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Saturday, December 26, 2015

New! Join with people across the US and around the world in an Online Franklin Circle.

New for 2016! Online Franklin Circles that will connect you with people across the US and around the world who are starting a similar career, project, campaign, or new business, and with experts who might be able to help you.

To be invited do two things: 1) If you are not already familiar with us check us out by looking at what's been posted online, attend one of our face-fo-face meetings if you can, call John Wren (303)861-1447 and ask any questions you might have, then click below and tell us what you think about what we are doing.

This link will take you to the listing for us on Google Search. If you like what we are doing, have heard good things, have been helped, etc. please give us a rating and make a comment. If you don't like what we are doing, please call John Wren (303)861-1447. Thanks!

After you've posted your review, you'll be contacted with info about #2, introducing yourself and your business online with a short video. (click)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Get help now on our Startup Line

From our Founder, John S Wren:

To get help by talking with someone who has already done it as you begin thinking about starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business, first join us, it's free! Just "Like" and "Share" after you post a status update introducing yourself and your business on our Small Business Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page:

Questions now? Call the Startup Line. (303)861-1447 Want to volunteer to have calls about startup forwarded to you to answer? Call the Startup Line (303)861-1447 and ask to speak to me personally after you have read my  little book about startup, 99-cents or free on Amazon, search there for John Wren Daring Mighty Things." 

We cooperate with some local chambers, associations, service clubs, community newspaper and magazine publishers, and others who share our passion for strengthening the grassroots, the voice of the common person, in business and politics. But we affiliate with no one, we are self supporting through our own contributions. 


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Help to start, from Inspiration to Action!

Want help starting? 

Call the Startup Line (303)861-1447 or attend a free IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, see link to our site on 

Life's short, start now!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Want Good Money?

What is Good Money?  EF Schumacher in his book Small is Beautiful says Good Work means that every one involved in a business earns Good Money (owners, managers, workers, everyone), that everyone learns from the work itself, and that the customers are delighted.

Our purpose is to do Good Work and to help others do Good Work, too.

Our SBCC Method is composed of 4 Practices: Recovery, Imagination, Thinking, and Learning. We have free meetings to help newcomers and experienced members.

If you'd like to know more, attend one of our activities online or face-to-face. All of our face-to-face meetings are in Colorado now, but that will change soon.

For more info and optional RSVP see:

Questions? Call John Wren (303)861-1447

Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Join us! We do Good Work and help others to do Good Work, too.
Goal now: A new Socrates Cafe on every Colorado College Campus.
Membership is free, just Like and Share our Facebook Page, check it out: Questions? (303)861-1447



HOW MAY WE HELP YOU? CALL (303)861-1447

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Grassroots Rules. : Better? Better for who Better Colorado?

Grassroots Rules. : Better? Better for who Better Colorado?

SBCC Practices & Free Meetings.

The Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Method for Starting and Growing Your Career or Your Business is comprised of our SBCC Four Practices:

Imagination: IDEA Cafe. 
Clear Thinking: Socrates Cafe. 
Recovery: Root & Branch. 
Learning: Go+Group/ Franklin Circle. 

More info and optional RSVP (walkins welcome) at 

"We do Good Work and help others do Good Work, too." 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Star Marketeer?

The strong eat the week. The fast eat the slow. Get stronger, faster, with the SBCC Startup Method: 

Think (Socrates Cafe), Imagine (IDEA Cafe), Learn (Go+ Group), Recover (Root & Branch) to attend for free, see http://  Twitter @IDEACafe Facebook/Small.Business.Chamber 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Spiritual Startup

Root & Branch Beginner's Meeting. Each Monday, 4:30 pm, 1311 York St,, 3rd floor, Denver, CO. Free. More about it and other of our free meetings at  

"Great change requires life long learning, but school is optional." Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+AGDM+

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Practice clear, sober thinking!

