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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Business in One Lesson.

What is the lesson?

Fred Beisser:   Pilot ejecting from a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Flying Team F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Mountain Home AFB. One has to know when to pull the plug and get out; similar to recognizing a failing business.

Here's the same lesson in song:

Friday, December 30, 2016

Time to bail?

For over 20 years IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops have been a place to go when we weren't sure what we were going to do Monday morning. Time for emergency corrective actions? 

Join us for (the last?) IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop special meeting this afternoon at 3 pm and/or open house from 4:30 until they kick us out at 5 or so. (Panera closing early today) for more and optional rsvp for IDECafe today or next Friday (if we still are meeting) at and for more about what possibly happens Monday morning for me (and you if you RSVP there, yes or no) see 

Startup Show today (Fri, 1/30) will have the topic of "emergency measures" listen live an noon on the Startup Show Facebook Page or anytime after via recording, Judy Google John Wren Startup Show. 

If you'd like to start a transpartisan Caucus Club in your neighborhood just do it! Start right now! For help, or to share about your new Caucus Club on next week's Startup Show call John Wren (303)861-1447.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Turning data into dollars.

College professor lecture: What is Entrepreneurship? DANGER!

John Wren's comment on this video's YouTube station:

WARNING: This short lecture is very much in line with what is taught in college classrooms across the country now, the startup approach first promoted by the Small Business Administration in 1953 and repeated by them ever since.

Problem is, it is not the way new businesses actually start. If it was the wealth of nations would benefit more from a planned economy that a market economy, lots of data to prove this just is not the case.

 For a more helpful way to think about start up see Amar Bhide's The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses, , Oxford University Press. Bhide's book provided the uncited theoretical underpinnings for the very practical and useful Harvard Business Review Press's book a few years back Just Start by Len Schlesinger and Charlie Kiefer.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Can't find a good job? Read this! PLEASE SHARE


How John Wren can help you get a good job fast!

"John Wren has infused Denver with an entrepreneurial spirit." 5280 Magazine
For more endorsements see

SOMETIMES the best next step towards starting a new business is to get a job in the direction of your dreams. This week on the Startup Show: "How to get a good job fast."

NEW TIME! Now the Startup Show is on each Friday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time instead of noon. Watch it live for a morning break or watch the recorded version during lunch or anytime.

WATCH LIVE or later by recording via link posted here just prior to 10:30 a.m. each Friday.

OTHER FREE HELP for people starting in a new direction with their work, starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business:

FRIDAY:  Startup Show, 10:30 a.m.; IDEA Cafe, 4:30 p.m., Socrates Cafe, 6 p.m.
SATURDAY: Socrates Cafe @ University of Denver, 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Root & Branch, open discussion about the 12-steps and meditation.

FOR MORE information see All times MST.

QUESTIONS? Best way to get your questions answered is to attend one of these free meetings in the next week here in Denver. If that's impossible call, leave a complete message, and John will get back to you with an answer by no later than the next morning. 

Call now, while it is on your mind:  (303)861-1447

Friday, December 16, 2016

Startup Show, live each Friday at noon mst.
This week:  SBCC Startup Method.
To be on the show call John at (303)861-1447

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New! Free Startup Weekend!

First attend one of our free meetings in Denver:

Mondays: Root & Branch-- How to Bounce After Set Back with 12-Steps and Meditation. 

Fridays: IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop

Saturdays: Socrates Cafe

More on our Meetup site, optional rsvp, most dont, see or call (303)861-1447

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Startup Show: Action Class in Practical Politics

Hyper-local Neighborhood Caucus Clubs Being Organized.


From: Save the Caucus.

Contact: John Wren, cell (720)495-4949

October 20, 2016

Hyper-local Neighborhood Caucus Clubs Being Organized.
“Fresh leadership is always needed in both major political parties, so we will help them both.”

Denver—Save the Caucus, a Colorado political committee formed this year to fight what has become Propositions 107 and 108, today announced a project for hyper-local civic education to increase informed participation in the Colorado Caucus in 2018. (303)861-1447

Making the announcement long-time community activist John Wren said, "Hyper-local neighborhood Caucus Clubs will be promoted through and local community newspapers. Caucus Clubs will welcome new neighbors and invite everyone in the neighborhood to social events and educational activities in the neighborhood, in cooperation with local chambers, local community newspapers, service clubs, etc. 

