Weekly Wrap-Up: August 21, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 08/21/20

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 - We hope you have had a good week. We hope you are taking some personal time and taking care of yourself, it is so important right now. Lauren and I are both looking forward to some time off to do that. We are hearing from many that these times are really starting to weigh on them. Maybe it is the continued spread of the virus and its impact on the economy and so many other things, the polarized and political climate, or any of the many other things that we are dealing with, whatever it is we want you to know the Chamber is here for you

We have a lot of programming coming up that you can join us for. Please take a look at them below and signup! It was also a busy week of work and events. 

I was honored to have been chosen for the new class of the Leadership Tennessee program. I am joined by several other members and partners, you can read further details below. 

We heard back from so many of you about the 100th Weekly, it was great to know what your favorite parts are and what you would like to see added. We will work on adding those and are also working on many other items that will further enhance membership. Look for announcements soon. Thank you again for being a part of the Chamber and let us know how we can help you. 

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. 

NEW- Last week the Governor and FSAG announced a $50 million relief program for agricultural, forestry, and other food supply industries. You may receive outreach regarding businesses interested in applying for grants. For interested businesses, see a list of industries eligible and the points of contact for each. These points of contact can provide advice and guidance as eligible businesses seek to navigate the application process.

Note: This is a separate program from the Tennessee Small Business Relief Program run by the Department of Revenue. Information on that program, industries eligible, and how eligible business can claim funds may be found available at the Department of Revenue’s website.
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. 

NashvilleHealth and community partners, including the Nashville LGBT Chamber, launched #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.

We are also a partner in the #MaskNowPartyLater campaign. Help us have fun and play concerts and more again in Music City as soon as possible by wearing your mask and following CDC guidelines!

New and Renewing Members

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

What We Did

We're participating in Vote Early TN, a nonpartisan initiative encouraging EVERYONE to get out and VOTE EARLY this fall! Early voting is the best way to ensure the voting process is safe, healthy, and effective for all Tennesseans. We will keep you posted on the early voting schedule and other helpful information.

We commemorated the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted voting rights to some women. Votes for Women Virtual Grand Opening 

It is important to acknowledge the lesbian and queer women leaders of the suffrage movement. Check out these articles- 

Remember all the women that pushed for equality and representation.

We were honored to speak this week at Nissan's LGBT Employee Resource Group virtual meeting. GSAN also hosted Pam Sheffer from the Oasis Center and Nakia Reid from the Metro Nashville Police Department. This was a great opportunity for Nissan employees to connect with the LGBTQ+ community. We are happy to speak with your corporate employee resource group as well.

What an evening! Our PM Brewing Business featured special guests running for office, Chamber updates, and a live demo from our member B&B Beverage Management for Cocktails for a Cause, and lots of networking. Check out the recording of announcements below. Join us next time!

We congratulated our CEO, Joe Woolley, on being selected to Leadership Tennessee’s Class VIII. This opportunity will expand access to businesses, suppliers, and civic leaders throughout Tennessee to benefit our members and their employees. 
As part of our continued growth and influence, this is an excellent opportunity for the NLGBTCC and our members to be part of the conversation. Congrats to some of our other community partners as well: Councilmember Nancy VanReece, Jason Schmitt, and Jacky Akbari! See the full list after the link below.

Our members are hiring!
If you are seeking employement, make sure to check out our Jobs Board. If you have a job opening at your company, posting it to our website will increase your reach to our diverse audience.

We are proud to announce our Classroom Connect Fall-Winter Series. Classroom Connect is a new educational programming series designed to help our members and broader LGBT and ally community, educate themselves and grow professionally. 
The Fall-Winter 2020 series will start with a motivational presentation to “change your mindset”. Then will cover social media strategies, establishing good customer feedback and quality programs, public relations basics, and finally financial forecasting and modeling. The 2021 series is still in development, except for the January event that will be an LGBT certified business program. All programs build off one another so there are information and tips from one month to another that tie together for participants. You do not need to attend all programs to find value in them, but even great connections and growth will be made if participants do.

August 27, 2020: 5 Mindset Shifts to Reshape Your Future
September 24, 2020: Social Media Strategies and Marketing
October 22, 2020: “The Voice of the Customer” - Customer Feedback / Quality
November 19, 2020: Public Relations 101
December 17, 2020: Financial Modeling / Forecasting for Startups and Mature Businesses
January 28, 2021: LGBT Business Enterprise Certification and Metro Procurement Policy and Opportunities
February 25, 2021: TBD
March 25, 2021: TBD
April 22, 2021: TBD
May 27, 2021: TBD

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!

The Drive In Drag Show returns Friday August 28th and Saturday August 29th. Join us for live music, drag entertainment and plenty of surprises. Bring your own food and drink, settle in and enjoy the show!
Our member Good Neighbor Festivals has offered $20 off for our Chamber using promo code LGBTCHAMBER.

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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