Weekly Wrap-Up: July 24, 2020


The Weekly Wrap-Up 07/24/20

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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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 are hanging in there. Another week, almost another month, gone. Time seems to be moving so fast but also so slowly in this quarantine world. 

The economic numbers are starting to look as bad as the  COVID-19 infection numbers . The jobs report saw an increase in unemployment numbers again in response to the spike reopening plans moving backward. I continue to hear from members about the fear and uncertainty of what is coming, it is weighing on all of us. We can all do our part to stop the spread by wearing a mask! 

We want you to know that we are here to assist you in any way we can to help you get through this and we hope you are hanging in there. Take a look at what we are doing and have coming up to help. 
After sending the Weekly last Friday, we were hit with the news that we had lost another Civil Rights hero that day. In the morning the  Reverend C.T Vivian passed , and then we learned of the loss of Rep. John Lewis. 

We mourn the  passing of John Lewis , an icon of the civil rights movement, who died at 80. He began his nearly 60-year career in public service leading sit-ins at segregated lunch counters right here in Nashville and then across the Jim Crow-era South. He went on to become a force in Democratic politics and broad civil rights for all. 

Lewis said  “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something, and not be quiet. To do what I like to call good trouble.”

Take a look of him  speaking at an HRC dinner , he was  an avid LGBT rights advocate . We lost a true legend, may he rest in power. I will be watching his Memorial funeral on Tuesday. 

Let us pause and reflect on Lewis’s and Vivian’s and all of the leaders from before as we face the current racial reckoning in America. Then let’s keep up that  # GoodTrouble .

Coronavirus Response
Check out all of our COVID-19 updates on our website and the COVID-19 Resource page.
If you haven’t done so already, we strongly encourage our business members to sign the  Good to Go  pledge. This is Music City’s hospitality safety program to help Nashville residents and visitors easily identify  businesses  in every industry that are committed to health and safety. Pledge to uphold the coronavirus guidelines established by Nashville’s Metro Public Health Department and the recommendations of leading infectious disease experts. Your business can sign the Good to Go pledge  here
 
Resources for Businesses and Individuals:

New and Renewing Members

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


We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who RENEWED their membership this week:

  • Networking: Pamela Hagy

What We Did

Some of the most important work we do and pride ourselves on is supporting our LGBT entrepreneurs and small businesses. One of the many benefits we bring to those types of members is our partnerships and connections to other organizations that help us with that work.

We hope that our members take advantage of our partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) to get their small business off the ground. 

Take a look at the news release below for information on programs and summits.

Early Voting continues in Davidson County. You can find the schedule below.

?Remember to request your absentee ballot by July 30th. If you are a first-time voter, go to your county election commission to present your ID. Once they confirm your ID, you may request an absent ballet.

No fundamental change happens unless you VOTE for candidates and policies you believe in!

Business may look different for most of us, but there are still opportunities to learn and grow. We want to make sure our LGBT-owned business members are connected to all possibilities for success!

The   National LGBT Chamber of Commerce , the certifying body for LGBT Business Enterprise certification, announced a series of webinars and matchmaking events to educate and promote LGBT business owners.

The   Metro Business Assistance Office  will hold a course focused on understanding the government purchasing process. Check out the news release below for local and national resources.

We are sharing some great perks and benefits offered by Nashville LGBT Chamber members that we think might help you. From advice on navigating COVID-19, access to custom branded masks, technology to help you work virtually, and other deals, we hope you find these opportunities valuable. Our membership is open to everyone right now so all businesses can benefit! 

We also want to share your business's reopening status. Fill out  this form  and share your information with our many website visitors.

Check out the news release below to take advantage of membership perks and opportunities. 
We are looking for nominations for new board members to be elected in December! If you or someone you know is interested, please contact our President, Ron Sniker for more information on the process.

Connections

Leaders at nonprofits and foundations may be facing the greatest call to action in a century. And with the stakes too high for business as usual, spending questions have inevitably come to the fore. Our member  AllianceBernstein  offers extensive resources, which covers all things related to nonprofits and foundations.

Mark your calendar for   The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce's inaugural segment of the Crossroads and Conversations Series on Thursday, July 30th. "Race, LGBT, Equity, & Equality" will feature a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Washington Post Editorial Board Member, and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart.

Join us on Thursday, August 6th 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!

PM Brewing Up Business will be held on Thursday, August 20th 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!

Please check out this spotlight with Robert Ansett, President of Southport Solutions. Read about his business, certification, and experience with NGLCC's XLR8 program.

Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity. Dell Technologies, presenting sponsor of Pride in Local Music, is giving away a Tech Package to a winner in Austin AND Nashville!
To enter, please fill out the information on the bottom of the  Pride in Local Music  website.

You can still grab a Nashville SC Pride Patch to help support our member and our Foundation! Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber can offer a discount to Pride patch holders. Individuals will bring their patch into your business in exchange for a discount on your goods and/or services. Fill out the form below to get involved in this program and grab your patch today!

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!

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Joe Woolley
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