” for Girls Inc.’s GirlVENTURE Entrepreneurship Academy has
been deemed a great success by all those who shared the experience. The event took place June 15, 2006 at Bessie Smith Hall with Keynote Speaker Sandi Brock of the SEWBC, Honorable Representatives Tommi Brown and JoAnne Favors, Girl’s Inc President and CEO Maxine Bailey with staff and academy girls, Jacqueline Strong-Moss, Ann Weeks, and honored guest Mrs. Maelene B. Crutcher, mother of Tekelia C. Kelly. Others included Chattanooga businesses, SIB clients and partners, tradeshow vendors, and friends from the community.
The event was covered by WRCB-TV Channel 3 News, which aired that night and highlighted the entrepreneurship bridge between Sisters In Business and Girl's Inc. Chattanooga Times Free Press also published an article of the event the next day, generating sales leads, said by one vendor, after a customer read about her in the article. The article "Women business owners find networking helpful" written by Staff Writer Jason M. Reynolds can be found in its entirety under the SIB Network Business News section of this newsletter.
Vendors also sold goods at the tradeshow.
Thanks are in order for the SIB “client power” behind the empowerment luncheon. Sisters In Business wishes to thank Mary Williams, Event Designer (The Floral Gallery), Deborah Grimes, Food Caterer (Creative Catering), Dorothea Johnson, Vendor Coordinator (Inner Glow Skin Care at Heavenly Styles), and Virginia Yarbrough, Photographer and Maitre d. (Chattanoogan Hotel and Massage Plus, Massage Therapist.)
to see highlights from the event, along with photo gallery, and online publication of the
commemorative program booklet
Thanks for Making the "1st Annual
Mini-Tradeshow, & Youth
Fundraiser" a Great Success! --Mack & Tekelia Kelly
Click here for highlights
of the event.
Youth In Business
Inc Entrepreneurship Academy Visits Sister In Business Empowerment Luncheon, Mini-Trade Show and
following article entitled "Women business owners
find networking helpful" was written by Staff Writer Jason M.
Reynolds with the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
"An information technology consultant has set herself the goal of helping other women business owners succeed through networking.
"I wonder if we are being as connected as we can be," said
Tekelia C. Kelly, owner of Sisters in Business. "There are innovative women doing things independently. Networking is the key."
Ms. Kelly started Sisters in Business four months ago to bring women business owners together for monthly networking meetings. She has worked as an industrial engineer in addition to serving as a computer trainer and manager.
Sisters in Business also conducts marketing. On Thursday, the
company held the first of what will be an annual trade show. Nearly a
dozen of Ms. Kelly's clients displayed their products and services to
local officials and members of the public at the Bessie Smith
Click here to read full article.
BAR: The following statement was given by President and
CEO Maxine Bailey regarding Girl's Inc. GirlVenuture Entrepreneurship
Summer Academy's program in collaboration with with Sisters In Business.
(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.
Click here to see Chattanooga Times Free Press article "Women business owners
find networking helpful" .
here to see more about SIB's Youth In Biz Initiative.)
Inc Entrepreneurship Academy Program, Business Plan Competition & Winners
Sisters In Business "Holiday Shopping Showcase"
in Chattanooga, TN Nov. 4, 2006
Bigger, better, and buying like never before! Back by
popular demand. Sisters In Business is proud to present its second vendor
showcase event—"The Sisters In Business Holiday Shopping Showcase", featuring
sister-owned and other business exhibitors, with products and services for
Come shop for jewelry, fashions, handbags, hats, shoes, fragrances,
candles, floral designs, art & crafts,
books, pictures, decorated accessories, novelty items, and
more! Yes, we heard you, our wonderful vendors and customers, say you
wanted another marketplace showcase soon.
Well here it is, one that is sure to be
beautiful, and offer a unique and wonderful variety of vendors from all over the southeast region, as well as exhibitors from other businesses and organizations.
Plan now to attend what will be a
fabulous, fun, and
financially friendly event. The Showcase will also serve as a fundraiser*
where your $1.00 admission will help make a difference in the community over the
holidays. After all, it's a Sisters In Business "thing", and you know we
believe that "it's not just about making money, but making a difference in
The Sisters In Business Holiday Shopping Showcase will be
held November 4, at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Imperial Ball Room.
