Weekly Wrap-Up: October 16, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 10/16/20

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 - 
Have you voted?!
I hope you were able to join us for Pride at the Polls on Wednesday. If not, you can vote from 8-4:30 tomorrow or at any of these times and locations. We had a huge turnout for Pride at the Polls all across the city, we were at our member Conexion Americas at Casa Azafran and saw so many members and friends. Take a look below at pictures and more of a wrap-up. 
Go VOTE. Nothing changes if you don’t vote. Posting stuff on social, demonstrating, daunting, it’s all good but really means nothing unless you VOTE. 

COVID-19, our numbers are looking bad, as a city, state, country, and world. Major NEW relief programs have been announced. Small business and music venues have access to new loans. Take a look below in the Coronavirus section for further info on all of it. 

It was a great week of virtual events, connections, and even an in-person presentation on diversity and inclusion. I really enjoyed laughing and visiting with so many members at our Brewing Up Business on Thursday. We started out networking and Brewing Up Business 22 years ago and we are still going strong with it, we would love for you to join us. Connection with others, personally and professionally, is so important, now more than ever. 

Coronavirus Response

COVID Numbers are not looking good. We have not been at this level of cases or hospital capacity since the June spike. We need to pay attention and wear your masks and social distance! 
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? We don't want that "twindemic" they are warning about with the flu and COVID hitting us at the same time.
Mayor John Cooper announced additional financial assistance from the city’s CARES Act allocation for local small businesses and independent music venues who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. 

Our member, Pathway Lending, is managing this process. The full press release and details from Pathway Lending can help provide you with additional information. Apply today. These funds may be gone quickly so don't wait! 

Are you struggling financially due to COVID-19? 
Help is available through United Way of Greater Nashville’s funded partners, thanks to funding from Metro CARES. 

Assistance is available for rent, mortgage, and utilities if you have experienced income loss due to COVID-19, if your household has experienced an increase in water and electric service due to children not being in school, or if you are not able to sustain housing. 

Visit nashvilleresponsefund.com/individuals or call 2-1-1 for assistance. 
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center announced Renew Nashville, a citywide initiative addressing the significant challenges facing entrepreneurs and small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Five local nonprofits, Conexión Américas, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Business Incubation Center, and Pathway Lending are working together to offer programs and resources to help increase their rate of survival. Our members should take advantage of this! Apply today!

Early Voting started this week. It's time to make a plan and get out to the polls! Voting sites are practicing social distancing, implementing a touchless voter experience, and are wearing full PPE.

Don't forget to bring your mask, bring your photo ID, and vote early! You can find information on hours, dates, and locations for early voting here.

Still wondering who to VOTE for? Our community partner the Tennessee Equality Project announced their endorsements in several races. 

We could be voting again in December if the referendum makes it through the courts. Nashville Stronger has been formed to oppose the referendum and keep Nashville stronger. You can read about the group here and look for much more information coming soon on it. Pay attention to this! The future of Nashville is at stake. 
Nashville property tax bills will begin going out to residents next week, even as city leaders and a conservative group head to court over a referendum proposal that wants to limit the Metro Council’s power and stop the recently increased property tax from taking effect. If the petition moves forward, voters would weigh in on December 15. Why are public officials worried? Read more about the referendum here.

What We Did
Pride at the Polls was a huge success! We met our member Conexion Americas at Casa Azafran for the first day of early voting. Lots of PRIDE, lots of fun, lots of voting!

Thank you to VoteEarlyTN for organizing and our partner organizations for adopting other locations: Nashville in Harmony, Nashville HRC, Nashville Pride, Tennessee Aids Advocacy Network, Mac Productions, Remarkable, and Hot Mess Sports.
Did you network with us yesterday at PM Brewing Up Business? If not, you missed a great time!

Thursday was Spirit Day! We stand against bullying and wore purple to show support for LGBTQIA+ youth. Visit glaad.org/spiritday for more information on how to show your support.

Joe visited with Ryman Hospitality at the Grand Ole Opry. He discussed diversity & inclusion issues and the work we do at the Chamber. The meeting was masked and physically distanced, both in person and virtual. It felt great to talk with people face to face!

Our incredible member Dell Technologies hosted the Do Gooder Mixer this morning. This is an opportunity for local non-profits to learn from each other while celebrating our community. Dell gave $500 to our Chamber Foundation thanks to Joe's creative storyboard! Thanks Dell!

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual celebration Tuesday morning. They used a virtual networking/event technology that we are interested in seeing if we can use for our events.

We appreciate them including us in the celebration. It was wonderful and inspirational to hear Jon Acuff speak. Check out his books and writings if you are in need of some inspiration to get you trough these tough times.


Upcoming Chamber Events

Thursday, October 22nd, 11 am

Thursday, November 5th, 9 am

Get yourself to the polls! Early voting is happening now until October 29th. You can find information on hours, dates, and locations for early voting here.

Help our member Nashville CARES end the HIV epidemic in Middle TN by participating in the 29th Annual "Virtual" AIDS Walk on November 21. There will be a virtual kickoff TOMORROW to launch 35 Days of FUNdraising. Sign up today and start building a team!

From our member Good Neighbor Festivals: The fourth annual OUTLOUD Music Festival returns as a DRIVE IN this year on Saturday, October 24th. This reimagined event experience ensures everyones safety during a time of social distancing. Tickets include one parking space and tailgate space. Shows at 6pm and 9pm. This year's line up includes- Big Freedia, Avenue Beat, The Miss Fits, ObSINity, and more to be announced soon!

We are so proud of our certified LGBT-owned businesses (also known as LGBT Business Enterprises or LGBTBEs) as they continue to see success and we want to spotlight them!
Check out this spotlight of Clifton + Leopold. Read more below!

Membership Has Its Perks

Current Hot Deals

Check out these Hot Deals from our members by clicking their logos below!
Maximize Your Membership

Our list of member benefits constantly grows and develops! Make sure you are maximizing your membership to reach our diverse audience. Contact me if you have any questions about membership or any of the following benefits:

  • Update your Online Listing: Update your logo, category, business information, and more to get noticed in our website directory.
  • Member Account Checklist: Members can use their representatives, membership badge, and membership sticker to promote their pride in business.
  • Banner Ads: A banner ad is an advertisement embedded on our website with the goal of sending traffic to you.
  • Post Events: Keep the community up-to-date with your business’s events.
  • Post Jobs: Job postings are imperative to support the LGBTQ+ and ally community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Offer Hot Deals or Member-to-Member Deals: Promote your business by uploading specials and discounts to our Hot Deals page.

Joe Woolley

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210

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