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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Startup Show, amd SPECIAL EDITIONS

Small Business Chamber TV Channel on YouTube

We are experimenting with this. Tried a daily short show, inspired by Paul Harvey, but we were stuck with John Wren so that experiment didn't last long. :-)

Now doing extended conversations with national business thought leaders, see last two episodes of SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show with Nobel economist Edmund Phelps who's new book Mass Flourishing has been called by some the most important book about economics since Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations.

See the show on  or on our Small Business Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel (click here.)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spiritual Startup?

What part did faith play in your startup? We are collecting stories for future publication, see tab at top of page.

SPECIAL EDITION: The Startup Show: The Toy Business

Les Cosby shares how he and his wife have opened their new toy shop. Let me know if know anyone who'd be a good guest. (you) John Wren (303)861-1447

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Starting in a new direction with your work life?

Join us here in metro-Denver next Friday (Dec 20)  or start a new group in cooperation with your local chamber or other group.  Englewood meeting in public library, click below for more info. Denver meetings, both at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant, 2:30 p.m. our IDEA Salon, open discussion meeting about startup; and at 3:45 p.m. same place, IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. More info and optional RSVP on our site PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS STARTING IN A NEW DIRECTION. 

If you'd like help starting meetings in cooperation with your local chambers and others, or if you'd like to suggest a guest for an interview on The Startup Show contact John or call John at (303)861-1447

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Now! The Startup Show, live by 5.

Now The Startup Show is live by 5 p.m. each day, it's for 5 minutes, Monday thru Friday. Broadcast on YouTube, Google+, and link on host John Wren's website  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We're trying some new things out...

We are doing many different things in preparation for forming a board, adopting bylaws, getting on a more steady course. A big change, the Denver IDEA Cafe I personally lead will make the radical change of inviting people to join us each week. Come and help us make it happen this Friday, tomorrow, Friday the 13th, 2:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant near the Capitol here in Denver (still no RSVP required, walk-ins welcome). Please join me (John Wren) this Friday to share your opinion of the new open discussion format. More info about the Denver IDEA Cafe, the new way we are doing Go+Groups, and other changes see at Questions? Call (303)861-1447 or post as a comment here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What's next?

We just posted this on our Facebook Page, if you haven't already, post news there about you and your business, then SHARE, 

Free supplement for successful startups. Today (Wed, Sept 11), new Go+Group, Fridays, IDEA Startup/Pivot Workshops, The Startup Show, get help now on The Startup Line. SHARE

If you are serious about starting in a new direction, join us online today for our new Go+Group, RSVP, more about it and other upcoming free events on 

What to help us help startups? Just attend a meeting or check out

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bob Dylan Interview

Bob Dylan Interview "Destiny-- I made a deal with the chief to get to where I am now." He makes sure he has enough oil in his lamp. Mt 25:1-13 "Are you singing the song you came to sing?" Joe Sabah NO IDEA CAFE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN CALL THE STARTUP LINE 24/7 (303)861-1447. THE STARTUP SHOW WILL BE ON MONDAY. THIS LIFE IS SHORT, LET'S GET STARTED! PLEASE SHARE 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

See you next week!


Start faster, cheaper, better! Join a Go+Group, or start one of your own.

Not just a master mind group, based on what Ben Franklin did with his friends in 1727, what we think Ben would do with today's technology! Free info session each Wednesday for 45 minutes 11:45a Mountain time. More info, RSVP to be one of 3 on the show at video Roundtable, or just watch, see Start a Go+Group with your neighbors for free, we'll help you for free. Our mission: a healthy group in every neighborhood world-wide, in cooperation with local chambers and other groups. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

IDEA Startup Workshops

Starting in a new direction with your work? Help those who are? Join us at an IDEA Startup Workshop, or start one in cooperation with you local chamber or other group. More  via red Meetup logo to the left or Questions? Call The Startup Line (303)861-1447 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Want help starting? See Pages.

Check out the Pages above for help starting your business or a new IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. You can read a sample from John Wren's little book about startup, and get instructions for submitting your startup story for the revised edition that may become part of our handbook for members. So don't forget the Pages, click above. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Assistant, State Director, Country, District, and Neighborhood reps needed, see personal note from John Wren to you at the bottom of this post.

For years I've had an interest in the Colorado caucus-assembly system for nominating to the primary ballot, in my opinion the best chance the common person has for serving in elected public office. See 

Here's a new idea. Let's created a new business, doing well by doing good, with grassroots civic education and a Welcome Wagon type neighborhood marketing network. 

