American Flatbread will be a great partner for events and and is working to become a 1% For the Planet partner. This revenue stream has much potential - I think Am. Flatbread will be a great 1% connection. Additionally, I will be working on a number of small, but consistent revenue opportunities such as special events at their location and upselling receipts in their restaurant.
Chris Pierson at Cabot Cheese indicated VMBA will be incorporated into the co-op's 2014 budget (I'm still uncovering what that means). In the meantime, they're willing to share access to their social media and extend the festival in-kind product donations.
Husky injection molding in Milton has a strong contingency of riders on staff (primarily from the Brewster River). Similar to AM. Flatbread and the MRR's, the goal with Husky is to benefit both the local chapter and VMBA.
Sharing these opportunities with chapters will expand our event income via chapters. Both MRR and Brewster both have a strong history of sharing event income with VMBA.
Conversations have taken place with members of the board about a VMBA race event as a revenue generator. CTA has 700+ participants in the race to the top of Vermont each year - many ride mountain bikes. My goal is to utilize CTA's event expertise and infrastructure to host a VMBA race in 2014. We have 50 miles of singletrack in Stowe, which is another shared event opportunity with a chapter to make use of volunteers and admin. help.
BOD Recruitment / Groups
The BOD groups have settled a bit:
Leadership - Scott & John
Finance - Jill & Paul
Development - Louise & Berne
Strategy - Todd, Holly & Ed
As we talk to people about potentially serving on the board, please work with the leadership group (Scott & John). Also, it would be a good move to reach out to folks you can see contributing significantly to the development group. Ideally, development will have four people.
Please ask those interested to send a brief summary of their nonprofit board experience and a couple references from those boards. Please send these to John & Scott.
While we recruit the new members, I will be reaching out to each group seeking feedback on potential goals during the 2013 riding season. Once we get these defined and strategies attached, we will free ourselves up for long-term planning.
Both individuals are attached to graduate programs and thus have administrative and research expertise/advisement. With little time investment, VMBA has the opportunity to develop a very compelling "story" grounded in real data in addition to our passion.
Primary Focus This Month
2. Festival planning/support
3. Complete the VMBA Trail Grant selection and perform logistics connected to the Trail Clinic
4. Begin writing state 10-year expansion plan
5. Develop RFP
My six month work plan was submitted last week to the strategy group. It will be uploaded to the Google Docs page today.
I will provide a brief BOD retreat summary within the next couple days.