March 12, 2021
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One year of lockdown. Who would have thought that this would have gone on this long or that we would have lost as many people to COVID-19 that we have? A year ago, we went fully virtual with all we do at the Chamber and focused on increasing our support of small business and the community with education and information that they needed to survive the situation we were all in. We also didn’t miss a beat with our connection programming, jumping online a week after shutdown with our Brewing Up Business on Zoom that is still going strong!
This year of COVID has been hard and it has affected us all in many different ways. Yet it has also been a year of opportunity and growth, not just for this organization but many others. Better days and a return to a type of normal are on the horizon and I am hopeful for the future and what we can do together. We are nothing without our members and we have worked hard this year to help and serve you in these difficult times. Thank you for being a member of the Nashville LGBT Chamber and we will continue to ADVOCATE, EDUCATE, and CONNECT for you.
No one can say that businesses are not clearly on record in opposing anti-LGBT legislation, especially legislators that are pushing it, with the release of the Tennessee Businesses Against Discrimination open letter on Monday. Our press conference releasing the letter on Monday was widely picked up across the state and the country. Advocacy remained the focus of work for the week with follow up interviews and additional discussions happening directly with legislative leadership. The business impact and the business voice is being heard. Legislators and being asked about and they are forced to acknowledge the economic consequences that come with the legislation they are proposing. We have had many new signers of the letter and we will continue to add to it and deliver the most up to date letter before each vote. Thank you to the signers, it is making a difference. You can read further details and coverage in the Legislative Update section below.
We also had two great programs this week. We brought together corporate leaders on Tuesday for our bi-monthly Corporate Connect Pride in Business meeting. And on Thursday we talked with two amazing members in our Member Connect program. We heard from Mars Petcare on the work they do, and then from small and LGBT certified business TN Events/TN Health on the amazing pivot and work they have done over the last year. Check out so much more info below! Have a great weekend.
The Democratic-controlled Senate Saturday overcame Republican roadblocks and a debate that lasted beyond 24 hours to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package which would provide millions of Americans with $1,400 direct payments, billions of dollars for vaccine distribution, and funds to help reopen schools and colleges. Read more here.
UPDATED PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE FOR EVENTS
Metro Public Health updated their guidance to help you plan for events this summer as vaccination levels start to increase. By July 1 - with the city at a 40% vaccination level - events with the lowest risk could have attendance up to 5,000. Read the full guidance here.
VACCINATION ROLLOUT UPDATE
Tennessee will transition to the next stage of coronavirus vaccine distribution this week, offering doses to more than a million residents of all ages with serious health conditions. Learn more about who is included in Phase "1C" here.
Want to find a vaccine near you? Use the Vaccine Finder.
MARCH CLASSROOM CONNECT
We are so excited for March Classroom Connect on Thursday, March 25th! Led by Brynn Plummer, VP of Inclusion & Community Relations at Nashville Entrepreneur Center, this workshop provides an overview on starting a small business. The session will cover entrepreneurship basics, including conceptualization, business planning, message testing, funding and legal considerations. Find out what you need to get your side hustle or small business started and begin building the business acumen that will make you a success. Register now!
Our bi-monthly Board of Directors meeting was held this week. We discussed how our volunteer committees help support the Chamber.
Do you have time and talent to dedicate to the Nashville LGBT Chamber? Consider becoming a VOLUNTEER for one of our working committees! You can find more information here. Get connected!
March Member Connect was a success! Katie Evans of Mars Petcare talked about their involvement with the community and their impact on the local job market. Sarah & Brandy Ashley from TN Event Designs, a certified LGBT Business Enterprise, talked about how they pivoted their business plan during the pandemic to create TN Event Health. They also hinted at an exciting giveaway that we will promote starting next week! You can catch up on the conversation here.
Corporate ERG leaders met this week for Corporate Connect. We discussed Pride Month, Black History Month and Women's History Month initiatives, and where start-up ERGs can go for support. We are working to add networking and open discussion to this program's agenda moving forward as well.
If you represent a corporate ERG or BRG, email Lauren to get plugged into this incredible program.
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