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Malcolm Knowles College of Independent Learners is a project of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc., a Colorado not-for-profit corporation to help advance the SBCC's purpose: "To strengthen neighborhoods, the grassroots, the voice of the common person, in business and politics."

Each Thursday a few of us gather to talk with people who want us to start a group where they work or where they live. This is what we tell them before they attend: “The easiest group to start first is a Socrates Cafe ( or an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. (

“But to have the greatest impact on your neighborhood, to do the most to make it into a real community as quickly as possible, you might want to consider starting a Franklin Circle. “We will give you all you need to start one at this 90-minute lunch and learn, and we can help you as you get it under way.

“What is a Franklin Circle? In 1727 Benjamin Franklin formed his ‘more Ingenious Acquaintances’ into a club for mutual improvement, which they eventually called the Junto.

“Franklin’s original Junto Group met each week for 35 years, and Franklin called it ‘the best school,’ it having helped him and the others learn to become successful businesspeople and civic leaders. Training Magazine has cited Franklin’s Junto as an example of the best principles of modern adult education. The Franklin Circle may be Franklin’s best invention!

‘Individuals Associated can do more for society, and themselves, than they can in isolation.’ Benjamin Franklin

“For more information about the Junto, Franklin’s original circle, and adult-learning in general see:

Training Magazine, “What We Know for Sure About Adult Learning,” June, 1995.
Malcolm Knowles, Self Directed Learning—A Guide for Learners & Teachers, Josey-Bass, 1975.
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography, Yale University Press, 1964. (Best annotated edition.)
H.W. Brands, The First American—The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, Doubleday, 2000.
Ronald K Esplin, MA Thesis, Franklin’s Colleagues and Their Club: the Junto.. Uof VA, 1979.

We cooperate with all, especially those who share our common purpose, to strengthen the grassroots, the voice of the common person in business and politics. Our hope is to help start similar groups across Colorado. If new groups do get started we will launch state-wide programs, they are expected to include:

1. Monthly neighborhood newsletters and distribution, an online annual calendar and membership directory, each year a table at state conventions for major political parties and other state-wide event such as the Colorado State Fair, and a brochure explaining how we help make our neighborhood representatives of the hyper-local Republicans, Democrats, other political parties in our neighborhood stronger, and how we are perhaps most helpful to our neighbors who are Unaffiliated.

2. An off-year mock Colorado Caucus starting in 2019 that will include all registered voters regardless of affiliation as Republican, Democrat, or Unaffiliated as voting members at the precinct, county and state levels to adopt resolutions on important issues coming before our state legislature, in 2017 the topic will be our powerful Colorado Caucus.

3. Raising money to assist other states that want to adopt what we are doing and local Colorado groups that need help.

4. A national public relations campaign to help everyone to understand the value of the major-party caucus system and how it is od benefit to everyone, as described in the book Why Iowa? and elsewhere.

5. A national workshop for individual citizens, lobbyists, associations, and others who want to understand the legislative process at the state level.

If you want our help to start a group in your precinct or county or state, or if you want to nominate yourself or someone else to the Steering committee that is forming, first join us here on this meetup site, attend at least one of our weekly Friday afternoon steering committee meetings, and then call John Wren at (720)495-4949

Newspaper article about the initial thoughts for this project, check it out: Caucus Corp, new network of neighborhoods for communications and education being formed. (

This is a new project of your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. We cooperate with local chambers, service clubs, and community newspaper to strengthen the grassroots in business and politics through adult education for people who want to start and grow their own business or non-profit organization, or who want to start a new career, campaign, or project.

Contact John Wren, Founder, CEO and President, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 89210 Call first for an appointment. (303)861-1447 (

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