Thursday, June 22, 2017

Join me this weekend:

LoDo IDEA Cafe, Fridays, 2 p.m. LoDo Panera Bread, 16th & Market.
More at www.Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber

LoDo Socrates Cafe, Fridays, 6 p.m., LoDo Panera Bread, 16th & Market
More info and optional rsvp on www.Meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-Society

Socrates Cafe @ University of Denver, Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Anderson Commons.
More at www.Meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-Society

Questions? Call me (720)495-4949


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Columbia Journalism Professor Evaluation of Political Media Coverage

What happened over the last two years?

It changed journalism and created the current political situation.

Great insights from a solid journalist who has been a reporter for the New York times and who has taught journalism at Columbia. Check it out: Imprimus (click here.)

Friday, June 09, 2017

Want to start in a new direction?

Adults learn best by being the teacher. "See one. Do one. Teach one."


Socratic Startup Groups: 

Weekly 90-minute peer-led sessions. People with similar backgrounds starting in a new direction with their career.


Week 1:

You are OK now: Start where you are.

Week 2:

Heros: Lessons in living.

Week 3:

Higher Power: Spiritual living.

Week 4:

Proceeding: What’s next?


Agenda for each meeting:

Introductions/Where are you now? 
Reading from book group has selected. 
Discussion. 
Final words/What has changed?

Ask us for an invitation to a free information session, usually held on a Friday afternoon near you, or apply online now to be group facilitator or new student:

Wren College for 
Social Learning.
New groups forming now. 

(720)495-4949

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Which is it, go or look?

Which is it, go or look?

When an idea for doing something new crops up are we best off if we “Just do it?” or should we “Look before you leap.”

Which has worked or not worked for you?

Topic right now online, to be part of it Tweet with #IDEACafeChat #StartFinish

The video posted this morning from Entrepreneur Magazine on https://Twitter.com/Small.Business.Chamber suggests the best way to start is to just do something, whatever it is that will get you moving.

“Just Start,” as described in this video and in more depth in the Harvard Business Review Press book published with this as it’s central theme, can be powerful. 

Amar Bhide’s findings from research with Inc 500 founders and then published by Oxford Press (“The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses) strongly make the case for not writing a business plan, not doing market research, not raising money, but rather to do what you can with what you have to get underway quickly with a new business idea.

Cynics point out, Bhide’s research is biased because it only takes into account the survivors of the “leap before you look” approach.

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a book review headlined “Cold, Doomed, Hungry;” it reviews the new book “The Best Land Under Heaven,” the tragic story of the Donner family migration to California from Illinois. I suggest you read it, I'm about to post a link to it on our https://Twitter.com/IDEACafeChat 

The Donner brothers George and Jacob had read the then popular new book, “Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon and California” and they took their families on a new route described as much faster and safer. and they stuck with it despite the warning of mountain man James Clyman.

Let’s discuss the philosophy of start and finish. 

Right now you can Tweet your comment with #IDEACafe #StartFinish to be part of today’s online conversation. If you are in metro-Denver today or later this week join us this evening (Tue, 6/6) at Trinity Church, Friday at LoDo Panera, or Saturday at the University of Denver where I’ll be suggesting this as the topic. More info about these Socrates Cafe meetings and optional rsvp at https://Meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-Society 

No video session of our IDEA Cafe Chat again today. Hopefully it will get underway soon. First we want to finish a conversation with a mountain man…

John Wren

(720)495-4949

Monday, June 05, 2017

Who do you trust?

JohnWren.com SBCC Method-Practices of: Imagine, Think, Learn to; Start, Grow, and Flourish. +++: Claire Martin writesin the Denver Post this mornin...: Claire Martin writes in the Denver Post this morning about the passing of Bonnie Brae Tavern’s Hank Dire (click here) and the restaurant ...

Happy birthday, Mike! Hope you'll be with us live here soon at 1881. Just take a minute and click on  https://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber  , then rsvp on the IDEA Cafe Chat date that would work best for you, ok?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Are you happy? #2

Why I fight for the grassroots.
Or maybe a better headline would be "DO YOU want to be happy? #2"

It occurs to me that to understand what happened next with me and George (see yesterday's post) you need a little bit of background about me. Even if you are in my family there are things you probably don’t know.