Save that datemark
The 2006 SIB Holiday Shopping Showcase will
be held on Saturday November 4, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you
would like information about exhibitor/vendor registration, please call
(423) 421.5646. Also, check back for more online information.
Several sponsorship packages are available.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please call (423) 421.5646.
Also, check back for
more online information.
Fundraiser Beneficiary TBA*
to see highlights from the Sisters In Business Mini-Tradeshow Event.
SIB Welcomes New Business Partners to the Network
Welcome to the following Business
Partners Katye Jones and Terri Jeter-McAvoy, who joined the Sisters In
Business Network during the Empowerment Luncheon on June 15, 2006.
Katye Jones, Vice-President of Investments at Merrill Lynch, also
personally participated as a sponsor, purchasing a table for herself, a
company guest, and several girls attending the luncheon from Girl's Inc.
Terri Jeter-McAvoy is a Girl's Inc. Board Member and has been awarded
among many distinctions, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Athena
Katye Jones, CFM, CRPC
Asst. Vice President/Investments
Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Group
Terri Jeter-McAvoy, CVA,
Certified Public Accountant
Henderson Hutcherson &
SIB Business Clients
Hudgins is a new BeautiControl Consultant. If you wish to learn how to
relax in the comfort of your own home- Cheri is the person you want to
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.
information about Cheri's offerings, please contact here at
423-355-3518, email at
email@example.com, or visit her
website at www.beautipage.com/cherihudgins.
Avon hosted it's
President's club luncheon on May 25, at the Chattanooga Marriott.
This event is to celebrate Avon representatives outstanding success
2005-2006. Janice earned the Honor Society award for sales of
$20,200.00 in a year. Janice also earned second place for
increased sales of over $7,000.00 in her district.
Janice's Avon promotions
for the month of June includes foot care products, deep moisturizer
cream, foot soak, foot file. Remember, we need to take care of out
feet as we do the rest of our body, especially during the summer when
we all wear our fashionable sandals.
Special offer- receive a
10% discount off your first order of $20.00 or more from Janice.
Avon independent sales
Rose of Sharon's Senior Villa
Rose of Sharon's Senior Villa 2nd
Annual Pearl White Gala on
Sept. 8, 2006 Get Ready for the 2nd Annual Pearl White Gala , September 8, 2006,
at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center. Featuring Phil Perry,
Howard Hewitt ,and a local artist. Tickets go on sale June 8,2006. All
seats are VIP-(no general admission).
Tickets are $50.00 per person.
Tables are $500.00 for event only.
Corporate tables are $650.00,
Click here for more information.
Network Business News
SIB in the News:
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Article
"Women business owners
find networking helpful" written by Staff Writer Jason M. Reynolds:
Click here to read more.
SIB in the News: Onyx Magazine, June
2006, Volume 9, Issue 2, "Corporate Downsizing Can Be a Blessing"
Study Regarding Minorities and Women-Owned Businesses Before
Council. Deferred Until later date
The Disparity Study, scheduled to reviewed by the
Chattanooga City Council the week of June 27, has been deferred until a
later date to assure ample attendance of council members.
The study involves several factors, of which include the
analysis of contracting practices, and
opportunity for participation in contracts
minorities and women owned businesses are concerned.
Also the study is to provide "both qualitative and
quantative data from a socio-economic perspective that will be used to
drive the work of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and its advisory
find out more about the study
Also, for more business development
resources and information that impacts women-owned businesses please visit
our website at
The 28th Legislative District
Community Development Corporation is pleased to invite entrepreneurs to an
informational meeting on Tuesday the 25th of July, 2006 that will address
opportunities on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The primary focus of this
meeting will be business opportunities in a real estate project set to
begin construction in early July.
The meeting will provide
information on the individual prospects related to this project, and also,
general information on opportunities along the MLK corridor. Additionally
this meeting will provide information on the types of financing available
and the steps one would be encouraged to take to successfully start a
business along MLK.