Let's write a handbook for Colorado citizens, update every year, sell to newcomers through a network of neighborhood representatives who will welcome newcomers and be the hub for neighborhood communications.

The citizen handbook will cover the caucus system, referendum , recall and initiatives, as well as how to get elected to public office. 

If you'd be interested in being part of this project as a sponsor, neighborhood representative, writer, or advertiser, contact me via or (303)861-1447 see PLEASE SHARE 

I just posted this on . Call me if you'd like to help as a way to learn about startup. Need an assistant and a state-wide recruiter to find county/ district/ and precinct leaders ASAP. Call me if you want more info, or just be at our Denver IDEA Startup Workshop this afternoon, I'm going to talk about it there. See  John (303)861-1448

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How a brainstorming session is led makes a big, big difference. Lots of little things make a big difference in the results. We've changed to Fresh Thought Hunts in most of our IDEA Startup Workshops, easier to learn, enables everyone to get his or her problem addressed. Join us online or in a face-to-face group, learn the technique, take it back to your business. RSVP no, you'll get an invitation to a future session. More info and RSVP at 

Or invite us to lead a session in your organization. Also, l
et us know if you'd be interested in starting a face-to-face IDEA Startup Workshop in cooperation with your local chamber, we'll help you. Contact John Wren, or (303)861-1447 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Go+Group leaders to be recruited.

If you are starting in a new direction with your work, you might find being in a Go+Group very helpful. For more about them, see post just made today on his blog by our founder & CEO, John Wren at  Also check it out if you might be willing to be a Go+Group leader.

John Wren has been doing what we now call our IDEA Startup Workshop for nearly 20 years here in Denver as a labor of love. He is now moving in the direction of finding help, volunteers and donors who share his passion for the grassroots.

If you might be interested in helping him, take a look at his blog and then give him a call at (303)861-1447

Friday, August 9, 2013

I just sent out this memo to our Small Business Chamber/ IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop members. If you didn't get the memo below directly from me via an email from and you'd like to next time, please become a (free) member at 

Questions or suggestions for me? Contact me at (303)861-1447 or  Post comments here if you'd rather talk with all of us. Here's what I just sent out.

Friday, August 9, 2013

To:  Small Business Chamber IDEA Cafe Meetup Members
From:  John S Wren, founder & CEO, Small Business Chamber of Commerce Inc
Contact John at or (303)861-1447 To RSVP for an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop or the new Go Group see 

1.  Our weekly broadcast The Startup Show is looking for a few good guests to share their startup story. We'll be recruiting at our IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops, there is an online meeting each Tuesday afternoon. For more see The Startup Show Facebook Page 

2.  Free IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops are in Boulder this morning (thanks Toby and Steve) and in Denver, which I'll be leading myself today. I also lead an online IDEA Cafe each Tuesday afternoon. If you want to start a new IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop in cooperation with your local chamber or other group, I'll help you. Let me know if you are interested and I'll invite you to the next organizers meeting.

3.  New Go Groups are like Franklin Circles on steroids, they are for people who are serious about getting started. I personally interview those who participate, I'd love to talk with you about it. We've set a group up here on (it's at the bottom of the scheduled events, no date), we ask you to RSVP and to pay in advance, we only want people who are serious. Scholarships are available, and I'm looking for a couple of Go Group leaders. Call me with any questions. (303)861-1447, call me any time, I try to pick up the phone right away 9:30 to 11 Monday thru Friday and I'll be picking up tomorrow morning (Saturday, August 10.)

4.  I've made a media release about what we are doing that asks for help. I'll be posting it on later today, that's where I'm asking people to go who would like to make an online contribution for a Go Group scholarship or who would like to help me get our various activities transformed into a real, functioning non-profit. Again, call me if you have any questions. (303)861-1447.

Thanks to Russell, John, Toby, Steve, Don, Bill and all the others who have been helping with this recently, and to all those who have helped over the past nearly 20 years to get us to this point, again Bill, last year Sharon, Richard, Ken, Paul, Fran, Marilyn, Karl, Eustace, Tom, earlier David, Bill, Doug, Barbara, Polly, Dennis, John, and all the rest.

Our mission is to strengthen the grassroots in business and politics by helping people get a good start with a new career, a new business or a pivot with a new project or campaign.

If we are successful at an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, those who are attending are too busy to come back the next week. But hopefully they will join one of the Go Groups we are forming and/or they will join or start a Franklin Circle. If this spreads as we expect it to over the next few months, we believe it will help bring about a dramatic drop in the unemployment rate.  Will you help us? Again?

