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Chicago's Young Entrepreneurs - A-Line Style Services


Tamika Martell, Founder of A-Line Style

This week's Young Entrepreneur grew tired of the politics and routine of Corporate America and set out to pursue a long-time dream to fashionably style others. 25-year-old Tamika Martell has styled everyone from Fortune 500 execs to engineers and is loving every minute of it. In her spare time, Tamika models, writes and sketches new fashion designs. After appearing on NBC 5 and serving as a style contributor for two online fashion magazines, it is obvious to see that Tamika is well on her way to entrepreneurial success with her style consultancy, A-Line Style Services.

A-Line Style Services

Location: Chicago, IL


Founder and Wardrobe Consultant - Tamika Martell

Start Date of Company - January 1, 2009

Why did you decide to open your business?

I was tired of pretending to be passionate about Corporate America, and I have always loved the fashion world, so I decided to pursue my passion. I have been styling clients, styling fashion shoots, writing for magazines and planning fashion events. I still have a great deal I would like to achieve, including styling for high profile clients and gaining national media attention for my company.

What have you achieved with your company thus far?

I have booked a spot on NBC 5 and appeared as a guest on Alpha Women Radio Show. I am currently a style/fashion writer for 2 online magazines ( and I have also successfully planned an all-sizes fashion show and expo for the charity Dangerous Curves Ahead. There were about 500 people in attendance at this event. There is much more to come!

What has been difficult about running a business? What disappointments have you experienced since becoming a business owner?

Sometimes it is slow, and other times it is extremely hectic; finding balance can be difficult. I often find myself having to shut the computer down when it is midnight after working a long day. Also, it's easy to be complacent and comfortable once things are going your way, but you have to stay on your grind or you will become irrelevant.

What advice do you have for aspiring young entrepreneurs?

Write a detailed and realistic business plan, execute it and network, network, network.

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  • Gabriella Pimienta 5 years ago

    I can totally appreciate this article. At the same time I can totally relate. I myself am a young entrepreneur. I started a website called we sell nice quality women shoes at $9.99. Anyways, good luck on all you do. I will save this page under my favorites to inspire me to continue doing great things. Please let me know if I can help you out with anything my email address is I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Mika 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story. The future should be bright for such a focused and driven woman.

  • 5 years ago

    Very very inspiring. I am a London Personal Stylist and I know just how hard it is to start. I totally agree corporate world dull. Much more fun to tred boldly on your own as Tamika has obviously done so successfully.