March 5, 2021
Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week
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You should have an Action Alert email from us right before this email. We wrote one and then the other. It was a very busy week and next week will be even busier. Please read the Action Alert if you have not, then come back to this one.
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March is here. We wrapped up celebrating Black History month and began celebrating Women’s History Month. It was great to do both with the recognition of our Board Member, Michelle Brown of Amazon. Mayor Cooper profiled her, and we are so thankful for her service to the Chamber and celebrate her for both months!
We also ended Black History Month with a screening of the documentary Willieat Bridgestone Arena. The Nashville Predators invited a small group they work with around diversity and inclusion matters, and the LGBT Chamber board members joined to screen the film about the first Black hockey player in the NHL, it was great, and you should check it out. It was the first in-person event for many of us and we were impressed how well the Preds managed safety and social distancing.
One thing that I keep reading and talking about, but it did not get a lot of attention this week due to everything else happening, Gallop released a study on those that identify as LGBT. LGBT people make up only 5.6% of the population. Bisexuals are 51% of the LGBT community. There we so many interesting stats in this that I did not know, take a look. We will be talking more about this in our programing once we get through the legislative session.
Getting a little personal, there were a lot of interviews this week. You may have seen them in the action alert or can see them below. I appreciate the support I have felt from many of you, regarding opening up and sharing my struggles with suicide when I was a teen, because I was gay and felt like that was such a bad thing. I share it to make people think about the LGBT youth or adult out there now, that might feel marginalized and attacked, to tell them it gets better and we are working hard to make the world better for you, don’t give up. Thinking of them gives me the strength to keep going. I hope it will you as well.
On Wednesday, impacted community members, attorneys, business leaders and advocates discussed Tennessee legislators' efforts to erase transgender people, including preventing student athletes from participating in school sports that match their gender identity and banning gender-affirming medical and mental health care for transgender youth. Speakers included: Brandon Tucker, ACLU of Tennessee; Fox Schweiger, student; Aly Chapman, GLSEN Tennessee; Chris Sanders, Tennessee Equality Project; Joe Woolley, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce; Chase Strangio, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project; Cathryn M. Oakley, HRC. Watch this press conference here.
Joe spoke with News Channel 5's OpenLine this week. He joined the discussion on how anti-trans bills affect Nashville business and tourism. You can watch the recording here.
EMPLOYMENT LAW IN OUR NEW PANDEMIC WORLD EVENT
Join the Nashville Health Care Council along with Program Partners: Center for Nonprofit Management, Conexion Americas, Life Science Tennessee, Music City Community Court, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Nashville Health, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Nashville Technology Council, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee for
"Employment Law in Our Pandemic World" on Thursday, March 11th at 8 am CST.
With COVID-19 vaccine distribution underway, how can businesses maintain a safe and low-risk workplace? Hear from employment law experts on the challenges businesses are facing in our new pandemic world. Register here.
VACCINATION ROLLOUT UPDATE
Tennessee will transition to the next stage of coronavirus vaccine distribution on Monday, 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 the 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!
PPP UPDATES FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
The Biden administration will give the country's smallest employers two weeks of exclusive access to emergency loans, in a bid to target aid to minority-owned businesses and other companies that have struggled the most to obtain the funds during the pandemic. SBA is also offering low-interest federal loans for business and home owners who were affected by the Nashville Christmas bombing.
Learn more here.
Join a series of webinars hosted by SBA, Public Private Strategies Institute, and other stakeholders to hear about what steps you can take now to take advantage of this special opportunity, which closes at 4 pm CST on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021. Register below for:
- Saturday, Mar. 6, 1 pm CT- Veterans, Self-Employed Business Owners, Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors, and Employers with Fewer than 20 Employees
- Saturday, Mar. 6, 3 pm CT- General Small Business Owners
- Monday, Mar. 8, 2 pm CT- LGBTQ Business Owners, Youth Entrepreneurs, Restaurant Owners
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!
AM BREWING UP BUSINESS
Thank you to everyone (including furry friends) who attended our March AM Brewing Up Business this week. We consistently leave these networking events feeling rejuvenated and recharged! Check out the announcements here. Make sure to register for our upcoming events above.
We are so happy to partner with our members for events. Do you have an upcoming event? Make sure you add it our Community Calendar. Log into the member portal for directions.
OUT & ABOUT TODAY
We were thrilled to speak with Out & About Today about our Chamber. "Pam Wheeler talked with membership of the Nashville LGBT Chamber, and their efforts of 2020 going into 2021. She's joined by Membership Manager Lauren Bland, Past President Ron Snitker, new President Steph Ballou, and LGBT Chamber CEO, Joe Woolley". Check out all 3 segments here.
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