Meeting April - 2016

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  • Financial update (Bailey)
    • Memberships down
      • $108 under break-even by members with utilities ($60/month on average)
      • Churn mostly due to understandable reasons- adding as well
      • We were in the black for quite a while
      • What can we done to add further?
    • Raised money from Arduino class
    • Pop fund essentially untouched
  • Landlord relations
    • STILL sneaking checks into drop box in the locked tenant entryway
  • Possible partnership with Gravitate (Tim)
    • Gravitate may be moving to 515 28th St.
      • ~12k sq ft, Gravitate does not need all of it
      • Possible to share some common areas
  • Plan out fundraising
    • Crowd funding campaign
      • Goal is $1.5m for tools, building, etc.
      • Laser-cut coasters, etc.
      • Help creating prizes and giveaways for the campaign
      • Coordinate with event at Twisted Vine
      • Use GoFundMe - they take credit card fees for all amounts and 3% if goal is met
    • Grants
      • Raise money prior to requesting grants to demonstrate viability
    • Fundraising events
      • Beer / Art event with Twisted Vine - June 21 (Tuesday)
        • “Art with a Twist”
        • Need logo that can be screened with one color
        • $15-$25/person for custom glass, 1 beer and food
        • $1000 for 500 glasses - need 6 weeks
        • Set up on Eventbrite, Beer Week, etc. for advance sales
        • Need volunteer coordinator for the overall event
          • People (10) to serve beer, bus tables, front table etc. (Tom)
    • Tim to host technical training events?
      • Gravitate or WDM Incubator - i.e. “Test driven development” focused on professional development training
  • Membership drive
    • Sent copy for flyers to Andy, waiting on design work
    • Could mine existing list but limited upside
    • Need items that can be made relatively inexpensively
      • Ray thinking a word clock
  • Events
    • Other people have offered to run kid-targeted events!
      • Tim knows someone who puts on events
      • Have a kit that the kids assemble
    • Offer $5 discount on all classes as membership benefit
    • Kid events haven’t led to conversion but they do keep their kids in line
    • Possibility of becoming involved with SCI Mixology Event
  • Member Meeting - April 28
    • Try and get people there




Member Meeting agenda:

  • Vote supporting to full members (if applicable)
  • Short financial update/membership
  • Garage build out status
  • Discuss fundraising plans
    • Crowd funding drive
    • Art/Beer Week event at local brewery