WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
We’ve been working on The Red Bench in stages from June 2020 to present. We have successfully completed two development stages, “concept” and “commitment”, and are in the midst of the “traction” stage.
The concept stage involved defining our idea and ruminating about how to make it happen. Every week since June, we have met at the kitchen table (or Mackenzi’s car) to work on progressing it forward. It started with a running list of ideas, community goals, and funding targets.
Next, we moved to the commitment stage where we named our idea and incorporated it. In September, our idea was born as “The Red Bench Women’s Workshop Corporation”, a private corporation registered in Alberta, Canada. It was an exciting day! Although we are a private corporation, our operations will be net-zero. This means that all donations of physical and monetary assets to the business stay within it, with no profit gained by any individual.
We got to creating a website right away. We assigned ourselves duties within the corporation and created basic membership, insurance, and safety protocols as well as a code of ethics and a Covid-19 response.
Our magnum opus is a 35 page business plan that outlines our corporation’s structure, description, business objective and contains a financial review, resource requirement review, and risk analysis. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of our business plan, feel free to reach out to us. It was a momentous undertaking and we are incredibly proud of it!
We are currently in the traction stage which involves launching our social media, establishing a newsletter, presenting our business plan to the public, and seeking sources of funding. The next few months will involve arranging meetings with professional contacts to gain support. Here we will present our business plan and make the pitch for pledges of financial support and equipment donations. The main donation we seek now is a shop space.
Help in the traction stage is very welcome, however you see fit :)