This meeting was a specially scheduled Committee meeting, only because we didn't have the time set at least 30 days in advance. Weston took minutes, and Clif cleaned them up.
Members in attendance:
Question 0: how do we define ourselves?
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?
Question 1: Where do we move and when?
Well, since we only have one place that has agreed to our low ball offer that answers the where at least. However we can't commit yet because sadly, we don't have all the utilities info for this space.
Question 2: What new revenue streams can we use to fund the new space?
Some classes would be free or reduced cost for members.
python programming (Weston)
raspberry pi (Cord)
3D printer and printing (James?)
home brewing (James)
3D modeling (Kassie)
Co-location fees, (partners):
This is basically just renting out our meeting area to other groups, though if they want to be more involved with us they are always welcome.
Model rocket club
join a project (semi-colocation, but group project based see 4)
This is like a glorified meeting room rental.
Group projects (New):
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...
Near space balloon
Possible advertising channels:
See business plan on EMS website
Renting out various spaces
Floating project space (on a desk or roller cart)
See the other business plan pages for more examples of these.
Kits, swag, shirts, hats, etc..
Get sample letters of inquiry, post them on the wiki
May include open houses, bake sales etc...
Some sponsorship can be permanent or semi-permanent
Some can be one-shot
Pre-next-meeting requirements and action items:
Make public our revenue and expenditure statements. Public business plan, including financial model.
Get utilities costs on prospective space(s).
Financials prepare and publish a more comprehensive budget (Weston 1 week)
Get best, worst, and average case utility costs (Clif)
We can also get EWEB and NW Natural bills directly (Darrell)
Give notice to move out
Get folding tables and folding tables
PSA advertising for our move
Wen should we have our next open house?
When is the next mini-maker faire?
Do we need 60 days notice in order to move out?
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