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hy the Small Business Chamber of
Commerce, Inc has been formed. Who we are, what we hope to become,
and what is our purpose, what we hope to accomplish. By John S. Wren, MBA+, founder & temporary CEO
We are a fellowship of men and women who help others make
a Good Living as a way to learn more about how to make a Good Living ourselves.
Our workshops and groups are based on the foundational principle of adult
learning theory: We teach best what we most want to learn. Leaders are asked
to be servants who facilitate the group and each person’s participation, not
experts who lecture and give advice.
As we use the term, Good Living means: #1 customers are
satisfied. In addition, those involved in the business: #2 earn an adequate
income, #3 constantly learn and grow, and #4 have
the leisure time to be a good citizen, community member, neighbor, friend, and
family member. For most of us it also means being an active member of our own
church, synagogue, or temple and/or a 12-step recovery program.
We cooperate with local chambers of commerce, schools, other
groups, business professionals, business owners, and community newspapers to
organize and facilitate IDEA Café Startup Workshops and Franklin Circle Peer
Groups patterned after those we started here in Denver in the early ‘90s.5280 Magazine has said they’ve, “infused
Denver with an entrepreneurial spirit.” Meetings are open source, we
constantly improve and share, and each group is autonomous and self-governing.
My little book on startup will soon be converted into a
handbook for our group, we hope to publish it in time for our 1st Annual
Meeting and Ben Franklin Birthday Celebration January 17, 2013. To download a
99-cent copy or to buy a paper back copy of the current version Google John
Wren Daring Mighty Things. While you are there take a look at the book Just
Start by Leonard Schlesinger and Charles Kiefer, it’s the book we recommend
Since 1954 the Small Business Administration in its
various disguises (SCORE, SBDCs, etc.) has just about snuffed out the
entrepreneurial spirit in America with a venture capital approach to startup (
formal market research and formal strategic planning) that is just not the way
most successful businesses actually get started. If they did, we’d have a
planned economy and not a market economy.
What is success for us? If an IDEA Café Startup Workshop
is successful, those who are in attendance will be too busy to come back the
next week. If a Franklin Circle is successful, each member will make a Good
Living. If your Small Business Chamber of Commerce is successful these autonomous and self-governing workshops
and groups will spread across the country, the unemployment rate will drop, job
satisfaction and customer satisfaction will increase, and America will see the
dawn of a new era, our being once again the shining light on a hill.
Want to help? We hope to form a board of
directors by our Annual Meeting next January 17. If you’d be open to serving on
it or to helping us in any other way we welcome your involvement please