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
"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

Startup Show from Denver We Work

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