Weekly Wrap-Up: October 22, 2021



The Weekly

Wrap Up

October 22, 2021

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

CEO Brief

We hope you had a good week, we had a busy one. It definitely feels as if the world is speeding up again with events and a more normal pace. The good news is this is coinciding with a continued drop in COVID cases. Numbers are looking good in regards to cases and with other metrics related to tourism and business. One number that is not stabilizing and only growing is the churn of employees quitting their job and businesses needing workers. This is evident in all types of sectors and sizes of businesses. We are doing our part to help with our Jobs Board and Member Press Releases on your programming and incentives you might be offering. Take advantage and let us know if there are other ways we can assist.


It was a busy week of events and openings! It was wonderful to join the Opera as they previewed their season at Opera on the Mountain. We look forward to returning and previewing a show in 2022 for our longtime member. TPAC is back and we attended the opening night of Broadway as it returned to Jackson Hall after being dark for 18 Months. 


We finished the week with an incredible Brewing Up Business at the Turnip Truck on Charlotte Avenue. John Dyke, who has won our Business Leader of the Year and Small Business of the Year, is an LGBT certified business, and an EO Catalyst graduate and in the current class of Leadership Nashville; shared the wild journey he and his team took opening the Charlotte Ave store. From the tornado to COVID, it was not an easy process and it was great to finally celebrate them in such a wonderful space. The number of first-time attendees was also incredible. If you missed it we would love to see you at the next one

I was truly honored to have been listed again as one of Nashville’s 100 most influential leaders on the Nashville Business Journal Power 100 list as a “Connector” for the third year in a row. “These business leaders have a wide network, bringing together powerful people to get things done, often behind the scenes. In short, when you need to get in touch with someone, they're who you call.” With connection being one of our pillars of work for our members, it is wonderful to have that work recognized. As they point out in the write-up about me, it was a brutal year and did not go as we hoped. We don’t stop and have much more work to do. I am grateful to lead the Nashville LGBT Chamber and represent our members and community. Thank YOU for being a part of it and supporting our work, we are doing this together!



Board leadership is imperative to the continued success and future of the Chamber and our community. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on our board, please fill out this form.
Applications for the 2022 Board of Directors are due Sunday, October 31st at 11:59 pm.



We are excited to announce that we are now a partner with Grow With Google. Working with the NGLCC to connect this opportunity to our members, we have received a grant to help bring trainings to our community.  What this means is we will be bringing you free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business.


Look for more information and trainings coming your way. We are starting off with a good online one that Grow with Google just released: "Showcase Your Business and Products to Shoppers Online". Watch the recording and take advantage of the tips and info given.



Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday at Turnip Truck for Brewing Up Business. Great crowd, great space, great connections! Check out the announcements and photo album from this program. Make sure to tag yourself!

We are already gearing up for November Brewing Up Business. This event will be held Thursday, November 18th and will be hosted by Thistle Farms and Premiere TransportationRegistration is now open!

WHAT WE DID: Our member TPAC opened its Broadway season and its building for the first time in 18 months. It was great to attend The Band and talk with TPAC’s CEO on the opportunities ahead now that live theater is back!

WHAT WE DID: Our longtime member the Nashville Opera who just renewed their membership, raised money and previewed the new season at their Opera on the Mountain event. Vanderbilt University hosted at Dryer Observatory, it was a magical night. Look for another preview event for our members in 2022 at the Opera.

Be a part of Nashville's Art! Tell our member Metro Nashville Arts Commission your thoughts, feelings, and hopes for Nashville. Contribute your words here.

Come cheer on the Vanderbilt University Commodores as they take on the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, October 30th on Community Day! Find more details about tickets and other activities here.

Save the Date for the Nashville Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 16th at Scarritt Bennett Chapel. We will send more information about this event when it is available.



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:


Join Lauren next Tuesday, October 26th at 12 pm for Benefit Connect! This event is an opportunity for new members to learn about their member benefits, existing members who want to maximize their membership, or anyone who is considering joining the Nashville LGBT Chamber. Learn more and register here.


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