Weekly Wrap-Up: July 31, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 07/31/20

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, 
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CEO Brief - 

With the release of the worst economic numbers in US history this week, we continue to hope for better days ahead. Cases continued to rise this week with state numbers showing the second-highest spike in deaths with Friday’s numbers. With a slight decrease in day to day numbers out of Metro, but with regional hospital beds dropping to new lows, the Mayor extended the Modified Phase 2 until August 14th, keeping bars closed and restaurants, gyms, barbershops, and other "high-touch businesses" remain operating at 50% of their normal capacity. Retail stores are limited to 75% capacity. Gatherings are capped at 25 people. 
We all have to do our part and that still starts with wearing a mask. We have been pushing mask-wearing since the first days of the pandemic and we were excited to join a larger coalition of community partners doing the same. 

Our member NashvilleHealth organized and launched the  Mask For Nash campaign  this week and we were happy to join.  We created an LGBTQ+ inclusive pride mask sign  for the campaign and hope members will print and display it. Read more about the campaign below and on the  site
Rep. John Lewis was laid to rest yesterday. I joined millions in  watching the memorial service  and remembering a truly amazing person and advocate for equality. If you have not you should  read the letter he wrote in his final hours and was published on the day of the memorial . It is a call to action to keep pushing forward and fighting for change. The most important thing you can do for that is to  VOTE

Early voting ends Saturday for the August 6th election.  Show your Pride at the Polls and go vote early VOTE Saturday, or on Thursday for Election Day.  Then be ready to do it again in October for the General Election. 

We have more news and announcements below. I just watched our LGBT certified business  Social Link   pitch to a national audience  and they nailed it! I am so proud of them and all our members as you continue to work and fight to keep going in these times. We are there with you and here for you. 

Coronavirus Response
Check out all of our COVID-19 updates on our website and the COVID-19 Resource page.

Important information events on COVID relief. 

From the SBA: 
Get the Facts on PPP & EIDL  
This webinar will be  every Friday and Monday at 11am CST/12p EST, until December 2020. 
  • Hear from SBA
  • Hear from lenders.  
  • Find out what it is a myth and what is true on PPP & EIDL.
  • Need help with applying for a loan?
  • Join to get connected to FREE counseling and loan packaging.
  • Can 1099s and sole proprietorships qualify for PPP?
  • Yes! Join to get the facts.
  • If you are small business owner, minority business owner, rural business owner, or woman business owner, please join to hear from SBA.
Join to hear from traditional and non-traditional lenders to connect with.
There is also a webinar on State relief:
Tennessee Relief for Businesses
Tuesday August 4 2020 -2:00 pm to 3:30 pm CST
  • Learn about loans, grants, and other relief available from the State of TN and local government.
  • Find out what has to be paid back and what does not to help your business affected by the pandemic.

New and Renewing Members

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

What We Did
Alongside partners from across the community,  NashvilleHealth   announced the launch of #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. 

Download #MaskForNash/#ÚselaPorNash logos  here Add them to your website, share on social media, use in email signatures, print and place on your door and window to show support for our city

Joe Woolley, CEO of the Nashville LGBT Chamber said,  “We are thrilled to be joining this community initiative to help push people to wear a mask and show that we are all in this together and need to do our part. We have been pushing mask-wearing and showing pride from the beginning of the epidemic, partnering with Metro Health and the Mayor’s Office. It is great to see our community partners working together on this under this campaign, and we are grateful for Nashville Health for spearheading it.” 

We wanted to let you know about two opportunities for you, our certified LGBT-owned business enterprises. We know once you have that certification, getting the most out of it, who to talk to, and where to look are all important to make it benefit you. Below are two opportunities you should look into. 
 If you are not yet certified, these programs will help show you how it can benefit you. You can also take a look at our page on  becoming certified  and  this video about certification . Let us know how we can help you certify your business!

Early Voting end TOMORROW 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!
Please help us welcome our new Board Intern, Caitlyn Lovell! You can read more about Caitlyn and our incredible Board of Directors here.

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.


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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