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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Simplest Way to Start

John Wren's little book, only 99-cents on Kindle, outlines the 4-phases of startup, check it out (click here.) Then join us tomorrow for IDEA Cafe Chat,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Start Now! SBCC Socratic Startup Method.: From 2-12-14 "How to start a new group." SBCC Meetup

Start Now! SBCC Socratic Startup Method.: 2-12-14 "How to start a new group." SBCC Meetup: What do you think? NEW! Current answer to this same question, topic of all activities this week (see post below.) You don't need to ... What do you think?

Dialog, not propoganda!

Dialog and learning, not propaganda and indoctrination!

This announcement will be made at each of our events this week about a new effort to have a healthy small group in each neighborhood in Colorado by 2020:

Events this week:

10 a.m. each weekday morning, IDEA Cafe Chat.

Noon Fridays, Startup Show. Link posted here on

Socrates Cafes

IDEA Cafe Weekend Startup

Please share this with anyone you know who is starting in a new direction with their work or who works with those who are.

Read John Wren's Daring Mighty Things, search for it on

Monday, May 8, 2017

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2-12-14 "How to start a new group." SBCC Meetup

What do you think?

NEW! Current answer to this same question, topic of all activities this week (see post below.) You don't need to wait, just start a new neighborhood group now! Here's how: Practices of Imagine, Think, Learn to; Start, Grow, and Flourish. +AMDG+: About SBA and SCORE Practices of Imagine, Think, Learn to; Start, Grow, and Flourish. +AMDG+: About SBA and SCORE: Why the SBA and It’s SCORE Program Should Be Renamed. by John S. Wren, MBA+ I’ve been interested in how businesses really start, especial...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Toxic groups topic at Socrates Cafe

Read The Circle, see the movie, then offer as topic at your Socrates Cafe  What is a toxic group?

Find real experts on small groups.

YouTube has a powerful search engine, I'm told it's more powerful than Google. 

Search here on YouTube for "John Wren Start A Group" you'll see several short videos I've put up  (and others from real experts I keep learning from) over the years on today's Twitter Chat topic "How to start a new small Group" Join us live at 10 a.m. MDT any weekday or lurk and/or post anytime on Twitter @IDEACafeChat for more.

Have you started a small group in your neighborhood, at home or at your office or school? Please share your startup experience with the group you started now or anytime and use both hashtags #IDEACafeChat #HowToStartaGroup to be part of the discussion, it's live for 15-minutes each weekday morning, check it out on Twitter @IDEACafeChat 

John S Wren
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc
Call toll free (855)854-2554 

How to start a small group

What do you think?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Startup Show

What do you think?
I just sent this email out to a few of my friends here in the metro-Denver area. If I overlooked you, I'm very sorry. Please rsvp for one of the upcoming Socrates Cafes here in metro-Denver if you'd like to be part of our new "Million Neighborhood Socrates Cafes" project. Here's the email:No, this is not a list.  You are each friends of mine who I sincerely think would be interested in what we are trying to do.

I just clicked on each of your names, you won't receive an invitation like this from me again. 

Join us tomorrow? (Saturday, 4/22) Or at another Socrates Cafe next Tuesday?
 RSVP yes or no to either tomorrow or next Tueday to get invitations in the future for Socrates Cafe here in metro-Denver. 

New groups are forming. The hope is to have a million healthy neighborhood groups across the country so there is a more informed electorate (thinkers, not just ideologs) by 2020.

Please rsvp yes or no yourself, right after you share this email with others you know who might be interested in what we are trying to do.

Questions? Call me! We can just talk on the phone, or I'll take you to lunch. Call my cell (720)495-4949  One way or the other, I hope to talk with you soon.

John Wren 
"Million Neighborhood Socrates Cafe Project."
Call toll free (855)854-2554

PLEASE forward this along to anyone in metro-Denver, Colorado, or the USA who you think might be interested in joining us in this effort.

We'll be talking about it this afternoon at the WeWork IDEA Cafe

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Just Start!/ Please forward to your local newspaper.

IDEA Cafe Chat, live each weekday at 10 a.m. Mountain, noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific Time. To join follow, then Tweet with #IDEACafeChat to be part of the conversation. Topic: whatever has been posted since previous live chat. Please take extended conversations to your url, and no personal attacks or rants.

