Weekly Wrap-Up: August 14, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 08/14/20

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week, and what you need to know to get the most out 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 - 
This is the 100th edition of the Weekly Wrap-Up! This email started after my second week on the job to inform members of what we had worked on for them and what benefits and opportunities they could take advantage of. The response was so great to that first email, that I decided to keep it going and do it weekly. Since then we have only missed 2 weeks. Sometimes, like today, it is the last thing we do before we break for the weekend, but we get it out and hope that you find it helpful and informative. We think, and have heard from many of you, that it is one of the biggest member benefits that we offer, whatever level of member you are or what you are looking for with a membership. We have shared this email with members and non-members since COVID-19 impacted us and we will continue to do so. 

This milestone email highlights another milestone for me. Yesterday was my second anniversary as CEO of the Chamber. What an incredible two years. Our President Ron Snitker issued this statement on my anniversary, and I want to say thank you! What great members and community I get to serve, and what an awesome team I get to work with. I could not do this without Lauren Bland, your Membership Manager. Thank you Board of Directors for your trust and your hard work and service to the organization. I am so proud and honored to get to do this. It can be challenging but the results and changes we make happen are worth it! 
There are COVID response updates. Make sure to look at the updated state assistance for small businesses. The funds are not being utilized and are available, and they expanded the businesses that qualify. Mayor Cooper updated the Phase 2 reopening plan. Cases continue to be up and we have to keep trying to push them down. The state legislature wrapped up the special session they held this week. COVID liability passed and that is good for our small business and nonprofit members, read the full wrap below. 

There are so many programming events to be a part of coming up. Make sure to check them out and register. There was also other exciting news and updates this week. Check out all the info below and let us know if you are still enjoying the Weekly Wrap-Up, what you like and what we can improve or add. We look forward to sending you many more and thank you for being a member!

Legislative Update
The Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act passed the Senate and House and will be signed in to law by the Governor. The Act protects small businesses and nonprofits from frivolous lawsuits regarding the spread of COVID-19. 
Thank you to the many members that engaged and pushed for the passage of this bill. 

Coronavirus Response

Tennessee Business Relief Program: 
The state is more than halfway to its goal of distributing $200 million in federal coronavirus relief money to Tennessee small businesses. There are still funds available, and only 46% of businesses eligible have applied. Members should look into this relief program immediately. 

Payments totaling approximately $110 million have gone out to more than 14,000 businesses across the state. More than two-thirds of the payments have been provided to businesses with annual gross sales of $500,000 or less. In addition, more than 1,500 have gone to minority-owned businesses and more than 2,700 to women-owned businesses.  

Now, state officials are planning to expand the eligibility to more than 10,000 additional businesses in hopes of distributing another $84 million in payments. The newly eligible businesses include those in sectors not included in the first round of payments. Tourism-related businesses like travel agencies and transportation services, music publishers and recording studios and wedding and event venues are all added to the new program. A full list of businesses and more information and how to apply can be found here.

From Mayor John Cooper:
Starting Monday, August 17, Limited Service Restaurants and Bars may reopen with a max of 25 patrons or however many can be socially distanced – whichever is less. All customers must be seated and bar counters remain closed. 
Additionally, all Restaurants and Bars must close to the public and empty nightly by 10:30pm. To-go/curbside alcohol sales and open containers of alcohol are still disallowed in the Midtown and Downtown areas as previously defined.
Current Public Health Orders will remain in effect through at least August 31st. For more information – please visit covid19.nashville.gov.
Check out all of our COVID-19 updates on our website and the COVID-19 Resource page.

From the SBA: 
Get the Facts on PPP & EIDL 
This webinar will be every Friday and Monday at 11am CST/12p EST, until December 2020. 
  • Hear from SBA
  • Hear from lenders.  
  • Find out what it is a myth and what is true on PPP & EIDL.
  • Need help with applying for a loan?
  • Join to get connected to FREE counseling and loan packaging.
  • Can 1099s and sole proprietorships qualify for PPP?
  • Yes! Join to get the facts.
  • If you are small business owner, minority business owner, rural business owner, or woman business owner, please join to hear from SBA.
Join to hear from traditional and non-traditional lenders to connect with.
Alongside partners from across the community, NashvilleHealth announced the launch of #MaskForNash or #ÚselaPorNash – a community-wide effort to encourage citizens to care for our hometown by wearing a mask or cloth face covering when in public.