"Caucus Clubs will not take political positions, except on legislation that effects the Colorado Caucus, nor will we endorse candidates or issues. Like the Denver City Club (I'm a former member and past President) our purpose will be 'to inform not reform.' We will cooperate with everyone interested in strengthening the grassroots in business and politics, and we will inform newcomers of their precinct committee people for both major political parties and we will give them subscription information for local publications and performing arts groups," said Wren

 "We are going to need a lot of help to make this happen. Anyone who'd like to be a part of it is encouraged to check out the Caucus Clubs link on or or go directly to Those who like the idea are asked to Tweet us @IDEACafe or @BuildBetterCO."


Save the Caucus is a Colorado political committee. 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 80210 (303)861-1447 John Wren is the registered agent. He co-founded the 2002 Save the Caucus which defeated the Caucus-killer Amendment 29 60% 40%  despite being outspent 1400 to 1. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Free Membership

Just post introduction of you/ your business on, then "Like" and "Share" the page. Welcome!

Politics and business? Unaffiliated?

When asked "who do you like for President," True-Unaffiliated voters say, "there is a reason it is a secret ballot. I don't ask, and I don't tell." 

And after the election, they try to help whoever is elected. It's not only good for business. It's good for our country.

True-Unaffiliated voters say "No" to Colorado Caucus killing Propositions 107 and 108. They know it helps their neighbors who are active Republicans or Democrats control their party leaders and to vet candidates so that, unlike this year, the best possible candidates from both major parties end up on the general election ballot.

Save the Caucus, a Colorado political committee,, John Wren and Scott Shires registered agents, urge you to vote no on Propositions 107 and 108. If you'd like to express your opposition it could make a big difference in defeating the multi-million dollar, misleading campaign of the powerful forces pushing these mistaken measures from the shadows.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Startup Show: SBCC Startup Method. Best networking event in Colorado.

Now is the time if you want to get ready for 2018 networking event. It could start for you right now by sharing this with your social media friends, emailing it to a few people in your neighborhood or where you work. They will thank you, so will we if you'll let us know!

Want to discuss anything talked about here? Join us for the LoDo Denver
IDEA Cafe, see comment below for more about it. Rerun, but still relevant.

What are you going to do today?

"Life obliges me to do something, so I paint." ~ Rene Magritte from Twitter just now. 

Does life have obligations? Is one of them to do something? If so: What do you do?

Topic for LoDo IDEA Cafe tonight? 

No, better question for Socrates Cafe, 6 pm right after 4:30 IDEA Cafe (Meetup/Small-Biz-Chamber). Or bring whatever is on your mind for Socrates Cafe, not something that is a settled question for you, but an honest question, something you are open minded about as this area is for me. More info, rsvp and we will save a seat, http://Meetup.Com/Colorado-Socrates-Cafe-Society  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don't retire, rewire!

Are you starting to think about retirement? Stop! Think about rewirement instead! Topic on Startup Show tomorrow (Fri, 10/14) noon MDT, and LoDo Denver IDEA Cafe, 4:30 p.m. MDT, LoDo Panera, 16th & Market, more about them and optional rsvp (if we do we'll save a seat at IDEA Cafe, but walkins are welcome) or call John Wren (303)861-1447


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Action Class in Practical Politics

We are doing a new educational 90-minute workshop Action Class in Practical Politics, check it out! Http:// 

Friday, October 7, 2016

What's love got to do with it?

Next Friday (Oct 14) at noon MDT the Startup Show will address the question: "What does love have to do with business and politics?"

To join us on the show next Friday or any Friday rsvp yes or no, let us know in your rsvp comment a teaser about the startup story you'd like to share, and we will give you a call to schedule a date.

Watch this Friday's show live or later, then post a comment right here if you'd like to get a discussion started about some aspect of what is said on the show. Or join us at a Socrates Cafe and suggest whatever is on your mind there as a topic. Partial list of Socrates Cafes here in Colorado (let me know if you'd like me to add yours) at

John S. Wren, MBA+ 
1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501
Denver, CO 80210  "Just start!"  "SBCC Startup Method!" "Save the Caucus!"

(303)861-1447 cell (720)3495-4949

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Socrates Cafe?

Read Chris Phillips book "Socrates Cafe," then start a group in your neighborhood. 

Want to attend another group first? Free, open groups if you search on Google, or when you are in Colorado check out one of ours, see 

Want help finding or starting a Socrates Cafe? Call us, a volunteer will get back with you as quickly as possible. Call and leave a confidential message on (303)861-1447

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Help wanted.

