Weekly Wrap-Up: May 1, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 05/01/20
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.
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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- ?
The end of another week and the start of another month?! Where did the week and month go? It was one full of lots of virtual programming and connection.

Our Corporate Connect program was Tuesday and we heard from over 40 of our corporate members. Usually, these calls are about diversity and inclusion initiatives and employee resource groups, this one had that but it was focused on staying in touch with employees during while working from home. So many of our major corporations are continuing to develop programming and keeping employees engaged during this time.

We also discussed the Nashville PRIDE festival being postponed and what some might do to show pride in June. While there won't be a festival, corporations, small businesses, groups, and individuals can plan to still show their pride. We are working closely with Nashville PRIDE and will keep you updated on how! 

We had our first Member Connect program as well this week on Thursday. It was great to hear from two of our members on what they have going on and how COVID-19 has affected them. If you love to travel like me, it was really interesting to hear from our Platinum Member, Nashville International Airport - BNA CEO, Doug Kreulen. Doug told us about the impact the coronavirus has had on travelers, and then on the construction that has continued to go on at the airport. When we get to start traveling again we won't recognize it. We also heard from LGBT certified business Social Link, their CEO Brady O'Rourke filled us in on the importance of a strong online presence, especially during these times when that is the only way customers are interacting with you. Check out the recording online, and more info on the Member Connect below.
Mayor John Cooper extended the Safer at Home order as the number of cases has continued to rise. This pushes out the date in which we can start the phased reopening. We support this decision as no one wants to reopen to quickly and put people at risk, and then have to shut down again. Read more about this and the face mask order that was issued below.
Speaking of face masks, the Mayor sported a rainbow pride mask he asked us to get for him. We are working with him to help get the LGBTQ+ and business community to #WearYourMask and #ShowUsYourMask.

Our newest members and LGBT certified business Clifton & Leopold made the Mayor his mask and we thank them for it.

I talk about the face mask campaign and even demonstrate how to make your own, along with other news and updates, in our weekly Chamber Chat video you can see here.
Coronavirus Response
The city has issued an order urging everyone to  wear face coverings in public  and requiring employees at businesses to wear face coverings.

Businesses are required to  post signage about wearing face coverings . Signage in English  and  Spanish  has been provided by the Metro Nashville Public Health Department that you can print and post at your properties.

When you look at the data and transmission rates, and what wearing a mask if you are infected and you are not, it just makes sense and will become our new normal.
We are asking all our members and the rest of the LGBT community to join us in wearing your mask and showing your pride!

We will be coordinating with other LGBTQ+ groups on this campaign. We are asking for you to share pics of you wearing your rainbow mask and use the hashtags #WearYourMask #ShowUsYourMask and #RainbowMask.
The city announced it will  extend Nashville’s Safer at Home Order until at least May 8 . That means that non-essential businesses, including dine-in restaurants, retail, bars, entertainment venues, gyms, and salons, remain closed in Nashville. Mayor Cooper has said he is following data, not arbitrary dates, for the city’s reopening strategy. While most key metrics are satisfactory, the transmission rate and 14-day trend of new cases are not.

Below is a recap of the city’s  Roadmap for Reopening Nashville , including that bars, museums, tours, and attractions would not open (at 50 percent capacity) until Phase 3. Sports venues and other large venue spaces would not open until Phase 4. There will be at least two weeks between phases.

  • In Phase 1, the city says residents should work from home if possible and wear masks in public. There are to be no gatherings over 10 peopleRestaurants (dine-in) and retail would open at half capacity, along with other commercial businesses. Bar areas remain closed and no live music in restaurants. Bars, entertainment venues, and sports venues would remain closed. Other facilities that would remain closed include nail, hair and massage salons and gyms/fitness centers.
  • Phase 2 says residents should work from home if possible, wear masks in public and small gatherings up to 50 are allowed. Restaurants, retail, and commercial businesses operate at 75 percent capacity. Bar areas remain closed and no live music in restaurants. Bars, entertainment venues, and sports venues would remain closed. Salons open for appointments only (no walk-ins and no more than 10 in the salon). Gyms/fitness centers would remain closed.
  • Phase 3 says residents should work from home if possible, wear masks in public and small gatherings up to 100 allowed. Restaurants, retail, and commercial businesses operate at full capacity. Bars in restaurants open at 50 percent capacity but no standing, and live music is permitted. Bars and entertainment venues, along with museums, tours, attractions, and movie theaters, operate at 50 percent capacity. Sports venues remain closed. Salons remain under appointment-only restriction. Gyms/fitness centers open.
  • In Phase 4, the city says work from home is optional, and wearing masks in public is optional but encouraged. K-12, non-residential schools can open and gatherings over 100 permitted. All businesses open at full capacity, including sports venues. Cleaning, screening, and social distancing protocols remain in place.

