Weekly Wrap-Up: January 8, 2021


January 8, 2021


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CEO Brief

Happy New Year. We are a week into 2021 and I am exhausted. You to? The insurrection and COVID news this week, response and rebuilding to the Nashville bombing, catching up from the holidays, it feels like the longest week ever. I need the weekend to catch up, I also hope to take some time to reflect on our society and culture and try to commit even more to make the future better. 

I am worried about our future. We remain #NashvilleStrong but I hear the worry and the struggle of so many on how we move forward. I still can not believe we witnessed an attempted coup and the defacing of our Capitol, and I fear where this country is going. To counter this and other problems we face, I am going to focus on the positives that I see and I hope you will too. Here are a few:

  • It was wonderful to see so many friends and members listed in the Nashville Business Journals 2021 40 Under 40! Our members Jenn Brinn (LGBT certified business owner) of Brinnovate, Melanie Bull of Schmidt Government Solutions, Mary Elizabeth Davis of MP&F Communications, Joy Longnecker of Baker Donelson, Juliana Ospina Cano of Conexion Americas, and Dee Patel of The Hermitage Hotel, were all chosen along with many more community partners and friends. These people are doing incredible work. Thank you for being a member, we are proud of you. 
  • The Nashville Scene paid tribute to an In Memoriam of 2020 and it had many amazing Nashvillians we lost, our David McMurry was in that group. We miss him and many others who impacted Nashville and we remember them and keep their legacy alive. 
  • I look at the volunteer and dedication of our board and volunteers. We have a new Board President, Steph Ballou of AllianceBernstein. And I hope you saw the message from our former Board President, Ron Snitker of Waller Law last week. Thank you again Ron for your long and committed work to the Chamber. Thank you to all those that give back and serve their communities. 
  • I also find hope in the future in the work we are doing to support you and the community. A key piece of that work is Lauren Bland, your Membership Manager. Today is Lauren’s 2nd anniversary with the Nashville LGBT Chamber, and we could not do it without her. We have been working hard to bring you great programming in January and for the rest of the year. Check it out below. 

Coronavirus Response

In the midst of all the shocking news regarding politics and an attack on our democracy, the COVID-19 epidemic continues to rage. The highest rates of death and infections occurred this week. 

The relief package is slow to be seen or felt. Some citizens are getting checks, PPP assistance has not been finalized. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. I look forward to talking with members next week in our Member Connect that do work in this and will have more insight. 


Check our Coronavirus page for more information. 


Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that JOINED our Chamber this week:

  • Bronze- SmileDirectClub
  • Networking- Morton's The Steakhouse Nashville
  • Networking- Third Coast Comedy

What We Did


We kicked off 2021 with AM Brewing Up Business! Great conversation, great crowd. If you weren't able to join us, you can catch up on our program of announcements and register for our upcoming networking events.


Thank you to our member Focus Middle Tennessee for featuring our latest Chamber Chat in their Sheroes issue. Check out our COVID response, upcoming events, and more here.




Join us next Thursday, January 14th at 11 am for Member Connect. We will highlght our members Marcum LLP and Pathway Lending. Come hear about what their services, how they are handling the pandemic, and helpful updates for other businesses. This is a free event, so please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues. Registration is required. Sign up today!  


Our member Amazon launched a $2 billion Housing Equity Fund to preserve and create over 20,000 affordable homes in Washington State's Puget Sound region, Arlington, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee. 


Learn more about this expanding program here.


Join the Metro Council LGBTQ Caucus Meeting on Friday, January 15th from 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm. This caucus meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom and will follow this agenda. Register here


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