December 18, 2020
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.
We are here for you and in this together.
I hope you are healthy, so many are not. When I wrote to you last week that 14 members were sick with COVID-19, I heard back from so many telling me about more that I did not know about. That number has only grown this week as the country and Tennessee specifically spirals out of control with COVID cases. Our state has been the highest in the nation all week for the fastest growth in Coronavirus cases. We are currently aware of 36 members that are positive, and we have lost two incredible supporters of the Chamber and the community this week to the virus. These are truly the darkest days of the pandemic. There is hope on the horizon with the vaccine starting to be distributed this week and another vaccine approved for use. Wearing a mask and physically distancing is still the best way to protect yourself and others. Read the Coronavirus section for more information.
Our Classroom Connect Program this week can help out many, it is on financial advice and we heard such useful information from our experts. Make sure to check out the write-up below and watch the program to gain some very valuable knowledge we can all use.
I was honored to have been selected by the Nashville Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 for 2020 earlier this year. They published my profile/article this week and once again I am humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support from members and friends. It is an honor to do this work and represent you and this organization in that work.
We appreciate hearing back from you when you find these helpful. It seems like we are hearing back from more of you lately, thank you. We are here for you and please let us know how we can further assist. We are closing out the year and if you can pay your membership dues it would be greatly appreciated. If you can’t we understand and we will not remove anyone from membership during these times. Thank you for any support you can give.
Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all commit to doing our part to stop this spread.
While we are optimistic as Tennessee performs its first vaccinations this week, Tennessee was ranked among the worst in the nation – and the world – for the number of daily cases with the city now seeing the highest number of active cases since the pandemic began.
We also saw the Thanksgiving surge show up in the COVID numbers with a sobering 1,311 new COVID-19 cases reported this past Monday, the largest one-day increase in Nashville since the beginning of the pandemic. We are not out of the woods.
Please note that the hours for the city’s Community Assessment Center testing sites will be altered due to weather and the holidays. The rest of this week, they will be open the following times:
Thursday (12/17) 10am-3pm
Friday (12/18) 9am-3pm
Our member Waller Law released some great information about the COVID-19 vaccine. We are appreciative of them sharing this great information! They answer the questions-
- Employers can require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees who are unable to receive a vaccination due to a disability.
- Employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees who are unable to receive a vaccination due to their religious beliefs.
- Employers should apply existing COVID-19 standards to those who cannot or do not get a vaccination.
- Vaccinations are not medical examinations.
- Employers should consider having the vaccination administered by a third party instead of administering it themselves.
- Employers may require employees to provide proof of vaccination.
- Employers can provide information to employees about the vaccine.
Find the answers here.
Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that JOINED our Chamber this week:
We are so proud of the continued participation from the following businesses who RENEWED or upgraded their membership this week. Please support these businesses!
We held our final 2020 Classroom Connect this week. Thank you to Cathy Werthan of Marcum and Brad Pinson of City National Bank for speaking about managing finances during uncertain times. We know a lot of people and businesses are financially affected by COVID-19. If you weren't able to join us, we HIGHLY suggest you watch the recording for valuable information. You can also check out the expert's Slide Deck for resources.
As always, thank you to our member HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health for sponsoring this series.
Nashville Entrepreneur Center is one of five service providers in Renew Nashville offering pandemic response help for small businesses and entrepreneurs at no-cost. This program is funded by the Metro CARES Act. We highly recommend all small businesses & gig-workers sign up for this program! Learn more here.
We are rounding out 2020! In order to continue our work for the LGBTQIA+ community, we are proceeding with membership dues collections. We are asking members to pay their membership invoices if they are able. If you aren't able to pay your invoice, please reach out to Lauren via email or phone. More information here. You can also make end-of-year donations to our Foundation here!
Press Release: At our Holiday Party last week, the membership elected the Nashville LGBT Chamber’s first female President and Vice President, as well as a new secretary. The Chamber’s treasurer was re-elected into the position. Read the full Press Release here.
Three cheers to our CEO, Joe Woolley, for being named to the Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 List! From the article:
One thing 40 Under 40 winner Joe Woolley does better than anyone else? "Stir the pot. ... I think we need to be pushed and challenged so we don’t fall into complacency. ... I also know how to do it in a non-threatening way that does not cause a fight."
When we asked him to tell us a joke? "People are always asking me to tell them what LGBTQ+ stands for but I can never give them a straight answer."
Read more answers Joe gave here.
Does your organization have an upcoming event you would like us to promote? Log into your member portal and upload your event now!
From our Titanium member Music City PrEP Clinic: Join us LIVE for Music City PrEP Presents: A Holi-Gay Special!
Get your stockings stuffed with a night of music, comedy, drag, and more! This Wednesday, December 23rd at 7 PM CST, come deck your halls with holiday fun featuring Ross Matthews, Lady Bunny, Honey Davenport, Cazwell, Boomer Banks, and more! Presented by the number one provider of PrEP in Tennessee, the Music City PrEP Clinic.
If you are an arts and cultural nonprofit, there are recovery grant funds still available through the Metro Arts Commission. The Metro Council allocated $2M to assist organizations impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and Pathways Lending is still accepting applications for arts and cultural funding until the funding is depleted. Apply IMMEDIATELY if you think you might be eligible. Funding must be approved by December 28th. You can apply here.