Tonight! Socrates Cafe @ DU. Free.
More info about it and our other meetings

To become a member of SBCC:
1.  Say you are a member.
2.  Attend 3 of our free meetings.
3.  Join and then start a Go+ Group.
4.  Be recognized at our next 1/17

Born 1/17/1706, Ben Franklin Lives!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Startup Show, Friday, Nov 20

On today's show: Overview of the SBCC Startup Method:


To be on the show call John Wren Monday (303)861-1447

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Interested in 12-steps and spiritual startup?

Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Startup Method:

Want to learn more about startup?
Join us one Monday afternoon for
Root & Branch Open Discussion Meeting:

Help us to invite other people, print and post:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Socratic Startup +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: Socratic Startup: I've been working with startups since before it was popular. Today, there are startup weekend, workshops, consultants, college classes...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Meetups Calendar

We update this each week. Contact us if you want your Meetup listed or if you have any questions, call (303)861-1447 

Membership in your Small Business Chamber is still free, just introduce yourself and/or your company on our Facebook Page, then "Like" and "Share" see our Facebook Page at

Connect with us on Twitter @IDEACafe

More about us at or call (303)861-1447 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Introduce yourself and/or your business, free!

Post a video of your elevator talk on our Small Business Chamber Facebook Page, see John Wren's a couple of posts back on  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Misinformation on startup.

Why the sharp drop in rate of new business formation? @SBA Gov help is the problem, not the solution. See Twitter @JohnSWren and @IDEACafe

We will discuss this on the Startup Show next Friday, and that afternoon at Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. I've invited the authors of this article to join us, and you can too, RSVP on Eventbright or on  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Early exit?

On this week's Startup Show we'll discuss the other side of startup: exit, when to plan it, how to do it, and the concept of early exit.

If you'd be willing to be a guest on the show call John Wren (303)861-1447

John Wren's Startup Show, each Friday, 10 a.m. MDT, see link on

Sponsored by your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. "Life's short, start now!"

Friday, October 9, 2015 +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: Today's Startup Show +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: Today's Startup Show: John Wren's Startup Show, live here each Friday, 10 a.m. or here by recording after the live show. The topics this week: Denver Start...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This week instead of Startup Show, a webinar: How to start? Problem/ Solution SBCC: The Problem: Declining innovation, productivity and standard of living because of greatly diminished  dynamism  and vitalism brought ab...

Free membership!

To be a member today or any day post a short introduction for yourself or your business on our Facebook Page, then Like and Share the Page. Http:// 

Friday, September 11, 2015

John Wren's Startup Show

JohnWren's Startup Show How would Jesus start a business?

Startup Show

Live at 10 a.m., after that via recording on:

Startup Show at 10 a.m. MDT

You can find today's show on Google+ Live Hangouts or YouTube Live Events at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, or come back here to this page at 10 for a link to the show. The link will also work for the show anytime after that for a recording of today's half-hour. To be a guest on the show next week call (303)861-1447

Join us this afternoon here in Denver for the IDEA Cafe Startup Praxis. It's from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, no RSVP necessary walk-ins are welcome. Look for John Wren with his beard and red cap, usually in front of the fireplace. Check it and the other activities of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce out on our Facebook Page, introduce yourself to us there and if you Like and Share the Page you are a member.

For more about our activities see

To become a member post an intro of yourself, Like and Share on

This life is very short, let's get started!

Who is on your team?

The program Jesus gave us:

Love God
Love your team. (You and the coach are part of the team.)

When we do this we live a Good Life. The 10 commandments are a description of the Good Life, not a prescription.

Love God, love your team, and do what you want.

Loving God and my team helps me see what I want and what good I can do today. I just start, trusting that the little I can do today with God's help is enough. I learn as much as I can from what I do and from others,  if needed adjust what I want, then repeat tomorrow. I keep doing this until my True Self (loves God, Loves team) gets what it wants. 

General Stanley McChrystal's book Team of Teams and more about how to love your team on today's Startup Show, on Google+ Live Hangouts and YouTube Live Events at 10 a.m. MDT or via a link that goes up here then which also allows you to see a recording of the show anytime after the live broadcast is finished.

"Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor." Luke 6: 42 in The Message translation.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Grassroots Rules. : Show your colors for the Colorado Caucus!

