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1st Birthday Edition!

12 months. 30 members/mo. 5925+ users (avg 475/mo).

We opened our doors one year ago today! Not only is The Space On Main still kicking, but it has blown every one of our goals out of the water. We had a goal of 25 monthly members and 1000 people interacting within its walls for the year. We have averaged 30 monthly members and 5925 people interacting within its walls this past year. People have pushed the boundaries of what we thought they would use it for and we have identified user segments that we had not imagined.

We had a goal of starting programming put on by SOM in Year 3, but heading into Year 2, we are: sponsoring a Code for America brigade (Code for UV Brigade); leading a number of one-off workshops; coordinating an entrepreneur panel series; putting together a Citizens' Academy; opening the year with two business accelerator/planning programs with LaunchVT and Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont; partnered with Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies to bring their amazing #ScaleHere mentoring and discount programs to members; hosting holiday parties and community meals; and serving as a resource to a wide variety of organizations.

And we still have so far to go! Our goals this year are to build out the makerspace, expand into the third floor, secure laptops for student programming, secure needed equipment and more furniture for members, build our member base, diversify our marketing strategy, and start building in a part-time salary for sustainability. We are excited for new partnerships that have been forming and cannot wait to expand these in the coming year. Thank you - everyone! <3

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VCET's StartHere Podcast Episode 41

Founder and Executive Director, Monique Priestley, sits down with Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies for an episode of their Start Here podcast (Ep. 41: Monique Priestley / The Space on Main) “Vermont is a better place with @mepriestley. Listen with us and explore how opportunity in rural Vermont is flourishing thanks to trailblazers like Monique.”

Business Financing & Online Branding Workshops

Oct 23rd, 9:00–11:30am Getting Your Business Financed
A FREE panel discussion moderated by the U.S. Small Business Administration with: USDA Rural Development, Community Capital of Vermont, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Dev., Vermont Small Business Development Center, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Community Loan Fund, Center for Women & Enterprise, Green Mountain Economic Development Corp., Bradford Revolving Loan Fund, Cohase Chamber of Commerce, Wells River Savings Bank, and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank. Registration and networking at 9:00am. Contact thespaceonmain@gmail.com for info. Register ahead at Eventbrite.

Oct 23rd, 5:30–8:00pm Getting Started with Your Online Presence 
This workshop is meant for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits that are looking to start or build out their online presence. We'll review: Where you should have a profile and why; Branding consistency; Creating and building out your Facebook Page, Instagram Profile, and Google My Business; Post scheduling and interaction; Easy graphic tools for the non-artist; Everything hashtags - what, why, when, and where; and Boosting your Facebook content. $25/person. Pizza provided. Limited to 16 people. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or device if you would like to follow along. There will be time set aside for Q&A. Additional follow-up time can be scheduled with Monique as needed. Register ahead at Eventbrite.

Celebrate Halloween & Thanksgiving with Us!

Oct 26th, 8:00–11:00pm Halloween Party: Zombie Outbreak!
Party like we're going to be infected! Join us for a Halloween party at The Space! You bring costumes, we'll bring the bar and beats. Prizes for costume contest. Colatina Exit will have a cash bar on-site. Beats by DJD Entertainment and glow sticks provided. $15 online or at the door. 21+. IDs will be checked. Purchase your ticket here.

Nov 28th, 2:00–5:00pm Community Friendsgiving 
Come celebrate Thanksgiving with a Community Friendsgiving potluck celebration at The Space On Main. Please RSVP on Eventbrite by 11/14 so we know how many turkeys we'll need (space is limited). Free and open to all. The Space On Main will arrange for turkeys. If you are able, please bring a dish to share. We will gladly accept volunteers to assist with preparation. Please reach out to thespaceonmain@gmail.com if you would like to help with this event - or if you have any questions. Reserve your seat here.

Looking for Members & Community Partners

Nov 14th 5:30–7:00pm Community Pitch Night
Code for UV needs your project ideas! The application opens this week and will accept submissions through November 1st. Chosen projects will be invited to pitch their ideas on November 14th 5:30–7:00pm at The Space On Main. Community Pitch Night will open to the public.

Code for UV has officially filed its MOU with Code for America and is sponsored by The Space On Main. Code for UV is led by captains Craig Mackenzie and Anna Lornitzo with a team of talented volunteers. Code for America Brigades are volunteer groups that collaborate with local government and community partners to put technology to work for the benefit of their local communities. Brigades meet regularly to build, share and learn about tools to create, support, and serve the public good. We're looking for designers, academic researchers, data journalists, activists, policy wonks, web developers and curious citizens who want to make the Upper Valley more just, equitable, transparent and delightful to live in through data, design and technology. Get in touch!

Winter Programming (January–March 2020) 

REACT UV Business Accelerator
A FREE 9-week program in partnership with LaunchVT. The tools to start or scale your business. Accepting applications now through Nov 18th. Visit reactuv.com for info.

Entrepreneur Stories - Panel Series 
Featuring eighteen local small business owners. Learn how they got their start, lessons they have learned, and what keeps them going. Open to the public. By donation.

Citizens' Academy
Come meet the people that make your towns function. Ask questions and learn how you can get involved in your community. A free Saturday series of panels for all ages.

October Gallery Featuring "My Artful Eye"

October Fridays 3:00–5:00pm Belinda Emmons's photography show, My Artful Eye, will be featured in the Gallery at The Space On Main for the month of October. Join us on Friday afternoons throughout the month. Visit thespaceonmain.org/gallery for more information. If you cannot make it to a public viewing time, but would like to see the art, please do not hesitate to contact us at thespaceonmain@gmail.com

Sustaining Spark!

Looking to support The Space On Main? Become a Sustaining Member for $15/month! You will get: That Fuzzy Feeling, Inbox Treasures & Invites, Membership Directory Access, Stylish Swag, Bumper Bling, The Magic of Automation, and All The Discounts. Visit our website to learn more.

Apply for Membership

Interested in becoming a monthly? Head to our site and fill out the application. No payment will be collected at this time (we will visit and talk everything over before you are ever charged). We offer a variety of team membership and sponsorship plans.

Want a chat? Or a tour?

We are 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

Your donations keep us going. You can make a general donation, set up a time to discuss sponsorship and partnership possibilities, or even drop me a tip about grant opportunities. As always, we 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!

Monique Priestley
Executive Director & Founder, The Space On Main
thespaceonmain@gmail.com | www.thespaceonmain.org
802-449-MAIN (6246) | Personal cell: (802) 222-1909
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