No RSVP is required, but it saves you a seat until the start of the meeting, which is sometimes very helpful. To save a seat for one of today's IDEA Cafes, or for next Tuesday's online meeting (limited to 7 who want to have a seat at the online virtual roundtable, but unlimited for those who want to just watch) to to PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED, OK? AN EASY WAY IS TO JUST FORWARD THIS EMAIL ALONG WITH YOUR NOTE. SEND IT TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NEED HELP, AND TO THOSE WHO MIGHT BE WILLING TO HELP US, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE GO GROUPS. THANKS!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Make a better 1st impression.

Great guest Monday on The Startup Show. Rick Bernstein is a theatre entrepreneur and he is now teaching presentation skills to business executives and job hunters. 

The Startup Show is on from 5 to 6 p.m. Mountai each Monday. You can see it live on YouTube Live Broadcasts and Google+ Live Hangouts or link on to watch live or to the recording immediatly after the broadcast. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Free IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops today (July 26) in Boulder and Denver/ forward?

This message was just sent out on Twitter @IDEACafe and @JohnSWren and it was also sent on Facebook.  Here's the message:

Free IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops today (July 26) Boulder 10 a.m., Denver 2 p.m.

Would you please take a minute right now, go to Twitter and/or Facebook and Re-Tweet or Share with your friends? Or just forward this email. Your friends who are really feeling like they need a boost at the end of a hard week will thank you. So will we if you'll let us know what you've done.  Thanks!

What's new with you? Please post news about yourself and your business on our Small Business Chamber Facebook Page. If you haven't yet please post an introduction of yourself there and then "Like" and "Share"

How may we be of service to you? Give me a call, I try and pick up the phone right away Monday thru Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or call me anytime and leave a message, I'll get back with you ASAP.
This life is short, let's get started!

John Wren

(303)861-1447  or 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Free Startup Workshops Friday

This Friday, July 26, IDEA Cafe 2-hour Startup Workshops. Free We share startup experience, ideas, and information. Boulder County, 10 a.m., Denver, 2 p.m. Invite us to organize a special session for your local chamber or other group. More information and optional RSVP at

Monday, July 15, 2013

Online IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop

Free tomorrow (Tuesday, July 16) check it out if you're starting or if you help those who are starting. See for more information about it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Join us on The Startup Show, live at 5 p.m. each Monday via this link or use the same link to listen to the recording as soon as the broadcast ends each week at 6 p.m. (Mountain Times.) Then the show continues via your comments right here or on the show's Facebook Page 

Watch The Startup Show, live here at 5 p.m. each Monday, or via recording here after live broadcast ends at 6 p.m. Continue with your comments and questions here or on our Facebook Page

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Special Guest Monday on The Startup Show

Mark your calendar now, you're going to not want to miss it!

Monday, 5 to 6 p.m. Mountain. Heard around the world via YouTube Live Broadcasts, Google+ Hangouts Live, and a link here, come back at show time!

For more about The Startup Show and how you can become a guest, see

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Starting? Want help? Join us right here for these live events! Or call The Startup Line now!

Tuesday, June 25, 4 to 5 p.m. Online IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, a live broadcast on Google+,  We share startup experience and brainstorm. RSVP to have a seat at the video roundtable, or just come back here or look on "Live Broadcasts" on either Google+ or YouTube. To be at the video round table RSVP at 

Monday, June 24, 5 to 6 p.m. The Startup Show, a live broadcast on Google+, we invite interesting guests to share their startup experience and answer your questions. To watch come back here or look on "Live Broadcasts" on either Google+ or YouTube. To post your questions that we'll answer on the show and for more about The Startup Show now see 

Can't wait? If you want help NOW call the Small Business Chamber's service The Startup Line 24/7, you'll be connected with someone who can help now. Also call if you are an accountant, lawyer, or consultant with experience with startup clients or if you are a small business owner with startup experience who would volunteer to talk with people who call for help. Call now (303)861-1447, if you get voice mail leave a complete, confidential message and then email

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Linked In

I just sent out a lot of invitations to become Linked In. If you didn't get one of my invitations and we aren't connected there (I'm John S Wren, manager of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce Inc group) please invite me, ok? 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Want free publicity?