Grassroots Rules. : Show your colors for the Colorado Caucus!: Our Colorado Caucus is the best chance the common person has of serving in elected public office. That's one of the reasons so many ...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

This Friday (9/4) on The Startup Show: The Best Networking Activity in Colorado!

Watch from right here, The Startup Show is live Friday's 10 a.m., or come back any time after that to watch the recording.

Want to be on the show? Call John Wren (303)861-1447.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: The Startup Show 8/14/15 +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: The Startup Show 8/14/15:

Today, books that have been important to getting to this point, and more about what this point looks like and the road ahead. To be on the show to share your experience with us from in front of your webcam, call John Wren (303)861-1447

Tonight! Socrates Cafe: Philosophy of Startup & New Thought.

Group chooses final topic, but I'm going to suggest the topic tonight (Sat, 9/15) of the philosophy of Startup and it's connection to New Thought, in honor of Denver Startup Week which is almost here and a book I've been reading about the history of what some call New Thought.

Or you may have a better idea for a topic, if so, great! Bring it and we'll let the group decide, as always. There is never a final, pronounced topic. We want to share our own thinking, informed by our reading, the meeting is not just taking turns reading and reciting to each others the thinking others have written down.

Check out tonight's Socrates Cafe at DU and the other meetings on our Meetup site, where you can also RSVP yes or no if you want to get an invitation to future Socrates Cafes in Colorado. See or call (303)861-1447 with any questions.


John S. Wren, MBA+
Founder & Facilitator
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc and
Colorado Socrates Cafe Society

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Startup Show 8/14/15 +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: The Startup Show 8/14/15: Today, books that have been important to getting to this point, and more about what this point looks like and the road ahead. To be on the show as a guest to talk about your startup experience call John Wren at (303)861-1447

Friday, July 31, 2015

Join us!

To be a member, just "Like" and "Share" after you have introduced yourself and/or your business as a status update on our 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to start a new business.

How do you start a new business?

The short answer: Get a customer.

Of course there is more to it than that. Usually there is the decision to be in business. Then preparation. Then selling the first customer. 

This is not a linear process. Some may be on the step of making a decision until they die without ever starting anything. Or some who have definitely made up their mind spend their life getting ready.

And some start with seemingly no decision and no preparation. But if you get them alone and listen carefully you can here some moment when a decision is made, often with the preparation already in place.

A very, very successful business person told me this moment happened on a ski lift, the preparation had already taken place with education and job experience he suddenly saw. Until that moment he'd never thought of being in business for himself. Getting fired or treated poorly in some other way by an employer often has this effect.

The best book for people who are starting? Just Start, Harvard Business Review Press.  Go to Amazon, search on Just Start. While you are there take a look at my little book, very simple, talks about the four phases of startup, search for it on Amazon with my name John Wren Daring Mighty Things.

This life, this day, is very short. Let's go get started! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Starting? Want to start? A new career? A new project or campaign? Or a new business?

Each Friday, watch The Startup Show on, in the afternoon in Denver you can meet with John Wren at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant near the Capitol for the IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop and Praxis Incubator, for more about it and optional RSVP see  For more information call John Wren at (303)861-1447 on MONDAY to talk with him right away, or any time 24/7 to leave a message and he'll get back with you ASAP

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Do you have a good story?

Have a good startup story? That your willing to share? Would you be a guest this week on The Startup Show? Call or Tweet @JohnSWren (303)861-1447 after you post intro of yourself and/or what you have started on

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Want to start? New work, a new project or campaign, or a new business?

Maybe you've lost a job or just lost your enthusiasm for what you are doing now.

Or maybe you've got a bright idea and the boss won't listen or for some other reason you want to be the one to bring others along and make your dream a reality.

Then you might find an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop helpful.

Or if you need to recover, to get back up on your feet first you might find a Root & Branch meeting helpful.

Or maybe your just curios. What ever the reason, check out the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc 

+ Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+ AGDM+ on Meetup then come to a meeting  (they are all free) see link to on or on our Facebook Page or on Twitter @IDEACafe 

But please, do it now! This Life is short, let's get started!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Starting a new career? Or do you help those who are? Join us for an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop

 A free, open gathering to share career startup experience, information and new ideas.

