March 26, 2021
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.
Thank you for being a member.
During this time of national crisis, when information and connections are so important,
the Weekly Wrap-Up will be made available to members and non-members.
We are here for you and in this together.
I hope you saw the Advocacy Alert and Update that we sent on Friday evening. In a large way that was the "Weekly Wrap Up" as the legislature and advocacy took up an enormous amount of our time. We still had other events and there were things you should know about regarding COVID and information to better yourself and your business. Take a look at that below!
We held Classroom Connect and talked with our partners at the Entrepreneur Center about starting your business and the programs that the EC offer and we support with scholarships for members that are interested in taking them.
We are also excited to announce a lot of events coming up this spring and summer. We are announcing the date for Predators Pride night in April, see below. We will also be announcing details and calling for nominations for the Pride in Business Awards in June! June will be a busy month with two other events that month put on and benefiting the Chamber. We will be sending more information out on all of these in the next few weeks.
I hope you weathered the storm this weekend. Historic rainfall and flooding, add it to the list of what Nashville has gone through. We dealt with flooding 11 years ago and I am sure we have this taken care of too. We are a strong city and community. We are going to need to be to weather the storm we are headed in to if the state continues to discriminate.
For this week, all other legislative information can be found in the Advocacy Alert and Update sent on Friday. Make sure you read it and are fully educated on the fallout and taking action.
Our statement on the state of legislation and Governor Lee signing the Anti-Trans Athlete bill into law. -
While the damage to trans children and youth is incalculable, Tennessee businesses will pay a very calculable price for this legislative hubris. Shame on our supposedly pro-business Governor and Legislature for spending their time and energy targeting trans children, when the state is still in economic crisis from the COVID pandemic, while risking further economic damage from passing such legislation.
It is a shame that the Tennessee Legislature is focused on discrimination and attacking trans-youth, instead of COVID-19 recovery and supporting our struggling small businesses. Our state is playing with fire in the form of boycotts and economic harm that will come with the passage of this bill and others that they are pushing.
Tennessee’s business community will pay the huge bill for legislated hate. We are all about to get burned by this unneeded legislation, the scar it will leave is looking worse than the one left in North Carolina after they passed the bathroom bill. Maybe the pain from that will make elected officials wake up and realize how wrong this was. They didn’t listen to businesses that made it clear this was bad, and they don’t care about the personal harm it is having on children or what Tennesseans are telling them is important to focus on, like the economy and education.
From Mayor John Cooper:
Now that over 20% of Nashville residents have received a vaccine, the following capacity increases go into effect today:
- Restaurants and bars may operate with 175 seated socially distanced patrons per floor. Hours extended to 1 am for last service and 2 am closing.
- Gathing size and table seating increased to 10 inside & 25 outside
- 33% capacity for outdoor arenas with controlled access.
- 6 attendees per participant at indoor K-12 sporting events, 33% attendance at outdoor events.
- Close contact personal care services may now operate at 100% capacity.
- Maximum indoor event capacities move to 2,000 with Health Dept approval.
SBA EXTENDS EIDL PROGRAM
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022. Read more here.
MY BIG FREE COVID WEDDING
Our member TN Event Designs announced their "My Big FREE Covid Wedding" giveaway. They are teaming up with some of their favorite vendor friends in the industry to gift one FREE wedding to a couple who has been impacted over the past year by COVID-19. Learn more and enter here!
Want to find a vaccine near you? Use the Vaccine Finder.
TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY
MARCH 31, 2021
We are looking forward to celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility next week! We have a lot of great programming coming up surrounding the Transgender Community:
- Trans Day of Visibility Celebration
- Hear from TGNC Certified LGBTBE® suppliers, Task Force leaders, as well as NGLCC Team Members, and join a networking session after the program. Register now!
- Classroom Connect April: Transgender Inclusion
- This session will educate & empower you to create welcoming & affirming environments for transgender employees and customers. Topics to be discussed include trans-affirming terminology, challenges the trans community is currently facing in the country/state/workplace, and trans healthcare coverage. Register now!
WHAT WE DID
Thank you to Brynn Plummer of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center for presenting this month's Classroom Connect, focused on entrepreneurship. She gave valuable information for anyone considering a side hustle or small business. Watch the recording here.
SAVE THE DATE
PREDATORS PRIDE NIGHT 2021
Predators Pride Night 2021 will be April 13th!
We are finalizing all the ticket details for this COVID-safe Pride event. Stay tuned for more details and how you can show your Pride with the Preds!
WHAT WE DID
GLAMAZON LUNCH & LEARN
Joe had the opportunity to speak with Amazon's LGBT Employee Resource Group, Glamazon, about the Chamber and the LGBTQIA+ community this week. We appreciate opportunities to connect with and educate the business community.
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!
Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that JOINED our Chamber this week:
MEMBER BENEFIT CHECK-IN
Are you maximizing your membership? Sign up for Benefit Connect on Monday, March 29th at 9 am!
Meet your Membership Manager, learn about what membership can do for you, and how to utilize our growing list of benefits. Register now!
Reach out to Lauren if you have any questions!