Weekly Wrap-Up: April 12, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-Up - 4-12-19

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week and that you need to know about to get the most of your membership.


Where did the week go? It was a busy one. There is SO much that you need to know about that is going on and we need your help and response on several things. Please read through the Wrap-Up, especially the legislative update. We hope to see you next week at one of the many things we have happening. 


New and Renewed Members-


We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who renewed their membership this week:


Membership Stickers-

All of those renewing members and all of you are getting this! 

The 2019 Nashville LGBT Chamber stickers are hitting mailboxes on Monday! This beautiful sticker can be displayed in your office, storefront, cubicle, car, or anywhere you can show your pride in business. Because we are mailing these stickers to current members only, please check the following:

  • Your account balance. If you have an outstanding invoice, please make sure to pay today in order to receive your membership sticker. All account information can be found in your member portal.

  • Your mailing address. Please make sure your mailing address is current in our system. This can also be found in your member portal under Company Information. 

Thank you for your investment in the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce. We work hard to create invaluable opportunities for each of our members. Display your membership sticker proudly!





Legislative Update-

Is Session over yet? We went into this week knowing that the License to Discriminate bill had picked up a sponsor in the Senate. We thought that would be the big surprise and thing we needed to work on, but the week turned in to a very busy one with movement on several bills and in several areas. 


Taylor Swift made an incredible donation to our friends over at the Tennessee Equality Project. She donated $113,000 to them for their incredible work and we thank her for that and ask that you donate to TEP with an amount of 13 in it to keep it going. TEP is a true partner of ours and we work with them every day to make sure Tennessee is a welcoming place to live and do business.  


The Tennessean published a piece on the impact of the donation from Swift but also on the work that has to be done to fight these senseless and discriminatory bills. Our favorite quote was- “Swift's gift will help the group in its advocacy efforts, but it is unfortunate that it takes so much money to try to protect people's human rights and basic dignity.”


The big surprise came this week when we heard that the Governors Office and several leaders in the legislature said that they “just weren't hearing from businesses around this legislation.” What?! We know for a fact that they are, you can turn and look at the brave public statement that AllianceBernstein made, and we have been told from several corporations that they are working behind the scenes. We need businesses to speak out publicly.  


We are looking for corporate signers to an open letter. Please join us in putting your businesses name on this letter that we would circulate next week and the following week. We need to show them that business does oppose this legislation and we want to keep Tennessee open and welcoming for all. Contact me if you would like to be added. 


There are several other statements and letters coming next week from different corporations and groups. We will share all of those next week. Now is the time to speak out, don't let these bills pass and have not done something. 


If you can’t put your company name on a letter, you can still make an impact. Look for actions alerts from us or TEP. Keep up to date with TEP’s blog on local action that can be taken. And you are always welcome to contact your legislators and use these talking points to craft your message. 


If you have connections to any of these areas or these businesses let us know. 

The Senate is where we are going to stop these bills and we need to do it in committees. We compiled lists of the largest employers in most of the districts of the committee members and you might have some contacts to get to some of them as well.  Maybe the message from various sources can convince them the bills are bad enough to stop this year. We have some examples of messaging concern without singling out specific bills and highlighting the need to keep a business-friendly environment which includes supporting diverse workforce and workplaces.



Chairman Mike Bell (Bradley County, etc)- Whirlpool; Amazon; Wacker Chemical; Mars; Bayer

Jon Lundberg (Sullivan, Johnson)- Eastman; BAE; Home Shopping Network

Dawn White (Rutherford)- Nissan; MTSU; Ingram Content; State Farm; Verizon; Asurion; Bridgestone

Janice Bowling (Warren, etc)- Bridgestone

Todd Gardenhire (Hamilton, Bradley)- Volkswagen; Blue Cross Blue Shield; McKee Foods; Unum; Cigna, Amazon

Sara Kyle (Shelby)- FedEx, ServiceMaster, International Paper, Medtronic, Nike, AutoZone, First TN

Katrina Robinson (Shelby)

John Stevens (Weakley, etc.)- just not much in his district, but could be talked to from ECD perspective

Kerry Roberts- Dupont


State and Local

Dickerson- anyone in Nashville (HCA, AllianceBernstein, Postmates, Nissan)

Briggs (Knox)- UT, Scripps

Gardenhire (Bradley, Hamilton)- Volkswagen, BCBS, McKee Foods, Unum, Cigna, Amazon

Jackson (Madison Co)- Kellogg, Delta Faucet, Stanley Black and Decker, 

Kelsey (Shelby)- FedEx, International Paper, First TN Bank, AutoZone, Williams Sonoma, Servicemaster, Nike

Reeves (Rutherford, Marshall)- Nissan, Ingram Content, State Farm, Verizon, Asurion, Bridgestone

White (Rutherford)- Nissan, Ingram Content, State Farm, Verizon, Asurion, Bridgestone

Yager (Scott, Rhea, Fentress, Morgan, Roane, Pickett)- not much there, LA-Z Boy

Yarbro- Nashville


Let me know if you have connections. 



