I joined a group in 2009 working towards starting a community bike shop. It took two years of meetings once a week to get the co-op started, mostly because the democratic process is difficult. The co-op is non-profit, is sponsored currently by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and is very successful.
My advice would be to put aside at least a year to get it started, get together a team of like minded individuals, and keep the core group very small to start. Make sure the talents of your team are varied and that everyone gets heard in terms of the direction the non-profit is going. The paperwork is going to be the hardest part to get done, as it takes a long time to file and get response back. That’s why Spokeland is sponsored, so that they could be non-profit while they wait for their non-profit status to be approved. 3 months ago
I was promoted to VP about a year ago…things are going great…getting a ton done!! 4 months ago
Life is sad.Every single good thing has a dark side.A issue that needs help.And when you watch the news these things,these problems,become even more apparent.I always sat there and thought to myself “How has no one done something about this?Can’t they see how bad it is?”And then I realised that I was the one who wasn’t doing anything.How could I blame everyone else for not doing something when I was just as guilty?!Now I know.As Michael Jackson says”Take a look in the mirror and make the change!”
So I’m going to take a look around.I’m going to pick that one issue that bugs me like nobody’s business.I’m going to find a way to start fixing it.I’m going to help! 9 months ago
it can be for profit, if that means there is freedom to meet actual needs rather than pleasing “the man.” 9 months ago