Weekly Wrap-Up: June 5, 2020


The Weekly Wrap-Up 06/05/20

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CEO Brief - 
What a week. I am devastated that our country is torn apart and looks and feels the way it does. I am mad at the injustice in our systems and the racism that exists. I am so sad for Nashville, our community, and members, that have experienced so much; form the tornado, to COVID, to our budget situation, and now to try to confront and change far to many years of oppression and systematic racism, all while trying to make a living and live their lives. 

I have heard from so many who have emotions like these and that run from anger, to fear, to exhaustion. I hear that the most, you are exhausted, and I totally get it, I am exhausted. But we can not stop. We have to keep going and confront and overcome all of these issues. Especially injustice and racism; discrimination, and hate are not ok, for LGBTQ+ people and for everyone else. We are committed to that here.
I hope you saw our statement on this on Monday, our silence on Tuesday, and our guidance on Wednesday.

I personally attended the protest Saturday, and then on Thursday. Thursdays event was so inspiring, I have never seen or felt the way I did in my 19 years of activism than I did marching through Nashville that day. The youth that organized this are committed and ready, we are in good hands. It was the energizing moment and hope that I needed to keep pushing. You can check out my personal posts on my social media if you want to see more. Thursday's event was also one off the most diverse events I have seen. I saw so many LGBTQ+ people, and many members there.

There were also a lot of other important developments you should be aware of. There was major news on PPP and a state program to help small businesses recover from the COVID shutdown. 

Pride month started, Happy Pride, and there were so many announcements and events that came out. I talked to the media about some of them, we will be making many more and highlighting other events and programs next week, keep an eye on your inbox and our social and read more below. Read it all! There is a lot of exciting stuff happening!

Coronavirus Response

Sweeping changes to the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program were signed in to law today, making the program's lending terms more favorable to restaurants, retailers, and other businesses. Read further details here.

We will be sharing webinars and further information with you as we get them.

Governor Lee announced a new relief program for Tennessee businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Tennessee Business Relief Program  will direct approximately $200 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds through the Department of Revenue directly to small businesses that qualify. 
 
The Tennessee Business Relief Program amounts awarded will be based on the annual gross sales of the business.  More details will be posted on the Department of Revenue’s website in the coming days .

The COVID-19 situation changes hour by hour. We are continuing to post updates and connections to resources on our social media. Please follow us there for new and immediate information updates.

During these uncertain times, the Nashville LGBT Chamber stands by you. We know that running a business right now is difficult no matter its size, from gig-workers to small businesses to our corporations, we are all in this together and we are there for you.
Every day, we are  advocating  for our members and working to  educate  and  connect  you to resources, information, and relief. 

This Week's Press Releases
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The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Vanderbilt Health and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. announced the launch of a free program supporting Nashville-area businesses with extra resources and access to public health experts as the city begins to reopen. The Good to Go program will ensure a safer city for residents and visitors as Nashville businesses pledge to implement health standards in a way that is consistent across Music City.
As Nashville continues to slowly and safely  reopen , we want to highlight our members who are doing  business ! Make sure to check out the  Reopening Business Members blog  on our website. We are also scheduling social posts to highlights these members. 

If you haven't already, make sure to  fill out the survey  so we can share your information! 
Online Learning Resources
We are collecting upcoming webinars, town halls, calls, and more on our Upcoming Learning Opportunities  page. This is a great resource for anyone navigating the small business loan process, working from home for the first time, or just wanting to connect with the community.

In addition to upcoming learning opportunities, we are adding recordings and follow-up resources from previous webinars. Check these resources frequently for the latest information.


Follow-Up from This Week's Webinars

Legislative Update

From our partners at  Tennessee Equality Project
Utterly oblivious to calls for racial justice, concerns about COVID-19, and thousands of unemployed, the leadership of the Tennessee House of Representatives is pressing forward with the Slate of Hate.
June 9
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Congratulations to rising senior Milka Negasi who created the winning "I Voted" sticker design! It resonated so deeply with voters and represents Nashville’s history and future. Learn more below.

New and Renewing Members

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

  • Networking: GreenLight Design Group

What We Did

Joe spoke with our member NewChannel 5 Nashville about Pride Month festivities this year. Virtual Pride events, the need for conversations to be on Black Lives Matters, and how to support the LGBTQ+ community are higlighted.

