GALA just celebrated its tenth anniversary. What are you working on now?
This whole thing was operating out of my parent’s basement originally, and then my house. But just last fall we did a big capital campaign and bought a two-story building in downtown Wolfeboro with an almost 6,000-square-foot footprint.
We’re working to establish a community maker space, a business incubator, and a community center. We’re having a tool library. We’re having a bikeshare, where people can come work on their bicycles and borrow bikes. You’ve heard of repair cafes? There’s a space for that. And then with the incubator piece upstairs, we’re having more of a co-working meeting space, where people can get business plan coaching or financial literacy coaching or get support on how to build a website or do marketing or branding.
We’re really hoping to focus on triple-bottom-line business planning, where people can take into consideration the social and environmental impacts of their venture in addition to the financial bottom line.