Weekly Wrap-Up: November 19, 2021



The Weekly

Wrap Up

November 19, 2021

Your email on all things the Chamber worked on this week and what you need to know.

CEO Brief

I am writing to you from Hollywood Florida where I have been attending the NGLCC National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Back to Business Summit this week. It has been great to connect with other affiliate chambers and talk about our work, the advocacy panel held today where we shared the work we do in TN was impactful. It has also been wonderful to connect our LGBTBEs to corporate partners and we are proud of Social Link and The Digital Foundry for being here and doing just that.

This has been a much smaller meeting than the larger convention we are used to, but it has still been moving and impactful. Trans inclusion has been front and center here during this Transgender Visibility Week, and that is great to see.


Tomorrow is Transgender Day of Remembrance and I hope you will take a moment to honor all those transgender people whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence this year, an unfortunate record high, and learn about the violence affecting the transgender community. We observed the day on Tuesday with many other community members at a ceremony at Scarritt Bennett. You can read more about it below. To our trans siblings, we want you to know that we see you and love you and will not stop advocating for you. 


Thank you to Lauren who held down things while I was down here. She pulled together the many details on her own for the very successful November Brewing Up Business on Thursday at Thistle Farms with over 100 people in attendance. We are working hard on pulling together December’s Brewing Up Business that is our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party. We are excited to be at Comcast’s Tech Hill Commons and will be featuring many other small business members. More details to come, you can register below. 


It was so great to learn about Memphis and West Tennessee in Leadership Tennessee on Monday. We want to congratulate the Mid-South LGBT Chamber of Commerce that held its first networking event on Thursday. 


I have to get ready to head down to the Awards Gala here at the NGLCC Summitt. Fingers crossed that we win Affiliate Chamber of the Year. If we don’t pull it off this year we congratulate the winner for their awesome work and know that all affiliates worked hard to get through a crazy year of COVID and change, we know we did. Win or lose here, we know we are winners due to our remarkable members and community. Thank you all for being a part of the work of our Chamber. 


- Joe



The General Assembly recently passed updated COVID-19 state regulations. Join the Nashville Area Chamber on Monday, November 29 to learn how companies and employers should deal with – and understand – the newly passed state legislation. You’ll also learn how the new state regulations will interact with the Executive Orders signed by President Biden and how your business may be impacted moving forward.


This virtual event is complimentary to attend but pre-registration is required. The Zoom link to join will be sent in advance of the event.



Get ready for our last networking event of 2021!

Join us on Thursday, December 9th at 5:30 pm CT for PM Brewing Up Business sponsored by Comcast! This networking event also serves as our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party. Grab a few holidays gifts from our member marketplace, vote on the 2022 Board of Directors slate, make meaningful connections, and more! Register now!


Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for their Virtual Breakfast on Friday, December 10th at 7:30 am.

This is a casual event that will update you on all the great things that are happening at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

There is no cost to attend. Please let Doug Halleen at doug.halleen@mentorakid.org if you would like to attend.



Thank you to everyone who worked on putting together the Nashville Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was a moving ceremony that we hope you were able to take part in and contemplate the losses. If you missed this ceremony, you can watch the recording here.

We hosted our largest Brewing Up Business yesterday since our return to in-person events in June! Thank you to our hosts: Thistle Farms and Premiere Transportation! You can look at photos or watch the announcements if you missed it.




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 or upgraded their membership this week:


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