Weekly Wrap-Up: November 6, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 11/06/20

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week, and what you need to know to get the most out 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 - 
What a week. The election is what all of us were talking about and focused on still. I hope you saw our Election Wrap-Up we sent on Wednesday. Check out additional stories on the history that was made here in Tennessee. 

While we have been focused on the election, we should remember that COVID is not gone and we are seeing some of the worse numbers nationally and locally. Please remember: Wear masks. Stay apart. Wash hands. City leaders believe this surge in numbers could last through the winter. By staying vigilant with testing, contact tracing, and isolating when we must, we can keep our community safe and bring our numbers back down.
We also launched a new website and member portal on Monday this week! Have you been able to check it out yet? I hope you enjoy the new website that makes member directory and information even easier and better to find. It also shares our work in a more powerful and organized way. The real improvement you will see and feel is in the Member Portal. There are so many more things you can do as a member and easier access to information and resources for you and your business. There is a lot more we will be implementing, stay tuned, and up to date. This is the last Weekly that will be coming to you in this format. I want to give a big shoutout to our LGBT owned and certified business Social Link for their help with the website. And huge thank you and round of applause to Lauren your Membership Manager who has been working on this for months. 

Our members and friends were ready to network and talk Thursday morning at our AM Brewing Up Business. I have never seen so much connection and community! Check out the wrap-up below on it and please join us next time! 

Stay safe this weekend and try to stay calm and be patient as we wait for final election results. Then stay engaged and keep working to build the society that you want to live in. We will keep working here. Glad you are a part of it with us. 

Coronavirus Response

As we enter the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as colder weather coming in, a few things to think about.

This week, Mayor John Cooper and Rebecca Kelly, State Director of the AARP, urged everyone to remain vigilant through the holidays by keeping gatherings small and keeping older relatives safe. Nashville’s Public Health Department encourages those who plan to gather with family members to isolate for two weeks prior to the gathering date by staying apart from others and not introducing new individuals to your bubble. The Health Department also suggests taking a COVID test 2-3 days prior to the gathering. Please share this information with your workplaces.

Metro Nashville’s Fire Marshal is reminding restaurants and bars about safety when using outdoor portable fuel-fired heaters, including a reminder that Fire Code prohibits their use on rooftops. More information about outdoor heater use by restaurants and bars is provided by the Metro Nashville Fire Department.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of Intro Nashville, an opportunity to ensure employees become a more engaged and connected community member. During this program, participants will learn what makes the region unique and how we become the "It" city. To learn more, click here.

Advocacy
We hope you saw our Election Day 2020 Wrap-Up email on Wednesday. We discussed the property tax ballot referendum, the presidential election, the "rainbow wave", the TN general election, and more. We will be sure to update everyone as new updates come to light.

The good news from the election we shared was on history being made in Tennessee by having two openly LGBTQ+ candidates elected to the house. There has been a lot of news coverage on this and we wanted to make sure you knew about. 



We ask all of our members to complete the Nashville Area Chamber’s annual Vital Signs survey. We have used the findings of this survey in the past to advocate on our policies, please fill it out! 

Vital Signs looks at trends in the workforce, housing, transportation, and growth that impact the Middle Tennessee region. The Vital Sign Survey is one of the few surveys that give policymakers real-time information about what Nashville/Davidson County residents and residents throughout Middle Tennessee are experiencing, which is especially important as we weather COVID-19 and work toward recovery. Take the survey here.

What We Did

We are so excited about the launch of our new website and new member software. Please take a few minutes to look at some of the new updates.
Thank you to our member and LGBTBE Social Link for your help with this project!

We came ready to network on Thursday! We had a great conversation about COVID, the election, and the economy. Watch the recording if you missed out. Join us for one of upcoming networking events, details below!

Connections

Upcoming Chamber Events

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 5:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 11:00 am

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 9:00 am

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of Intro Nashville, an opportunity to ensure employees become a more engaged and connected community member. During this program, participants will learn what makes the region unique and how we become the "It" city. To learn more, click here.

Our member Proudly.Market is now accepting vendor applications to join their fast-growing LGBTQIA+ marketplace! This service is free to join for Chamber members until November 15th. Sign up for a free consultation below!

Join the Nashville Business Journal for a conversation on diversity, inclusion and equity with some of Nashville's leading companies on how they create an inclusive culture that breaks down barriers, how they build a diverse workforce and how they navigate the challenges that arise. We are a proud sponsor of this event. Get your tickets now!

The Nashville Children’s Theatre will be premiering its taped Pete the Cat production on Sunday, December 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. CT with a live red-carpet component hosted by NCT’s Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan. Check your member portal for a special discount on tickets! For more information, read this Press Release.

The Nashville Business Journal's Book of Lists is now available and we want our members to have a copy! Stop by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (41 Peabody Street) and ask Zap for a copy. The Nashville Convention & Vistors Corp has "Love Thy Neighborhoods" signs available as well. Stop by 140 4th Avenue North to grab your sign!

Help our member Nashville CARES end the HIV epidemic in Middle TN by participating in the 29th Annual "Virtual" AIDS Walk on November 21. Sign up today and start building a team!

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