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We share startup experience and we brainstorm the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at the Englewood (Colorado) library.
(Bad time or place for you? We'll start a new meeting. Contact John@SmallBizChamber.org .)
Join us when you aren't sure what you are going to do Monday morning. Life's too short for any of us to learn from just our own experience!
You can RSVP here or via a link on our Facebook Page to Facebook event, see http://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber
Our business meeting for our Englewood group, open to everyone, is held at 4 p.m. the first Friday of each month to discuss changes in the meeting, and to sign up volunteers to chair meetings for the next month.
What is the IDEA Cafe?
Since 1994, IDEA Cafe meetings have helped people people who are starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business.
We take our name from our 4-step entrepreneurship model: I- Inspiration; D- Develop Alternatives; E- Evaluate the Alternatives; and A- Take Action! Once we take action we get new information and we go through the process again. This is very similar to the heavily researched Babson College startup cycle of acting/learning/building/and- acting again described by the new book Just Start (http://just-start.com/) (click).
How do we help?
Those who attend (including you, we've all started something) share startup experience, we brainstorm, and we share information about upcoming events, new books, magazine articles, and useful new websites and apps as we share around the table in final words before we adjourn the formal part of the meeting.
And sometimes the most valuable part of the session is the meeting after the meeting when discussion continues between new friends, which may evolve into a new Franklin Circle Peer Advisory Group.
“ What a great concept, and it created a lovely opportunity to meet with other people in the community. Starting a business can be a lonely venture; I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking to break that cycle. ” Megan Tackett on May 7, 2011.
“ This was a good experience for me. I enjoyed the people and the brainstorming. Since we all face challenges of some type, I would heartily recommend it to anyone involved in a startup activitiy. Jack Rouff on Apr 30, 2011.
“ Great format, small group works best for this. I encourage everyone to try this group if you want some help getting started. ” Anthony Sanchez, Marketing Club on Sep 25, 2010.
Meetings are free and open to everyone, we just ask that you bring your brain for the brainstorming!
Who should attend?
What we now call the Denver IDEA Cafe has been meeting since 1994. Anyone who is starting a new direction, starting a new career, new project or campaign, or starting a new business is invited to join us for a boost at the end of the week, and we especially encourage members of local chambers who are interested in helping their local chamber to provide more help to startups.
Join us any Friday when you are headed in a new direction with your work and need a boost at the end of a long week, or when you are willing to share your startup experience.
If you have any questions, contact John Wren at (303)861-1447begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (303)861-1447 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or John@SmallBizChamber.org