SBCC IDEA Cafe Startup Week, now each Friday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Denver WeWork Union Station, 1550 Wewatta. In 90-minutes we help you structure the weekend to start in a new direction with your work Monday morning. Walk-ins are welcome, but to make sure you have a seat rsvp at

We invite staff, board members and volunteers from local chambers, business associations, and service clubs to attend the above meeting and decide if you'd like our help to start a group in cooperation with your local newspaper.

Local newspapers: ask to be added to our Thursday media release email list.

Questions? Call your Small Business Chamber anytime, leave a complete question on the voice mail and a volunteer will return your call within 24 hours. Call toll-free 855-854-2554 

Monday, April 10, 2017

You deserve a break. Take 15, join us:

Weekday 10 a.m. IDEA Cafe Chat about to start.  

"It Works If You Work It." Does it really?

What do you think?

The phrase "it works" (green line) was not used much until after the American revolution, and "if you work it" has never been widely used, unless it's use has changed since 2008, the most recent year currently available via nGram View (Google the term if you don't know about nGrams.)

Google Ngram Viewer: '[if you work it]', '[It Works]', '[it works]', '[If You Work]', 1776-2008 in English. click

Let's discuss this on our IDEA Cafe Twitter Chat this week, ok? Twitter @IDEACafeChat, post any time, live chat at 10 a.m. MDT weekdays. Use #IDEACafeChat when you post to be part of the conversation this week.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Is this why 80% of people now say they hate their job?

According to Nobel Prize winning economist Edmund Phelps the lack of dynamism and vitalism that had previously driven the economic growth of the USA started a sharp decline in the late 60s and early 70s. How much of that decline was because of an increased focus on startup in the media with a mistaken view of the importance of business planning?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Free Instructional Meetings This Week

The following meetings will be held this week and every week here in Denver, Colorado. They are intended to be models for anyone who wants to start similar meetings at other times and places. They are personally led by John S. Wren.

Tuesday, 7 p.m. Socrates Cafe, Trinity Church, 18th & Broadway.

Friday, 2 p.m., IDEA Cafe 90-Minute Startup Weekend. We Work Union Station.

Friday, 4:30 p.m., Caucus Club Panera Bread, 16th Street Mall and Market Street.

Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Socrates Cafe, University of Denver

More information and optional rsvp for these meetings on:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Are you a London professional?

 I was just inspired as I watched this"Fly International on the Cheap" When we find a volunteer in London to facilitate it, watch for a new SBCC @IDEACafe office in @WeWork London 

If you know someone who lives in London or who goes there at least once a month who might be interested, please have them contact me, ok? Thanks!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dread Monday? Get New Start Next Weekend!

Not sure what you are going to do next Monday morning?

Then let us help you make next weekend your startup weekend!

Our IDEA Cafe Startup This Weekend Workshop each Friday afternoon is just 90-minutes and it is free, we just ask you to share your experience and ideas with the others who attend.

More information and rsvp (seating is limited, we welcome walk-ins, lots attend that way, but we can't guarantee you a seat at the brainstorming table):

Join us this Friday or next after you check it out at the above Meetup site, or call us at (303)861-1447. We look forward to helping you make a Good Living for yourself. Check it out now!

Have you heard?


Let us join you on Twitter #IDEACafeChat each morning Monday thru Friday at 10 a.m. for a 15 minute chat. A topic will be suggested each day, and you can post a topic or question.

The Startup Show will resume this week at noon MST, once again each Friday. Link will go up just before noon here and on  To be a featured guest on the show this Friday or next call John Wren, cell (720)495-4949

This week the Startup Show will originate from our new SBCC home wework Denver @WeWorkDen at 1550 Wewatta St. (16th Street Mall and Wewatta) you are welcome to join us and to possibly be introduced on the show this Friday. Please rsvp on our Meetup (click) so we can let security know to let you in. #WeLove @WeWork @WeWorkDEN

Our new motto starting this week Companions of Humble Servants. May we serve you?| Inspired by today's meditation about Chiara Lubich (click)

Post intro about you/ your biz on our if you are new or you haven't been recognized yet. AMDG+ 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 80210 Call anytime, meetings by appointment only.

