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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2-12-14 "How to start a new group." SBCC Meetup

What do you think?

NEW! Current answer to this same question, topic of all activities this week (see post below.) You don't need to wait, just start a new neighborhood group now! Here's how: Practices of Imagine, Think, Learn to; Start, Grow, and Flourish. +AMDG+: About SBA and SCORE Practices of Imagine, Think, Learn to; Start, Grow, and Flourish. +AMDG+: About SBA and SCORE: Why the SBA and It’s SCORE Program Should Be Renamed. by John S. Wren, MBA+ I’ve been interested in how businesses really start, especial...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Toxic groups topic at Socrates Cafe

Read The Circle, see the movie, then offer as topic at your Socrates Cafe  What is a toxic group?

Find real experts on small groups.

YouTube has a powerful search engine, I'm told it's more powerful than Google. 

Search here on YouTube for "John Wren Start A Group" you'll see several short videos I've put up  (and others from real experts I keep learning from) over the years on today's Twitter Chat topic "How to start a new small Group" Join us live at 10 a.m. MDT any weekday or lurk and/or post anytime on Twitter @IDEACafeChat for more.

Have you started a small group in your neighborhood, at home or at your office or school? Please share your startup experience with the group you started now or anytime and use both hashtags #IDEACafeChat #HowToStartaGroup to be part of the discussion, it's live for 15-minutes each weekday morning, check it out on Twitter @IDEACafeChat 

John S Wren
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc
Call toll free (855)854-2554 

How to start a small group

What do you think?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Startup Show

What do you think?
I just sent this email out to a few of my friends here in the metro-Denver area. If I overlooked you, I'm very sorry. Please rsvp for one of the upcoming Socrates Cafes here in metro-Denver if you'd like to be part of our new "Million Neighborhood Socrates Cafes" project. Here's the email:No, this is not a list.  You are each friends of mine who I sincerely think would be interested in what we are trying to do.

I just clicked on each of your names, you won't receive an invitation like this from me again. 

Join us tomorrow? (Saturday, 4/22) Or at another Socrates Cafe next Tuesday?
 RSVP yes or no to either tomorrow or next Tueday to get invitations in the future for Socrates Cafe here in metro-Denver. 

New groups are forming. The hope is to have a million healthy neighborhood groups across the country so there is a more informed electorate (thinkers, not just ideologs) by 2020.

Please rsvp yes or no yourself, right after you share this email with others you know who might be interested in what we are trying to do.

Questions? Call me! We can just talk on the phone, or I'll take you to lunch. Call my cell (720)495-4949  One way or the other, I hope to talk with you soon.

John Wren 
"Million Neighborhood Socrates Cafe Project."
Call toll free (855)854-2554

PLEASE forward this along to anyone in metro-Denver, Colorado, or the USA who you think might be interested in joining us in this effort.

We'll be talking about it this afternoon at the WeWork IDEA Cafe

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Just Start!/ Please forward to your local newspaper.

IDEA Cafe Chat, live each weekday at 10 a.m. Mountain, noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific Time. To join follow, then Tweet with #IDEACafeChat to be part of the conversation. Topic: whatever has been posted since previous live chat. Please take extended conversations to your url, and no personal attacks or rants.

SBCC IDEA Cafe Startup Week, now each Friday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Denver WeWork Union Station, 1550 Wewatta. In 90-minutes we help you structure the weekend to start in a new direction with your work Monday morning. Walk-ins are welcome, but to make sure you have a seat rsvp at

We invite staff, board members and volunteers from local chambers, business associations, and service clubs to attend the above meeting and decide if you'd like our help to start a group in cooperation with your local newspaper.

Local newspapers: ask to be added to our Thursday media release email list.

Questions? Call your Small Business Chamber anytime, leave a complete question on the voice mail and a volunteer will return your call within 24 hours. Call toll-free 855-854-2554 

Monday, April 10, 2017

You deserve a break. Take 15, join us:

Weekday 10 a.m. IDEA Cafe Chat about to start.  

"It Works If You Work It." Does it really?

What do you think?

The phrase "it works" (green line) was not used much until after the American revolution, and "if you work it" has never been widely used, unless it's use has changed since 2008, the most recent year currently available via nGram View (Google the term if you don't know about nGrams.)

Google Ngram Viewer: '[if you work it]', '[It Works]', '[it works]', '[If You Work]', 1776-2008 in English. click

Let's discuss this on our IDEA Cafe Twitter Chat this week, ok? Twitter @IDEACafeChat, post any time, live chat at 10 a.m. MDT weekdays. Use #IDEACafeChat when you post to be part of the conversation this week.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Is this why 80% of people now say they hate their job?

According to Nobel Prize winning economist Edmund Phelps the lack of dynamism and vitalism that had previously driven the economic growth of the USA started a sharp decline in the late 60s and early 70s. How much of that decline was because of an increased focus on startup in the media with a mistaken view of the importance of business planning?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Free Instructional Meetings This Week

The following meetings will be held this week and every week here in Denver, Colorado. They are intended to be models for anyone who wants to start similar meetings at other times and places. They are personally led by John S. Wren.

Tuesday, 7 p.m. Socrates Cafe, Trinity Church, 18th & Broadway.

Friday, 2 p.m., IDEA Cafe 90-Minute Startup Weekend. We Work Union Station.

Friday, 4:30 p.m., Caucus Club Panera Bread, 16th Street Mall and Market Street.

Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Socrates Cafe, University of Denver

More information and optional rsvp for these meetings on:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Are you a London professional?

 I was just inspired as I watched this"Fly International on the Cheap" When we find a volunteer in London to facilitate it, watch for a new SBCC @IDEACafe office in @WeWork London 

If you know someone who lives in London or who goes there at least once a month who might be interested, please have them contact me, ok? Thanks!