First, I believe this little book about startup was divinely inspired. It’s been selling online ever since it first came out and I’ve never had a negative review. Check it out: click or copy and paste into your browser: 

Did you have a chance to read yesterday's post? I’m not sure why there were no comments, according to Google it was downloaded over 100 times. Did you see it? I hope you'll share it and this post with any of your friends who are starting in a new direction with their work or who want to make a career change.

I’ll talk more about my background, how my little book came into being, and what all this has to do with happiness on today’s Startup Show. Link to it here at Noon MST (2 p.m. Eastern) or you can watch live or by recording via the same link.


Your positive comments, including constructive criticism, are welcome below:

If you are in Denver now or if you will be soon, join me at one of our Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc's free, live meetings (click here.) No rsvp is ever required, but if you do we will save a seat for you until the start of the meeting. If you have a question about them or anything I post here, call me ok? John Wren (720)495-4949

See you back here tomorrow?

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Are you happy?


A friend I'd known for decades introduced me to George, an old guy who was over weight, smoked constantly while he was on oxygen, and who I'd noticed before at a club my friend and I both belonged to and where George was sort of the towel boy.

I'd noticed George because despite his only working part-time at minimum wage, some big health problems, he was always telling stories and laughing at his own jokes. On my own, I would have never asked him for help. But my friend told me George had helped him, and George could maybe help me. I was desperate enough to do almost anything.

My friend left us alone. After telling George my bedevilments he said something that made me mad until I suddenly could see it was true, "Your life is exactly like you want it and you've worked damn hard to get it that way." In other words, George was telling me in so many words, you don't want to be happy.

When I try to say this to people who want my help, they almost always get angry and storm off. But George had a very unique way of saying it with a sparkle in his eye that made me want to laugh. It was also clear that George wanted to help me. So I kept listening.

"You are selfish, dishonest and afraid. You are restless, irritable and discontented. We can talk about the homosexual tendencies later." With this I did laugh out loud, looking at his big grin.

"I was just like that," George said. "I was deliberately manufacturing my own misery. I'm not now. I'm happy, joyous, and free. Yes, I still have problems from time to time. Some days are better than others, but compared to then I'm happy. Do you want to be happy, joyous and free?"

I just stood like the fool that I was, staring at him. It was a hard question. He got firm, the smile went away. "Well do you? If you don't want to be happy, don't let the door hit you on the but on the way out." I told him yes. We made an appointment to meet the next morning.

I'm asking you that same question right now.

Do you want to be happy, joyous, and free? If so, mark your calendar for 10 a.m. tomorrow morning Mountain Daylight Time (noon Eastern) and let's meet back here on www.JohnWren.com This tread will continue, and I'll share more with you about what George shared with me that saved my life.

Please, no online debate. If this makes you angry, if you disagree, make a short comment and link to your URL if you want, but don't fight it out here, ok? If you have similar experience and have positive comments, still keep it on the short side, and limit yourself to no more that two posts here per day, ok?

Finally, if you are desperate and think you are in danger of harming yourself or someone else call 911 and get help immediately.

I hope to see you back here tomorrow.

Friday, May 19, 2017

What's on your mind? On the mind of USA?

USA more concerned with football than with Donald Trump:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Prayer request.

 I'm currently registered Unaffiliated, I didn't vote for President Trump, but I do wish him well in the trip these next few days to visit world leaders concluding with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome.

Seems to me we should pull together as a country and pray for his success.

He will never be removed from office based on what we know now, and if there was more it would have come out by now. He will be our President for the next 3+ years, let's support him, but be very specific about any action that is objectionable while he is in that office.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Coffee?

(Click on "View larger map" below.) Call me, let's meet and talk about how I can help you start, grow, flourish with the SBCC Startup Method.  Call me at (720)495-4949. We can talk here, by appointment only:

Friday, April 28, 2017

What do you think?

Tomorrow (Tue, 5/2)  I'm going to post a review here of the new book "The Miracle of a Definite Chief Aim." 

Would you do me a favor? Click on the above link, go to your favorite bookstore or library,  or in some other way get your hands on the book, then call me or send me your thoughts about it, ok?

I read Mitch Horowitz' One Simple Idea and had great respect for the quality of the research, he writing style, and most of all his debunking of the Law of Attraction.

This new book is much different.

