New Space Commitee
Meeting date: 01/04/2014
This meeting was a specially scheduled Committee meeting This was a formal committee meeting. meeting, only because we didn't have the time set at least 30 days in advance. Weston took minutes, and Clif cleaned them up.
We talked briefly about the additional revenue streams that we would need to afford the new space and then since Kassie was spearheading the classes initiative, we dove right in on that one.
Maybe we need to modify our mission statement. Do we double our space and expenses, and assume more responsibilities and have more community involvement or remain more or less a club house where members work on stuff?
Kassie Noted Well, since that we will need the ability only have one place that has agreed to prepay and keep track of students. How do our low ball offer that answers the where at least. However we take money, Set prices and can't commit yet because sadly, we don't have discounts? Having good accounting and inventory is central to all our revenue streams. Need shopping cart for classes and the ability to refund or partially utilities info for this space. refund payments. Need to see a list of registered students.
Some possible payment systems: Credit Card? Paypal Greendot money, Google wallet, Authorize.net, Dwolla 25c for trans over $10, plus $20/mo Bitcoin, litecoin.
How do we get more teachers? Advertise? What media outlets should we use? All teachers are contractors and we will have to give them 1099s.
Possible Classes: Blender 1, 2, 3, gimp, intro electronics, intro Arduino, intro soldering, Chain mail A and B, intro to welding, intro to kit building. Casting of various materials.
Check This is basically just renting out our meeting area to other groups, though if they want to be more involved with James on his thoughts for us they are always welcome. advertising. Classes / Teachers, and meetings would probably use different meadia outlets.
Note that most of the same resources are needed for renting out the room(s) for other groups meeting places.
If we rent just one office that may increase the utilities enough to nullify the income from that office if no one else is there during the week days.
This is a way to bring in people who want a little bit more structure on their projects, and or who just want to join someones else's project. They wouldn't have to be members per se, but would get a discount if they were. The idea is that a project would be somewhere between a class and a membership. There would be a physical goal to complete, part of which you might share or be able to take home. Or not...
See the other business plan pages for more examples of these.
Get sample letters of inquiry, post them on the wiki
May include open houses, bake sales etc...
Make public our revenue and expenditure statements. Public business plan, including financial model.
Get utilities costs on prospective space(s).
There is a general consensus that we must move to a bigger space. Per question 0, the sentiment is that we should embrace the larger Maker Space model, offering more community outreach etc..
We also decided to hold the next Business planning meeting next Saturday at the same time. At that time we will have a more comprehensive budget worked out, which will be made public for the membership to evaluate.
-- ClifCox - 19 Dec 2013