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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!