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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This week at our Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop we're trying something a little different. Instead of inviting a speaker, the first 12 to RSVP will get 2 to 3 minutes to share their favorite startup story or two. If this works, we'll be repeating it the last Friday of each month.
Those who have attended an IDEA Cafe before are especially encouraged to attend, the hope is that the last Friday of each month becomes a "reunion meeting" with those who've been helped by the group before returning to share what they have learned, and past speakers returning to share their "short form" startup story. Should be fun, hope you'll join us and please invite your friends who might find it helpful.

An RSVP is never required, but for more information and to let us know you'll be with us go to either or on the link to the event that you'll find posted on

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Small Business Online 15-Minute Morning Show will now be just once a week, hope your join us this Friday (July 22) or any Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, or watch the recording of the show anytime during the week, see the small blue line "Small Business Chamber" underneath the TV screen to the right.

Internet expert and entrepreneur Dave Taylor will be with us next Friday for our Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, should be a great meeting. More info and optional RSVP at, or to guarantee a seat for yourself RSVP at

I'm reading a couple of great books that we'll be talking about on the SBCC Morning Show this week. Tim Harford's Why Success Always Starts with Failure, see his 3 minute video at; and Wayne Rogers's (remember him from MASH?) Make Your Own Rules, see the Facebook Page.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

We've started a new 15 minute online broadcast The Small Business Chamber Morning Show, see link to the right. It airs live each morning Monday thru Friday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. You can watch it anytime lin the link just below the color bars to the right.

If you have news about startup you'd like to have shared on the show, email the host/camera man/producer/one-man-band John Wren at

We are recruiting Ambassadors to help us start new IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop in cooperation with local chambers across Colorado. Ambassadors will also encourage participation in the new online Colorado Business Directory & Almanac If you'd like to know more about being a Small Business Chamber/ Ambassador, contact John Wren at (303)861-1447 or

Our Friday Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop is now the "beginners meeting" for your new, free Small Business Chamber of Commerce. To participate, click on the link to it on the right of this page, or see the link on our Facebook Page

This life is short, let's get started!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

From John Wren's Daring Mighty Things-- The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business, endorse by Dr. Amar Bhide For a link to a free copy of the entire book, email or call (303)861-1447.

The world will always have government, big-business, and big-labor: government for those things individuals cannot do for themselves and big-business and big-labor because of certain efficiencies of scale.

Unfortunately, the large scale of these three forms of bureaucratic operations leads to problems:

1) Efficiency comes at the expense of intelligence and creativity. The large organization has a tendency to get better and better at doing what eventually is the wrong thing.

2) Power corrupts. Governmental corruption is kept in check by our process of representative democracy. Big-business corruption is kept in check to the extent that the free market is allowed to operate. That is why big business hates competition.

The world view of the bureaucrat is necessarily different from that of the entrepreneur. The steps recommended here for starting a new business will not make sense to most bureaucrats.

If you decide to work with a business mentor, it is important that you work with someone who subscribes to the following philosophy of business. This person almost always will be an independent business owner.

Beware of seminars about how to start a new business; the most deadly advice for entrepreneurs comes from bureaucrats, public or private, active or retired.

Yes, the world really does need you to create a new business!

There is always a shortage of entrepreneurs, that's why it pays so well. This shortage of start-up specialists is caused by two things:

1) The infinite power of the human mind to create new ways to help people; and

2) People's unlimited need for help. Read today's newspaper. It's easy to see the world needs help. To the entrepreneur, these problems are opportunities in working clothes!

From "Daring Mighty Things-The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business by John S. Wren, MBA+, available on Wren is a Denver business consultant and founder of the new Small Business Chamber of Commerce. For more see or the Small Business Chamber Facebook Page. Contact Wren at (303)861-1447 or