Weekly Wrap-Up: May 10, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-Up - 5-10-19

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week and that you need to know about, to get the most of your membership. Thank you for being a member. 


New and Renewing Members-


Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that joined our Chamber this week:


We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who renewed their membership this week:


2019 Excellence in Business Awards-

We hope everyone had a great time at the 2019 Excellence in Business Awards! We had a record, sold-out crowd celebrating inclusivity and diversity in Nashville business. You can see official event photos from Events R Us Photography on our Facebook album or see pictures that others have posted under the hashtag #nashlgbtcc and #lgbtbizawards


Thank you again to our sponsors: Curb Records, HCA, AllianceBernstein, Asurion, Dell, Nissan, Waller, and MediCopy. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber! We also want to congratulate this year's award recipients:

  • President's Award- The Office of Mayor David Briley

  • Corporate Diversity- Asurion

  • Small Business Diversity- Focus Middle Tennessee

  • Business Leader- Pamela Sheffer, Oasis Center

  • Entrepreneur- Jenny Ford, JF Government Strategies

  • Ally- Kathy Halbrooks, PFLAG

  • Community Service- Brian Marshall, MashUp Nashville

  • Leadership in the Arts- Belcourt Theatre

Each year we try to bring you an event that is more fabulous than our last and we can’t do that without your feedback. If you attended this year’s Awards, please take a few minutes to fill out our 2019 Excellence in Business Awards Guest Survey.


May Brewing Up Business- 

Due to several conflicts, we have had to cancel the May Brewing Up Business that was scheduled next week on Thursday the 16th. We were to have a meet and greet with all candidates running for Metro office for the August 1st election. We will have them at our massive June Pride Brewing Up Business event on June 20th so you can meet them in person and talk about your vote. We are sorry to cancel this month’s event but it has been a busy month. Mark your calendars for next month and we will make it even bigger and better for you to make lots of personal and professional connections. 


Reminder- we are working on an LGBT Community Mayoral Forum for July.  


All Chambers Meeting-

On Thursday, we met with representatives from other chambers: Nashville Area Chamber, Hispanic Area Chamber, Tennessee Latin American Chamber, Nashville Black Chamber, Goodlettsville Chamber, and Madison Chamber. We discussed ways to promote leadership in our chambers. We also discussed ways we can work together to make Nashville the best place to do business. We are always so excited to collaborate!


World Cafe: What’s Next for LGBTQ+ Nashville-

Thursday night nearly 50 LGBTQ community members who are aligned with a broad swath of the Nashville community participated in a World Cafe-style visioning exercise at Thistle Farms. The Chamber was represented by Lauren and board members Ron Snitker, Jen Austin, Linzie Treadway, and Mac Huffington. This project is part of a data-gathering exercise that Nashville Pride has embarked on. There were questions about the current assets and needs for the LGBTQ community and individuals within the community.


We have already benefited from this conversation by hearing needs that the Chamber can help with like- "we need inclusive job fairs", "we need to know who has a welcoming environment for trans employees", "we need job training/development skills", "we need an LGBT mentoring program".


 The next phase of the project consists of a small group, kitchen table conversation with community members who align with a specific identity within the LGBTQ community. Contact Nashville Pride and the Community Affairs team to be considered as a host.



Bloomberg follows up on the legislative session and work of the business community to keep Tennessee welcoming and inclusive. Thanks again to the businesses and organizations that helped us delay these bad bills for another year. We are already working to stop them again. Nashville wants to be the next Austin, but Tennessee won’t make it easy.


Mayoral Opinion Piece-

LGBT Chamber member and 2019 Business Awards finalist Eric Patton was a featured columnist in the Tennessean this week. His opinion piece, “I am an LGBTQ activist who broke bread with Carol Swain. I related to her, but she hasn't changed” looks at Nashville mayoral candidate Carol Swain's supporters and big donors who hate that Nashville is a welcoming, progressive city.

Joe Woolley



Lauren Bland

Membership Manager

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