Dear Fellow Maker Space Friends,
I have been a part of my local maker space for … 5 or more years and I find it to be a very well run and community oriented. Ann Arbor Maker-Works.
Founded by two very experienced folks, with very different backgrounds. One is a retired electrical engineer I think, and the other is still a higher up in the Zingerman’s Food businesses, considered a ground breaking and market leading medium sized enterprise.
They offer a boot camp for maker space running or maker space running curious folks, that is absolutely excellent. The combination of daily experience founding and running a community focused, successful maker space for 5+ years, combined with the management philosophy behind Zingerman’s foods (internet search them) really makes for an incredibly valuable week long boot camp.
I wrote the below “review” with the sole intention of sharing it on these forums because the thing is pricey (USD$2k+expenses) and it was a big deal to spend as much as my partner and I did to both attend.
Short version: We are super happy we did, even if we never open a maker space, it was that good.
I intentionally left out URLs as I am not really trying to advertise for them, more I want to share this with others who might benefit, you know who you are and can google to find Ann Arbor Maker-Works and call and ask about the bootcamp if you can’t find it on their website or twitter. I think they offer it 2 or 3 times a year.
I just wanted to make sure folks had better awareness of it, and if you are not sure if you should attend, then I think you will not be disappointed if you do attend, even knowing the cost. Worth every penny we feel. Any small business owner would benefit from attending, it is as much small to medium sized business management skills building as it is hands on maker space management, and it is a lot of both.
Anyway, we were super happy with it and we have pretty high standards, especially to recommend something so pricey. The below review just repeats all of this I think. [Eh, skip the other review, the above really does say what I hoped to say]
I wish everyone fair winds, and if you attend, send me an email I live near by and am happy to meet you at Maker-Works.
Ann Arbor, MI