We just posted a notice on Linked In, we want to hire someone to help us with our Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc Group there, and also this site.

If you know anyone who might help us, please forward this along, ok?

John Wren

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Curious? Join us for a Duffy Roll Wednesday.

Find out more about your Small Business Chamber of Commerce Wednesdays at 10 am, RTD University of Denver Station. Tomorrow (Wed, 9/28) meet DU alum Nick Alt, owner of Duffy Roll Cafes and sample one of his delicious, world famous DUFFY ROLLS, ONE OF THE REASONS SO MANY ARE MOVING TO COLORADO! 

Call me if you have any questions or if you'd like to bring the Duffy Rolls next week and have us highlight you and/or your business. John Wren (720)495-4949  

Sunday, September 25, 2016 One phone call at a time, we will Save the Caucus!: Don't let them AstroTurf the Colorado grassroots!/... One phone call at a time, we will Save the Caucus!: Don't let them AstroTurf the Colorado grassroots!/...: Vote NO on Colorado Propositions 107 and 108 (new numbers now they are on the ballot, were Initiatives 98 and 140) they will kill our wonder...

Neighborhood Caucus Club YES or NO?

SBCC Startup Method: Recover-Imagine-Think-Ed; to Start-Grow-Flourish.

Free to join, you are a member when you join us by introducing yourself to us on our Facebook Page and/or our Meetup Page, then LIKE and SHARE with your friends. 

Our Facebook Page: Http:// 

Our Meetup Page (Denver now, soon in your city if you become a Neighborhood ambassador for SBCC Startup Method) 

Virtual now, soon Hyper-local bricks and mortar with a home-office, monthly newsletter and alarm clock party, and annual civic education class for newcomers in every neighborhood.

Recruiting neighborhood ambassadors, to be eligible include your state, county and telephone number in your introduction, then expect a telephone call to invite you to a free lunch or dinner where the details will be explained. 

When we call be ready to answer this question, we will simply say "Neighborhood Caucus Club, yes or no?" If you say anything other than YES we will hang up and not bother you again. If you have any questions call John Wren now (303)861-1447 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Socrates Cafe

Have you attended a Socrates Cafe? Google "Socrates Cafe", then attend and sharpen your thinking skills. Here in Denver a Socrates Cafe is held each Saturday evening at the University of Denver, each Tuesday at Trinity Church, and each Friday at LoDo Panera, for more see  No rsvp required, most don't until after their first meeting or two.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Startup Show: How to Meditate.

(FRI) 4:30 P.M. FOR LODO DENVER IDEACafe. For more info, optional
rsvp, see or call (303)861-1447 to leave
a message for John Wren.

IDEA Cafe Today!

Each Friday LoDo Denver IDEA Cafe, free and open to anyone starting in a new direction, see Meetup/Small-Biz-Chamber Also, new Go+ Group starting online, limited to 1st 3 people to rsvp, same Meetup site.

Friday, September 9, 2016

FREE today! IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop.

Each Friday LoDo Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, LoDo Panera Bread, 16th & Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Today: The Power of One in America. Joint meeting with new Friends of the Newcomer to Neighborhood Caucus Clubs. Free. No rsvp required walk-ins are welcome.

Have idea, thinking of forming a corporation? Stop! Here's why:

It is best to not form a corporation until you've discussed your business idea with your CPA, and never go further than the first sale without connecting with a good CPA. For more see John Wren's little book on startup click here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Today, Wednesday, 10 am free Duffyrolls

Join us for a mid-morning break! At RTD University of Denver Lightrail Station. No rsvp, no speaker, just say hi, get a Duffyroll, copy of local community newspaper, and Go! Join us today?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Startup Show: "Starting a career in politics."

Each Friday at noon MDT we talk about startup, starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business. To be a guest call (303)861-1447 Click here 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Test: Caucus? What do you think?

Test Discussion Question:
(Please Tweet w/ your answer using #2018ColoradoCaucus)

This is a test. Please Tweet your comment using #2018ColoradoCaucus, ok?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Spiritual Startup?

Interested in spiritual way of startup?  Monday, 4:30 pm, Root & Branch, 1311 York St., #Denver 

For all our free instructional meetings held each week in Denver and help starting hyper-local groups in your neighborhood in cooperation with your local chamber and local community newspaper see our Meetup site: or call John Wren (303)861-1447 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Free Membership in August

No credit card, just post an introduction of yourself on our Facebook Page, then Like and Share the Page.