Please let me know what you think here, on Facebook, with a telephone call, I'll let you know what I think in part today on our SBCC IDEA Cafe Twitter Chat at 10 a.m. MDT, 11 a.m. Central (where I am now, visiting family in Houston.) Join there in a few minutes for the live chat or post any time, see http://Twitter.com/IDEACafeChat 

John
Houston, Texas

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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

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, especially the role of the Small Business Administration and it’s many offshoots, for decades.

I studied in the graduate business school at the University of Denver on-campus 1974-5. My research methods paper was a survey of the literature and an index to the advice available for people starting a small business. This was before Inc Magazine and before DU or, as far as I know any college, offered a class about startup or entrepreneurship.

 Where I learned the most about how small businesses start, aside from the 20+ years working with my father and his small business owner friends, was in my first job after graduate school. 

I had the very good fortune to be hired as Assistant-to-the-President of Outdoor Sports Industries by OSI’s founder and President Richard Olson. It was a chance to be the bosses son again.

One of the very best parts of  working with Mr. Olson (we met every week for breakfast to review the projects I was working on such as creating a newsletter for board members, the annual report and board meeting, creating a management training program for our top managers, etc.)  was the opportunity to meet and have conversations with people I’d probably never have had a chance to talk with otherwise and to learn some lessons from their direct experience.

Some of the people I got to learn from, aside from our own managers, especially the former owners of the small sporting goods companies OSI had purchased, included: former Governor of Colorado John Love, then President of Ideal Basic Industries, one of the top firms in the country at the time; Supreme Court Justice Byron White who played squash frequently with Mr. Olson;  Joe Coors;  Astronaut Wally Shira; and on and on.

It was a long list, and at the top of the list was Aksel Nielsen. He was a friend of Mr. Olson and Chancellor Maurice Mitchell who was on the OSI board with him.  Aksel Nielsen had been a close friend and financial adviser to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.[2]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aksel_Nielsen

Since working for OSI I’ve worked with hundreds of business founders as a consultant or as an employee, and that experience led me to start a workshop for people who wanted to start a new business in the early 90’s. Back then we called it The IDEA Association and it’s meetings were announced each week in the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, Westword, the Colorado Statesman, and the Denver Business Journal. 

 After meeting with a spiritual director at Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado for years, I wrote a little booklet about startup. This is to me the key section:

The world needs your new business!

            To understand my system for starting your new business, it is necessary to first appreciate the nature of business in a capitalistic, free market economy.

            The world will always have government, big-business, and big-labor.

 Government for those things individuals cannot do for themselves. Big-business and big-labor because of certain efficiencies of scale. Unfortunately, the large scale of these three forms of bureaucratic operations leads to problems:

            1) Efficiency comes at the expense of intelligence and creativity. The large organization has a tendency to get better and better at doing what eventually is the wrong thing.

            2) Power corrupts. Governmental corruption is kept in check by our process of representative democracy. Big-business corruption is kept in check to the extent that the free market is allowed to operate. That is why big business hates competition.

            The worldview of the bureaucrat is necessarily different from that of the entrepreneur. The steps recommended here for starting a new business will not make sense to most bureaucrats.

            If you decide to work with a business mentor, it is important that you work with someone who subscribes to the following philosophy of business. This person almost always will be an independent business owner.

            Beware of seminars about how to start a new business; the most deadly advice for entrepreneurs comes from bureaucrats, public or private, active or retired.

From my little booklet on startup, “Daring Mighty Things— The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business” available on Amazon (click.) 



Tomorrow: Part II, Why the SBA and SCORE Should Be Renamed.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Today! Startup Show at noon MDT (11am P, 2pm E.)

Startup Show is now on Monday's at noon.





To be a guest on the show just click on
the link and join in!

Today's topic: business and politics, do
they mix? And what can we expect in the
2018 Colorado Caucus?

Willing to share your startup experience on a Startup Show
Special Edition? To schedule a date call 1-855-854-2554

Live! IDEA Cafe Chat on Twitter.

New! IDEA Cafe Chat at 10 a.m. MDT (9PDT) is now
only on Twitter #IDEACafeChat

Live chat at 10, you can post at any time.

Check it out:

www.Twitter.com/IDEACafeChat

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Join (it's free) to be in new printed membership directory.

You will notice a couple of changes on our Meetup site www.Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber:

 1) all members will be required to answer the questions for members;

 2) we are now a private group, only members can see who is a member; 

3) members are called Companion, we are now calling the Small Business Chamber of Commerce the "Companionship of Humble Servants." 