Model group each Friday in Denver just a block from the Capitol from 2 to 3:30 pm. 

After you've attended once or twice we will give you help to start a similar group with your local chamber and/or your local community newspaper. 

Questions? Check this out, if you can't find an answer call (303)861-1447. Http://  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Who are your precinct committee people?

Want to make a difference in 2016? Start now. Call your county or state party headquarters, find out the names and addresses of your precinct leaders and district captain, then go and knock on the doors, offer to help on your block or in your building. For more see 

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Startup Show 4/24/15 Recover!

John Wren's The Startup Show, on each Friday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mountain, or by recording here after the live broadcast.

Today our topic is recovery.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Be on The Startup Show!

The Startup Show is on each Friday, 10 a.m. Mountain. No RSVP necessary, but if you do you might be invited to be on the show as part of the video roundtable one week soon.

For more about The Startup Show and the other Small Business Chamber activities see Questions? Call (303)861-1447

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Startup weekend?

Life's short, let's connect now!

Get what you want by connecting our Small Business Chamber and your local chamber. 

How? Tell me what you want and I'll tell you exactly how this new, free program will get it for you. Special free offer limited to this weekend (Sat/Sun, Apr 11-12) 

Right now call me, John Wren, leave a complete, confidential message about what you are doing and what you want, and I'll call you back before the end of the day. Call now  (303)861-1447.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

You can still join your Small Business Chamber of Commerce for free!

As we get under way, you are a non-voting member of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce if you say you are and tell the world by either your "Like" and "Share" on our Facebook Page and/or by becoming a member of our Meetup Page and tell us about yourself and your business

Changes in our membership structure a coming soon. If you might be willing to be an ambassador for us in your local area with your local chamber, local community newspaper, local community college, and other groups, please call John Wren for more information. Best time to reach him is from 9:30 to 10:15 Mountain Daylight Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Call John at (303)861-1447. If you get the voice mail, leave a complete, confidential message.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Startup Show

Are you starting a new career? A new project or campaign? Or a new business?

Make a note on your calendar now to check back here each Friday at 10 a.m. Mountain time for The Startup Show.

John Wren interviews interesting guests and shares information of interest to people who are starting in a new direction with their work.

To be on the show call (303)861-1447.

You can also watch the show on Google+ Live Hangouts and YouTube Live Events.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Do you need a speaker?
Or are you a speaker looking for engagements?
Do volunteer work, or looking for a volunteer?
Need your next good customer?

List yourself in our new SBCC Membership Directory and Resource Guide. It's free! Then you can see what services others have offered. Do it now, only takes about 5 minutes if you keep your answers short.

To answer go to

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New! History of SBCC start

John Wren is Tweeting with #SBCCHist each day, combining SNCC history with memories of how his father John E Wren (see his FaceBook Page) started. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

John Wren talks about Google+ Hangouts

Today! Friday, 3/20 The Startup Show

We are on each Friday, live at 10 am to talk about startup. Today Karl Dakin is on the show.

Listed here on our Goole+ page as an event. To be on the show call (303)861-1447

Want to start? Here's help:

Download this little book from Amazon Kindle, read it, then get started! If it wasn't helpful, your money will be refunded, no questions asked. 

When you get under way, send us your startup story, we may publish it in our revised edition, and you may be invited to our press conference and launch party.

Here's the link to Amazon:

Sunday, March 15, 2015 Start!: Real recovery. Start!: Real recovery.:   Guest Columns WREN: ADVICE TO EVERYONE FROM TEA PARTY MEMBERS TO VETERAN ACTIVISTS Real recovery after this year’s election begi...

Friday, March 6, 2015

Starting? Free workshop.

If you're starting in a new direction with your work, starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business, join us for an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. The only cost is a willingness to share your own startup experience and ideas with the others who attend.

Each Friday afternoon there is a model group in Denver, Colorado from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Attend when you are starting or when you want to consider starting an IDEA Cafe in your neighborhood.

