Sunday, May 30, 2010

Save money! Oh ya and try not to kill anyone!

Responsibility is huge. You'd, oops I mean I'd, like to think it's just some iced tea, some iced coffee and some water. No biggee.
Actually food prep and serving also involves not poisoning, sickening or killing my participants. Milk in the sun, trouble!
I'm looking for discount, cheap or free beverage containers. But who knows what was stored in that free container before I get it. Near my hometown people at a Christmas party were poisoned after they reused a "very well washed" out anti-freeze container. Okay sounds stupid in writing but those simple thoughts are those with great repercussions.
As a tired, broke, newish large scale event planner this was a piece I hadn't considered. I have friends with their smart serv certification, that I would trust with my own life and I'm considering getting certified myself as well so that future events have this part covered. For smart serv info visit:
For food prep and serving- It's actually called the Food Handler Certification- http://app.toronto.ca/foodhandler/pub/intro.jsp
Sometimes churches or employment centres offer these trainings for free. Search around and eventually you'll find one!
The "to do list" is now a novella.
Happy sunday! And no worries 'bout the milk!
Michelle

Friday, May 28, 2010

Source this and that and that too and oh ya that

I'm sourcing stuff for the world record attempt. Cups, napkins, knitting needles that sorta thing.....Trying to find deals and green options. Not sure they co-exist, yet..... My mantra affordable eco options affordable eco options affordable eco options I'll keep it up till it happens... Join in if you wish! Happy weekend, Michell

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A video on how to be generous- in case you need a video for that type of thing..

I found this piece by the Canadian Revenue Agency about giving to non-profits very interesting! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hHBLvYxPBU Would be a good link beside an online donation button???? Happy Monday, Michelle

Monday, May 24, 2010

So you want a revolution?

As much as my relationship with my accountant needs to be as solid and intimate as that of a good lover so true is my relationship with the simple word revolution! Ummmmm, right down to my tingling toes! So when the word crosses my inbox, eyes or ears I'm in heaven. Revolution stuff that you need to know about, my top threeeee: 1. The revolution will not be down town- http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=114630565243513&v=info&ref=ts 2. The revolution will be local- talks about an approach to funding that is similar to the 100 mile challenge and other think global act local campaigns! Also I love how they refer to their formation of community knowledge in the church. As anti-church as I am I acknowledge that the community aspect was instilled deep- the other stuff........ Also the role of food in community- I nearly forgot about food! http://americancity.org/buzz/entry/1971/ 3. G20, G8- I love when the anarchists and nuclear families attend the same event, That's Revolution..... ummmmmm. Google G20 to find out what your group of choice is up to! That's Women's Work will have a BYOE (Build your own effigy) party very soon, diversity folks lets not all make Harpers. Chicken wire will of course be provided! Happy long weekend, now go whisper thoughts of revolution to those nearest too you, Michelle

Thursday, May 20, 2010

must blog more, must blog more, must blog more

Ohh no my first year is slipping by and my blogging has dried up! Where am I? Partnered with AMAZING women, Mary from Wise Daughters Craft Market in the Junction and Carol Barrett of Street Knit. Work is assigned in such a free form way, everyone is stepping up and there is NO drama or trauma. We meet mostly by Internet with the occasional in person meeting to clarify roles and jobs. The World Record Attempt is going so well! Today this piece occurred online line via National Post. http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05/06/torontonians-hope-to-set-group-knitting-world-record/ We are working with little or no budget, only the funds from the craft sale. Our approach has been very grassroots.
  • We have been using facebook- we created a group (although I'm not so sure about facebook..) http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=242553748336&ref=ts#!/event.php?eid=110472405653735&index=1
  • We have been dropping off flyers to knitting stores and emailing those out of scooter range
  • We have contacted guilds, groups and orgs we found online
  • We involved the public libraries and local schools
  • We asked Women to help and they have!
  • We are asking for donations of sound gear and performers at the event and have dedicated a tale to sell their cd's
  • We are still sussing out refreshments and power supplies
  • We created a press release, so many templates availale online, and sent them everywhere we could think of, also we sent notices to local papers, websites and groups with free online community listings
  • We talked to the fine knitters of the Street Knit monthly group and they have passed the word on!

The only funding required has been printing of posters, and we have received great deals and discounts- although they are still pricey and the T-shirts will hopefully pay for themselves in sales (fingers crossed!)

So yes, we are still people powered and yes we are still unfunded, and no we have not relied on a cent of credit. That's Women's Work might not own anything right now, but we don't owe either;0) This may change but for now it feels right.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Risk Management a.k.a not going bankrupt in the first six months aka trying to save your own ass

I know that the pros have a formula and understanding of when to take a risk and when to play it safe, I unfortunately/fortunately do not have any such formula. I have only my stomach, when it grates and aches and churns I have to reassess my risk. If I don't sleep and can't eat then I KNOW something has to be examine or reconsidered asap.
Last night was the second and first. I knew something had spun out of it's orbit.
The craft sale was so successful even despite the trees pulled from their roots and BMW's squished from limbs during the storm. I made money from the craft sale, tables, raffle tickets and refreshments. Enough to reinvest, but not yet enough to rent space.
My plan was to purchase $1,400.00 in World record t-shirts. Now mind you I'm a bit gun shy with the t's, but that's another story from another time- that seems like a long long long time ago.
I've seen severe mismanaging and a thriving centre wither up because of poor management- err mismanagement and poor spending. One wrong deal resulted in destruction. What the hell was I doing? It was unmistakable.
I called to edit the order after a long talk with a friend about debit, the infancy of my business and how if I risked to much working for someone else could be my reality again! NEVER!
I literally had the order pulled from the shipping dock, it was embarrassing in the moment but I'm gonna sleep like a baby tonight, so screw some embarrassment. I feel like a good mother that protected my baby from potential harm. I strayed from my plan-no credit, work only with what I have and grow steadily. Maybe I'll slide my biz plan under my pillow tonight and hope I absorb what I've forgotten.
The store was willing to let me put cash down upfront then pay the rest after the event, it was all in place. It was so easy I thought it was the way to go...Pulling 1/2 the order will mean charges for restocking but they are manageable and in the end the best option.
Making the decision made me feel like a true business woman, saving my own ass made me feel like I was learning something. I was tempted to think big- beyond my means, but trusted my body and followed it. I think this was a great success.
Tonight no money issues in my bed, I like it that way best.
P.s. Meeting with my biz advisor next week to find out some detailed tools for risk management besides nausea