Her work has been featured just about every fashion magazine out there. She is also the founder of Flourish & Thrive Academy and the “Thrive by Design” Podcast, the premier online business education resources for jewelry designers and makers.
She loves to make the learning business skills fun and her motto is “community and collaboration over competition.”
Interestingly Weird Fact?
Obsessed with karaoke, love singing. Didn’t start singing till my 20’s. Once or twice a month is my ritual.
How did your journey as an entrepreneur all begin?
I come from long line of entrepreneurs. 80% of the people in my family have their own business or are entrepreneurs so always been in my blood.
Came to discover I love designing jewelry, so started doing this back in college.
That was beginning of business.
Went full time in 1998 and never looked back.
Started selling in retails stores, was up to 13 employees in my business.
Flourish and Thrive Academy – high end luxury pieces, price start at $1,500 and run up to $50K plus)
Education platform for education of jewelry.
Started it with a friend of mine back in 2012 and we haven’t looked back.
We have run over 1,200 people through our programs in the last 3 and a half years.
Big Reason Why?
Personal connection is really important to me.
I design connecting to my clients.
Biggest Temporary Defeat?
Building a business to a million dollars then watching it fail and letting it go and starting over.
Weirdest Breakthrough Experience?
Doors start opening up when I really focussed on what I want.
Building momentum really works.
Vision of Tracy Matthews for the future?
Most of the year I have a waiting list of clients.
Flourish and Drive – continue to be the best in jewelry business education.
Dream, develop a grant for talented and gifted designers.
Best Entrepreneurial Advice?
I’m an action taker.
The thing that sets successful people apart of people willing to go out there action action and do whatever it takes.
You gotta hustle.
Favorite Success Quote?
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Top Recommended Book?
Get a Grip – by Gino Wickman
If all you had to your name was $1K and a laptop computer how would you jump start your business?
Probably set up a lead page, offer amazing free resource and get followers on my list.
Who’s your favorite super hero and why?
Gamora because she the badass of the universe.
Best way to connect with you?
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