Weekly Wrap-Up: October 30, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 10/30/20

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 - 
COVID numbers are spiking, again. Check out the full update below in the Coronavirus section for information on rates and what could happen if we don’t get this under control, again. 

Did you Early VOTE and show your PRIDE at the Polls?! If you didn’t you still have one more chance. 
Election Day is Tuesday and you can VOTE from 7am-7pm. 
Lauren and I got to see each other and work in the office together for the first time in 7 months on Thursday. It was SO great to be together. It was a busy day with an exciting event we attended, check out details in What We Did. We also finalized the finishing touches on the new website and member management software we will be rolling out next week! Stay tuned for the official announcement. While together we made a little Chamber Chat video that you can watch and hear about some info and updates, as well as see us together from the office! 
I was honored to be recognized again as a Power 100 in business as a "Connector" by the Nashville Business Journal. It is humbling to appear on a list with all of the other 99 amazing leaders of Nashville, many of them members of our chamber. It is a privilege to represent the Nashville LGBT Chamber, its members, and the broader LGBTQ+ community in the work we do in the growth and development of the city. Thank you!

We will continue to fight to keep Nashville and Tennessee "OPEN and EQUAL." Pushing for equality, diversity, inclusion, and equity is a great job to have, thank you for being a member and a part of it.

Let us know how we can help connect you!

To end back on COVID - The virus is spreading anywhere people are breathing on each other and not being vigilant. Stay safe at all times, especially for Halloween this weekend. Please remember: Wear masks. Stay apart. Wash hands. If we keep up these practices, we will beat this virus. 

Coronavirus Response

We wanted to make sure you heard about a new study from Vanderbilt Health Policy that Mayor John Cooper discussed at his press conference Thursday morning. It noted that economic activity decreases when cases numbers go up. That means the best way to keep customers coming to our restaurants, bars, and other industry businesses is to keep our case numbers down. It’s a stark reminder that we must all continue to be vigilant about wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing hands.

The city also announced that based on contact tracing, new cases in Nashville are due to widespread community transmission with six out of ten people getting the virus at their work or at home

The Tennessee Department of Health has reported a total of 259,488 cases of COVID-19 across the state, up 2,608 cases since Thursday on 24,149 new test results — a 10.6-percent positivity rate.
Of the total number of cases, 3,341 people have died — up 78 from the number 24 hours earlier. That is the highest daily death tally in the state since the first case was confirmed earlier this year, and this week has been the deadliest of the pandemic. The number of people currently hospitalized with the disease increased by two since Thursday to 1,397.
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.

Early Voting ended yesterday. We hope everyone made time to vote! Here are some early voting stats:

* 50% of all registered Tennesseans have already voted in the 2020 presidential election with 2.2 million votes cast.
* The last day of early voting had the highest turnout, with 19,085 votes cast in person in Davidson County!

If you haven't done so yet, you will need to vote at the polling location found on the back of your voter registration card on Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls will be open from 7 am - 7 pm. Don't forget your valid photo ID and your mask!

For more information on polling locations, use this Polling Place Finder.

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
The Nashville Business Journal released the 2020 Power 100 List this week. We are so proud of our CEO, Joe Woolley, who was named as a Connector for the second year in a row! Check out some of our members and board members who also made the list!

  • Connectors: Joe Woolley (Nashville LGBT Chamber), Michelle Gaskin Brown (Amazon, Board Member), Jane Allen (Nashville Entrepreneur Center), Juliana Ospina Cano (Coexion Americas)
  • Disruptors: Ashlee Davis (AllianceBernstein), William Schaffner (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), Jim Gingrich (AllianceBernstein), Dee Patel (The Hermitage Hotel), Holly Sulivan (Amazon), Barry Vandevier (Asurion)
  • Heavy Hitters: Mike Curb (Curb Records), Tommy Frist Jr. (HCA Healthcare)
  • Trendsetters: Burke Nihill (Tennessee Titans), Maneet Chauhan (Morph Hospitality), Sean Henry (Nashville Predators), Benjamin & Max Goldberg (Strategic Hospitality)
  • Dealmakers: Butch Spyridon (Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp), James Weaver (Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis), Lisa Ferrelli (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)
  • Industry Giants: Doug Kreulen (Nashville International Airport), Jane Englebright (HCA Healthcare), Sam Hazen (HCA Healthcare), Todd Vasos (Dollar General Corp), Marty Paslick (HCA Healthcare), Jeff Balser (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), Sandra Cochran (Cracker Barrel Old Country Store), Wanda Lyle (UBS Nashville)

We held our Corporate Connect bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday. This group of corporate ERG leaders discussed internal and external programs, COVID-19 response, and more. If you would like to get plugged into these valuable meetings, please reach out to Lauren.

We had a great time visiting the Women's Business Enterprise Council South’s new space in the SoBro District. The WB Collective Nashville is a new state-of-the-art co-working and event space for women business owners. We look forward to working with this organization to certify minority-owned businesses!

NLGBTCC staff got together in the office for the first time in 7 months! Check out our latest Chamber Chat to hear about a new community partner, voting, wearing your mask, and a big announcement coming soon!

We have a big announcement coming your way Monday! Look for an email and press release on some exciting developments at the Nashville LGBT Chamber!


Upcoming Chamber Events

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 9 am

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 5:30 pm

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!

We are proud of our member Nashville Soccer Club! After Wednesday's results around MLS, Nashville SC is officially playoff-bound! We're only the 4th team in the MLS Expansion Era to make it to the postseason in an inaugural season. Tickets are available for the remaining regular season home matches. Congratulations!

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!
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.

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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.

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Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210

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