DBE TN CONTRACTS FOR WOMEN BUSINESS
OWNERS. (Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise)
Diversity Business Marketplace 2006, a Procurement Conference slated
for September 28, 2006 from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM at Chattanooga
Convention Center was announced at Chattanooga African-American Chamber
Community Awards June 22, 2006. For more information contact
Chattanooga African American Chamber 1001 Market Street Chattanooga, TN
Nautilus Awards for Women
Entrepreneurs October 2006. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of
Commerce presents The Chattanooga Nautilus Awards Celebrating Strength,
Leadership & Courage in Women. For more information visit the
SAVE THE DATE:
Nov. 4, 2006
Business Holiday Shopping
Displayed items above are by SIB Client Janice Burse- Avon at SIB's
Empowerment Luncheon & Mini-Tradeshow, & Fundraiser
& Lou Goss, Owners
Catering and Foodcourt
2 Broad Street
. Chattanooga, TN 37402
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- UPCOMING MEETINGS -
July 20 New
Covenant Fellowship Church, N. Moore Road 6:00 PM
minutes, start of meeting, bring your business cards, special guests and
Highlights of Advertisement Campaigns in place
News Coverage and scenes of Empowerment Luncheon Mini-Tradeshow
Exhibitors & Display Booths
information and materials distributed for Business Development & Training
August 24 TBA
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SIB Business Partners & Sponsors
SIB very much appreciates
its business partners and sponsors who have subscribed to our service
and/or sponsored our events. Below is a partial listing.
Please click here for more complete list of SIB Sponsors and Partners.
Mark Jones, Owner
(Click here to see all SIB Business Partners
and Sponsors for 2006.)
Celebrating Freedom on The Fourth of
Dear Sisters In Business and Friends,
would just like to say
HAPPY 4th of July (Independence Day) to everyone! I
thank God for the FREEDOM I have in Him and in this rich life we
live as American citizens. I so honor those who have made it
possible for me to have the freedoms we enjoy in this country,
particularly those who have lost their lives, and the precious families
who have lost their love ones in the fight for this freedom. May
God bless and keep each one of them.
This SIB Online
Newsletter, the first of its kind, was actually scheduled to be
published July 3, but is being published July 4th. I
remember a dear sister
who was a teacher to
my child Rachel, and a great friend--Ms. Openelle Rhodes. She told
me once, and I recall it from time to time: "The right time is when it
The 4th of July date
is significant to me for several reasons. July 4th is the date
that my grandmother Mrs. Willie Mae Branham went home to be with the Lord
at my mother's home. My grandmother was an independent woman who valued her freedom and independence. I remember she used to sell the best frozens in the neighborhood! I would of course get them for free. My Granny had a good business sense when it came to managing her finances. I took note how she handled her money: from putting quarters in those Federal Savings cards, to where to keep a special stash of cash. Seeing how she handled her business helped me be sober-minded and savvy when it came to handling my finances.
And when I think about how my mother worked several home-based business type jobs when I was young to supplement her income for our family, such as selling Tupperware, Aloe Vera, Avon, I realize that she, too, was a “sister in business”. And so was my mother-in-law, Mrs. Martha Kelly, also now with Lord, who would have been considered today a resale shop merchant, as she offered her goods at flea markets, so that she would, like my grandmother, have money to buy Christmas gifts, be able to set up savings for grandchildren, take herself shopping, or just have money for a rainy day. These women were all “sisters in business” in their own way, and remind me of the Proverbs
I have been giving
thought to doing a special article, for what I hope will be the first
“Sisters In Business” or “Ms. SIB” magazine, on the pioneers, or legacies of sisters in business from our own families. Those women who have helped shape the freedoms
we now have, and
equipped us to
be the sisters in business we are today. In the words of Nicole C.
Mullen, "take a bow for the ones that came before you."
In closing, I would like
to invite you to continue experiencing this "Celebration of Freedom", as
God offers this to each of us, through His Son Jesus Christ! This
celebration is ongoing at at New Covenant Fellowship Church, or St. Elmo
Missionary Baptist Church.
Please click here to find out more about
how you can share in this freedom.
"Stand fast therefore in
the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again
with the yoke of bondage."
Lord has set free is free indeed." John 8:36
Your Sister in Business,
here for more Independence Day Bible Verses)
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