Call John Wren and leave a voice mail message telling him what you've done and he'll invite you to the next luncheon meeting in your area for our Hyper-local neighborhood ambassadors.

Post, Like, and Share now,  For a free copy of the Kindle edition of John Wren's book about startup Tweet an announcement of your joining us @IDEACafe 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Startup Show: 2nd Friday Topic-- Selling.

IDEA Cafe: Today we'll share sales experience and brainstorm specific problems in selling.

We'll share sales experience, if you want more good customers or your first good customer, join us. 

I'll start:

Great salesman told me one time to focus on good prospects, the 2% who close on the first call. What's a good prospect? If you are in the tire business, the great salesman told me, a great prospect is a guy in his car in a driving rainstorm with four flat tires. What is a great prospect in your business? Topic this afternoon at Small Business Chamber's IDEA Cafe 

LoDo Denver Socrates Cafe, more info about it and other free SBCC meetings at or call John Wren (303)861-1447

PLEASE SHARE : Release: PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE TO KICK OFF NEW EFFO... : Release: PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE TO KICK OFF NEW EFFO...: Announcement today. Release will be posted below after the live release at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New! Donut Club, meet local business owners and political candidates at University Station, 1881 Buchtel Blvd. Denver, CO 80210 on East parking lot by RTD University Station. *IDEA Cafe*Franklin Circle*Socrates Cafe* RSVP, we will have a name badge for you. Free. For more and optional rsvp

Friday, August 5, 2016

Startup Show: Changing the Colorado Caucus Culture

Colorado Caucus Culture, Changing it for 2018.

Organizational meeting for new Caucus Club educational effort August 8, for an invitation check out

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lisa Jackson on Startup Show: Culture and the Colorado Caucus.

Contact: John Wren cell 720-495-4949

August 4, 2016


Join us for the Startup Show, each Friday, noon MDT on YouTube Live Events, Google+ Hangouts On Air, or via a link posted just before the show on

Sponsored by your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc "We help local chambers give more real help to startups." Questions? Want to be on the show? Call John Wren (303)861-1447

On the show this Friday, August 5 to talk about experience with creating change in the culture in business clients and lessons for our Colorado Caucus will be: 

Lisa Jackson of Corporate Culture Pros founded her consulting practice in 1998, to help leaders and companies embrace the forces of change in the modern workplace. As the author of 2 books on culture, she speaks and trains internationally on fostering great workplaces that inspire people, break through limitations, and make amazing contributions to their community and world. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

To get out of a deep hole, first stop digging.

Beware of bad advice.

The problem with successful people is they very often forget what they did to become successful, especially entrepreneurs when they talk about how they started their business.

Many, many successful business owners will say it is important that the potential new business do lots of market research, lots of careful planning, and get people to agree that the business idea is sound. Well intentioned, this advice is informed by what the owner has heard from the Small Business Administration and it's many offshoots. Since 1953 the venture capital model for startup,  market research and a written business plan, has become the conventional wisdom.

The problem is, that is just not how most successful businesses got off the ground. If it was we'd be a planned economy and not a market economy.

How do successful businesses start? Check out my little book on Amazon (click here.)

The Kindle edition is just 99-cents, I'll give you $1 back if you buy it and don't find it helpful.

John S. Wren, MBA
Founder, President, CEO of your
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

New! Metro-Denver Membership Directory

Membership is still free, but you need to do this: 

Post info about you/your business on our Meetup site, then link to your intro on our Twitter site:

First, post in our membership directory on 

Questions? Call John Wren (303)861-1447

Friday, July 29, 2016

Today! Startup Show, YouTube Live Event or right here, noon MDT.

Each Friday at noon Mountain Daylight Time we talk about Startup.

Watch on YouTube Live Events, Google+ On Air Hangouts,, where you can also see past episodes, or via link right here.

Today's topic: Gov. John Hickenlooper's start in a new direction with his work. What's next for Save the Caucus  and how you can help your neighborhood now. What is Socratic Startup?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Help us? Panel nominations, your comments.

"Resist advertising? Good PR can have a much, much higher ROI than paid ads. But PR without ads is futile." John Wren

A Startup Show Special Edition is going to look at advertising today, and is this still true?

You can help by sending your thoughts, quotes, and suggestions for who should be invited as a panel member to: or by text (720)495-4949 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Socratic Startup

SBCC Startup Method: the Practices of Recover,
Imagine, Think, and Learn to Start, Grow, and Flourish.
IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, see

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Share with us?

