Weekly Wrap-Up: April 10, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 04/10/20
Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week
and you need to know about, to get the most of your membership.
Thank you for being a member.
During this time of national crisis, when information and connections are so important,
the Weekly Wrap-Up will be made available to members and non-members.
CEO Brief- ?
I hope you are all holding up during these times of physical distancing and being cooped up at home. The days all blur together and I could not believe that today was Friday and it was time to write another brief. The beautiful spring weather has helped me this week and I have enjoyed walking my dog a lot! I struggle with taking 'me' time during this and I am working on that. I hope you are taking care of yourself physically and emotionally during this. Any tips? Would love to share them with other members.

Speaking of members, they never cease to amaze me. We had a member really step up this week and jump to our highest levels of membership. Thank you Music City Prep Clinic on becoming our first TITANIUM $12,000 level member. Our members also speak up and reach out. We heard back from so many members expressing thanks for our announcement last week on our pause of membership dues until we return to some type of normal.

They also told me what I have been hearing from others directly on, they are hurting and need assistance now. We hear you and understand, we have been frustrated like many of you, in watching the slow response of getting assistance in to peoples hands from these programs. We will continue to do what we can to make sure this is getting better. Read more in the COVID-19 section below on some policy issues we worked on this week. 
We have also been busy creating several new programs and pushing old ones, to bring even more connections and educational opportunities to members and the community. Our Membership Manager Lauren Bland tells you all about them in a social video post this week.

We hope you are taking advantage of how we might help you. I am looking forward to talking with and highlighting our members next week with our first virtual Brewing Up Business! See details below.

As always we are in this together and we are here for you. Please let us know how we might help.

With you. -Joe
Coronavirus Response
The most important thing for small business owners to know about is the assistance programs from the government. There are two main programs out there, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) that is loaned through the SBA, and the Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL) that is loaned through financial institutions. The easiest and best breakdown of what these mean for you has come from the NFIB.

We know there is a frustration and concern about the response time and access to these loans. We continue to raise the issues with SBA and the banks, and also with our elected officials.

On Tuesday we made sure that Governor Lee heard from us and other business associations on how important it was to include self-employed individuals in the $600 bump in unemployment benefits that the state handles in giving out. We are glad this policy change was made and our 'gig-workers' and self-employed members will receive this assistance.
We launched a new website this week. We are collecting upcoming webinars, town halls, calls, and more on our Upcoming Learning Opportunities page. This is a great resource for anyone navigating the small business loan process, working from home for the first time, or just wanting to connect with the community.
In addition to upcoming learning opportunities, we are adding recordings and follow-up resources from previous webinars. Check these resources frequently for the latest information.
If your organization is hosting a virtual learning opportunity that you would like included on this list, please email Lauren.
We want you to support our members who have moved to delivery, take out, or curbside models. We are updating this page as members continue to adapt and alter their plans.

Check out the special page on our website to find where your next meal is coming from!
We want to support the TASTE vendors who support the Nashville LGBT Chamber!

We have created a special page on the website to highlight new products and services our TASTE vendors are offering at this time.

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The COVID-19 situation changes hour by hour. We are continuing to post updates and connections to resources on our social media. Please follow us there for new and immediate information updates.
During these uncertain times, the Nashville LGBT Chamber stands by you. We know that running a business right now is difficult no matter its size, from gig-workers to small businesses to our corporations, we are all in this together and we are there for you.
Every day, we are  advocating  for our members and working to  educate  and  connect  you to resources, information, and relief. 

Here is a summary of relevant updates from this week: 

Press Releases

Upcoming Webinars

Send us any information or items you would like us to share. Check our website frequently for new info. Connect with us on social to stay up-to-date with information and member news on   Facebook Twitter , and  LinkedIn .
Nashville Tornado Recovery
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA)  has opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Davidson County – as of Monday, March 9 to help businesses apply for disaster loans. 
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Read the press release below to find out who is eligible, how to apply for loans, and much more.
New and Renewing Members
We are so proud to announce Music City PrEP Clinic as our first-ever Titanium member!

