Sistas in Business Celebrates
10 Years August 4 - 7, 2015

Sistas in Business is proud to announce their 10th Anniversary Celebrations, which will begin August 4, 2015 with a Welcome Reception where participants in the conference will gather to mix, mingle, meet and connect with Sistas in Business city, state and nationwide. Sistas will connect and reconnect; unite and reunite; and build and rebuild relationships that will last a lifetime. A Decade of Power is the theme and we invite sistas that have businesses to join us! This celebration is about you, your business and your personal development. As sistas, we hold the number three slot for businesses in the country and we would eventually like to reach the number one slot. We are a powerful group of women and SIB invites you to celebrate with us. This three day celebration will be life changing, as we come together for a common cause and take away the inspiration to expand our businesses and our networks.

Actress Lynn Whitfield to Speak at SIB 10th Anniversary Founder's Day Luncheon @ the Wyndham Hotel

Lynn Whitfield will grace the platform at Sistas in Business 10th Anniversary Founder's Day on August 5, 2015 in the Fiesta Room at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel at 11:30 am. Whitfield is an American awarding winning actress who is known for her roles in Josephine Baker, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Madea's Family Reunion, and made a few appearances on How to Get Away With Murder. Purchase tickets for Lynn Whitfield or purchase the package for the entire conference at www.sibdecadeofpower.com.

About the founder: Sistas in Business, Inc. was established in August 2005 by Laura Thompson, a small business owner who had a vision to change the perception and opportunities for African American women business owners in San Antonio, Texas. She invited four women with various backgrounds and perspectives to serve as the first Board of Directors for Sistas in Business: Della Guidry LaJoyce Lawton,Yolanda Miller and Velma Chambers.
Our Purpose:
  • Networking
  • Bringing African American women business owners together
  • Sharing ideas and information
  • Advocating for women business issues
  • Doing business with each other
  • Calculating our collective economic impact on the San Antonio market

Training & Inspiration

Every year Sistas in Business hosts their signature event "Power Sistas Speaking Series". PSSS is a powerful event that includes a total of three national speakers and one local speaker. Each speaker will speak on a power topic. The purpose of the PSSS is to motivate, inspire and educate women business owners and fire them up four months in a row. We've had many notable speakers including, but not limited to Terry McMillan, Susan Taylor, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Dr. Claudette Anderson Copeland, Connie Lindsey, Allyson Byrd, Mona Echard, Nadine Thompson, and more. Each year our goal is to attract speakers that will help women business owners strengthen their businesses and perspective.

The 2015 Series has been renamed to the "Power of ME Series" by one of our members LaToya Thomas. This years lineup includes Marshawn Evans Daniels, a fashion show produced by Adrienne Vann, Laura Thompson, and we will be announcing the speaker who will close out our series this year. Stay tuned!

Scenes from
2014 PSSS

Who We Are


What we are:

“Sistas in a Powerful Business Resource for African American women through networking and training Coast to Coast”.

Why we were established:

Sistas in Business, Inc. was established for the purpose of educating, inspiring, and connecting African American women business owners.

Our Vision:

The vision of Sistas in Business, Inc (SIB) is to become the premiere national umbrella organization for African American women business owners.

Building Muscle:

Our struggle to grow our businesses helps us to develop the muscle that we need to sustain our businesses. Together we can provide a powerful force and great resources to set up co-op opportunities with banks, corporations, and policymakers.

As a group, we have the power to demand and command respect and to set a new standard locally, statewide and even nationwide, on behalf of African American women business owners.

Growing Fast:

According to the Center for Women's Business Research, there were an estimated 414, 472 majority-owned, privately held firms owned by African American women in the U.S., employing nearly 254,000 people and generating 19.5 billion in sales. And African American women businesses are pacing as the fastest growing small business segment in the country.

Uptapped/Underutilized:

We are well on our way to tapping into a network that has been left sitting dormant for years and we plan to continue to pursue more opportunities for African American women business owners for years to come.

Our Sponsors

SIB Partners

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Scenes from Read and Lead News Conference