Can you believe that it is almost 2016? TIME HAS FLOWN BY! I think it is a great time to quickly talk about all of the progress we have made and begin the discussion on what we need to do for 2016.
We launched Open For Service at the end of February/beginning of March as a last-minute push to keep people coming to Indiana, despite the negative perception from RFRA.
Since then, we have achieved some pretty great milestones:
1) Trademark of the Open For Service sticker and logo
2) A version 1.0 of the business directory – thank you Derek Glass for all of your help on this!
3) 501c3 Approval
4) Almost 6,000 businesses registered worldwide!
5) A partnership with Salesforce that has created the groundwork for future expansion
6) A version 1.0 of the iPhone/Android mobile app
7) In-store customer registration to get coupons via text message
8) World-wide press and support for anti-discrimination protections
9) A 5 person board and volunteer group of over 20 people
10) $30,000 raised for SCORE.org
11) Addition of 5 new sticker variations to better support the different types of organizations joining the movement
12) 2 new web badges for online businesses and careers pages
13) A partnership with Freedom Indiana to direct people who want to get more politically involved.
I am sure I am missing several other things, but that is a heck of a lot in only 9 months – and with me working on this exclusively at night (I have a full-time job during the day!).
So thank you to my amazing guy – Jeff for dealing with me as I work nights and run around to events and meetings almost daily. Thank you to our Board and volunteers for churning out code and data to support my idea. Thank you to Andy Markle for creating the “OG” sticker. Y’all rock!
2016 is going to be a busy year, and we have some great ideas on how to make this organization better and support our mission in a cool way.
Please support us by donating, and sharing our information on your social media platforms. We are going to keep working hard to provide a community where people can live out their lives without fear of being turned away.
We wish you all the best for 2016.
– Joshua D. Driver
Open For Service