Public health and safety  are the top priority, and  cleaning, screening, and social distancing protocols  are included in each phase. For instance, employers will be required to screen employees for respiratory symptoms and temperature checks, with employees who register 100.4 degrees or higher required to leave the premises immediately. More information about Nashville’s  Roadmap for Reopening  is at  covid19.nashville.gov .
We are collecting upcoming webinars, town halls, calls, and more on our Upcoming Learning Opportunities page. This is a great resource for anyone navigating the small business loan process, working from home for the first time, or just wanting to connect with the community.
In addition to upcoming learning opportunities, we are adding recordings and follow-up resources from previous webinars. Check these resources frequently for the latest information.
Mayor John Cooper’s Office and the Metro Nashville COVID-19 Task Force hosted two webinars centered on Nashville’s reopening on Thursday afternoon. One was directed towards restaurant owners and operators and the second was directed to small business owners and operators. Use the links below to see the recording for each.
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

Next Week's 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 .
New and Renewing Members
We are so proud of our recent LGBT Business Enterprise certified member  Clifton + Leopold . They officially opened their website today!
Clifton+Leopold was born from a love of classic men’s clothing accessories and the desire to make them more reflective of the world today. A world that’s more diverse, fluid, and empowered. A world where only you can define you.

?Jump over to  www.CliftonandLeopold.com  to check out this incredible community. 
What We Did
Thank you to everyone who attended our first virtual Member Connect on Thursday. Thank you to our featured members for participating in this event and providing valuable insights: Doug Kreulen, President & CEO of BNA Nashville International Airport , and Brady O’Rourke, President & CEO of Social Link . We hope the conversation was beneficial for you and your business.

Here are some follow-up items:


We are excited to announce our new Rainbow Connection Series . These programs include webinars, networking events, and other educational meetings to help our members and community stay connected and informed while we navigate the 'new normal'. When we come back to being able to meet in person, we will keep these programs going.
Classroom Connect
Classroom Connect is a new program designed to assist our members and community as a part of the Nashville LGBT Chamber's Rainbow Connection Series. Each session will highlight a new, unique topic that assists the LGBT community. We will engage with other organizations to keep you informed and connected to opportunities.

In our first Classroom Connect , we will talk about certifying your business as an LGBT Business Enterprise and leveraging your certification to do work with Metro and corporate members. We will talk to current certified LGBTBEs in our area and leaders of Metro’s Business Assistance Office and NGLCC.

We would love to utilize the expertise of our members to present at each session. Are you willing to present on a topic you are an expert at? Please provide some details in this survey and we will contact you shortly to schedule your Classroom Connection. You can also give us some ideas for topics you would like to see at a future session.
Network Connect - Brewing Up Business
To complement our traditional Brewing Up Business, we will now offer additional morning networking opportunities, AM Brewing Up Business . These events will include a short program of announcements from our chamber's staff and then small group networking. We will break the larger group into small rooms to exchange information and let peers know you are doing at this time. We will break into small groups several times during the event.
We will also continue to offer our monthly Brewing Up Business virtually on the third Thursday of every month. We will raise a glass and make connections in small groups.
Membership Has Its Perks
Due to COVID-19 and the need to shift business virtually, online activity is on the rise. This is also true for the Nashville LGBT Chamber’s website and social platforms. Just in the last month, our website searches have nearly tripled and our hot deals are all getting dozens of views. Our social platforms are seeing increased traffic as well. Our Facebook page views are up 18%, our post reach is up 45%, and our post engagement is up 78%. 

Now is the perfect time to maximize your membership and use our system to increase your reach. Login to the Member Information Center now and use the following tools to boost your business.
Adding Hot Deals:

Hot Deals are a great way to advertise sales, specials, and promotions for your business. Let website visitors know that you are open for business and what services you offer at this time. Hot Deals are posted to our website, on our social platforms, and are included in our Weekly Wrap-Up on Fridays.

Login > Hot Deals > Add Hot Deal > Submit For Approval?
You can support other members by checking out our current Hot Deals from Social Link, Ron Sanford Productions, Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown/The Gulch, and Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville.
Update your directory listing:

The more information you put in your directory listing, the more people can find and utilize your business. Update your personal contact information, add representatives, select all categories that apply to your business, and add your social media links. You can also add logos, pictures, and videos to make your listing more attractive.

Login > Company Information or Login > Personal Information

You can preview your directory listing :

Login > Company Information > Website Information > Preview

You can also monitor your directory listing’s views and impressions. This is a great check-in to see what tools you can use to boost your visibility.

Login > Reports
Add banner ads:

A banner ad is an advertisement that is embedded onto our webpage with the goal of sending traffic to your website. This is an opportunity for you to gain additional exposure. Use the form below to load your banner ad image, set your landing page, and select which part of our website you want your ad to appear.

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