Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday Report

Want help starting and growing your career or business?

I’ve just completed a consulting assignment, and am ready to take on the next, so if you need help now let me know. Working with me often starts with an analysis of your business or career: Your current situation, the problems and opportunities, and an action plan. So if you need help, call now at (303)861-1447 and let's brainstorm how we might work together.

I’ve just revised You can get a free download from my little book on business startup called Daring Mighty Things that will tell you (or your friend):
*The origin of the term "Daring Mighty Things."
*Why John Wren says he is a recovering MBA.
*The nature of business in a free market economy.
*Why the world needs you to start a new business.
*What is Good Work?
*Why are we called "entrepreneurs"?
*How to get more help from me.

We have great speakers at the Denver IDEA Cafe this Friday. David Miller, President of the Denver Foundation; Fr. Eustace Sequeira, SJ, new pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church; and Liz Stelloh, Executive Director, Discovery Job Network

Denver IDEA Cafe, 2 to 3:30 p.m. each Friday (except holidays, no meeting Sept 4), Panera Bread, 1330 Grant St., Denver. Free. More info and RSVP at or call (303)861-1447

For the last few weeks I’ve been conducting an open Franklin Circle meeting right after the Denver IDEA Cafe. We meet from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., you’ll leave with enough information to start a new group with your friends and associates or you can join one of the closed tuition-based groups that is now forming. More info and RSVP at

Denver Socrates Cafe continues to meet each Thursday evening, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 18th & Broadway in Downtown Denver. Join us if you enjoy thoughtful conversation about serious topics. More information and RSVP at

Take a turn on the soapbox or just listen to what others have to say at Denver Speakers Corner, each Sunday, 4 p.m. in Civic Center. Details and optional RSVP at

Finally, would you like to get together for lunch tomorrow? I’m going to have my last casual get together with friends and business associates at Perkins near I25 & Colorado. If you might be able to make it tomorrow (Thur, Aug 27) email me and I’ll confirm the details with you.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I just sent out this release to the media:


August 25, 2009

Contact: John Wren (303)861-1447

Since 1994, free help for people starting a new career, new project or campaign or new business.

DENVER—The Denver IDEA Cafe startup workshop meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. each Friday at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant in Denver. More information and RSVP at or (303)861-1447.

Upcoming speakers:

This Friday, August 28: David Miller, President of the Denver Foundation; Fr. Eustace Sequeira, SJ, new pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church; and Liz Stelloh, Executive Director, Discovery Job Network

Sept. 4: No meeting because of Labor Day.

Sept 11: Entrepreneur and B2B marketing expert Brett Schklar; speaker, trainer, author Mary Elston; and entrepreneur and virtual assistant Cheryl Callighan

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 who aren’t sure what they are going to do Monday morning to find their own path,” says entrepreneur and long time community-activist John Wren, the founder of the group.

Wren says the name IDEA Cafe name comes from a four-step business creativity model he developed when he was Mountain Bell in the 70's.

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.