From Red Mountain Makers Wiki
- 1 RMM Online
- 2 Current Listservs
- 3 Old Listservs
- 4 maker resources
- 4.1 3d printing
- 4.2 circuits
- 4.3 materials and tools
- 4.4 kits
- 4.5 electronic components
- 4.6 CNC equipment
- 4.7 sewing
- 4.8 Databases
- 4.9 Video Tutorials
- 4.10 Code
- 4.11 Software
- 4.12 Mobile
- 4.13 Makerspace Business Models
- 4.14 How to start a makerspace
- 4.15 Sample Business Plans
- 4.16 The importance of tracking volunteer time
- 4.17 Types of Commercial Leases
- 4.18 Alabama Core Operating Standards
- 4.19 Federal paperwork
- 4.20 Hardcore stuff
- 4.21 Alabama and Birmingham Licenses Required
- 4.22 City of Birmingham business license
- 4.23 City Zoning
- 4.24 Organizational Tools
- 4.25 Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)
- 4.26 Insurance
- 4.27 Sponsorship
- 4.28 Grants
- 4.29 IRS
- 4.30 Local Venture Assistance
- 4.31 Makerspace Media Coverage
- 4.32 Specific Interest Code Groups
- 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 governance issues and stuff related to the running of the space that requires some privacy.
The google-group that served as our initial mailing list bhamhackerspace[at}googlegroupsdotcom.
- Electronics Lab simulation runs your circuit
- Eagle CAD
- SparkFun all sparkfun designed boards are open source with schematics provided
- DIPTrace easy to use free version for non-profit use
materials and tools
- Harbor Freight Tools (in birmingham)
- McMaster Tools - great for everything including raw materials, parts, tools, and equipment
- ShopBot Tools
- Woodcraft has local store goto for woodworking
- Fry Electronics - nearest location is in Atlanta
- 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.
- 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.
- Moved off to the Fiber Lab/Resources page
- http://openlibrary.org/ just posted a machine shop manual
- Instruction and tutorials
Makerspace Business Models
- Making Makerpsaces: Creating a Business Model
- The difference between hackerspaces, makerspaces, techshops and fablabs
How to start a makerspace
- How to start a hackerspace - series of instructional links at AdaFruit.
Sample Business Plans
- General start-up checklist Order of operations for getting an organization started.
- MakerSpace handbook
- How to start a hackerspace checklist
The importance of tracking volunteer time
Types of Commercial Leases
Alabama Core Operating Standards
- 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.
- Open source organizer's database tools
- List of sources for grants and application tools
- Tips for non-profits accepting donations
- Non-profit performance tools
- Travel radius mapping tool
- 25-minute driving radius map
- Alabama Association of Non-Profits - resources.
- National Council of Non-Profits
- Open source Seltzer CRM for membership management
- Information and tips regarding insurance, making a space safe for minors, best board practices and more
Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)
- Article in Makezine focusing on Insurance for Makerspaces. Read this - it covers the meat of what we need.
- Non-profit organization and volunteer liability, including for the State of Alabama
- See Insurance page for required documentation for getting insurance
Moved to Non-profit application page.
Local Venture Assistance
Makerspace Media Coverage
- Makerspaces as venture launches - Miami area
- Maker faires - note major corporate sponsorship, Disney, Ford