Nashville Fire Department and Out & About Today-

We had the privilege of meeting with Director Chief William Swann and LGBT Liasion Matt Fuson of the Nashville Fire Department this week. We discussed the role of LGBT Liasion in our community. Grab your Nashville Fire PRIDE shirt, it benefits TEP. I got one from the Chief and am very excited to wear it! 


You can see me on Out & About Today discussing what’s going on with Nashville in regards to the NFL Draft. The Nashville LGBT Chamber had more members chosen for the NFL Draft Business Connect than any other minority chamber! Out & About Today airs on NewsChannel 5+ Fridays at 10pm, Saturdays at 2am & 9:30pm and Sundays at 2am & 7:30pm. Comcast 250, Charter 182, Digi 5.2 or outandabouttoday.com


Comcast Cares Day 2019- MONDAY- 

We need you! We are still in a need a few more volunteers to work with the LGBT Chamber and the Nashville Ballet as we partner with Comcast for Comcast Cares Day on Monday, April 15th from 12 pm - 4 pm. Volunteers will write thank you letters to donors, stuff envelopes, and help the Nashville LGBT Chamber organize our donor appreciation activities. This project will benefit the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation. Please register as a volunteer for our project!


April Brewing Up Business-

Our April Brewing Up Business is less than a week away! We had a site visit with BATL and STF Events & Catering this week. Trust us, this is going to be a fun event! Get ready to throw axes while eating delicious food from our LGBTBE and NFL Draft Business Connect participant STF Events & Catering, drinking, and networking on a beautiful patio in East Nashville. Register now!


Dining Out For Life Lunch with the Chamber- TUESDAY- 

The LGBT Chamber is excited to support Nashville CARES and host lunch at The Mockingbird Nashville for Dining Out For Life on Tuesday. Come eat lunch and talk to other Chamber members that will gather to support this great cause. Our board will be there doing some “dating” with new and potential members at tables, we would love to see you there! We will both be there and happy to talk with you while you are eating on anything we can do to make your membership better. 

Please RSVP to this event by registering, make reservations with the Mockingbird, and join us for lunch on Tuesday, April 16th!


Dining Out For Life- Tuesday Night-

Dine Out. Give Back. Join Nashville CARES for Dining Out For Life on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by dining at one of over 60 participating restaurants. Restaurants participate in Dining Out For Life by donating a generous percentage of the day’s sales from either breakfast, lunch and/or dinner to Nashville CARES. Gather your friends, family, and colleagues and dine out at a participating restaurant.  Visit https://www.diningoutforlife.com/city/nashville/ to see a list of participating restaurants.

Nashville CARES’s goal is to raise $120,000 to support their work.  Last year Nashville CARES served more than 50,000 Middle Tennesseans living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Email DOFL@nashvillecares.org for more information.


2019 Excellence in Business Awards-

We are now 3 weeks away from the 2019 Excellence in Business Awards. Now is the time to finalize your table and grab your tickets! Seriously! We need everyone to buy your tickets NOW! You don't want to miss this meal and see this space at the JW Marriott. Guests will enjoy:

  • Arugula and baby herb salad with herbed feta cheese tart, grilled asparagus, and tomato vinaigrette

  • Cast iron porkchop with sweet corn cotija grits, Brussel sprouts, and chipotle tomatillo relish

  • Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, crisped rice, and chocolate shards OR Blueberry cheesecake dome 

Make sure you buy your tickets now. Come network with members, public figures, and political candidates while we announce winners from our distinguished finalists. Half and full table sponsorships are available. Gather your group, we will you see on May 3rd!


13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey-

The Nashville LGBT Chamber is again partnering with the CMI (Community Marketing and Insights) in bringing the 13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey. This survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations and provides valid data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. Last year this survey had over 45,000 participants from 150 countries!
The survey should take 12-15 minutes to complete. Everyone who completes the survey by May 31st, 2019 may enter into an optional drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50. Additionally, CMI will donate $1,000 to the Trevor Project to support their work with LGBTQ youth.


I told you there was a lot! I hope to hear from or see you this week. Thanks for everything!


Joe Woolley


Lauren Bland

Membership Manager

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