SBCC IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop now at LoDo Panera (16th & Market here in Denver) each Friday at 4:30 pm, would you share some of your startup experience with us some Friday soon? Http://  Call me to be a guest on the Startup Show!

John Wren

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Startup Show today posted on

Today we talk about Colorado primary election, new effort to strengthen Colorado neighborhoods. Check it out, top post right now at

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New motto

"Globalization of fraternity and hope, one neighborhood at a time." 

Primary Election Day in Colorado

Don't forget to vote. Unaffiliated? No problem, pick the party of your choice, change your registration at the polls, vote, then change back. More at 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Live here at noon today! Startup Show: Be a Good Citizen! -- Action Class in Practical Politics.


You can make a difference!

Nearly everyone is unhappy with the US political leadership today. That's the bad news.

The good news is that we live in a country where just one person can make a big, big difference.

Today we will talk about how you can be an effective citizen and either serve in elected public office yourself or help other good people get elected.

Startup Show: Start a Political Career-- Action Class in Practical Politics.

From your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. We cooperate with local chambers, service clubs, and others to give more real help to people starting in a new direction with their work.

For more about how we can help you see 

To join us (it's free) just: 1) post an introduction of yourself and/or your business on our Facebook Page, 2) Like and Share the page along with your personal note announcing you are a new member and encouraging your Facebook friends to take a look at the introduction you just posted, and then 3) call us so we know what you've done and we will share what you've posted with our thousands of current members, so right now, post, share and then call our New Member Department, call (303)861-1447, ask for New Member Department. Also let us know when you call if you'd be willing to be a guest on the Startup Show some Friday.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Startup Show

Join us here each Friday, noon to 12:30 p.m. Denver, or
by recording anytime after that. Life's short, start now!

Join the Small Business Chamber, it's free. Just post an
introduction of yourself on our Facebook Page, then Like
and Share, see

To be on the show next week call John Wren Monday or Tuesday at
(303)861-1447, more about him on

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New! University Station Donut Club!

Join us! 

Each Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Donut Club! East parking lot of
1881 Buchtel Blvd.

For more information, or to sponsor the donuts, distribute
your community newspaper, give away coupons, etc.  
call John Wren, (303)861-1447. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Startup Show, noon today (6/3)

Startup Show, sponsored by Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Here each Friday, Noon MDT, we talk about startup. To be on the show next week call John Wren on Monday or Tuesday at (303)861-1447 or RSVP for next week's show on where you'll also find information about the IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop and joining a peer advisory group. PLEASE CARE ENOUGH TO SHARE THIS WITH A FRIEND. THANKS!

THANKS Villager Newspaper.
Recovering the American Dream.
Denver Speakers Corner
IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop
New wife? : Thanks Villager Newspaper!

New "Caucus Corp" topic of the Startup Show today at noon MDT, read all about it now by clicking below: : Thanks Villager Newspaper!: Thanks to Bob and Gerri Sweeney and everyone at the Villager Newspaper for this article this week that is a direct communication to the most...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Start a new career? A new project or campaign? A new business?

If you want to go in a new direction with your work, consider doing it with the help of others who are going through the same process.

Free webinar about modern self-directed learning and how it can help you. Check it out, go to for more information.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Today, noon, the Startup Show

Startup Show, Here each Friday, noon MDT, anytime after that via recording. Thanks for watching! John Wren Sponsored by Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Life's short, start now! Also seen on YouTube Live Events and Google+ Hangouts On Air. Mark your calendar, watch each week!

On today's show: Forbes Magazine article headlined "Why is entrepreneurship dying." Also, new developments with our SBCC Startup Method and the four practices. Tweet any question you'd like to see addressed Tweet @IDEACafe now or anytime including during the show.

Startup Show today! Noon MDT

Today and each Friday, Startup Show, noon Mountain Daylight Time. Link posted here just before noon. Tweet @IDEACafe any question or discussion point.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Startup Show each Friday.

Startup Show, sponsored by Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc, watch each Friday, noon MDT on YouTube Live Events or Google+ On Air Hangouts or see it embedded on your favorite blog or website, see example last Friday on 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Free membership

Right now it's free to join us, just post a short intro with link to your website for you/ your biz on our Facebook Page, then Like and Share announcing to your Facebook friends that you are trying a free membership, that they should check it out.


