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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Are you headed in a new direction with your work? Know someone else who is? Each Friday afternoon John Wren leads a startup workshop, we share startup experience and brainstorm. Free and open to everyone, just bring your brain for the brainstorming. For more about it and optional RSVP see 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

We are starting a new Linked In group, do you think that's a good idea? Or would it be better to keep things simple and just stick with the website, our Facebook page, our groups, and our email list? Please vote in our poll at

While you are there, join in the new conversation that's just starting about brainstorming. Do you use brainstorming in your business life? Why or why not?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We are looking for people across Colorado to help us in their local area with our new online business almanac and small business directory. Take a look at and then contact John Wren at (303)861-1447 or if you'd be willing to help. Please forward this along to anyone you know who might be interested in helping us with this or taking a free listing in the new directory.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Want to start an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop and/or Franklin Circle Peer Advisory Group in cooperation with your local chamber of commerce? Contact John Wren for more information at (303)861-1447 or

Visit our Friday afternoon Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop (click here for more info and optional RSVP)  and John Wren's Group on Groups (click here), then return home with enough information to get your new group(s) started.

See our Facebook Page (click here) now with the new Timeline layout.

Monday, March 5, 2012

 This release just went out from Jerry Brown, who is helping us publicize our new Colorado Almanac and Small Business Directory. You can help us by: 1) Posting this release on your Facebook Page, blog, website, or just forward a link to this site along to any of your friends who you think might be interested in an email; and 2) Go to and take a free listing. If you refer a friend and they end up spending money with us, you'll get a 20% referral fee, check out the details on, call me if you have any questions. Thanks! John Wren (303)861-1447  Here's the release that just went out to the media: seeks to list all 400,000 businesses in Colorado for free

DENVER, March 5, 2012 – A free business directory listing every one of Colorado’s 400,000 businesses and market information about industries operating in the state?

That’s the ambitious goal of, a new online business directory and almanac being launched today. is patterned after The Texas Almanac, which provides a business directory and wealth of business-related information.

“We’re not there yet, of course,” said co-founder John S. Wren. “We’re just getting started. But we plan to reach out aggressively to businesses throughout the state to offer them the opportunity to participate.” The outreach to businesses will include contacting every chamber of commerce in Colorado to solicit their assistance with the project.

“I applaud the founders of for their ambitious effort to provide a much-needed resource for businesses statewide,” said John Brackney, president and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. “And I especially like the fact that they plan to work with the state’s local chambers of commerce.”

“ is an almanac and business directory serving the Colorado business community as a meeting place, information source and marketing tool,” Wren said. “The almanac will provide the latest market information about industries operating in the state and put the information in historical context to give businesses a real-time perspective on the growth or decline of the markets where they do business. The directory will serve as a real-time measure of market participants and a source for finding customers, partners, investors and suppliers.”

In addition to free listings available to any business in Colorado, the directory will include paid listings that offer businesses an opportunity to offer more information about themselves. Go to to sign up for a free listing or obtain information about the paid listings. While launched officially today, it has been in beta testing for several months. is the brainchild of three men with strong ties to Colorado’s small-business community and a long history of helping small business succeed and grow -- John S. Wren, Robert Schwab and Scott Rodgers.

Wren founded the Small Business Chamber of Commerce and since 1994 has sponsored the Denver IDEA Cafe, a weekly discussion group that helps people starting new careers, new projects or new businesses.

Schwab was editor of ColoradoBiz magazine for seven years and is a former small-business columnist and deputy business editor of The Denver Post. He was named Region VIII Small Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1998. He writes a blog on small business, politics and other issues.

Rodgers is a digital marketing engineer who has enabled organizations to take advantage of the web to engage their audiences and meet business objectives since 2001.  He has managed over 120 websites owned by radio, television and newspaper properties and was at the center of building a $4 million digital media business.

Jerry Brown