Download #MaskForNash/#ÚselaPorNash logos here Add them to your website, share on social media, use in email signatures, print and place on your door and window to show support for our city

Joe Woolley, CEO of the Nashville LGBT Chamber said, “We are thrilled to be joining this community initiative to help push people to wear a mask and show that we are all in this together and need to do our part. We have been pushing mask-wearing and showing pride from the beginning of the epidemic, partnering with Metro Health and the Mayor’s Office. It is great to see our community partners working together on this under this campaign, and we are grateful for Nashville Health for spearheading it.”

New and Renewing Members

Please join us in welcoming the following NEW businesses and individuals 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:

What We Did

We celebrated Joe's two-year anniversary this week! We thank him for his leadership during these uncertain and challenging times. We are lucky to have you. Keep up the great work, Joe!

Joe was recognized as "Hero of the Match" at our member Nashville Soccer Club's game this week for his work with the Nashville LGBTQbusiness community. Bonus: Nashville SC made history and earned their first MLS victory 1-0 over FC Dallas!

Our board member Nikki Gibson of Dell Technologies was a guest judge for NGLCC's Sip & Pitch. LGBT business owners pitch their ideas for invaluable feedback from corporate procurement experts. Watch the recording below.

We sent an email this week about opportunities for small businesses and benefits for all members. Check the news release below to read about upcoming webinars and ways to maximize your membership.


PM Brewing Up Business will be held on Thursday, August 20th at 5:30 pm. This is our traditional networking event. You will be put in small groups several times to make sure you have conversations with as many people as possible. Register below!

Get ready to learn! Classroom Connect will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 11 am. Join us as Tyler Ingram dicusses "5 Mindset Shifts to Reshape Your Future". Get out of your own way and have the best year of your life. Register below!

HackOut is the world's largest LGBTQIA-themed startup hackathon. This one-of-a-kind event offers LGBTQIA startups a FREE and DIGITAL opportunity to meet industry expert mentors, sponsors, potential investors, and other successful founders. Applications due August 22nd!

We are proud to co-host President Thomas Roth and Senior Research Director Davis Paisley, founders of Community Marketing Insights (CMI), the world’s leading LGBTQ marketing research firm, for a review and discussion of the results from their 14th annual LGBTQ Consumer Survey. Join us on Monday, August 24th!

We are so proud of our certified LGBT-owned businesses (also known as LGBT Business Enterprises or LGBTBEs) as they continue to see success and we want to spotlight them!
Check out this spotlight of Out & About Nashville. Read about their publication and their certification!

Have you tried Diskin Cider Daydream yet? This prickly pear rose cider is perfect for summer AND proceeds benefit the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation! Stop by the cidery or any of the locations below to grab yours today!

We are a proud partner of the 2020 Nashville Health Literacy Forum. This is your opportunity to learn about an ongoing community collaboration to improve the health literacy of ourselves and neighbors. Hear from Keynote speaker, Catina O’Leary, and many other panelists in a roundtable discussion about what a community-wide effort to improve health literacy includes. This event will be held on Thursday, October 22nd and registration is open now.

Membership Has Its Perks

Current Hot Deals

Check out these Hot Deals from our members by clicking their logos below!
Maximize Your Membership

Our list of member benefits constantly grows and develops! Make sure you are maximizing your membership to reach our diverse audience. Contact me if you have any questions about membership or any of the following benefits:

  • Update your Online Listing: Update your logo, category, business information, and more to get noticed in our website directory.
  • Member Account Checklist: Members can use their representatives, membership badge, and membership sticker to promote their pride in business.
  • Banner Ads: A banner ad is an advertisement embedded on our website with the goal of sending traffic to you.
  • Post Events: Keep the community up-to-date with your business’s events.
  • Post Jobs: Job postings are imperative to support the LGBTQ+ and ally community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Offer Hot Deals or Member-to-Member Deals: Promote your business by uploading specials and discounts to our Hot Deals page.

Joe Woolley

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210

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