New Space Commitee Committee
Meeting date: 01/18/2014
This meeting was a specially scheduled Committee meeting, only because we didn't have the time set at least 30 days in advance. It started about 1:01pm
We went over the LOI, and some further talk on Wilson. Compared it to others like the second Tyinn place. No really viable other spaces are known (if we want a large percentage of office space) at this point. Still some trepidation about the high cost. We set an action item to sign the LOI ASAP.
Also talked about some of the changes that we might make to our site.
Talked about being honest in what we want even though you might be able to finagle money through other projects. We could ask for money to host classes for free from a sponsor. Then we can have guaranteed income for rent and ramp of our classes at the same time.
Ben had some ideas about a strategy for securing donations. A lot of companies will have mission statements that talk about outreach. we should target the intersection between our two groups. We check your box if you check ours! This was reinforced by the video Mark referred us to.
Tim: Find out what they want, then offer it to them.
Sam: Come up with a short list of potential funders
Weston: We don't have staff, but it would be much easier if we were big enough to have paid staff.
Clif: We are small and have working board and whatever volunteer time we can get.
Sam: Code Chops got 25 volunteers just dieing to help! and they put them to work. SO have a prepared list of volunteer jobs ready to go.
Tom Conlin showed up at 13:50
Marie was looking at Maker Has, and got some ideas there:
Weston: how could we more compartmentalize the content and index it? (From Greg's email suggestion)
Ben: Wordpress can be organized as either posts and pages. Ours is set up as posts / blog.
Some would like the proposed newsletter on the WP site, others might like it delivered to them via email, which currently implies it also is copied to the forum.
One of Bob's takeaways from his meeting is Have something in 72 point type!
Encourage all to sign our guest book. Implicitly sign up all guest book entries to the newsletter! (evil grin)
What are we (would we be) doing wrong (If we were doing anything). what do we expect to give back to them for their support?
Ben: my wife's on the board for Sore Monday Putting together elevator pitches to get your foot in the door is a great exercise for sponsors.
Tim thinks you should know exactly who you are and what you want. James disagrees he wants more feedback from them to feel out what we can get.
Possible mission statement snippet: Trying to restore innovation, lab science, and teaching - skills...
Include a few testimonials.
Are we liable for 60 days rent after we give our notice? Yes. Though Clif thinks that the overlap will most likely be about 30 days by the time we actually move in to the new space. So how can we time it for minimal overlap?
We had a great turnout, and lots of good discussion. We now have a few more action items to work on. There was also a new web site committee formed to work on a face lift.
Done! adjournment at 2:47PM
-- ClifCox - 13 Jan 2014