Weekly Wrap-Up: May 8, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 05/08/20
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- ?
Nashville is opening up, ready or not.

We have heard from so many of you with your questions, concerns, and fears about reopening. We have spoken often with the Mayor's office this week in regard to reopening. They have answered every question I have brought them from many of you, and are doing their best to walk a fine line and give the best information and recommendations. 

Nashville will enter  Phase 1  of the Roadmap for Reopening on Monday, May 11. That means  dine-in restaurants, dining sections in bars, retail, and other commercial businesses  can reopen next week at  50 percent capacity.  

In Phase 1, residents should work from home if possible and wear masks in public. There are to be no gatherings over 10 people. Bars, entertainment venues, and sports venues remain closed. Other facilities that remain closed include nail, hair, and massage salons and gyms/fitness centers.
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. WEAR YOUR MASK! See our Show Us Your Mask campaign below. 

We know that our members will be responsible as you reopen. You are required to screen employees for respiratory symptoms and temperature checks, and the city will be stepping up enforcement. We sent an email earlier this week on where to purchase thermometers and get face masks. Both of those supplies are gone and we will continue to look for more to share with you. 

Enforcement will be a critical part of the plan and a major issue going forward. If a business is not following the rules, shame on them. But as Mayor Cooper pointed out, it is up to you as a customer and patron to not use them. Take your business elsewhere, don't give them your patronage, they are putting you at risk and you should go somewhere that will keep you safe. It is up to YOU.
Check out some great webinars that were done this week for businesses to better prepare to reopen. Let us know if we can help you in any way. I know many of you are waiting and not reopening, that is your right. We are here for you all. We will hopefully all get through this and not have to shut down again. 

With you, 
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.
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.
Next Week's Webinars
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.

Follow-Up from This Week's Webinars
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. 
This Week's Press Releases
New and Renewing Members
Please join us in welcoming the following NEW businesses and individuals that joined our Chamber this week:

We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who RENEWED or upgraded theirmembershipthis week:

What We Did
Thank you to everyone who attended our first virtual Classroom Connect on Thursday. Thank you to our featured speakers for participating in this event and providing valuable insights: Jerval Watson of the Metro Nashville Business Assistance Office , and Kevin Carpenter of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce . We are excited to add new certified LGBT Business Enterprises to our company and develop opportunities for all LGBT-owned businesses.

Here are some follow-up items if you weren't able to join us:


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.
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.
Virtual Concerts
From our member, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp : It's a strange time when you can't hear live music pumping out of all the clubs in Music City. But we adapt! From their homes to yours Nashville artists are livestreaming concerts so you can still feel the music - safely at home.
This is Music City. The music is in us. And we always find a way to share it with the world.
Click the link below to find all upcoming virtual concerts!
Membership Has Its Perks
Current Hot Deals
Check out these Hot Deals from our members by clicking their logos below!
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.

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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.
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