Founder/President of CABC ~ Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly Makes Splash at Sista’s House


Sistas with Style Empowerment Organization, located at 185 North Jeff Davis Drive in the downtown section of historic Fayetteville, was the site of the Caribbean & American Business Connections (CABC) monthly networking event, on November 19, 2011. This exciting event was a benefit fundraiser for Shirley Anderson, the founder of The Least, The Lost, The Lonely Homeless Ministry (LLLC). It is a four-year-old outreach organization dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate.

People You Need to Know Magazine was proud to be a media partner at this dynamic event hosted by Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly, founder/president of CABC. Sebrena is one of our newest clients and she’s also known as Atlanta’s #1 Networker. Once again, she found another great location in metro Atlanta to bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together to form strong business relationships.

Sebrena is committed to bridging the gap between the American and international communities through effective business connections. Her organization is rapidly growing in popularity and she is planning to take her dream worldwide. The CABC is planning their first international event in the Virgin Islands in February 2012.

The CABC also gives various businesses in the metro Atlanta area the opportunity to showcase what they offer to potential customers.

Sista’s House, was opened in May of 2011, by the owner and co-founder Genasha “GiGi” Cotton. GiGi’s goal is to reach sistas who need to be empowered worldwide. The Sista’s House has a variety of businesses housed in it, which includes the following: financial advisor, event planner, jewelry designer, make-up artist, licensed esthetician, minister, poet/author, photographer, travel consultant, caterer and a fashion stylist. A nominal monthly fee gives the business owners access to the house 24/7 for personal and professional events, meetings, classes and workshops. The house is really a collaboration of like-minded individuals who are looking for a great place to birth their visions and businesses.

The featured keynote speaker for the CABC monthly networking event was the internationally known speaker and trainer Nancy Lewis, (pictured above) president of Progressive Techniques, Inc. Nancy Lewis and Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly are two young ladies who will be prominently featured in the upcoming yearly edition of People You Need to Know Magazine.

Nancy Lewis spoke very passionately about how to make your networking efforts more effective. She said that you should be very selective about the networking events you attend, and that you should always keep your business cards updated. Nancy also spoke of the importance of always having your business cards handy, so that you don’t have to fumble around looking for them. Her advice for making a great impression and separating yourself from the crowd … send out handwritten note cards. She also cautioned against giving your business card to everyone and highlighted the need to learn how to say no. She closed with a pet peeve of hers: If you want to pick someone’s brain over lunch, please pick up the tab.

Once again, it was an honor for People You Need to Know Magazine to participate in this event to bring people together.

We would like to thank the following people and businesses for supporting the work of Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly and the Caribbean & American Business Connections:

Lisa McDonald: owner of – My True Biz
Nancy J. Lewis: owner of – Progressive Techniques, Inc.
Kimberley Anthony: owner of – Arabelle Management
Tonza & Warren Collins: owners of – Tastee Pleasures Catering Service
Henri West: owner of – Explosion Catering
Ezron Benjamin: owner of – Sound Xplosion Entertainment
Mattie Rock: owner of – Rock’s Networking Unlimited7Techno Media Films, LLC
Jaunta Rudison: owner of – Rudison’s Enterprises, Inc.
Jacques Duplessis: owner of – Caribbean Focus TV
Corey Moore: owner of – Fortune Financial Group
Sandy English: owner of – Go Small Biz

Businesses from last event:
Tonza & Warren Collins: owners of – Tastee Pleasures Catering Service
Linda Broks: owner of – The Non-Profit Lady
Nancy J. Lewis: owner of – Progressive Techniques, Inc.
Deborah Simon: owner of – Simon Creative Center
Patrick & Carline: owners of – Images by Patrick & Carline
Stacey Killian: owner of – Fit Body Sculpt
Eunice Wight: owner of – Avon
Julius Brown and Betty Reeves: owners of – Atlanta Black Business
TR. Johnson: owner of – The 8 Snippets, LLC
Safiya Byars: owner of – Law Office of Safiya Byars

Ladies of the Sista’s House
Genasha Cotton: Founder of Sista’s House
Shirley Anderson: LLLC Ministries
Deborah Simon: Simon Creative Center
Lesley Hudson: Lesley The Poet
Amelia: Photography by Amelia Design
TaMara Garrett: Mary Kay

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2 had something to say.
  1. Rosemary Willingham

    I hate I missed your event due to another commitment. I heard it was a wonderful success. Please let me know when you plan to have your next networking event in Metro Atlanta. ~Rosemary W.

  2. Dana

    Would love to hear about events in 2012!


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