We celebrate the start of LGBTQ+ Pride month but our city, state, and nation are outraged by the racism we live with in our society. This same outrage was felt 51 years ago and we now celebrate it with Pride. Pride Month serves as a constant reminder of the LGBTQ+ movement’s initiative to combat discrimination and hate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, it is important that we stand in solidarity when a threat to justice is apparent.?

In honor of Pride Month, Mayor John Cooper had the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Historic Metro Courthouse covered in rainbow lights.

We shared resources for the many people who want to be an ally, or those who want to be a better ally. Continue to educate yourself.

We held our Network Connect- AM Brewing Up Business for June. Attendees observed a moment of silence for George Floyd and then discussed issues on race and discrimination in small groups. The connection and friendship was needed now more than ever. We hope you will join us for our next networking event.

Thursday's youth-led Black Lives Matter protest was inspiring to experience. Reports of 10-20,000 people gathered to march. Here is live coverage of the event.

Connections

Batch Pride Box

In celebration of #PrideAtHome and in partnership with  Batch Nashville LGBT Chamber , and  Nashville Pride , the  Nashville Scene  presents our special edition PRIDE BOX.  By purchasing one of our three boxes specially created to celebrate Pride , you’ll be supporting local makers and LGBT chamber members with 10% of proceeds benefiting Nashville Pride!
"Pride in Local Music" is coming!

The  Austin  and  Nashville  LGBT Chambers of Commerce are joining forces to bring you “Pride in Local Music”, a one-night-only livestream event celebrating music, the rainbow heartbeat of  two great cities known for music . This dynamic experience to celebrate Pride month will be held on  Friday, June 26th at 6:00 PM CST  at  PrideInLocalMusic.org  and on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Look for the official press release next week. Mark your calendars now!
Announcing Pride in Business Honors:

While we can't come together and honor Pride in Business winners this year, we still have a lot to celebrate as a community! 

We want to hear from you. Are you a business, organization, or individual making a difference in the LGBTQ+ community? Are you an ally working to support LGBTQ+ people in the workplace? Do you know a business, organization, or individual that deserves to be recognized? Please fill out this following survey so we can celebrate together.

Honorees will be highlighted in a social media campaign, as well as on our website, and a select few in media publications. 
Daydream is back at  Diskin Cider ! This prickly pear rosé cider is perfect for celebrating Pride month!
A portion of the proceeds earned from Daydream sales will go to the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation to support our efforts to educate, inspire, and empower LGBT business professionals and entrepreneurs through educational opportunities and scholarships.
Grab a Daydream to support our member and our Foundation! You can order before 11 am for free Davidson county delivery, pick up curbside starting at noon or join Diskin for a pint from 4-11 pm tonight.

We had some fun making a video thank Diskin for their continued partnership!
Join us for our upcoming networking, learning, and connection events as we celebrate PRIDE month virtually together. Stay connected with the Chamber! Registration links can be found below. Details and speakers will be updated.

Member Connect
Member Connect, held on  Thursday, June 11th , is an opportunity to learn about the membership of the Nashville LGBT Chamber. This event will give an in-depth highlight our corporate member,  AllianceBernstein , and a few of our black-owned small business members, including  STF Events & Catering  and  Inspired Concepts & Events . We will have a Q&A session and have attendees speak to the group to check-in with other members. You have the opportunity to talk about what you are working on, questions, or issues you need help with or anything else you want to address.

PM Brewing Up Business
PM Brewing Up Business is our signature happy hour networking event. Come connect with chamber and community members in small virtual groups on  Thursday, June 18th at 5:30 pm .
This event will be special for PRIDE. Look for further announcements about dedicated breakout rooms and Pride in Business Honorees. Don't miss this event!

Classroom Connect
This program highlights a new, unique topic to educate the LGBT business community. We will engage with other organizations to keep you informed and connected to opportunities. Announcements of topic and speakers are forthcoming. Join us on  Thursday, June 25th .
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. 

Responses from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) community, a historically undercounted community, will provide reliable data to inform advocates, policymakers, and researchers working on LGBTQ+ issues.

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