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Current Listservs

Maker discussion list. Use for general discussion, requests for the membership, questions and group annoucements.
Members discussion list. Use for stuff related to the running of the space.
Board discussion list. Use for goverance issues and stuff related to the running of the space that requires some privacy.

Old Listservs

The google-group that served as our initial mailing list bhamhackerspace[at}googlegroupsdotcom.

maker resources

3d printing

circuits

materials and tools

kits

  • Adafruit and Sparkfruit are great for people who are starting out or who are intermediate. They have great information, helpful suggestions and great support forums. They have a lot of eletronic stuff, as well as soft circuitry and some other hobbyist things (like arduino boards) that your average elctronics supply place would not have. But their selection as far as general electronics (resistors, leds, battery holders, batteries, switches, etc.) is somewhat limited to the types of things you would need for certain projects... and the small stuff is usually a little more "retail" priced through them.

electronic components

  • Octopart search many sources for availability, pricing, datasheets by part number
  • Mouser is excellent for straight up electronics. The search function there is absolutely fantastic. Always check spec sheets because occasionally the "product page" info is wrong.
  • Digikey is similar.
  • Electronics Goldmine has a lot of mixed packs of things.
  • All-Electronics Similar to the Goldmine better organization
  • Jameco more pricey than Mouser or Digikey but can find some things considered obsolete by the others. Also has good kits and tutorials.

CNC equipment

sewing

Moved off to the Fiber Lab/Resources page

Databases

Video Tutorials

Code

Software

List moved to software packages page.

Mobile

Makerspace Business Models

How to start a makerspace

Sample Business Plans

The importance of tracking volunteer time

The importance of tracking volunteer time

Types of Commercial Leases

Alabama Core Operating Standards

http://www.alabamanonprofits.org/core-operating-standards.php

Federal paperwork

http://www.alabamanonprofits.org/how-to-start-a-nonprofit-federal-filings.php

Hardcore stuff

http://www.alabamanonprofits.org/how-to-start-a-nonprofit-heavy-lifting.php
Checklist of steps required to complete a non-profit set-up
Small Business Administration look-up page for business licenses required by ZIP code
Our results as a general business (not a no-profit - there was no non-profit option

Alabama and Birmingham Licenses Required

Do we need to apply for state business license? Reference - The Everything NonProfit Toolkit, page 109.
From Small Business Administration page - Alabama Zip Code 35212
Step 1: Tax Registration

City of Birmingham business license

City tax office
Business license general information
What documentation to bring
Articles of incorporation from the state of Alabama
Copy of driver's license for all current officers
501(3)c certification
Note: We are not automatically exempt from paying City of Birmingham business taxes as a non-profit corporation. Exemptions are made on a case-by-case basis. We have one year to file the application of the business license from the official day we started renting. So, this must be done by February 2015.

City Zoning

City of BIrmingham zoning ordinances

Organizational Tools

Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)

Doozer Software's meeting room

Insurance

Sponsorship

Grants

Grant sources has been moved off to it's own page

IRS

Moved to Non-profit application page.

Local Venture Assistance

Makerspace Media Coverage