?Previously a Gold member, Music City PrEP’s Titanium Membership highlights the tremendous recent growth of the Nashville LGBT Chamber.

Support from members like Music City PrEP is what makes our work possible. In the middle of an economic and health crisis, when many of our members and businesses are hurting, Music City PrEP is demonstrating that they care about our community and ensuring that LGBT people can thrive in business by supporting the work we do while supporting their health in the work that they do.

'With success and visibility comes responsibility, and we could not have reached this point in our trajectory this soon without the support of the LGBTQ+ community. It's an honor and our pleasure to support and participate in our community's chamber at the highest level.' said Rich MacKinnon, Executive Director of Music City PrEP. 

Please help us in thanking Music City PrEP Clinic for their investment!
What We Did
We attended many webinars to gather information for us and our members. We will continue to inform you of ones you might want to participate live in (see list above) and we will share the ones that we do with you so you can listen and learn from them. See some of the ones we were involved with this week.

Connections
Virtual Brewing Up Business
We are so excited to announce our first virtual networking event! Join us on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 pm for Brewing Up Business on Zoom.

We will talk to some of our restaurant members about their take-out and delivery services and connect with each other in small groups to connect and mingle. It will be a lot of fun to see our old Chamber friends and make new connections.

This is a free event. Register now- we will send the Zoom credentials via email the day of the event. See you soon!
Membership Has Its Perks
We offer many tools to inform visitors about your updated services, hours of operation, volunteer needs, and news and information you are releasing. 

Login to the Member Information Center now and see how easy it is!

Website Directory - If your business has recently adopted take out, curbside, or delivery services, please select our new directory category “Take Out”. We will promote all of these businesses on our social platforms. 

Hot Deals - Use Hot Deals to promote a discount, special, or new service your business offers. 

Job postings - Use the Jobs Board feature to promote any jobs or volunteer opportunities you have. With so many people losing jobs, it’s important for our community to know where they can look for employment.

News Releases - We are sharing member and community news via news releases. Keep members and the public up-to-date on your hours of operation, services you provide, and any other announcements.

Email Lauren if you need assistance logging into your member portal.
In these uncertain times, we hope to connect our members and our community to the ways you can give and receive support. Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber can utilize “Hot Deals” to promote deals and services you are still offering. We will add to this list as they come in. We encourage everyone to support these businesses.
Order carry out from any Fleming’s Steakhouse location tonight through April 11th and enjoy $40 off when you spend $100. To redeem, just mention this post. Curbside pick-up also available. View our menus online and call the restaurant to order at: 615-342-0131.

20% off any of our services including planning and decor for weddings and events, florals, balloon decor, and Christmas indoor and outdoor decor.

Free honeymoon package when you book your destination wedding in beautiful Punta Cana with Ron Sanford Productions!

Need event lighting, draping, or custom builds for your upcoming event?
Contact TN Event Designs and receive 10% off when you mention promo code -  NLGBT10. We specialize in wedding, corporate and music events in Nashville and all major cities.

Support Local is an initiative that lets you show your support for your local businesses during this challenging time. Reach out to USA Today Network's Brently Snyder to set up your small businesses listing now. Visitors can purchase gift cards now to use in the future.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown/The Gulch is extending a special discounted rate March 25, 2020-April 30, 2020 for Nashville LGBT Chamber members!  
We are extending a Nashville Strong rate of $119 through April 30, 2020. If you would like to make reservations, please contact Jeremy Bishop , Director of Sales.
Yes, you are open! We want to make sure people know! Take advantage of this Small Business Booster that includes a web box ad AND social media campaign for $50 that will run for all of April.

At Drury Hotels, our free amenities, clean rooms, friendly team members and award-winning service make life’s journey a little easier and hopefully a little healthier. Rates listed are for 1 - 2 people per room, per night, non-commissionable, valid at any hotel and are subject to local taxes. Not valid with any other offer, special rate or discount. Block-out dates may apply.

Use Corporate Code: HEALTH
Joe Woolley
CEO

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
615-507-5185
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210
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