Friday, June 28, 2013

PLEASE SHARE Member Newsletter/ just posted on

Tweeted this morning @IDEACafe and @JohnSWren :

What are you going to do Monday morning? Free startup workshops, various times, locations and online. 
Want help to start  IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop in cooperation with your local chamber or other group?    RT
Thanks in advance for any help forwarding these messages along to your family, friends, and associates who might be interested.How may we be of service to you? John S. Wren, MBA+, Founder & CEO, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. or (303)861-1447
Other news:
(A media release will go out next Thursday, July 4 concerning these activities. Your input between now and then would be very helpful, especially ideas for the sponsorship opportunities in items #1, #3 (the tour of America), #5 (civic education) we may announce a major sponsor in the Thursday release.)
1.  The Startup Show, sponsored by your Small Business Chamber, is now a Google+ Hangout, each Monday 5 to 6 p.m. Mountain time. Go to YouTube or Google+ for live broadcasts or go to link on either or where a recording of the show will go up immediately after the broadcast. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
2.  Join confidential weekly startup group? Want to start a peer advisory group with your business associates? Young Ben Franklin formed a group with his friends, they met together for over 30 years. Franklin called it "the best school." For information Google "How to start a Franklin Circle." Online and in metro-Denver area, new Franklin Circles are now forming, contact us for more information.
3.  Your local chamber? We have had dozens of local chambers of commerce start following us on Twitter, checkout our followers on or @IDEACafe Be sure your local chamber is following us there if it would like to be considered as a stop on our tour, see #6 below. 
4.  What's your startup story? We are converting my little book on startup into a handbook for your Small Business Chamber of Commerce. We'd like your startup story to include in the book. For submission guidelines, see 
5.  Grassroots civic education. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce used to publish material for "The Action Class in Practical Politics." We are considering reviving it, at least in Colorado, for the 2014 election cycle that is just starting. See Sponsorship opportunities are available. 
6.  On the road. If there is enough interest and support, we are going to do a bus tour of America, planting new, free IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops and Franklin Circle Peer Advisory Groups. If you might be interested in sponsoring the roadshow and getting your information into the hands of local businesses across America, please contact me for more information. 
7.  News about your business? We'll announce it for free on The Startup Show. If you have an announcement about yourself or your business please post it on our Facebook Page, we'll read it The Startup Show Monday (for more about the show see Tweets at top of this page.) 
How may we be of service to you? John S. Wren, MBA+, Founder & CEO, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. or (303)861-1447
This life is short, let's get started!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  cooperates with local chamber of commerce leaders, community newspapers, and others to create IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops and Franklin Circle Peer Advisory Groups.

People ask me why I'm doing this. See my explanation on our Meetup site, and while you are there RSVP for an upcoming meeting here in Denver or online this afternoon or any Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Mountain (6 p.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. Pacific), they are free now, as they have been for nearly 20 years as I've learned more, clarified my thinking, and looked for direction, but the meeting this afternoon may be our last free online session. Why have I been working on this for nearly 20 years? See , and join us this afternoon at 4 p.m. for our Google+ Hangout meeting. Free. Today.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Recording of today's The Startup Show, sponsored by your Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

A link to the show is posted right here each Monday, 5 to 6 p.m. Mountain Time. Useful and entertaining, we talk startup and small business. Join us right here for a link to the show, or go to Google+ or and see it as a live broadcast there.

As soon as we conclude the broadcast, a recording of it will be available right here or on

If you'd like to be a guest on the show, or if you'd like us to do a remote broadcast from your local chamber office, contact me, John Wren, it's best to CALL FIRST at (303)861-1447 and THEN send an email to I try to pick the phone up right away if you call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday - Friday. If I don't get back to you within 24 hours, please try back. Thanks!

Live broadcast:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

IDEA Cafe Startup Hangout
Each Tuesday, 4 p.m. on Google+
Here's this week's edition:

Sunday, June 09, 2013

The week ahead:

Times below are Mountain, for Eastern add two hours, for Pacific subtract an hour, for Dhaka, Bangladesh, on the other side of the world, change a.m./p.m. to it's opposite. 

How John Wren can help you start, for the week of Monday, June 10:

Any day, 24/7, call the Startup Line (303)861-1447. Leave a complete, confidential message, you will be called back by 8 a.m. the next morning by the volunteer who might be most helpful to you. John Wren usually picks up the phone if you call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday thru Friday (see information at the top of this page.) Call for:
   *Information about being a volunteer to take referrals from The Startup Line.
NEW!*Request information about becoming a sponsor of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
   *To be connected with a volunteer as you are starting a new career, project, campaign, or new business.
   *Referral to a new IDEA Cafe or Franklin Circle that's starting now.
   *Help for your local chamber or other group that wants to start an IDEA Cafe or Franklin Circle.
   *Find out if you qualify to work directly with John Wren as your mentor.
   *Interview John Wren about his 20+ years of experience with startup for article you are writing.
   *Reserve a date for John Wren to talk with your group or class or to be a guest on your show.

Monday, 5 to 6 p.m.  The Startup Show, heard around the world on, guest Corky Kyle "The business side of politics." Post questions now or then on:

Tuesday, 4 to 5 p.m. Online IDEA Cafe Google+ Live Hangout. To just watch, come back here to or go to Google+ or YouTube and search at 4 p.m. You can also come back here to, Google+ or YouTube to see a video recording immediately after the show. To be on the video roundtable to share your startup experience and to go on the Fresh Thought Hunts, RSVP at, you'll be sent a special link a few minutes before the Hangout starts. If you have any questions about Google+, best info is found if you Google "Google+ Hangouts."

Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Want to start or join a Franklin Circle Peer Advisory Group? Google "How to Start a Franklin Circle." To talk with John Wren, join him at 11:30 p.m. in Denver any Wednesday, this week at Tony's Market, 950 Broadway. More info and optional RSVP at

Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Denver Trinity Church, 19th & Broadway (free parking on Lincoln Street one block to the East.) Socrates Cafe. If you aren't sure what you want to do, this may be the most useful meeting for you. More info and optional RSVP at

Friday, 2 to 4 p.m. Tony's Market, 950 Broadway, Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. We share startup experience and brainstorm. Free. We just ask that you bring your brain for the brainstorming. More info and optional RSVP at



Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Today, Tuesday, June 4th, 4 pm Mountain Time (6 pm Eastern), IDEA Cafe Startup Google+ Hangout. Free. We share startup experience and go on Fresh Thought Hunts. Come back here at 4 pm Mountain (6 pm Eastern) to watch broadcast, to be on video roundtable RSVP  at  . Questions? Want help now? Call The Startup Line (303)861-1447 24/7  Recording of this broadcast will be available immediately after the conclusion of the live session:

Monday, June 03, 2013

Off and on since the early 1990s I've hosted what we now call The Startup Show. Here's our first show today on Mile High Radio, see the MP3 at the bottom of this page.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Free help now!

Call our new service The Startup Line. We will connect you with a volunteer who will help you as you start in a new direction with your work. 

Also call us if you are a CPA, consultant or retired business owner who would be willing to be a volunteer mentor. Call The Startup Line, (303)861-1447, another free service of your Small Business Chamber of Commerce. "We help each other create a Good Living." 

Please share this with your friends. You never know who might want help right now or who might really want to share as a mentor. Thanks!