Weekly Wrap-Up: June 7, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-Up - 6-7-19

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. 


Pride, pride, and more pride. Oh, a little controversy and lots of corporate member work around… PRIDE! So much to fill you in on with events and happening, read below and thanks for being a member! Happy PRIDE! 


New and Renewing Members-


Please join us in welcoming the following businesses 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:


OFFICIAL PRIDE Kickoff Party & June/PRIDE Brewing Up Business-

We secured an incredible space for our June/PRIDE Brewing Up Business! We will be taking over the lobby and showing our PRIDE at the beautiful Union Station Hotel. Kick off Pride Weekend on Thursday, June 20th, with our monthly Brewing Up Business! 

This month we are partnering with the Nashville Business Assistance Office (BAO) and other diversity chambers including Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, to bring you a huge networking/business opportunity. 

Come eat, drink, and connect with us at our newest hospitality member, the beautiful Union Station Hotel! Longtime corporate member and supporter of PRIDE, Dollar General, is buying everyone their first drink. 

Mark your calendars for this exciting event and register today!


Pink and Purple Pride Pre-Party-

The Chamber will have our June PRIDE Brewing Up Business on Thursday leading into PRIDE weekend, and then TEP will have their PRIDE event on Friday. The Pink and Purple Party returns. 

Dress in your most festive pink or purple or both to show your true colors at the second annual Tennessee Equality Project Pink and Purple Pride Pre-Party. The $50 ticket includes an open bar, noshes, music, and entry to the week’s signature pre-party that paints the town pink and purple. Live Music by Carol Plunk and VJ Stretch will be on hand. A special photo booth will be set up so you can take home some memories, and share them on social media!  Kick off your pride weekend with this great event. Purchase tickets here.


Nashville Pride Parade and Festival-

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, Nashville Pride will be producing a full Pride Parade that will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10 AM on Broadway in downtown Nashville, TN. Before the festival begins, we show our PRIDE in the Nashville Pride Parade. Join with thousands to watch and participate along the parade route and help kick off the annual Nashville Pride Festival alongside our many community supporters. The 2019 Nashville Pride Festival will be held on June 22 and 23, 2019 at Public Square Park, right in front of City Hall. Every year the festival features top-rated entertainment on the Main Stage, an entertainment/drag stage, Kids and Family Zone, and Youth Area, and over 225 vendors featuring local not for profits, artists, and businesses. 

Come join the Chamber at booth #19 where we will highlight our participating members with a scavenger hunt that you can win prizes from participating. We will also have a photo booth set up with our member Events R Us Photography for you to show your PRIDE on social. 


Corporations at Pride-

We are extremely proud to see our corporate members showing their PRIDE in business. You can check out announcements from Asurion, Postmates, and Dell. Small businesses members like Social Link are also showing their PRIDE! 

The LGBT Chamber is always a resource if you need help showing your PRIDE in the best way. Earlier this week, Channel 5 News posted their logo with a rainbow background as their Facebook profile picture. It was quickly taken down due to backlash. Please read my comments and more about it here. You can see their response here. It is essential that companies have a fully vetted plan and complete buy-in before issuing PRIDE statements. We are here to help. 

Entrepreneur Center-

We are loving our new workspace and being down at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center

We look at the legendary Dolly Parton and her inspiring quote that includes rainbows! It feels good having her watch over our work. The EC are proud members and community partners with us. We collaborate on educational opportunities and diversity topics for the benefit of both our members. Members of both organizations receive discounts with the other. Reach out to us for information about an EC membership.


Drink Montucky and Support the Chamber-

Montucky Cold Snack is teaming up with the Nashville LGBT Chamber to give back during the month of June, Pride month! In the spirit of their core values, MCS began producing special edition Pride cans in 2016 that celebrate LGBTQ communities and gave all 8% of profits back to LGBTQ organizations from the sales of these cans. 

MCS selected the Nashville LGBT Chamber as the Nashville organization to benefit from these profits. You can help support the Chamber by grabbing a MCS Pride can at any of these locations! (Check out the beer finder map! It is SO cool!) 

In addition to 8% of Pride can sale profits, 100% of all Montucky Cold Snack swag sale profits from May 15th to June 16th will be donated to the Nashville LGBT Chamber and other organizations that focus on LGBTQ+ causes.


Certifying Your LGBT-Owned Business-

Wow! What a turnout at our "Certifying Your LGBT-Owned Business" event with the Metro Business Assistance Office. Nashville is growing every day. It is so important for LGBT-owned businesses to get certified as LGBTBEs to be eligible for business with Metro and corporations that have diversity spend initiatives. Find out more about LGBTBE certification and working with Metro on our website. You can see the full presentation there.  


AARP Rocketman Screening-

AARP and the Nashville LGBT Chamber are partnering and you and a guest are invited to a free screening of ROCKETMAN on Thursday, June, 13th at 7 pm at Regal Cinemas Opry Mills 20 IMAX & RPX! ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This event is free but requires registration. You can register here!


City Accelerator Release-

Mayor Briley announced that Nashville has been selected to be part of the latest expansion of the Citi Foundation and Living Cities’ City Accelerator Initiative on Inclusive Procurement.

Nashville will receive $50,000 in grant funding in addition to a combination of coaching, technical assistance, and implementation resources in the coming year. The other cities in the finalist cohort include: Boston, Cleveland, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and South Bend. You can read more in the Mayor’s press release.


Nashpreneurs Day Conference-

Join small business leaders, entrepreneurs and creators for an interactive half-day conference on innovative leadership. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will host this event on Friday, June 14th from 9am to 2pm. Learn innovative approaches to leading your business, brand, and community as we unpack how small businesses play an integral role in Nashville’s long term prosperity. Join the kickoff party on Thursday, June 13th to meet and mingle with fellow attendees, pick up your conference materials and enjoy a beer from Black Abbey Brewery. Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber will receive 25% off the ticket price by using the code PARTNER. Register today for this great opportunity!

We are proud to launch our monthly newsletters campaign once again! Please check out our June/Pride Newsletter! You can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter on our website.


Happy PRIDE month! 


Joe Woolley



Lauren Bland

Membership Manager


Nashville LGBT Chamber


41 Peabody Street

Nashville, TN 37210

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