We aren’t supposed to have favorites. But this girl is my Wine Sister! Terricinia St. Clair is a creative spirit. As my radio show co-host, she brings the laughs and the “voice”. As a colleague in the wine industry, she is devoted to sharing wine in innovative ways.
If you don’t already know her, you will have the opportunity to meet her as the emcee of the “Behind the Business – East” Conference on February 10, 2018. Get to know The Tipsy Sommelier, Terricinia!
Tell us about your business. If you want, share a little about your professional background before becoming an entrepreneur.
The Tipsy Sommelier is a wine event and travel company with a heart for creating bubbly fun experiences that bring people together to celebrate, strengthen relationships, show appreciation and/or relax and enjoy life with wine. With a backdrop of art, music and laughter, we create memorable experiences for you, your friends, communities and colleagues.
Before I became The Tipsy Sommelier, I was a soldier in the US Army, a banker and interior designer and always an entrepreneur. My first business I designed coin purses with scrap fabric at 10, I followed years later baking treats to pay for my college education. Later, I opened Gift Baskets Galore and Studio One Interiors.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I enjoy bringing wine and fun experiences to people. There have been so many times when someone tells me they were having a really crappy day but we turned it around for them. That brings me joy. I also like feeling like I have control of my schedule and life.
What lessons have you learned along the way that you would share with others?
Make a plan and work your plan and don’t be moved by what you can’t see. It takes much time and faith to reach your goals. When something doesn’t work – don’t worry about it – there is no failure there are only lessons that we experience to become better at what we do. It’s just as important to discover what doesn’t work for you as it is to discover what does work for you. Do one thing every day towards your future.
We say that business is a mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Knowing this as a seasoned entrepreneur, what would you tell yourself as a young entrepreneur?
Stay focused. There will be many distractions and many “opportunities” to make money. There are many people that want to take your magic and use it for their benefit. Be mindful not to lose yourself working someone else’s plan. Make your dreams your priority.
If this applies to you, describe your transition from employee to employer.
I took a soft jump. I left a job of 15 years, having every possible accreditation and affiliation required for success, with my head smashed against a glass ceiling. I was earning less than I earned in the same position five years prior. I was stressed, tired, unappreciated and in desperate need of a part-time job to cover my living expenses. What I was doing no longer served me.
I had an opportunity to take a 100% sales commission position and I took it. It served its purpose as a bridge to get me to a point where I can work my company 100%. I have absolutely no regrets. I’ve been walking a faith walk since 2013 and I’ve never been happier and I’ve never looked back.
What’s next for you as it relates to your business?
Next, The Tipsy Sommelier begins selling wine, wine related accessories and gifts. We are growing our team and expanding our offerings to home-based wine and gift parties.
To learn more about Terricinia and to book an exclusive winery tour with The Tipsy Sommelier, visit ttswine.com today. Also, be sure to come out to meet her on February 10, 2018 in Richmond.