Weekly Wrap-Up: September 11, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 09/04/20

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 - 
I hope you had a good Labor Day weekend and a short work week. It was a busy week at the LGBT Chamber, not just with programming and advocacy, but Lauren was enjoying a vacation and I really missed her being here. We will be fully back and bringing you lots of programming and assistance next week and into the months ahead. 

Let us first pause and to remember and reflect. Today is the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. We honor and remember the fallen from that day. Let us also stop to think of those taken from us due to the COVID-19 pandemic that still grips us. 200,000 Americans have died from COVID, a 9/11 death toll every three days. I remember how we responded to 9/11, we need that response in regards to this pandemic. Today we passed 2,000 deaths in Tennessee from the Coronavirus. We can and must do better. 

In regards to the response to COVID, there are several things to check out in the Coronavirus section below. The city distributed funds to many of our partner organizations and we will make sure to get the relief that will come from those to our members. The city is closing Broadway on the weekends, this will help with customers to businesses downtown hopefully staying further apart. I want to applaud the many member businesses we have that have followed the rules and guidelines and kept people safe. We are continuing to advocate for safe and fair changes so our members can open and stay open safely. 

We had a board meeting this week, the board is committed to our COVID recovery work and we will continue to work hard to support our members and the community through these times. We also had an amazing Member Connect Program. Check out all the details from this week below. As always, thanks for reading, and thanks for being a member. 

Coronavirus Response

Last Friday the city announced several organizations that will receive CARES Act funding to help businesses and Nashvillians. There are several partner organizations receiving funds and we will be working with them to bring the resources they are offering to you. We will keep you updated on what they are. 
The Tennessee Department of Revenue will issue business relief payments through the Tennessee Business Relief Program to small businesses for costs incurred as a result of mandatory business closures. The deadline to certify for a relief payment is September 25, 2020. Learn more: tn.gov/businessrelief

We shared by email an opportunity for you to provide input into a new loan program for small businesses. Your feedback is important.

The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) has received funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to assist small businesses recovering from economic injury caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. GNRC understands how important small businesses are to local communities, and they want to create a loan program that is responsive to your financial needs. 

To help GNRC understand how small businesses have been impacted by the pandemic, they have created this short survey: www.GNRC.org/CARES-Loan-Survey and are asking that small businesses complete it by September 16, 2020.  For more information about GNRC’s Small Business Lending Programs, please visit https://www.gnrc.org/212/Small-Business-Lending.

New and Renewing Members

Please join us in welcoming the following NEW businesses and individuals that joined our Chamber this week:

  • Networking: Isaac Norris

What We Did
What an awesome group. Our board and future board members working hard on Zoom. Thanks for your service!

The board would always love to hear from you, email them at board@nashvillelgbtchamber.org

Our September Member Connect program. We had an amazing discussion with our members!
  • Our corporate member was Dell Technologies and we heard from Nikki Gibson about the incredible diversity and inclusion work Dell has been doing.
  • We then heard from our nonprofit member The Table about the programs they are doing to help the LGBTQ+ community. Founder Dawn Bennett spoke about programming and mission and Olivia Hill shared her personal story and how to help.
  • Old Town Trolley Tours was our small business member and Steve Burress discussed how COVID-19 has impacted their business and the reopening they are starting.
Some great questions were asked from other members and online. Join us next time for Member Connect or any of other programming. Find additional info on our website.


PM Brewing Up Business will be held on Thursday, September 17th at 5:30 pm. This is our traditional networking event. You will be put in small groups several times to make sure you have conversations with as many people as possible. Register below!

CORRECTION- Last week we said Nikki had won the Outie, she is just a finalist at the moment but we are confidant that she will bring it home!

We are so proud of our board member, Nikki Gibson! She received is a finalist for Out & Equal's LGBTQ Corporate Advocate of the Year Award for her leadership at Dell Technologies. Help us congratulate Nikki! Read more below.

Join us on Thursday, September 24th at 2 pm for next Classroom Connect. Our September Classroom Connect will focus on social media strategies and marketing. These strategies can help every business, no matter your size. Come listen to experts in this field help you with your master plan! Register below.

Census Deadline September 30: We are less than one month away from the deadline to fill out the 2020 Census. Your participation is critical, as billions of dollars in federal funding for our area over the next decade are tied to an accurate Census count.
Completing the Census only takes a few minutes. You can fill it out online at my2020census.gov, or do it over the phone at 844-330-2020. You only need your address as of April 1 to start the process.

The impact of changes to unemployment benefits and business closures continue to evolve and includes more and more people each day. The Office of Mayor John Cooper and the Metropolitan Action Commission announced upcoming job fairs to connect hiring employers with job seekers (September 17, October 1). See details below.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Research Center and the Exploration Group have partnered to generate a report that investigates?the changes taking place across the music industry with a focus on the impacts?of COVID-19.
Two important components of this report are these surveys, one to the music industry workforce and one to the general public (consumers of music). Please take these survey below.

Clinical Research Associates is enrolling nearly 4,000 local volunteers in clinical trials to study potential vaccines for COVID-19. Individuals can volunteer to participate if they are at least 18 years old and generally healthy. Volunteers will be compensated for their time, and they will receive additional medical screening and attention. If interested in participating, you can sign up today by visiting covidnashville.com, emailing recruiter@CRAnashville.com, or by calling (615) 329-2222.

We are a proud partner of the 2020 Nashville Health Literacy Forum. This is your opportunity to learn about an ongoing community collaboration to improve the health literacy of ourselves and neighbors. Hear from Keynote speaker, Catina O’Leary, and many other panelists in a roundtable discussion about what a community-wide effort to improve health literacy includes. This event will be held on Thursday, October 22nd and registration is open now.

From PFLAG-Franklin and Tennessee Equality Project: On Saturday, September 12th, join us from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM for our first virtual dance party! Featuring DJ KD Queen on the 1's and 2's, we will be partying it up safely from our own homes. Learn more below!

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 EV Originals. Read more below!

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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.

Joe Woolley

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210

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