Phew! Translation: This thing is actually going to happen, people!
The Space On Main went from a dream; to a discussion; to a collaboration with people from all over Vermont and New Hampshire; to a nonprofit with a kickass board; to being propped up by so many amazing mentors; to being a series of lessons in fundraising, finance, construction, community development, networking, (the list goes on).
And by the end of Summer 2018, it will be a place where people go to work, to network, to learn, to teach, to collaborate, etc.
It is the mission of The Space on Main to foster entrepreneurship, innovation, the arts, education, health, and recreation in order to increase opportunity for personal and collective growth in the Cohase Region of Vermont and New Hampshire by providing a creative facility with access to affordable equipment, work spaces, and classes. It is our goal to ensure prosperity of our community by leveraging talent in the region by creating pathways to outside individuals, services, and technologies.
Visit thespaceonmain.org for more information.
Where We’re At
With recent donation and grant confirmations, we’re at $80,000 of our $100,000 launch goal. While we are still piecing together the rest, it looks like we have enough to move forward with construction, IT, security, software, furniture, and all of that good build-out stuff.
Where We’ve Been
- WIN 2016: An idea was shared and The Space was born.
- JAN 2017: The Space On Main, Inc. was officially incorporated.
- SPR 2017: I attended the Global Coworking Conference in NYC and toured coworking and makerspaces all over VT and NH.
- JUL 2017: The Space On Main received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
- DEC 2017: We sent our first appeal letter which resulted in a $5,000 donation and a matching challenge of $20,000 from The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation. (Which resulted in, “This might just work.”)
- SPR 2018: We dove into outreach, floor layouts, fundraising, budgets, construction estimates, Fiber pricing, received several more grants, etc. (read: learned a bunch of new skills and met lots of awesome people).
- JUN 2017: We received a $25,000 Regional & Local Impact Opportunity Grant from Vermont Community Foundation as well as other generous funds from local donors, like you!
Upcoming Events: Business After Hours (July 18th 5:30-7:00pm)
Cohase Chamber of Commerce & Cohase Rotary Club are hosting a MEMBERS ONLY Business After Hours event (read: Happy Hour). This invitation is extended to anyone who applies for monthly membership to The Space. Head over to the site and fill out the application.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Kickstarter campaign. We are working with Tim Swaan of Cygnus Productions on the video and with area vendors for the various gift tiers. This will include swag, membership vouchers, VIP Launch Party tickets, exclusive private events, and more.
Right now *knock on wood*, we’re looking at a soft-opening for members by the end of August, followed by a VIP Launch Party and Grand Opening in early September. Keep an eye on emails and social media (FB, Twitter).
Apply for Membership
If you plan on being a monthly member, head to our site and fill out the application. No payment will be collected at this time (we’ll talk it over, sign an agreement, etc. before you’re ever charged).
Membership is not required for people who plan on renting rooms for events/classes, for people who opt just to pay for day passes, or for attendees of classes/events.
Teach Classes / Host Events – Let Us Know!
Are you planning to rent The Space’s classroom or conference room for classes and events? Or, are you hoping to volunteer your time and talents to teach classes to community members? We’ve set up an Instructor / Space Reservation form for you. You do not need to know specific dates at this time… it’s just to help us gather information and to coordinate a meeting with you.
Want to chat? Or a tour?
I am always happy to grab coffee and/or schedule a tour with interested members, instructors, community organizations, sponsors, donors, etc. Send an email, text 802-449-MAIN (6246), or reach out through Facebook.
Donate / Sponsor
Yes, we still need money… for the foreseeable future. You can make a general donation, set up a time to discuss sponsorship possibilities, or even drop me a tip about grant opportunities. As always, I would be happy to sit down with you to discuss any and all options.
Thank you so much for all or your support. More updates soon!
President & Founder, The Space On Main
firstname.lastname@example.org | 802-449-MAIN (6246)
Personal cell: (802) 222-1909
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