Weekly Wrap-Up: February 8, 2019

One of the most exciting and eventful weeks of my time as CEO! This week has just been non-stop! There is so much to update you, our member, on! Most important things that you need to know about first, but read through it as there is lots going on.

Here is your Weekly Wrap Up!


Legislative Update

It appears that the Chamber and other advocacy partners will have a busy year at the Tennessee General Assembly. This year's legislative bill filing deadline came on Thursday and once again we face a number of anti-LGBT and anti-business bills.

These include:

  • Another attempt to force the Attorney General to defend school districts who have anti-trans policies

  • A bill to disallow cities and counties from penalizing for businesses to discriminate against LGBT individuals

  • A religious freedom bill to all child placement agencies to refuse LGBT individuals wanting to adopt

  • A " Natural Marriage Defense" act


The Chamber will be actively working with our advocacy partners to make sure Tennessee doesn't face the harsh economic backlash that's certain to follow if any of these bills pass.


What can you do? Stay up to date on what is going on and take action when community leaders need you to. You are already getting our action alerts but make sure you are signed up for Tennessee Thrives and TEP Action Alerts as well. Both organizations will keep you updated and informed as will we, as we move deeper into the legislative session.   


ADVISORY: Mayor Briley Signing Historic EO for LGBT-Owned Businesses on Monday

You should have just received a separate email on this, but to let you know the info again-


Mayor David Briley will sign a historic executive order for LGBT-owned businesses doing business with Metro on Monday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m.
By signing the executive order, Mayor Briley will recognize the significant contributions that LGBT-owned businesses make in Nashville and provide them with more opportunities to compete and succeed.

Mayor Briley will be joined in making remarks by Joe Woolley, CEO, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Chance Mitchell, Co-Founder and CEO, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Klayton Fennell, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Comcast and Jack Davis, Founder, Good Neighbors Festival.

Prominent business leaders, elected officials, community advocates and other key stakeholders will also be in attendance.


I really hope you can attend in person but if you cant you can watch a livestream on our Facebook page and we will be issuing a press release with all the details after. I have been teasing this event for a while to you all. It is happening and it is a BIG deal. I am so proud of our Chamber and how hard we have worked to get here. Lisa Howe, our former CEO deserves a ton of credit on this and I will be thinking of her on Monday. We started advocating for this 6 years ago!


Predators Pride Night-

We hope everyone had as great of a time as we did on Tuesday night for the 4th Annual Predators Pride Night! Our record-breaking crowd brought energy, pride, and a 4-0 Pride Night record! Thank you again to CEO Sean Henry, Senior Account Executive Dan Althoff, and the rest of the team at the Nashville Predators.

We are already beginning to plan the 5th annual and we need your help. We have created a short survey for all Predators Pride Night attendees. We want to make 2020 bigger and better! Please take just a few minutes to give us your feedback!

Take a look at the Facebook album full of pictures from the night. If you have any photos you want to contribute to our collection, please email them to pics@nashvillelgbtchamber.org so we can use them for future Pride nights!

The Predators went all out this year and rainbows were seen everywhere! We had over 200 people attend the pre-game reception sponsored by Postmates and over 350 people bought tickets. Ron Sanford and I got to ride the Zamboni and the crowd waved and cheered. This was a great night and if you missed it you need to make sure you come next year.


Conversations at Oz

On Wednesday, I hosted a table conversation on “Diversity and Inclusion” for Conversations at Oz. I had people I know well and people I had never met at my table. We had an amazing conversation and all left as friends. That same thing was happening across the space at other tables talking about different subjects. Conversations at Oz was designed to get people from different backgrounds with different experiences to share a meal and just talk. This creates the opportunity to learn something new and hopefully see others differently. It was a very successful night and prepped me to go into LEadership Nashville Diversity Day the next morning.


Leadership Nashville

Thursday was Leadership Nashville Diversity Day. All I can say is that it was a long and emotional day of talking about diversity and inclusion for all Nashvillians. Privilege, equity, the marginalized, we covered it and pushed ourselves to understand those issues on multiple levels. The way you reach people in these areas is by telling your personal story. We all have one to tell. And I shared mine and I hope taught others by doing so about who I am and why I do what I do. It was an exhausting day but one that also recharged me to do this work. I would love to tell you my story if you have not heard it and to help you in any way that I can to help Nashville become more diverse and in all areas!

You should also think about applying for Leadership Nashville. It is an incredible program that I can’t say enough about!


Don’t be an A**hole and Outwod-

TOMORROW the Chamber is proud to help bring a national town hall discussion to Nashville called Don’t Be an A**hole. Its focus is around providing transgender education services to the greater CrossFit, fitness and general business communities by sharing best practices for ensuring fitness is a safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming athletes. After the town hall, there will also be a workout for any fitness level called Outwod. I talked to Out and About Nashville about it.

Come out on Saturday and join us! You don't have to work out but the discussion and community will be awesome! Please join us!


Brewing Up Business-

Our February Brewing Up Business will be on the 28th! You do not want to miss this event! We will be networking and having fun in their Space Chase exhibit. This will be a perfect chance to get out of the house during winter. We will hear from the Adventure Science Center on what they are working on and we will talk about a major policy initiative and the Business Awards! Find out more info and register here.


Government Contracting Event
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is hosting a series of outreach events to educate small businesses about federal procurement opportunities with HHS and their top large business prime contractors. Small businesses interested in pursuing government contracts should register to attend one of the “Getting Back 2 Business” (B2B) Small Business Procurement Conferences.

These one-day events are hosted in partnership with the U. S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) regional offices, affiliated government agencies and supporting small business resource partners. Attendees will gain insight about the proposal development process, federal contracting basics, and have the opportunity to attend one-on-one networking/matchmaking sessions with HHS agency representatives, key acquisition program leaders, and top large prime contractors.

In addition, SBA will provide an overview on the small business programs and services including the 8(a), HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business certification programs; the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, Lender and Loan Contract Financing, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and other small business resource partners.  

The first event in this series will be held at Gaylord Opryland Nashville on Monday, February 11th from 9 am - 5 pm. Please see the event page to get yourself registered.


Nashville PRIDE

Nashville Pride announced that there would be a parade this year! They also opened up registration for booths. Don’t wait and miss your opportunity to participate in each event, there are only a limited number of each and we would hate for you not to be a part. The Chamber will be there and if you are a member will be featured in our PRIDE Scavenger Hunt.


Introducing Avant Garde: Moulin Rouge -

A themed costume gala to benefit Nashville CARES
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 7pm-11pm - Studio 615 in Nashville - 21 and up event
Our member Nashville Cares invites other members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce to join them for a night of spectacular, spectacular entertainment and visual delight in the beautiful and decadent world of Moulin Rouge! Get ready to can-can the night away to a live band, enjoy a dazzling drag performance and behold mesmerizing and beautiful burlesque performers.
As a guest, you will partake in a Parisian-inspired feast and indulge in signature spirits and cocktails. Our live and silent auctions will feature luxury vacations, hotel stays, tickets to local events and so much more.
All of this magnificent-opulent-tremendous-stupendous-bedazzlement will raise funds for the work of Nashville CARES to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee.
Use the group discount code LGBTCHAMBER to receive 10% off of general admission and/or VIP ticket(s) Discount also applies to Early Bird prices!

Visit www.avantgardecares.org to purchase tickets.
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