More today on our new SBCC Twitter Chat on Twitter @IDEACafeChat or call me (720)495-4949.

John Wren, Founder
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc
www.SmallBizChamber.org
"What good may I do today?"

This life is short, just start!


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Startup Show Topic: Socrates? Why Socratic Startup?

Startup Show, next week at WeWork in Denver!
To rsvp to be on the show with us next week see
http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber or call (303)861-1447

New! Startup Weekend, starts today!

New Startup Weekend, flexible schedule, do over this weekend or one of the next few weekends. Starts today with optional:

IDEA Cafe Online Chat
http://www.Twitter.com/IDEACafeChat

Startup Show from Denver We Work
http://www.Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber 

We will also talk about the new We Work grant program.

Join us live at We Work Denver, see http://www.WeWork.com 

Want 1 to 1 help starting a new career, a new project or campaign,
or a new business? Call the Startup Line anytime (303)861-1447

Friday, March 10, 2017

Today's IDEA Cafe Twitter Chat

Join us at 10 a.m. today or any morning Monday through Friday. Video starts Monday. Today go to Twitter @IDEACafeChat, post using #IDEACafeChat to be part of the conversation.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

On Women and Work. Intl Women's Day.

March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day

On Women and Work.
by John S. Wren

Denver— I have three adult daughters, lots of friends who are women, and before he passed on in 1979 my dad and I had frequent disagreements about his oppressive opinions about women and work, so I’m very glad this day has been set aside to reflect on the role of women. 



When I was President of Denver City Club we admitted our first woman to membership. This was back when the Denver Rotary, Lions Club, Optimists, and the rest of the service clubs were men only, and women had just begun to be admitted in other cities across the country.

Not long after admitting Doris Drury, my former economics prof at the University of Denver, Debbie, our first woman board member, was elected, and she was asked to be the program chair.

Valentines Day had always been celebrated by the club, and the program chair announced at a board meeting the speakers who had been invited and their topics: President of a Bank, Women in Business; CEO of a hospital, Women in Medicine; and President of a College, Women in Education.

I asked, “what about women as homemakers?” It seemed like a set-up to invite our wives, most of who worked as full-time homemakers, to celebrate Valentines Day with a program about professional women who worked outside the home. But the program went forward as announced.

After the three speakers had highlighted the vast accomplishments of professional women the floor was opened for questions and I asked the first:

“All three of you have talked about your outstanding careers and you have each also mentioned you are married and have children. My question is this, what has been sacrificed the most because of your limited time, your family or your work?”

Outrage was then displayed, shouts it was not a fair question, shaking of fingers at me, the moderator going to the microphone said, “you certainly don’t have to answer that!!!, other questions?”



One of the older men in the club stood and said, “I’d like to hear the question answered. That’s exactly the sort of question this club has always asked. It seems like a fair question to me.”

Pop and I had disagreed about mothers working outside the home. He thought it was being encouraged by big business because doubling the labor force and would cut wages in half.

“You wait,” pop said, “right now women want to work. It won’t be long before they will have to work because it will take two paychecks to support a family.” 

Turns out pop was right.

And as we look at the problems in the world today, the answer to my question to the City Club speakers is now clear: for most of us both work and the family have been sacrificed.

Monday, March 06, 2017

New! SBCC Twitter Chat. Can you hear us now?

Just started last week, started with a boom! Lots of traffic, all we need now are your comments on topic for the day. Check it out, then call me at (303)861-1447 if you'd like to co-host one day next week.

John Wren's Twitter Chat
Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Topic announced each morning on
www.SmallBizChamber.org

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Today, who do you trust?

Why academics are losing relevance in society – and how to stop it


Andrew J. Hoffman, University of Michigan

A January 2015 Pew Research Center study found an alarming chasm between the views of scientists and the views of the public. Here is just a sampling:

87 percent of scientists accept that natural selection plays a role in evolution, 32 percent of the public agree; 88 percent of scientists think that genetically modified foods are safe to eat, 37 percent of the public agree; 87 percent of scientists think that climate change is mostly due to human activity, only 50 percent of the public agree.

This is a cause for concern. In our increasingly technological world, issues like nanotechnology, stem cell research, nuclear power, climate change, vaccines and autism, genetically modified organisms, gun control, health care and endocrine disruption require thoughtful and informed debate. But instead, these and other issues have often been caught up in the so-called culture wars.