Weekly Wrap-Up: March 27. 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 03/27/20
Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week
and you need to know about, to get the most 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.
CEO Brief- ?
? As we wrap up the second full week (it seems so much longer) of business closings and staying home here in Nashville, we wanted to end the week with some good news and a campaign that we will be watching closely and we will be contributing to. 
Today, Mayor John Cooper announced the  #NashvilleStrongStory  campaign   to highlight and promote the positive response of Nashville’s residents following the March 3rd tornado and Metro’s citywide coronavirus challenges. We hope you will share your story and use the hashtag on social media. Our thanks to everyone who has done their part. We are fortunate to live and work in such an amazing community!  

When the world fundamentally changes in a matter of days you have to adapt and change with it. That is what we have been doing here at the Chamber, adapting to the situation we and our members and our community find themselves in, and figuring out what we can do and how we can help. We have gone back to our key principals of advocate, educate, and connect. We have been working hard at all of them but I am amazed at how we have been able to get education and connection opportunities out there to those that need them. 

Take a look below at the number of resources and information that can help you get through this trying time. Contact us if you have needs or want to help and share information. I want to thank Lauren Bland our Membership Manager, who has worked so hard at her home this week creating and sharing the information below. 
Coronavirus Response
We want to support the TASTE vendors who support the Nashville LGBT Chamber!

We have created a special page on the website to highlight new products and services our TASTE vendors are offering at this time.
We sent an email on Tuesday with updated information about the coronavirus. 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. 

Here is a summary of relevant updates from this week: 

Press Releases

Upcoming Webinars

Send us any information or items you would like us to share. Check our website frequently for new info. Connect with us on social to stay up-to-date with information and member news on  Facebook Twitter , and  LinkedIn .
Nashville Tornado Recovery
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA)  has opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Davidson County – as of Monday, March 9 to help businesses apply for disaster loans. 
Read the press release below to find out who is eligible, how to apply for loans, and much more.
New and Renewing Members
We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who RENEWED or upgraded their membership this week:

What We Did
We attended many webinars this week to gather information for us and our members. We will continue to inform you of ones you might want to participate live in and we will share the ones that we do with you so you can listen and learn from them. See some of the ones we were involved with this week.

  • Economic Relief Resources for LGBT-Owned Businesses Durring COVID-19 - This National LGBT Chamber of Commerce convened over 800 NGLCC affiliate chamber leaders, NGLCC Corporate Partners, and LGBT business owners to join Administrator Jovita Carranza of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and her team on how to connect LGBT-owned small businesses with emergency capital and resources during COVID-19.
  • How to be a Webinar Super Star - NGLCC also put on this webinar and it was all to help you do your own webinar in these virtual times.
  • Business Disaster Recovery Webinar (video pending)
  • Managing Your Business Through COVID-19 (video pending)
We sent the following email out to all NLGBTCC members on Thursday on how to use our system to promote their business at this time. Members can promote hot deals (see below), news releases, job postings, and more.

If you are not a member and wish to utilize our system to update our network on your business activity, please contact our Membership Manager.
We are so happy to announce some GOOD news! Our longtime member and LGBT-owned business  The Turnip Truck  has opened their third location, this one on Charlotte Ave.

?Once we are able, we will host a Rainbow Ribbon Cutting to celebrate!

The Turnip Truck is stocked on food and cleaning supplies. Visit any of their 3 locations: TT Locations
Membership Has Its Perks
We offer many tools to inform visitors about your updated services, hours of operation, volunteer needs, and news and information you are releasing. 

Login to the Member Information Center now and see how easy it is!

Website Directory - If your business has recently adopted take out, curbside, or delivery services, please select our new directory category “Take Out”. We will promote all of these businesses on our social platforms. 

Hot Deals - Use Hot Deals to promote a discount, special, or new service your business offers. 

Job postings - Use the Jobs Board feature to promote any jobs or volunteer opportunities you have. With so many people losing jobs, it’s important for our community to know where they can look for employment.

News Releases - We are sharing member and community news via news releases. Keep members and the public up-to-date on your hours of operation, services you provide, and any other announcements.
In these uncertain times, we hope to connect our members and our community to the ways you can give and receive support. Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber can utilize “Hot Deals” to promote deals and services you are still offering. We will add to this list as they come in. We encourage everyone to support these businesses.
Order carry out from any Fleming’s Steakhouse location tonight through April 11th and enjoy $40 off when you spend $100. To redeem, just mention this post. Curbside pick-up also available. View our menus online and call the restaurant to order at: 615-342-0131.

20% off any of our services including planning and decor for weddings and events, florals, balloon decor, and Christmas indoor and outdoor decor.

Send care packages to folks working at home. Send Nashville in a box to key clients or prospects to ensure confidence in your ongoing business.  A dozen gifts from our catalog ordered by 3-31-2020 = 25% off and Free Shipping + Free Gift Wrap

Need event lighting, draping, or custom builds for your upcoming event?
Contact TN Event Designs and receive 10% off when you mention promo code -  NLGBT10. We specialize in wedding, corporate and music events in Nashville and all major cities.

Support Local is an initiative that lets you show your support for your local businesses during this challenging time. Reach out to USA Today Network's Brently Snyder to set up your small businesses listing now. Visitors can purchase gift cards now to use in the future.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown/The Gulch is extending a special discounted rate March 25, 2020-April 30, 2020 for Nashville LGBT Chamber members!  
We are extending a Nashville Strong rate of $119 through April 30, 2020. If you would like to make reservations, please contact Jeremy Bishop , Director of Sales.
Yes, you are open! We want to make sure people know! Take advantage of this Small Business Booster that includes a web box ad AND social media campaign for $50 that will run for all of April.

At Drury Hotels, our free amenities, clean rooms, friendly team members and award-winning service make life’s journey a little easier and hopefully a little healthier. Rates listed are for 1 - 2 people per room, per night, non-commissionable, valid at any hotel and are subject to local taxes. Not valid with any other offer, special rate or discount. Block-out dates may apply.

Use Corporate Code: HEALTH
How to Add a Hot Deal as a Member
  • Log into your account
  • Click Hot Deal on the left of the page
  • Click Add Hot Deal 
  • Fill out all the information in the fields provided.
  • Be sure to select Active Dates
  • Click Submit for Approval
Joe Woolley

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210
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