So, the experiment continues. We've started an LLC to experience various entrepreneurial activities. Just Wanna Quilt (the podcast and research project) remains at the law school.
The Quilting Army Krewe is the support arm for the project.
We had gotten to a weird place with Just Wanna Quilt. We needed a bank account. Really. We didn't have one, and we couldn't do this within the university. And we needed to start our brand ambassador program, but we couldn't have the brand ambassador program at Tulane. And we wanted to start doing all kinds of things. So, we worked with the university, and they came up with this idea. We'd start an LLC to support the activities of the project, and we could still house the basic project at the university. Complicated? A bit. But it will give us some new places to explore.
What is an LLC?
This is one kind of business. It means that we have registered with the state and we can get a bank account. It is a flexible corporate form. We can do a bunch of things -- And we will use the LLC to learn about creating businesses. We'll post all our progress as we go. (And the law students, of course, will be involved as always). We had considered being an L3C, non-profit, and a benefit corporation. We'll explain more why we choose an LLC.
What will we do?
We will be working on revenue-generating projects, support projects for the Just Wanna Quilt podcast, and experimental social media projects. We will begin our micro-branding project for Just Wanna Quilt with the Quilting Army Krewe, for instance. We also have had people suggest many ideas, and this will give us a platform to try various business ideas.
I have an idea. What should I do?
Want to play? Email Elizabeth!
What is a Krewe?
In New Orleans (where the project is based), we have parade Krewes that are social clubs too. We have always thought of the Quilting Army as Krewe. And of course, Corrie Dutton (now graduated) loved that we could shorten it to QAK.
How do you join the Krewe?
The Quilting Army continues on FB. Anyone who wants to be part of the Just Wanna Quilt is welcome. You are part of the army. The Krewe is legal structure for us to do things. That's all..
Are we going to make zillions of dollars?
Likely not. But we are trying to get self-sufficient by 2020. That means we have to figure out how to generate some revenue for the project, which will support all of our crazy, interesting adventures as we explore the world of quilting.
As part of that, we have become a Vendor for Grace Company and will be adding other components of sales shortly. We also are selling books, and we rent longarm time. And more adventure is planned.
Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Owner
Ricardo Gonzalez, Editor-in-Chief, Just Wanna Series
Joel Sellers, Heading our Long Army
Gigi Baay, Head of Projects
Willow Olson, Inventory Quilt Project
Sid Gard, Eyeridium, Graphic Design
Core Planning Members: Judy Walker, Edith Gross