More info and listing of some of the other sessions (your new meeting if you'll let us know about it) is on our Meetup site Check it out!


Monday, March 2, 2015

What have you read?

Our founder John Wren has asked what books have been most meaningful. Take a minute, check it out. See the books others are mentioning and post your own. See 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Listen to win! Start!: Listen to win!: Do you communicate with customers? With co-workers? Employees? Communication is 93% non-verbal. Watch this, improve what you receive when ...

Friday, February 20, 2015 Start!: The Startup Show 2/11/15 Start!: The Startup Show 2/11/15: Today we talk about reunions, the WSJ Billion Dollar Startup Club , and strengthening the most powerful tool for healthy grassroots. Join ...

The Startup Show 2/20/15

Today's edition of The Startup Show

Your comments here about the show after it airs would be appreciated.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Introducing Google My Business

I just posted this comment on this video:

OK. I'm ready to admit that my being gun shy about Google+ is my own fault, I'm going to devote time to mastering it. And YouTube. And Blogger. I use them all, am master of none. Has anyone put together a series of video that would be good for me to start with? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. I'm going to write about the experience on my ( hosted) blog 

Help the homeless do Good Work.

If you are feel you are being called to help a homeless person get back on his or her feet and to start in a new direction with their work life, check out our Facebook Page, post your reaction to what we are suggesting

In Denver? Attend our Capitol Hill IDEA Café Startup Workshop next Friday where this will be discussed in more detail.

Questions? Contact our founder John Wren or (303)861-1447

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Want to start a restaurant?

Have you seen the Restaurant Startup Show? Check it out  Your comment here about it or on our SBCC FaceBook Page would be very welcome.

Also, while you are on our FaceBook Page post an intro and link to yourself and/or your business. See  or call us (303)861-1447 for info about the free help we can offer you to start a new IDEA Café Startup Workshop in your community.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Startup Show

Each Friday we talk startup. Join us live via this link at 10 a.m. Mountain, or watch the recording any time.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Free One-Time Denver Startup Workshop Each Friday.

If we are successful you'll be too busy to come back next week!

Are you starting a new career, project or campaign, or a new business? (Or do you work with  people who are starting in a new direction? If so be sure to check out the PS at bottom of this message.)

Then join us tomorrow (Fri, 1/30) or any Friday, Panera Bread Café, 13th & Grant, 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more info and optional RSVP see or call (303)861-1447

We guarantee to change your life in 90 minutes. How? We share startup experience and we use a powerful brainstorming technique for generating fantastic new ideas focused on your startup issue. It's not only fun, we promise it will be your most productive two hours this week, maybe ever, or your  money back. :-)

The only cost is your willingness to share some of your startup experience (we've all started something, if nothing else school, a romance, a family, etc) and what else are you doing in the middle of Friday afternoon?

From out of town? If you're in Denver for the day and can squeeze us in, creative C.P.A.s might look at your ski trip in a different light. :-) Also, we'll help you start a similar group when you get back home in cooperation with your local chamber or other group.

Can't make it tomorrow? Right now, while it's on your mind, RSVP for the next week or two.

And don't forget to take just a minute to put us on your calendar.

Questions? Can't wait to get a new idea about startup? Call John Wren (303)861-1447

Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
What are you being called to start now?

PS  Do you work with people who are starting in a new direction with their work life? Feel free to forward this along, and accompany your client to the meeting or come and get the benefit of the brainstorming for your clients topic.

Introduce yourself and/or your business on our Facebook Page:

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Check out our Facebook Page, interesting 31 minute video, let's discuss at our IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop next Friday. While you are there, post an introduction of yourself and/or your business.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Be on The Startup Show

To be on The Startup Show, go to

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Get help online or face-to-face

Check out our new flier, share it online with your friends who might be interested.

Real help for people who really want to start, 5280 Magazine says we've helped to infuse Denver with an entrepreneurial spirit. .

Now we're looking for a few good people to help us start new meetings across Colorado and across the country. If you're interested, please call John Wren (303)861-1447