Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I just sent out this release to Denver media re IDEA Cafe.
Exceptional speakers these next couple of weeks.
Help us get the word out to those who need help, OK?
Forward this along to those who might be interested.
Thanks! John

July 21, 2009

Contact: John Wren cell (303)861-1447

Since 1994, the Denver IDEA Cafe has been helping people with their career-bump or bright idea.

DENVER—Free help is available each Friday afternoon for people as they start in a new direction with their career, with a new project or campaign, or with a new business.

The Denver IDEA Cafe startup workshop meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant in Denver, near the State Capitol. More information and RSVP at http://ideacafe.meetup.com/1 or (303)861-1447.

Upcoming speakers:

This Friday, July 24: Pedicab founder Steve Meyers, www.Pedicab.com; Personal trainer April Sharrock, Sharrock Fitness Consulting; and Colorado State Senator Pat Steadman http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/Senate/members/Sen31.htm

July 31: School founder Sr. Susan Swain, S. L. http://www.escuelaguadalupe.org; founder of several businesses and consultant Dave Westfall http://www.dewpointe.com; and Le Central restaurant founder Robert Tournier, www.LeCentral.com.

Since 1994, the Denver IDEA Cafe has been helping people who are starting in a new direction by providing a free forum where successful people share their startup experience and then brainstorm specific questions or problems.

“We help people find their own path,” says entrepreneur and long time community-activist John Wren, the founder of the group.

Wren says the name IDEA Cafe comes from a four-step business creativity model he developed when he was Mountain Bell in the 70's. "I had the great privilege of spending 6 months researching business creativity and we did a seminar called, 'Creative Marketing in a Recession' that was featured in AT&T's Long Lines Magazine," said Wren.

IDEA is an acronym for: I= Inspiration or Identify the Problem; D= Develop Alternatives; E= Evaluate the Alternatives; and A= take Action. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is starting a new career, a new campaign or project, or a new business.

Why does he do it? Wren explained, “Dan Brogan, publisher of 5280 Magazine, says the group has infused Denver with a spirit of entrepreneurship over the past decade. I hope that is true, for the sake of my grand kids.”


John S. Wren, MBA is the founder of the Denver IDEA Café and Franklin Circles. He is a business consultant and adult educator. He is the father of 4 grown children, and the grandfather of 4.

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