Weekly Wrap-Up: August 2, 2019


The Weekly Wrap-Up - 8-2-19

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week and that you need to know about, to get the most out of your membership. Thank you for being a member. 


New and Renewing 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:


Yesterday’s Election-

The voters of Nashville spoke and we are headed into the runoff election for several races. Mayor David Briley will face Councilman John Cooper for Mayor. I have been contacted by many members this week about support and endorsements, even more today now that it is a two-person race. We plan to work with whoever wins on LGBT Chamber advocacy initiatives and our mission, and we have purposely stayed neutral. However, we hear the questions coming from our members and the community and we will be talking with both the candidates on LGBT Chamber related issues and other matters affecting the community. Stay tuned. 


Rainbow Wave- Congrats to openly LGBT candidates Zach Young, Nancy A. VanReece, and Brett A. Withers who all won their elections outright last night. Best of luck to Emily Benedict and Russ Bradford who head into the run-offs as the leaders in their races. Thank you to Chaz Flowers and David McMurry for running hard for their neighborhoods and communities. Thanks to all of them for setting and being an example for the LGBT community and fighting for that seat at the table. We appreciate them putting themselves out there. Early vote starts soon! Stay engaged. 


August Newsletter-

Did you see our August Newsletter? Please take a few minutes this weekend to check it out! Anyone can sign up for our monthly newsletter. This Weekly Wrap-Up is your members-only resource, but please forward the monthly newsletter to anyone interested. They can also signup on our website.


Small Business LGBT-Community Visioning Project Conversation-

Calling all Small Business affiliates: Join us at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center just south of Downtown Nashville on Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for a discussion about the future of LGBTQ+ Nashville. This FREE EVENT and conversation is sponsored by, Nashville Pride, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. If you are a small business owner, this will be a great opportunity for you to network while helping our community determine what it means to thrive! Come and join the discussion around how we can all work together to define and develop a future for our community that we can all be proud of. Register for this free event here and check out the Facebook event.

If you can’t join this conversation, please take part in the Community Visioning Project Survey, which is open to everyone. If you would be interested in hosting a conversation with your business, social group or organization -- please email phil@nashvillepride.org.  The prospectus on the project can be found here


Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Startup Shindig-

We had a great time at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Nashville's Startup Shindig Wednesday night! We were a part of a live podcast with the four minority Chambers of Nashville. The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, and TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce were present and I was proud to represent the Nashville LGBT Chamber! We had a great discussion about what we do to make Nashville more equitable for all. Mayor David Briley showed up and talked about what he has done for this! It’s all about collaboration, working together to push the needle on equity for all, and making valuable connections. You can listen to the podcast here


Community Partner Initiative- SBA’s Drive 8(a) Nashville Federal Small Business Summit-

Are you a minority or socially disadvantaged business looking to expand your contracting opportunities with the federal government? Is your net worth below $250k (economically disadvantaged)? Have you been in business for at least two years? If so, you might be missing a huge opportunity to gain access to federal contracts that are set aside for 8(a) Business Development Program. At the Drive 8(a) Summit, participants will learn how to qualify, apply, and utilize the certification to increase business revenue. Attendees will also hear from SBA Region IV Administrator Ashley D. Bell. Register today.


Topgolf Fundraising Showcase-

We had a great time at Topgolf learning about fundraising opportunities Thursday night. We discussed events, a fundraiser tournament, and adding Topgolf as a member of the LGBT Chamber. We are excited to offer some new, entertaining options to our members in the near future!


Arts Board Matching (ABM)-

Are you a business professional looking for nonprofit board service? Arts Board Matching (ABM) promotes dynamic leadership in the arts by cultivating the skills needed to be effective, engaged board members and making matches between business professionals and arts organizations in need of adept board members. Applications for the 2019 ABM class will be accepted through August 23. To nominate yourself or a colleague for this year’s class, use this online nomination form. Visit ABC Nashville’s website for more information about this program and class dates.


August Brewing Up Business-

Our August Brewing Up Business will be held on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:30 pm - 7:30pm at Thistle Farms. They have such an amazing story and mission. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with fellow members and the unique community Thistle Farms is growing! Register today. Our member Inspired Concepts and Events has come on as a co-host for the event and will be providing drinks for everyone. Learn more about Thistle Farms and Inspired Concepts and Events. Thank you to both organizations!


Mark your calendars for upcoming Brewing Up Business events:  

Thursday, August 22nd, Thistle Farms / Inspired Concepts and Events, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 19th, Downtown Sporting Club / Fifth Third Bank, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 17th, TBD, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 19th, Nashville Children’s Theatre, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Diskin’s Daydream-

We are so happy about our partnership with Diskin Cider with the re-release of Daydream, Prickly Pear Rosé Cider. Just like last year, a portion of these proceeds will go to the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation to support efforts to educate, inspire and empower LGBT business professionals. Not only can you grab Daydream in the Diskin Cider taproom, but you can also stop by any of the locations on this map and bring some to your next outing. 70 locations were added last week to include the Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and more! 


Nashville CARES’s Freddy for a Day Benefit-

From our member Nashville CARES: Join us at Black Abbey Taproom tonight for a Queen-themed evening for a great cause. From 5-8pm, we'll be playing Queen music in honor of Freddie Mercury and 5% of all proceeds will benefit Nashville CARES in the fight against HIV/AIDS! We've got the beer, tunes, and mustaches; you bring the party! Costumes are strongly encouraged. RSVP on our Facebook Event Page

Joe Woolley



Lauren Bland

Membership Manager


Nashville LGBT Chamber


41 Peabody Street

Nashville, TN 37210

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