Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Franklin Circle Alpha Group Forming

If you might like to be the leader of a fee based Franklin Circle, please contact John Wren. There are still a couple of seats open in the Franklin Circle Alpha Group for fee based leaders still open. Call Wren at (303)861-1447 or email

Or attend the free session that is held each Friday right after the Denver IDEA Cafe "How to start a Franklin Circle, and why you should," for more info and optional RSVP see

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The new Franklin Circle Alpha Group is starting next Thursday (Jan 27) at noon, it's a great group and we have a couple of seats open. It will be the last Franklin Circle I ever personally organize and facilitate. If you'd be interested in more information let me know.

We'll be doing a free, open meeting of Community Room College each Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. right after the Denver IDEA Cafe at 13th & Grant. We'll give those who attend enough information to start their own mastermind group, or to join one of the new groups that are being formed now in the metro-Denver area. If you want to attend, there is more info and an optional RSVP if you click here, or let me know if you have any questions.


John S. Wren, MBA+
Founder, your new, free Small Business Chamber of Commerce
IDEA Cafes * Franklin Circles* Monthly "Big Event" or
(303)861-1447  or

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Accomplish more!

Interested in starting or joining a Franklin Circle? Attend a free information session next Thursday (Jan 20) at noon or next Friday (Jan 21) at 4:30 p.m. You'll be given enough information at the meeting to start your own group, and if you want you'll be given help finding a new group focused on your specific interests. For more information, contact John Wren at (303)861-1447  (303)861-1447 or

Also, contact John Wren if you need a speaker for your service club or other group.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Denver Franklin Circle now forming.

We hope to start a new Franklin Circle here in Denver soon, it will be the last one John Wren will personally organize and facilitate. If you are interested, contact him at (303)861-1447 or

If you'd like to start a new IDEA Cafe and/or Franklin Circle, attend the Denver IDEA Cafe. No meeting this Friday because of the holiday (Happy Thanksgiving!), join us December 3 when Ken Wyble from the South Metro Chamber of Commerce will be chairing the meeting. We hope to have a new South Denver IDEA Cafe starting soon. For more see

Want to start a Franklin Circle mastermind group with your friends. For tips about how to get started see

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm looking for a few companions to be part of the new Franklin Circle I'm forming to help me as I start your new, free Small Business Chamber of Commerce, a group that will meet every other week or so to help each other start and/or grow our individual careers, project, campaigns, and/or businesses.

A mastermind group? Sort of. To understand the difference, join us for this free, open 4-week session either Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m., or Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. Contact me if you are interested or have questions at (303)861-1447 or

Here's the Craig's List posting I just made about the free 4 weeks session that starts this week:

Companions (Capitol Hill)

Community Room College

This free, open group studies the new book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything-- A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ. and helps those who are interested organize Franklin Circles, independent self-directed learning groups.

I've been organizing and facilitating groups in Denver based on the Ignatian spirituality so well expressed in James Martin's new book, The Jesuit Guide to Practically Everything.

Jesuit Guide Discussion Group

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 4:30PM

Ignatian spirituality is the guiding philosophy of Community Room College, the Denver IDEA Cafe, Franklin Circles, and the new, free Small Business Chamber of Commerce

Join us any week as we gather to read a passage from the book and discuss our experience focused on these topics:

Week #1: You are OK now, start where you are.

Week #2: Heros: Lessons in living.

Week #3: Higher Power: Spiritual living.

Week #4: Proceeding: What's next?

At each meeting we'll follow this agenda:

*Introductions/ Where are you now?



*Final words/ What's changed?

No RSVP is required to attend this meeting, but if you do RSVP you'll get a reminder about our meeting each week and it's an easy way to invite friends who might be interested.

There is also a meeting each Sunday evening at Denver's only Jesuit parish, Loyola Church, 23rd & York, Denver, right after the 5:30 p.m. mass.

Check out what members are saying about Community Room College and Franklin Circles:
"BIG Benefits" - Larry Nelson

"I believe that with more members this could be a great group.
Interesting and diverse group of attendees" - Jay Gegenberg

"Good chance to meet some new people with similar interests in business development / networking." - Michael Ballou

"If you have a curious mind, and enjoy an open and honest exchange of ideas, within a structured-yet-open framework, you'd probably enjoy it. If you are all about yourself, you might be in the wrong place." - Barry Wolfman

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New, free Small Business Chamber aquires Community Room College

Community Room College is now part of the new, free Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

Announcing the change, the founder of both groups, John Wren, said, "I've always said the best form of adult learning is to start a new business. The Small Business Chamber will be using the Community Room College approach to adult education through independent self-directed learning groups to help our members start or join business peer advisory groups. Other topics such as adjusting to retirement, the arts, and good citizenship will continue to the focus of groups formed by our Community Room College division. More will be announced about this in the next few days."

Wren has been organizing and facilitating adult learning groups since 1994. Groups he has started included Franklin Circles, Denver Socrates Cafe, Denver Speakers Corner, the Denver IDEA Cafe, and the Jesuit Guide Discussion Group. Wren is past president of the University of Denver Graduate Student Association, the Denver City Club, the Ro cky Mountain Direct Marketing Association, and the Metro South Optimists Club. He has taught for the American Management Association, the University of Denver, Arapahoe Community College, Casper Junior College, and many adult learning programs such as Denver Free University. He attended Cornell College and the Univeristy of Denver where he earned a BA ('69) and an MBA ('78). He is the father of four adult childeren.