Weekly Wrap-Up: August 28, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 08/28/20

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. 
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CEO Brief - Thanks to Lauren for holding things down while I take some time off in Provincetown, MA. It was wonderful to get to travel again and the new BNA Nashville International Airport is amazing. I hope you will get to experience it soon. Massachusetts does not play around with mask-wearing and COVID restrictions. Everyone is masked, everywhere, and businesses have strict guidelines that keep people separated and distanced. Our hard work with the policies we have are starting to pay off. Check out the section below for changes that were made this week and on COVID numbers. Keep wearing that mask! 

What a great week of programming for our members. We had a very interesting CMI survey results webinar Monday and an impactful Classroom Connect on Thursday. That series has officially kicked off and we hope you will join us every month to learn from other members on topics you have asked for. We have some surveys we need your input on to help the city, take a look below and do them!
Thanks to the Nashville Business Journal for the honor of being a "40 Under 40" winner, they held a virtual celebration Monday. (Yes I am under 40. Ha!) I was able to catch my "message to my self 10 years ago." I would say I knew this 10 years ago and it was more for when I was much younger or to anyone else that might need to hear it. "It gets better. Live your true life, bring your whole self. It is an honor to be a part of this amazing city of Nashville, work for you the members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber, and be a representative of the LGBTQ+ community.

It is great to have some time away and to relax. I hope you are taking care of yourself and get a rest too.

Coronavirus Response

The city announced Thursday it will start allowing more business activity. We appreciate everyone’s vigilance with mask compliance and enforcement. Our coordinated efforts and broad cooperation are paying off. However, we can’t let our guard down. Now is the time to double-down on wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. The next two weeks are critically important if we want to continue to see more of our city safely reopen. Please stay on top of your compliance efforts. 

Mayor John Cooper announced Thursday that starting Tuesday, September 1, the following business activities can take place:
  • Wedding, funerals and similar ceremonies can take place at venue spaces up to one-third capacity or 125 people, whichever is fewer. Proper social distancing required, as well as masks while standing. Larger events may submit event plans for consideration to Metro Public Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell.
  • Transportainment vehicles can operate at 50 percent capacity up to 10 people, as long as they are part of the same party. Masks are required while patrons are standing.
  • Limited-service restaurants and bars can continue to serve 25 people indoors, and starting Tuesday they can also serve an additional 25 patrons outdoors on decks and rooftops.
  • Restaurants and bars can resume seated-only service at bar counters, as long as physical distancing is practiced. No standing at the bar counter.

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

Our Board and Staff were thrilled to celebrate CEO Joe Woolley, who was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Congrats on this prestigious recognition!

We hosted "Do You Know the LGBTQ Consumer?" with CMI and other LGBT Chambers across the country. This was a great opportunity to review LGBTQ consumer buying patterns and purchasing drivers. Check out the video below if you weren't able to join.

Our corporate employee resource group leaders met on Tuesday. We had a great discussion and were able to check-in with each other on D&I programs, the state of their workplace, and more.

If you would like to get plugged into this program, please reach out to Lauren.

We kicked off our Classroom Connect Fall-Winter Series this Thursday. Mindset coach Tyler Ingram helped attendees slow down and think about their thoughts and time management. You can check out the recording below. Be sure to join us for our upcoming Classroom Connect events.


Join us on Thursday, September 3rd at 9 am for our AM Brewing Up Business networking event! Chat with new and old friends over your morning cup of coffee. This is a great way to start your day. Register below!

Join us on Thursday, September 10th at 11 am for our Member Connect. This event gives an in-depth highlight of our corporate and small business members. Come learn about our membership!

PM Brewing Up Business will be held on Thursday, September 17th 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!

Attention LGBTBEs and LGBT business owners: Please see the following webinars to help businesses navigate government contracts and learn how to effectively write proposals.

How to Analyze a Solicitation
Wednesday, September 16th 
9 am CST | Register

Proposal Writing 101
Wednesday, September 16th
1 pm CST | Register

The impact of changes to unemployment benefits and business closures continue to evolve and includes more and more people each day. The Office of Mayor John Cooper and the Metropolitan Action Commission announced three upcoming job fairs to connect hiring employers with job seekers (August 27, September 17, October 1). See details below.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Research Center and the Exploration Group have partnered to generate a report that investigates?the changes taking place across the music industry with a focus on the impacts?of COVID-19.
Two important components of this report are these surveys, one to the music industry workforce and one to the general public (consumers of music). Please take these survey below.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey of employers about your employees’ experience and challenges with childcare during the pandemic.
You can also attend an upcoming conversation on childcare on Wednesday, September 2 at noon. "No Small Matter" is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America
today: early childhood education. Join a panel of stakeholders as we discuss the importance of early childhood education
and the local challenges of accessing affordable, quality child care.

Join our member Soles4Souls for the Partner4Impact Series. Hear from experts on the homelessness epidemic in the U.S. and its intersections with COVID-19, race in America, and how children uniquely experience homelessness. Register below.

The United State Census will hold a Census Vehicle Parade in North Nashville this Saturday, August 29th at 1 pm. The parade will start at the Metro Health Department and travel 9 miles around North Nashville. Don't forget to participate in the 2020 Census if you haven't already. The deadline has been extended so you have time to take part in this crucial initiative.

Looking for a great cocktail kit? Purchase Cocktails for a Cause this month from our newest member, B&B Beverage Management! They will donate a portion of proceeds from each cocktail kit sold in August to our Foundation.

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.

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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.

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Lauren Bland
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Nashville LGBT Chamber
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Nashville, TN 37210

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