Hope you'll introduce yourself and your company to us on your and I'll read it to our members worldwide, encourage them to check out what you've posted, on your weekly The Startup Show, If you have questions  call me. Thanks! John Wren (303)861-1447 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Upcoming free IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops

We share startup experience and brainstorm. Learn about our IDEA business creativity model, RSVP for an upcoming meeting at Want help starting a new session in cooperation with your local chamber or other group? Call John Wren at (303)861-1447

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Now broadcast each week on Mile Hi Radio, mark your calendar now. Mondays 5 to 6 p.m. Mountain on, for more information now click:   Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc., We create a Good Living* as we help others do the same.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Free Online Speakers. This is great! Take a look.

Great, free videos of University of Denver's Voices of Experience speakers,
including these CEO's:

*Howard Schultz, Starbucks
*Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines
*John Mackey, Whole Foods
*Michael Long, Arrow (my favorite)

Also DU's Cory Ciocchetti.

Take a look! Which is your favorite? (click here)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Starting? Want help?

Call The Startup Line. A volunteer will help you clarify what you want to do and what steps you can take today to just start! Call 303-861-1447. Also call if you are a CPA, consultant, or retired business owner who might like to volunteer to help. Please share! Thanks!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

  • Free IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop

    Friday, May 31, 2013
    2:00 PM to 
  • 950 BROADWAY, DENVERCO (edit map)
    Just south of downtown Denver. Free parking in parking lot on south side of building.
  • Get help to start in a new direction.
    We invite a couple of experienced business owners to share startup experience and we brainstorm.
    Join us when you aren't sure what you are going to do Monday morning. Life's too short for any of us to learn from just our own experience!

    Walk-ins welcome, we'll save a seat for you until the start of the meeting if you  RSVP where you'll also see a list of other upcoming IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops, and you'll get notices of future meetings.

Friday, May 24, 2013

We are trying something new...

We are opening up our site. If you want to start an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, go right ahead and list it, see

We'll talk about how this will work and why we are doing it on our free online IDEA Cafe Startup Google+ Hangout Tuesday at 4 p.m. Mountain. To reserve a seat around the video roundtable, RSVP on and we'll email you a link. If you just want to watch, come back here to this site for a link or search for it on Google+ or where it will be broadcast and that you'll be able to watch on demand after the live broadcast.

To participate, you need to be on Google+. See

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

John Wren in the Wall Street Journal

A big part of the problem (with startup today) is all the energy put into academic wantrapreneurship classes and the wantrapreneurship seminars sponsored by the various off shoots of the Small Business Administration. Amar Bhide in 1994 wrote The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses, a summary of personal interviews with founders of successful businesses, he found they, with rare exceptions, they just don’t start with market research and formal planning. Saras Sarasvarthy research has more recently found the same thing.
What would help? First, adoption of the book published last spring by Harvard Business Review Press,

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Startup Show, sponsored by your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, is on each Monday, 5 to 6 p.m. MST. Originates from the Five Points Media Center in Denver, Colorado, call in with your questions or announcements from anywhere in the world. More about the show on our Facebook Page,

Friday, May 17, 2013

Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop

We meet next Friday (May 24) at Tony's Market, 9th & Broadway here in Denver. Free parking in lot attached on south side. We share startup experience and brainstorm. Free, we just ask you to bring your brain for the brainstorming. No RSVP required, but an RSVP saves a seat for you until the start of the meeting. Other sessions, to see them all and to RSVP see Questions? Call John Wren on his cell phone (720)495-4949

Let us know if you'd like help starting an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop in cooperation with your local chamber of commerce or other group.

Friday, May 10, 2013

New! 24/7 Startup Line!

Your Small Business Chamber is now offering the Startup Line, call if you want help as you start in a new direction with your work. Also call if you are a C.P.A., lawyer, or experienced consultant who would be willing to volunteer to talk with those who call us. To get help or to volunteer call the Startup Line, (303)861-1447

Friday, May 3, 2013

Your a member of our Small Business Chamber of Commerce if you say you are. Introduce yourself to us on our Facebook Page. Post a very short video of yourself, we play highlights on The Startup Show each Monday. Post your video at  Already introduced yourself there? Come back when you update your elevator talk, share the new you!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Starting in a new direction with your work?
Starting a new career, project, campaign, or new business?
We share startup experience and brainstorm.
Free, we just ask you bring your brain for the brainstorming!
If we are successful, you'll be too busy to come back next week.
RSVP "No", you'll get invitations to future meetings;.
Online meetings, too.
We'd like to help you start a new meeting, 
9:30 to 11 a.m. any morning call (303)861-1447
then email

Monday, March 18, 2013

Today! Monday's Startup Show

Make this your best week ever. Doug Root will share how he got started and we'll talk with others from around the world. You? :). Call in to be on the show or post your question on our Facebook Page, details at

Friday, March 15, 2013

Changed meeting times/places

Our IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops are held at various times and placed, RSVP (no is ok) you'll get invitations to future meetings. When you get one RSVP and/or forward the invitation along to a friend or family member who you think might be interested. Http://

Call me if you have questions or if you would like us to offer an IDEA Cafe in cooperation with your local chamber or other group. John Wren (303)861-1447.

