John Wren


Small Biz Chamber + Recover +Start+ +Grow+Flourish+ AMDG+ 20050514
Denver, CO 80203


Denver, COUSA 80201

Organizer since:

May 13, 2005



Founder of IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops, Franklin Circle Peer Groups, and now the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, cooperating with local chambers and otherss to start similar low cost/ no cost workshops and groups across Colorado and beyond..

What have you started?

My consulting/adult learning practice, I was the founding President of the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association, I created Wren Marketing, one of the first one-to-one marketing agencies in the country, I've started TV/radio shows, several businesses, and a few newsletters.

What are you starting now?

Our Small Business Chamber of Commerce. Join us now, and let me know if you might be interested in getting our help to start a meeting in your neighborhood.

What helps you stimulate your imagination? What are your favorite books? Movies?

Getting together with other people who like thinking outside the box. That's why I've facilitated IDEA Cafes since 1994, I really enjoy and benefit from the meetings myself! EF Schumacher, Small is Beautiful; Thomas Merton, Seven Story Mountain; Malcomb Knowles, Self-Directed Learning; Amar Bhide, Origin & Evolution. 37Signals, Rework; James Marin, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything; and Len Schlesinger & Charles Kiefer's 2012 Just Start-- Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future, the best startup book ever, except for my very favorite books, the two "big" books (ask me if you don't know what this means.) Movies: Crimson Tide, There Will Be Blood, Get Low, The Fighter, John Carter, Seven Days in Utopia, The Help, Hope Springs, Lawless, Melancholia,

Each IDEA Cafe ideally has six or seven people who attend a business meeting after the regular meeting once a month and who lead one of the meetings each month. Would you possibly be willing to do this for a group?

Yes, I've been doing it for nearly 20 years. :) Hope to get others involved over the next few months, and to pass the torch to a new board and staff in the next two or three years. I'm the temporary CEO until we can get this done.

How did you hear about Small Business Chamber's IDEA Startup Workshops?

I started it, thought of the idea taking a walk along the highline canal nearly 20 years ago. I still remember that Aha! moment.

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  • Buddy G Hendrickson

    Hi John, Welcome to the Tuesday Modern-Day Meditation class Meetup! I look forward to seeing and meeting you soon!

    Mar 18, 2013 11:28 PM
  • Kimberly Lindsey

    Hi John,

    Really enjoyed speaking at the Small Business Chamber recently! Congratulations­ on the Ben Franklin event, this looks to be very informative and enjoyable. I don't think we can attend, our own CEO Space events are on Thursdays. We are so excited to see this coming together to support small business!!! Rodney & Kimberly Lindsey, CEO Space of the Rockies

    Nov 02, 2012 2:17 PM
  • Mary

    Hi John, this is Mary from last week:) I wasn't able to find the Facebook page:P but I wanted to let you know that I might not be able to make it to this week's group.
    God bless you all!

    Sep 28, 2012 5:56 PM
  • Russell Dennis

    Thank you for joining our meetup group. I look forward to meeting you and seeing how the US Veterans Chamber of Commerce can work with you to help veteran business owners start and grow their businesses here in Colorado.

    Aug 03, 2012 1:53 PM
  • Arlen Meyers

    Thanks for joining us, John. Please sign up at­ prior to attending the meeting.
    See you Sept 6th at the COPIC Bldg in Lowry.

    Jul 25, 2012 2:57 PM
  • Joe

    I will be there look forward to meeting you.

    Jun 21, 2012 9:38 PM
  • Charly Heavenrich

    Hi John - I would be interested in offering a presentation at one of your meetups. Whom should I contact? Charly Heavenrich - www.thecanyongu­

    Jun 17, 2012 1:18 AM
  • Ariana Friedlander

    Thanks for joining EntrepreNerds John. That's great list of books you've enjoyed reading, there's some in there that are new to me!

    Jan 27, 2012 7:00 PM
  • Heather

    Hello John, welcome to our group!!! We look forward to meeting you on Feb. 2nd =)

    Jan 15, 2012 11:52 PM
  • Martha Pena

    Welcome to the group--hope you can join us one Wednesday!

    May 22, 2011 1:50 PM
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