May we join you at your @WeWork? We'd love to have an ambassador at each location, our world headquarters is now @WeWorkDEN 1550 Wewatta St., Denver, CO 80202

Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. 
Companions of Humble Servants.  May we serve you? @WeLove @WeWork
In Denver now, soon around the world, we ask you: Want help?
We also ask you, do you want to be of service to those who need help?
Call (303)861-1447. Emergency? First call 911.  Facebook/Small.Business.Chamber

Friday, March 10, 2017

SBCC Meetings Today: Join us!


1:30 p.m. John Wren meets with people who want to start a new group.
2:00 p.m. IDEA Cafe Startup Weekend Kick-off
See Meetup (click) for details and optional rsvp

6:00 p.m. Socrates Cafe Denver LoDo (at same place as IDEA Cafe)
See Socrates Cafe Meetup (click) for details and very optional rsvp


Monday, March 6, 2017

Mom gives birth to new business.

BURLINGTON, ON, March 6, 2017 /CNW/ - A Burlington mom who turned an idea to help her son's teething issue into a sought after baby product, and now a global business has won the 2017 Mompreneur® StartUp Award.

Melissa Seifert-Hyslop, wife and mother of two who lives in Burlington's Orchard area was among six finalists in the fifth annual awards. Although surprised that she won because of the extremely talented competition, she is humbled and honoured. "After a very long 2 1/2 years of research, design, mistakes, re-design, development…and a second baby, the Munch Mitt was launched in retail at New York Toy Fair in 2015 with an overwhelming positive response from trade peers. So much so

Twitter Chat topic today:

Tell your story?

We are told that stories are powerful in selling.

Has that been your experience? If so, where can we take a look? Please post your comment about story telling in selling and include a link to your story, ok?

John Wren's Twitter Chat,
each day Monday thru Friday
10 to 10:15 Mountain time.
To cohost call John (303)861-1447

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New! Tell us about your startup on IDEA Cafe Chat each morning M-F.

New!  Join us for a coffee break each morning from 10 to 10:15 a.m. MT to talk about your startup or small business.

Are you a member yet of your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc? It's still free to join SBCC, just post a short introduction about you and/or your biz on our if you haven't yet, then to be recognized as a "Founding Member" in our membership directory announce you are a member on and/or tomorrow morning.

After you've been recognized as a Founding Member you may be invited to be our Ambassador with your favorite local Chamber of Commerce. If you are already a Founding Member and haven't received an invitation to take your local Chamber executive to lunch on us, call John Wren (303)861-1447 and we will correct the error!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Start Now! SBCC Socratic Startup Method.: Business in One Lesson.

Start Now! SBCC Socratic Startup Method.: Business in One Lesson.: What is the lesson? Fred Beisser:   Pilot ejecting from a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Flying Team F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Mo... What do you think?

New! SBCC 10 a.m. MT Twitter Chat.

Are you doing a Twitter chat for your business? If not, join us today to find out why you might want to start one. 10 a.m. Mountain Time, join us on Twitter (click) then #IDEACafe

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Who is #1 on your list?

If you pray, please make President Trump #1 on your prayer list. Pray that he be open to the God he talked about during the campaign and from time to time now and that he meet with Pope Francis or another Jesuit who is trained in discernment, and that all of us, not just Catholics, not just Christians make discernment of what we can do as neighbors and citizens our priority during this Lenten season starting right now. We can all do better!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Start Now! SBCC Socratic Startup Method.: Business in One Lesson.

Start Now! SBCC Socratic Startup Method.: Business in One Lesson.: What is the lesson? Fred Beisser:   Pilot ejecting from a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Flying Team F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Mo... What do you think?

Practice careful thinking, listening, and speaking skills. Free.

Socrates Cafe, join us here in Denver tonight  (Tue, 2/21), 7 p.m.  at Trinity Church in downtown Denver, Friday at 6 p.m. in LoDo, or Saturday at University of Denver. Complete details and optional rsvp if you'd like us to save you a seat on or call (303)861-1447 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Marketing lessons from 1st 25 leads:

We just found this on Linked In, very much worth taking the time to read. Then tell us here as a comment or at an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop: What do you think of it?

Life is too short for any of us to only learn from our own experience!

New! IDEA Cafe Startup Weekend

Join us March 10, for more see  Interested? Call John Wren (303)861-1447

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Starting in a new direction with your work?