If you send email please call and let me know so Ill look for it in the flood of emails I get every day, I'll try and get back to you right away.

Friday, February 15, 2013

New cover picture here was take of Lake Granby from Arapahoe Bay, south east end of the lake.

Charlie Kiefer, co-author of Just Start was interviewed by our founder John Wren for his radio show that aired last Monday. For more about the show and a link to last Monday's show and interview with Charlie, see

Friday, February 8, 2013

Focus helps if your LOGOS is inspired, otherwise you're just digging the hole deeper. Need a fresh start? Join us for one of our free IDEA Café Startup Workshops. We meet this afternoon (Friday, February 8) at Tony's, 950 Broadway here in Denver, other meetings forming in metro-Denver now, across Colorado soon, and eventually around the world we hope.

If you'd like to start a new IDEA Café Startup Workshop in cooperation with your local chamber of commerce or other group, contact us for more information or just attend an IDEA Café. Not in Denver? Online IDEA Café each Friday afternoon for those who might like to start a new IDEA Café or Franklin Circle Peer Group, see

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Check out our Facebook Page, now 4000+ Likes! Just posted links to very interesting article about startup and small groups, yesterday posted link to our radio show The Startup Show which yesterday was a workshop on the entertainment business. See

Friday, January 18, 2013

What to do this weekend, starting today!

@westwordculture IDEA Cafe #Startup Workshop, 1:30p today, Fri, 1/18. Share experience, brainstorm. Free. Http:// #denver RT

Just posted on Twitter. Please Re-Tweet. You friends will thank you, so will we if you will let us know what you've done.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lunch today (Jan 17)?

Here in Denver we're celebrating Ben Franklin's birthday with a Dutch lunch at Beau Jo's, and we will talk about Ben on my radio show next Monday. More info about both, RSVP "no" if you can't make it today but you'd like to get on the invitation list, at

How are you celebrating Ben Franklin's birthday today?

The celebration at Denver's North High School was front page news here in Colorado in 2008, it was part of a Presidential debate.

Happy birthday Ben Franklin!

Do you use Twitter?

Copy, Tweet this, help us make #Bens307th trend:

#Bens307th let's make it trend. At least RT this, say "happy birthday Ben." RT

Monday, January 14, 2013

Second Act Careers

Live longer and enjoy life more. Wear out don't rust out. Do what? Right now check out

Monday, January 7, 2013

This is a firemark, a symbol tacked on the front of houses that were paying their fair share, assured that the local fire department would do their duty.

Today fire protection is a universal government service. No so in Ben Franklin's Philadelphia.

Franklin's birthday is January 17. We are finalizing plans for a celebration here in Denver, probably a lunch.

If you'd like an invitation, RSVP at Bring your own firemark. :)
Join us this afternoon (Monday, Jan 7) for our Business After Hours Monday-- The Startup Show. We invite guests who share about various aspects of startup, small business, and creating a Good Living. Call in to be on the show, or join us in the studio, we broadcast from the Five Points Media Center, 2900 Welton here in Denver. We're on the air each Monday from 5 to 6 p.m., go to

You can see a previous show posted just to the right here on this page.

Have you introduced yourself and your business to us on our Facebook Page? Also come back to post news about you and what you are doing, and to comment on your experience with what others are sharing. Then "Like" and "Share" with your Facebook friends, see

Our free IDEA Café Startup Workshops are designed to give you a boost as you head in a new direction. We share startup experience and use a brainstorming technique to help you look at your problem or opportunity in a new light. New groups are forming, we'll help you start a new group in cooperation with your local chamber or other group. See

Our founder and CEO John Wren is glad to meet with you to discuss how your participation in our Small Business Chamber can help you achieve you business goals. To schedule a time to talk with him, click on the "Set Appointment" green button to the right on this page, then the button for a free appointment. It only takes a few seconds to set the appointment, do it now, while it's on your mind.

This life is short, let's get started!