Weekly Wrap-Up: July 5, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-Up - 7-5-19

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week and that you need to know about, to get the most out of your membership. Thank you for being a member. 


We hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July and are off today on a long holiday weekend. The Chamber offices are closed but we wanted to make sure you had you weekly wrap up of info that happened this week. 


New and Renewing Members-


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


Survey Says-

Please take our survey to help us improve your Chamber. Your input is so valuable. 



We published our July Newsletter Wednesday. If you missed it in your inbox you can read it here


Brewing Up Businesses- 

We have been able to set the dates and locations for Brewing Up Business for the rest of the year! We will release the locations next week with invites for all. 

Right now mark your calendar for these dates- 

All Brewing Up Business events are held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 18th

Thursday, August 22nd

Thursday, September 19th

Thursday, October 17th

Thursday, December 19th 

Note: We will not schedule a Brewing Up Business in November. Instead, we will host our annual fundraiser,TASTE , on Sunday, November 17th .


Metro Nashville Direct Appropriation- 

The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce was awarded a $25,000 Metro Direct Appropriation Grant for Fiscal Year 2020 from Mayor David Briley, for a second year. We are truly grateful for the trust and dedication that Metro has in the work that we are doing. We just finished up last years grant where we used the funds to certify over 20+ LGBT owned businesses and implemented policy change, so LGBT certified businesses could do work with Metro procurement and were tracked. 

The other diversity chambers also received $25k again, and the grant has facilitated a new level of cooperation and collaboration between us, for all our members and the betterment of Nashville. We look forward to continuing our work with the Nashville Black Chamber, The Nashville Hispanic Chamber, and the Tennessee Latin American Chamber. 

We look forward to continuing the work and appreciate the support form the city. Thank you to the Mayor and Council. 


Amicus Brief for LGBTQ Workers-

On Tuesday, over 200 major companies sign Supreme Court amicus brief in favor of LGBTQ workers. This brief submitted to the Supreme Court argued that excluding sexual orientation and gender identity from federal civil rights law “would undermine the nation’s business interests.”

This is a big statement and the brief and the companies that signed are making a statement on business and LGBT rights that we will be able to use to further our advocacy. Thank you to the members that engaged on this and asked for assistance from us on how to engage. We keep pushing forward together. 


Wedding Ceremonies-

A new law in Tennessee has banned online ordained ministers from officiating weddings. As of July 1st, weddings officiated by internet ministers will be prohibited. This law will impact the LGBT community specifically. American Marriage Ministries, has responded by coming to Tennessee to perform seven mass in-person ordinations across the state. We coordinated with them on this and appreciate their work to make sure everyone has the right to have some marry them. I went and became ordained in person, as well as several other of our members. I just officiated my 4th wedding, and it is truly an honor to do so. Read or listen to great this article from WPLN to fully understand the issue!

Joe Woolley



Lauren Bland

Membership Manager


Nashville LGBT Chamber


41 Peabody Street

Nashville, TN 37210

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