Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsan Recognizes Help of OSU Bootcamp in Launching Business

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsan Recognizes Help of OSU Bootcamp in Launching Business

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Tanjie Brewer does not need an alarm clock to wake up every morning.

Brewer, who launched her own business about two years ago, is ready to hit the floor running every morning as she's charged with ideas and energy.

Brewer is living the American dream as she's discovered how to make money by following her two passions - fashion and fitness.

"I don't need an alarm clock," Brewer said. "I am awake by 5 a.m. because of my passion for the business."

Brewer is founder of Stylish and Fit, a Tulsa business venture that merged her two loves. Now she lives and breathes something she's excited about. She wakes up at night, alert with new ideas about the business.

Nola Miyasaki, the Norman C. Stevenson Chair and director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, said every entrepreneur is special.

"But Tanjie has made tremendous progress in a short period of time," Miyasaki said. "She has the ability to chart her course, keep going and see success."

Brewer's career started in sales and over time she rose through the ranks to where she was running a call center in Tulsa, managing 100 employees.

Although she had achieved professional success, Brewer learned that the daily grind of working for someone else made waking up for work more and more difficult. Brewer decided to walk away from the job at the Fortune 500 company.

Then Brewer gave birth to her son, Kagan, on July 9, 2009. That sparked her motivation to take a risk by going into business for herself.

"People told me, 'In this economy, you do not want to leave a job like this'" Brewer recalled her friends and family warning her. "I knew that I would want him to go after his dreams and he would be looking to me to be an example. Therefore, I resigned to launch Stylish and Fit in 2010."

Brewer has not looked back as she described her life as being overwhelmed with joy ever since.

What put Brewer on her current path was the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. She enrolled in September 2010.

The Cowboy Bootcamp is a series of courses for Oklahomans who are seriously interested in launching their own ventures or are in the early stages of startup. …

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