[EMS Discuss] idea...? :D

Sun Oct 20 16:20:43 PDT 2013

So I created a page for business model ideas here:

It is just barely started, if you have found any good links to ideas for 
us please send them to me.


On 10/20/2013 11:13 AM, Mr. Clif wrote:
> Yep,
> I think this is two discussions, one is about a presentable shop space 
> with more new shiny tools, and the other is how to ramp up our income. 
> The first will obviously be a great help in the latter. So first 
> things first...
> We really need to move, and when we do we will need to fill the new 
> space with lots of new tools and toys to attract all the new members 
> that we will have to get to afford the new space. Otherwise...  You 
> get the picture.
> I just updated Rick Needs and Wants list with lots of cool things that 
> we could really use in a new space. Please check it out here: 
> https://www.eugenemakerspace.com/wiki/Sites/WantsAndNeeds
> Now we can't take them just yet but if we all keep our eyes open for 
> these items then when we do move we can haul them down there and set 
> up shop! :-)
> I would like to make another wiki page for possible new sources of 
> income so I'll work on that next. Please send me your ideas. :-)
>     Ciao,
>     Clif
> On 10/20/2013 10:51 AM, Austin McKimmey wrote:
>> I feel like we have discussed membership cost increasing many times 
>> before. I don't think it has ever ended in any actual consideration 
>> to change anything though. There are some of us, me included in not 
>> embarrassed to say, that $25 is a hell of a lot to pay already. There 
>> would have to be a much larger space and brand new shiny tools there 
>> for me to consider paying any more.
>> Everyone has heard me say this before. I personally think, if we have 
>> a presentable space. Not something full of junk and rusty tools. We 
>> could start asking for sponsorship funding from local businesses.
>> There is a lot we can do.
>> Austin
>> On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM, James Hukill <EMAIL HIDDEN 
>> <mailto:EMAIL HIDDEN>> wrote:
>>     I agree, but, there has to be some value add for the increase
>>     dues.  Bigger space with more room and not a project dump (aka
>>     bike cart overdue for going away) site is a start.
>>     We might chase folks away and there are some current members that
>>     the current dues are already at their max.  The idea of some shop
>>     work credit has been thrown about but I never heard what he board
>>     had to say about it(?).  If you are at your max dues then you
>>     have open and close the open house nights or other shop duties,
>>      well lets be honest chores for lack of a better term.  The shit
>>     no one wants to due but needs to get done and if that helps you
>>     stay in at a price you can afford I am all for that.
>>     But more to the point you were working on. Better tools, toys and
>>     resources for current and a draw for future members.  IMHO I
>>     think a new space will breed some new enthusiasm into the shop
>>     and might bring some life back into EMS.. who knows...
>>     Is there a list of tools we want/need anymore?  It used to be on
>>     the whiteboard and was supposed to get transferred to a
>>      inventory system that was going online?  That I was Kassandra I
>>     think.  Do we have a location for groups projects and their status?
>>     On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM, Cord Slatton <EMAIL HIDDEN
>>     <mailto:EMAIL HIDDEN>> wrote:
>>         Recently Marie came across an article that explained
>>         Makerspaces and their costs and gave a range of services etc.
>>         for a variety of areas and uses...The lowest membership dues
>>         even listed were $35/month. Maybe we need to increase our
>>         dues just slightly to give us more flexibility and to allow
>>         us to invest in ourselves and have better equipment and a
>>         better location.
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