John S Wren, MBA+++
Founder & CEO,
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc
SBCC Soulful Startup Method: Hope-Imagine-Think-Learn Twitter: @IDEACafe (303)861-1447

Friday, May 13, 2016

Watch Startup Show here today at Noon MDT or by recording later.

Save the Caucus, a Colorado political committee, John Wren registered agent, will be on Startup Show at Noon today (Fri, 5/13) to talk about how two toxic legislative bills were killed and what's next for the group. See it here at noon MDT

Or watch it at #COPolitics #COleg #COCaucus  watch each Friday on YouTube Live Events.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Startup Show: Today about new book "Grit-- The Power of Passion and Perseverance."

The Startup Show, sponsored by your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is live right here or on YouTube Live Events or Google+ Hangouts On Air each Friday at noon MDT or any time after that via recording. To be on the show some Friday, call John Wren Monday or Tuesday (303)861-1447. Now here's John Wren"

For more about Angel Duckworth and Grit see

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Don't miss the Startup Show this Friday. Topic: Grit

Angela Duckworth's new book Grit is just out, expect to see it on the best seller list soon. Well written, interesting, informative, very helpful if you want to get Grit!

A student of Martin Seiligman, the father of Positive Psychology, she looks at the aspect of a person that is the best predictor of success, "Grit."

Our culture focuses on talent and natural ability, but it turns out effort is much more important. That effort comes from four character traits that can be enhanced.

We'll talk about this new book Friday, you can watch on YouTube Live Events, Google+ Hangouts on the Air, or via a link that will posted right here before the show.

Mark your calendar now, this Friday, noon Mountain Daylight Time, and take a look at the book right now on Amazon (click) I ordered the Kindle edition and got one of the first copies yesterday.

If you'd like to be a guest on the Startup Show some Friday to talk about your startup experience call me and let's talk. See you Friday!

John Wren, President & CEO
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Free to be a member, just post intro on our
Facebook Page (click) then Like and Share.
(303)861-1447  cell (720)495-4949

Monday, May 2, 2016

Practice Critical Thinking.

We pick a topic at the meeting, share our thoughts, take turns asking each
Otherwise questions. Free, join us! Saturday at DU especially good for newcomers, see detail about it and othe meetings at 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Startup Show, Colorado Caucus video

Join us right here or on YouTube Live Events for the Startup Show, then at 4 p.m. for the IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop when you are in Denver:

Starting in a new direction with your work?

Each Friday, noon MDT, The Startup Show, 4pm Instructed IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. Join us for both! More info on Free Questions? (303)861-1447

We are recruiting interns for this summer. Great sales training. For details email, then follow up with a phone call to Internship Recruiter, (303)861-1447 PLEASE SHARE

Friday, April 22, 2016

Startup Show today (Fri, 4/22) noon MDT, topic: start of Save the Caucus in 2002 and restart in 2016. To be on the show next Friday or some Friday soon to share your startup experience call John Wren Monday or Tuesday, (303)861-1447

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Do we still need salesmen?

Good topic for an upcoming Socrates Cafe @ DU, join us this Saturday or next?  "Imagine, Think, Sell, Learn!"

"I Am A Salesman. I Built America."
Author Unknown, as quoted by Zig Ziglar:
I am proud to be a salesman, because more than any other man, I and millions of others like me, built America.
The man who builds a better mouse trap — or a better anything — would starve to death if he waited for people to beat a pathway to his door. Regardless of how good or how needed the product or service might be, it has to be sold.
Eli Whitney was laughed at when he showed his cotton gin. Edison had to install his electric light free of charge in an office building before anyone would even look at it. The first sewing machine was smashed to pieces by a Boston mob. People scoffed at the idea of railroads. They thought that traveling even thirty miles an hour would stop the circulation of the blood! McCormick strives for 14 years to get people to use his reaper. Westinghouse was considered a fool for stating he could stop a train with wind. Morse had to plead before 10 Congresses before they would even look at his telegraph.
The public didn't go around demanding these things; they had to be sold!!
They needed thousands of salesmen, trailblazers and pioneers - people who could persuade with the same effectiveness as the inventor could invent. Salesmen took these inventions, sold the public on what these products could do, taught customers how to use them, and then taught businessmen how to make a profit from them.
As a salesman, I've done more to make America what it is today than any other person you know. I was just as vital in your great-great-grandfather's day as I am in yours, and I will be just as vital in your great-great-grandson's day. I have educated more people, created more jobs, taken more drudgery from the laborer's work, given more profits to businessmen, and have given more people a fuller and richer life than anyone in history. I've dragged prices down, pushed quality up, and made it possible for you to enjoy the comforts and luxuries of automobiles, radios, electric refrigerators, televisions, and air conditioned homes and buildings. I've healed the sick, given security to the aged, and put thousands of young men and women through college. I've made it possible for inventors to invent, for factories to hum, and for ships to sail the seven seas.
How much money you find in your pay envelope next week, and whether in the future you will enjoy the luxuries of prefabricated homes, stratospheric flying of airplanes, and new world of jet propulsion and atomic power, depends on me. The loaf of bread you bought today was on a baker's shelf because I made sure that a farmer's wheat got to a mill, that the mill made wheat into flour, and that the flour was delivered to your baker.
Without me, the wheels of industry would come to a grinding halt. And with that, jobs, marriages, politics and freedom of thought would be a thing of the past. I AM A SALESMAN and I'm proud and grateful that as such, I serve my family, my fellow man and my country.
From Zig Ziglar, The Secrets of Closing Sales. Thanks Zig, RIP. We'll see you at the top!

