Weekly Wrap-Up: April 5, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-Up - 4-5-19

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. 


New and Renewed Members-


Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that joined our Chamber this week:

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


Legislative Update-

This was quite the week on the Hill. We had great turnout and interest this week from the press to the public. Not to the level that cherry trees received last weekend, I wish the community were as outraged at LGBT rights being trampled as they are about trees being removed. Not saying the trees are not important or speak to larger issues in Nashville, but the response to that issue and ones that have a much larger impact on people life are not being treated the same. We need people to take action and speak out. 


Tuesday was TEP’s Day on the Hill and we joined them with other community partners HRC, ACLU, and Freedom for All Americans. We held a press conference and you can see the live stream of it that HRC put out. I recommend you watch the whole thing if you have time as it really builds the case of what we are facing and why we are opposed. The Chamber’s focus was on the legislative impact that the passage of these bills would bring on the state, there are several businesses and events watching, you can see my comments at 8:12. 


Unfortunately, a national group called NoGay NoWay flew a plane around the legislature that day and took some of the important press coverage on this issue away from the local groups working these issues. You can see an interview I did about this and defended our member Amazon for their work. There is another great piece that wraps up all the issues and lets you hear from the people proposing these bills to better understand what we are up against. 


Our corporate member Postmates took action later in the week and signed the Tennessee Thrives pledge. We thank them for doing that and ask you to do it if you have not. We are working with them and others on statements when we need them to be put out. That time may come and it is important, you can see that the Senate is listening to the business effects in this article. 


Bill update- 

The Adoption bill was rolled to the last calendar in the Senate committee it was in on Tuesday. That does NOT mean it is dead, it can be pulled and rescheduled, but we hope it will not be heard this year. 


The Licence to Discriminate bill still does not have a sponsor on the Senate side after passing the House. We hope that it won't get one so it does not move forward. 



The Transgender Harassment bill HB1274 is scheduled in a House committee this week and we need to stop it. As amended, the bill is designed to support only school districts with anti-transgender student policies. That still means the state is helping discriminate and that the state will be paying for the legal costs.


Here are more ways to get involved and what happened this week from our friends at TEP. 


HRC Equality Index Recognition- 

The Nashville Business Journal posted an article on our Chamber members and other Tennessee businesses that received scores on the HRC Equality Index. Congrats again to our members. 


ANNOUNCING- April Brewing Up Business- 

Get ready to throw some axes! We are so excited to be at our member BATL for the April Brewing Up Business. Members will be able to throw axes while eating great food, drinking, and networking on a beautiful patio in East Nashville. Register here


Voting is Now Open- 

We need your input! You need you to VOTE!

All current members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber are asked to vote now for the 2019 Excellence in Business Awards! Before we announce the winners on Friday, May 3rd, you get to vote for who you think is the most deserving finalist in each category. Your score will be added to our judges' scores that selected the top three finalists for each category. The finalist with the highest score will receive the award.  Each representative gets one ballot. The deadline to submit your vote is Sunday, April 7th. Vote now. 


To make sure your membership is current, please log into your member portal. If you are not current you can pay your outstanding invoice by clicking the green Pay button underneath the Home section to renew your membership. Members in good standing will not see the green Pay button.


All members will find the voting form using these simple steps:

  1. Click the Resources tab at the top of your member portal

  2. Click 2019 Business Awards Voting Form to cast your votes


Please reach out to our Membership Manager if you have any questions about your membership or logging into your member portal. We put the ballot here so you HAD to log in and check other information to make sure your membership is up to date! Get in there and VOTE, update, and get the most of your membership! 


Dining Out For Life Lunch with the Chamber-

The LGBT Chamber is excited to support Nashville CARES and host lunch at The Mockingbird Nashville for Dining Out For Life - Nashville 2019.  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! 

Please RSVP to this event by registering and join us for lunch on Tuesday, April 16th!


Business Awards at the JW Marriott-

Only 4 weeks until the 2019 Excellence in Business Awards! This week, we finalized the luncheon menu at the beautiful JW Marriott. Our guests are truly in for a treat, the committee is still full from all the delicious food we tasted. The incredible banquet team and Executive Pastry Chef, Romain Fournel have assembled a sophisticated and delicious menu. 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!


Comcast Cares Day 2019-

We are seeking 20 volunteers to work with the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation and the Nashville Ballet as we partner with Comcast for Comcast Cares Day on Monday, April 15th. Comcast NBCUniversal gives back to the communities they serve every year with Comcast Cares Day. We will join about 100,000 volunteers to improve more than 1,000 project sites. 

Our volunteers will write thank you letters to donors, stuff envelopes, and help the LGBT Chamber organize our donor appreciation activities. Please register as a volunteer for our project on the April 15th at the Nashville Ballet!


Host a Brewing Up Business-

We have had some AWESOME members apply to host! There are still opportunities. We want you to host Brewing Up Business! We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for Brewing Up Business hosting opportunities!

Brewing Up Business is the monthly networking program. It takes place on the third Thursday of every month. In the last six months, our average attendance has grown to over 100!

That is 100+ members and community members seeing your space, tasting your food, and learning about your business. The opportunity to host events is an important benefit we offer our members. Hosts are able to show off their space and any services or products they provide, will be listed on the LGBT Chamber website, social media, events calendar, have the opportunity to speak at the event, and have the opportunity to give away prizes and/or promotional materials to attendees. Brewing Up Business is the hottest event of the month. Fill out the BUB host application and take advantage of this invaluable Chamber benefit today!


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.


Joe Woolley


Lauren Bland

Membership Manager


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