Saturday, August 23, 2008

Denver, CO-- I'm back from Olympia and getting ready for a very busy week with the Democratic National Convention here this week. I'll be attending several roundtable and will give you a complete report here each night, so be sure to check back.

Big event is the Denver Speakers Corner we are trying to establish as a Denver institution where the voice of the grassroots can be heard each week. I just emailed out this invitation to a few people who I hope will join us tomorrow:

Can you join us tomorrow (Sunday, Aug 23) or next Sunday?

Tell us your stories about Denver politics, current political issues, or anything else that is on your mind at the new Denver Speakers Corner. We meet each Sunday, 4 p.m., Civic Center, North Pavilion on Colfax, just across the street from the Denver Newspaper Agency. More info and optional RSVP at

There was a great story about us last Monday in the Rocky Mountain News:

Hope you can join us! We'll be shooting a video of each session and posting it on You Tube.

Also, we are hoping some of the visiting politicos will be joining us Thursday for Socrates Cafe. How about you, can you be with us? More info and RSVP at

How may I help you?


John S. Wren, MBA+
This life is short, let's get started!

I'd better get going, I'm attending a couple of events today and passing out a copy of the Rocky Mountain News article about Denver Speakers Corner. Hope you can join us tomorrow!

If you can't make it, check it out on You Tube and think about being with us next Sunday! And please forward this along to any of your friends here in Denver who you think might be interested. They will thank you, and so will I if you'll let me know what you've done.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Olympia, WA—Had breakfast yesterday with Terry Trafton, who started, grew and sold a very successful business here in Olympia. He was a wrestler (like I was) while studying chemistry at North Carolina University, where he graduated 12th in his class in 1970.

When he started his business he read everything he could about startup and small business and then boiled in all down into five rules that he tells me he's consistently followed:

Terry’s Rules:

1. Spend less than you make.
2. Save the difference.
3. Outlast the bastard.
4. Live in the solution not the problem.
5. Stay away from nasty people.

Terry said it’s ok to share his rules, but he cautions: “You need to come up with your own rules. Every business is different. My model might not work for you.”

“He who knows most knows best how little he knows.” Thomas Jefferson

We held a special session of the IDEA CafĂ© here in Olympia Friday. The Executive Director of the local chamber of commerce and the head of the local Small Business Development Center attended and they both seemed to really like it. I’m going to talk with them more today about their ideas about how to get a Franklin Circle going here in Olympia.