(As I posted this made a decision to add "Sell" to our SBCC Startup Method Practices. We will be testing over the next few weeks with a new Franklin Circle, if you'd like an invitation to our 1st meeting (it's free) call me. John Wren 303-861-1447)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Join for free until April 15

Costs you no money, no credit card required, to join SBCC between now and April 20, post intro of you/ your business and like to URL on our Facebook Page  Then "Like" and "Share."

After you post, call John Wren to be a guest on the Startup Show

Friday, April 8, 2016

The #1 networking event in Colorado!

If you market by wandering around don't miss the two very best events in Colorado. If you can make it tomorrow or next Saturday, get started now and plan on going next year.

What is it? That's what we'll talk about today on the Startup Show, sponsored by Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

John Wren's Startup Show, each Friday at Noon or any time after that by recording right here on To be on the show call John Monday or Tuesday and tell him what you want to talk about. (303)861-1447

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Research backed suggestions to strengthen your brain.

Video below is very much worth watching, some good ideas for how to get the most from your brain. "You are the mechanic and you are the driver of your brain." Here are the 7 secrets:

1. Single task.
2. Inhibit information.
3. Big idea thinking.
4. Detox distractions.
5. Calibrate mental effort.
6. Innovate.
7. Motivate.

Does this cover it? Any additions to these 7? Any of these you disagree with after you watch the video?

Hope this post helps you. After you watch the video you'll understand why I know it helped me to post it!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Phone Power!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Hiring a VA (Virtual Assistant) and when you should.

Startup Show, Noon MDT, April 1, 2016.

Today: Crusade to Truth, Justice and the American Way! Superman? No, it's the Colorado Caucus!
Startup Show is one each Friday at noon Denver time, to be on the show next week call John Wren Monday or Tuesday at (303)861-1447. Life's short, let's get started!

Don't forget Socrates Cafe, tonight (Fri) LoDo Panera Bread, tomorrow at DU.

Now thru April 15, join SBCC for free, see details on post right here on or call (303)861-1447

Life's short, let's get started!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Startup 3.0? Steve Case thinks so. What do you think?

Steve Case cofounded America Online (AOL) has a new book, The Third Wave, his ideas about what works in startup today. Southwest (SXSW) March 25, 2016 interview. You can order The Third Wave book on Amazon.

"Steve Case on the Third Wave of Entrepreneurship in America"

Watch what Steve thinks, then come back here and post your thoughts:
Agree? Disagree? Why or why not?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Recovery 1st!

Great article.

This is why "Recovery" is the first practice in our Soulful Startup Method. Read and please share with anyone you know who might find it helpful.

We will make copies for Root & Branch meeting Monday.

Shedding The Light On Mental Illness and Entrepreneurship via @FoundrMag

Questions? Call John Wren (303)861-1447

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Join for free now, be on the Startup Show next Friday.

1.  Today it is free to join our Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. We cooperate with local chambers and others to give more real help to startups and small businesses.

2.  Those who join this week may be selected to be a guest on the Startup Show next Friday.

To join just post an introduction of yourself and/or your business as a status update on our SBCC Facebook Page (link below), then Like the page, Share the page, and post another status update saying why you decided to join.

Right now, while it's on your mind check  it out:

Life's short, start now!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Big change to be announced next Thursday!