SBCC Startup Method: Recover, Imagine, Think, and Learn to Start, Grow, and Flourish. Upcoming meetings:

This evening, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Socrates Cafe @ Trinity Methodist Church, for more see

Friday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Denver LoDo IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, Panera, 16th & Market, for more see 

Saturday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. Socrates Cafe @ University of Denver, for more see either of the two above Meetup sites.

It's a meeting 24/7 on our Facebook Page,

Starting a new project, a new career, or a new business? Read "Daring Mighty Things" by our founder John Wren on Amazon, then call us if you want to talk with a volunteer. Call 24/7 (303)861-1447, leave a complete, confidential message, we will get back to you the next day.

Do you agree? Disagree?

What do you think? ‪This was just posted on our Twitter/IDEACafeTrue Believers #resist without HP, are haters or huggers. SBCC: Recover*Imagine*Think*Learn to *Start*Grow*Flourish. Tell us what you think here as a comment or on our Facebook Page and let us know you have commented via your message on  ‬

Saturday, February 11, 2017

On Demand Startup Conversation

Looking for a good conversation about startup? You can get the ball rolling by posting your comment or question 24/7 on our Facebook Page, check it out:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Photo: Fr. Vince Hovley, SJ, Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, Sedalia, Colorado.

New? Yes, New IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop.

We will be changing the format of our LoDo Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop each Friday in February until we get it right! :-)  Also, we've changed the meeting time from 4:30 to 2 p.m.

Why the change? We are creating a meeting that turns every weekend into a startup weekend. Or possibly every month into a startup month. Or every year into a startup year. One of the things that we will try to decide during our Friday LoDo Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops in February and conversation with members and others between meetings.

Join us this afternoon, Friday, February 10, or next Friday to help us make the changes in the IDEA Cafe format, and to brainstorm any problem or opportunity concerning your startup in a new career, new project or campaign, or new business.

RSVP and we will save a seat for you. But of course as always walk-ins are always welcome. For more info and to rsvp for this week or next see

Watch for the new meetings we will be starting around metro-Denver and Colorado and possibly beyond with our new format. If you have any suggestions for it but can't make a meeting please call John Wren at (303)861-1447 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

One Day at a Time

The conventional wisdom is that a formal business plan improves the results of a startup or small business. There is no valid evidence to support that lie. For more see the book "Just Start", Harvard Business Review Press. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Experiments Instead of Plans.

I pointed out decades ago formal business plans kill new businesses. 

What do successful startups do instead? 

Rather than say they "experiment" with prospects I use the more common term "selling." 

Successful business start by selling. The best thing to do to start a new business is to sell something to someone. 

Selling is pay as you go market research, and it is much more accurate than a research interview. The question "would you buy this if we had it" and "will you give me a check for this now" are entirely different questions. 

For more see my little book on Amazon "Daring Mighty Things-- The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business." 

Triggered just now when I watched current conventional thinking about business startup: Google "osterwalder's business model canvas planning kills" there are several videos that make the same points.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our common purpose:

 #COChambers We cooperate with all Colorado chambers, clubs, associations, colleges, all who share our common purpose: to recover, imagine, think, and learn; to start, grow, and flourish; and to help others do the same, and in that way to strengthen the grassroots, the individual voice of the common person, in business and politics. 

We do not lobby or endorse candidates or issues; our purpose is to inform, not reform.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy Ben Franklin's Birthday! American Hero!

Many people think Franklin was US President, he would have easily been elected even though very much too old by the time Washington took office. So he doesn't get recognized on President's Day.

I'd like to see his birthday (today, born January 17, 1706) and Martin Luther King's birthday combined into a two day celebration if America's Hero's,  with 4 new members elected by registered voters at each general election.

Every major sport has a hall of fame, celebrities and entertainers have all kinds of ways to be recognized, but what about the citizen like Franklin who never was President but made every other President possible, likely we would not have a country today if not for him.

Watch for more about this in the next few days. We will discuss Friday as part of our LoDo Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. Join us!

John Wren

Monday, January 9, 2017

Startup Show Guests

Yes, Tweet your 140-character startup story, but before you are interviewed for the Startup Show we ask you attend our LoDo Denver Group Sampler. It's free. Check it out on our Meetup site,

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tell us your startup story?

Your business was whose idea? Tweet startup story in 140 to @IDEACafe, we'll invite you to be guest on Startup Show.