Sistas in Business Welcomes New Members

The bloodline of any organization is its members. We are proud to announce that we have some very talented, gifted and wonderful new additions to SIB. There provide a wide range of products and services and their businesses range from startups to seasoned business owners. To see other new members click on the members tab.

Member Spotlight:
Tamala Hamilton-Thompson was born in Azores, Portugal. Although she grew up as an Air Force “brat” and traveled around the world, Tamala considers San Antonio her home. She is married to Surcie Thompson and they have a total of five children, a set of twins and three others that were Blessed to her as wedding gifts!

Tamala has over 20 years in the fields of Financial Lending and Customer Service and with the “heart of a servant” Tamala is determined to treat each client with the utmost respect and courtesy. She receives a true sense of accomplishment when she is able to assist others in the Real Estate process.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Incarnate Word University, a MBA in Executive Management from Our Lady of The Lake University, and a Masters in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Tamala is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, and the San Antonio Board of Realtors. She sits on the Boards of Directors for two local Non-Profits and has self- published a book of poetry, entitled “REFLECTIONS”
Snapshots of Kamilah Beltran's Power of Technology Presentation...she fired her boss and hired a mentor...and the rest is history!

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
Community Involvement:

Sistas in Business has been involved in the San Antonio community since its inception. Our premiere community involvement program is focused on literacy. Our Read & Lead program has been funded primarily by HEB, whose headquarters is based in San Antonio. The program iniatially started a Cameron Elementary School, where we have invested thousands of community service hours over the past eight years.

Sistas in Business expanded their literacy efforts to three other schools in the San Antonio Independent School District. We have partnered with two national organizations San Antonio chapter organizations; National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa and Jack & Jill of America and have expanded into Booker T. Washington Elementary School, King Academy and Davis Middle School.

Our Community Involvement Chair is Melinda Jackson. Melinda is an Exclusive Allstate Agent and as a result of her volunteering her time to promote literacy, Sistas in Business' Read & Lead program has received two "Allstate Good Hand Grants".


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.

For the first time we have identified a team of business owners to host the event to help them get more exposure for their business. Tickets are on sale NOW.

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.


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.

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Scenes from Read and Lead News Conference