(This is being delayed for at least a week as John Wren focuses most of his efforts right now on starting Save the Caucus. For more about it see Colorado Caucus News Questions? Call John at (303)861-1447.)

We are going to focus on hyper-local neighborhood groups to help restore the dynamism and vitalism that until recently were the hallmarks of the US economy.

The neighborhood efforts will go under the umbrella of Caucus & Commerce Clubs.

To help people who want to start a new Caucus and Commerce Club in their neighborhood and others who are starting in a new direction with their work, a 90-minute meeting built on the foundation of our IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop will be held frequently, both online and face to face. First one is tomorrow, Saturday, February 13.

These startup meetings are free and open to everyone (contributions gratefully accepted, but please no more than $20.) We will also ask members to pay a very small contribution via, but there is a 180 day trial period, even for those who have been with us in the past.

RSVP "No" and you'll be invited to future session around Colorado and online. For more about tomorrows meeting see or call John Wren at (303)861-1447

Watch for announcement to the media next Thursday.

Monday, January 18, 2016 +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: Startup Show-- Today on Contemplative Imagination ... +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: Startup Show-- Today on Contemplative Imagination ...: CORRECTION: Startup Show will now be on at 12:30 p.m. each day instead of 12:15 as originally announced. Sorry if that cause you a problem. ...

An announcement in celebration of MLK.

Today I'm making an annoncement about a chage I'm suggesting we make on the way we celebrate Martin Luther King Day given the pantheon of American Heros who devoted there lives to give us our freedom, starting with Benjamin Franklin who's birthday yesterday and every January 17 is celebrated more by the breach than the observance as Shakespeare put it about another hero long, long ago. 

I've also decided to make this announcement about the SBCC and the Startup Show: 

Today 1st Monday of daily version of the Startup Show, changing the time of the half hour show to 12:15 pm Mountain. 

The focus will be on the Good News for tomorrow, the Good News in work, family, neighborhoods, communities, and nations.

I believe there is hope for Good News tomorrow because of the research I've been inspired to do over the last 20+ years that has resulted in the discovery of what I'm now calling the SBCC Spiritual Startup Method's 4 Practices: Faith, Imagination, Thinking, and Life-long Learning. 

Today on the Startup Show-the practice of Imagination. 

We'll also talk about this at Root & Branch discussion meeting this afternoon, open to anyone who is interested in a spiritual way of living. 

For more about the show and the meeting see 

Next week we will begin having guests on the Startup Show each day. 

If you'd like to be on the show to share your startup experience, or if you have a suggestion for who we should invite, call me on the Startup Line, (303)861-1447.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy 310th birthday Ben Franklin!

Ben Franklin 1706- 1798 Icon by Mike, see link to his web page at the bottom of this page. Thanks Mike!


There is true-thinking, some call it being awake, then there is ism-thinking, close minded, playing a pat hand, only attracted to reinforcement of preconceived conclusions, true believers on the left and right who have substituted political beliefs for belief in a higher power.

Belief in a higher power means belief in one's own spiritual experience with or without being an active member of an organized religion.

Free spirits who are totally outside any structure are choosing what is for most of us a more dangerous path, for more see Ronald Rolheiser's The Holy Longing. 

Or join us tomorrow (or any Monday) here in Denver for Root & Branch, free open discussion meeting about the spiritual path of the 12-steps and meditation. 

For more see Root & Branch 

Friday, January 15, 2016 New! Startup Show Daily Edition. +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+: New! Startup Show Daily Edition.: Starting today the Startup Show will be on each day, live by 5 p.m. The show will be announced as being live here on this site and then shared by social media. PLEASE SHARE. THANKS!

Monday, January 11, 2016

SBCC Soulful Startup Method: +Faith+Imagine+Think+Learn+: New! IDEA Pioneers: Catholic (universal) Caucus & ...

SBCC Soulful Startup Method: +Faith+Imagine+Think+Learn+: New! IDEA Pioneers: Catholic (universal) Caucus & ...: Will you help us? New concept being tested. Intention is to help people to more quickly get started with our new expression of the soulf...

New! IDEA Pioneers: Catholic (universal) Caucus & Commerce Club.

Will you help us? New concept being tested.

Intention is to help people to more quickly
get started with our new expression of
the soulful startup method we've been
experimenting with for 235+ years in the
US, and for 20+ years here in Denver.

RSVP or get on the waiting list for our
first online meeting at:

or call John Wren (303)861-1447

IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops are expected
to resume in February.