Weekly Wrap-Up: October 9, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 10/09/20

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. 
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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 - 
For the first time in 7 months, this week felt a little normal. It was filled with numerous meetings and presentations like normal, but these meetings were about the broad work we do around diversity, inclusion, and equity, and about planning for the future. They were not just deal with COVID-19 or the response to the Coronavirus, this made them different, but the thing about one of them that made it really special was that it was in person! I can’t tell you how good it felt to sit in a room with people and have a discussion, to be able to look at others in the eyes, not through a computer screen. I am so ready to get back to seeing people again face to face. 

That meeting in person was about possibly bringing the FIFA Soccer World Cup to Nashville in 2026! Other meetings included speaking to over 500+ participants at the Out and Equal Workplace Conference, planning PRIDE at the POLLS, talking with Belmont political science students, and gearing up for the next Tennessee legislative session. You can read more details about all of them in the What We Did section below. 

Nashville had some great COVID case numbers. Read more about that and on new COVID relief programs and funding in the Coronavirus section. Make sure you apply for relief if eligible! 

Also, make sure to check the advocacy section, it has the PRIDE at the Polls event info, TEP endorsements of candidates, and read about the terrible referendum and the group that has been formed to stop it. 
We want to send huge congratulations to some of our board members. Mac Huffington was elected as Vice President of Nashville PRIDE.

Nikki Gibson won a huge award from Out and Equal, taking home the “Outie” for Corporate Advocate of the Year! We are so proud of them!

Coronavirus Response

The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have risen significantly across the state over the last two weeks, largely driven by the virus infecting older, more rural residents. Nashville’s numbers, while increasing, are still fairing fairly well. 
From Mayor John Cooper: The most recent White House Task Force Report shows that Davidson County is not in the Yellow, Orange, or Red Zone based on White House criteria. Our new case rate is consistent with the Yellow Zone (10-50 per 100k population), but our test positivity rate is below 5%, which keeps Nashville off the Yellow Zone list.
We sent an email Tuesday to you regarding COVID-19 relief updates, including information on financial relief for businesses from the state. We encourage all small business owners to look at the new information for financial assistance.

Governor Lee made that official on Wednesday announcing an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant SERG program to provide additional relief to small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full details here. We are happy to see that it includes specific support for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses. We wish that minority would have also included LGBT owned businesses, but we will track our members that get funding, especially if they fall in the other minority categories. Make sure you apply here. 
We also told you about 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!

Advocacy

Are you ready to Vote Early TN? You're invited to join us on the first day of early voting on Wednesday, October 14 for Pride at the Polls Day! COVID-19 may have canceled Pride this year, but it won't cancel voting.

We want to make it a celebration, and that's why we're encouraging you to bring your friends and family and get your civic booty to the polls! Show your pent-up pride by wearing your Pride gear, taking a selfie and using the hashtag #NashPrideAtThePolls.
Learn more about this event below and in social posts next week!
We are proud to partner with Vote Early TN and other organizations for Pride at the Polls, an event to encourage the LGBTQIA+ community to vote early this election! See the Connections section below for information and how you can get involved.

Make a plan to vote!

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
Our CEO, Joe Woolley, presented at an Out & Equal Workplace Advocates panel discussion organized by our member Dell Technologies and Nikki Gibson, NLGBTCC board member and 2020 Outie Award recipient (see below). The Out & Equal Workplace Summit is an annual gathering of over 5,000 business leaders, LGBTQ employers, LGBTQ employees and other participants to discuss best practices and network. The "Partners of Progress: How ERGs Can Innovate Business" panel highlighted how ERGs can demonstrate ROI to their companies through strategic partnerships like the one we have with Dell. Attendees also heard from prominent leaders in the LGBTQIA+ community.

We attended our first in person large group meeting in 6 months. The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation hosted several groups to discuss human rights, this is in preparation for a bid for Nashville to host one of the rounds of the 2026 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

Joe spoke to political science students at Belmont University about the work of the Chamber and how in the advocacy we work on, civility and education is key to success. Our former intern Jace Wilder was part of the group!

Connections

Upcoming Chamber Events

Thursday, October 15th, 5:30 pm

We are so proud of our board member, Nikki Gibson, who was named LGBTQ Corporate Advocate of the Year by Out & Equal! The award recognizes individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. Read more about Nikki and this award in this press release. 

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0856323 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation.

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!

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Joe Woolley
CEO

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
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Nashville, TN 37210

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