Weekly Wrap-Up: September 18, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 09/18/20

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CEO Brief - 
The Mayor announced this week that we are moving to Phase 3 at the start of October. There are many more specific details in the Coronavirus section below on what this means. Moving to Phase 3 was not the story that most people were focused on in regards to COVID and the Mayor’s Office, with a story stating that they had lied and hid numbers to justify the lockdown. We heard from many members about their frustrations on this, and some questioned us if the phases and lockdowns were justified, asking us to push to end them. We stand by the guidelines and the phases that we have been operating in and we continue to advise our members to be responsible and follow those guidelines. I think there is a lot of spin on this story and I would recommend this Tennessean article that breaks the story down. We will continue to advocate for our members with the Mayor’s Office and Health Department on safe reopenings and changes to the policy when necessary and safe. I hope everyone will take a deep breath and really look at facts and remember that hard choices are necessary for the good of the many. 

This is also something we should keep in mind as we think about and deal with another matter: the referendum that could be on the ballot and that we would be voting on in December. I implore everyone to follow this story as it develops, we will work to keep you updated on it, as this will drastically affect the lives of all Nashvillians and the future of the city

Two things that I saw this week and highly recommend, and wanted to share both with you and would love to know what you thought about them. I feel they both have a lot to do with the world we find ourselves living in today, and they are related to each other and in a way to the issues that I just referenced above. 

  • The first is the documentary the Social Dilemma on Netflix. I watched this last night and I could not sleep after. I think every person, no matter age, race, political affiliation, everyone should watch this and think about what it says. I have thought for a while that social media is behind a lot of the dysfunction in our life, this movie really makes you see that. Highly recommend you watch, you can read more about it here
  • The other is this article on polarization, and that having conversations with people and deep listening, not yelling at them or making them feel stupid, is the best way to bring people over to another type of thinking. We work hard here at the Chamber to do this. The article points out that this was pivotal in the changing of minds on same-sex marriage. It can be really hard to listen, but we have to try for the sake of our democracy. From the article - "This is evidence that engaging people in a meaningful conversation is much more effective than throwing facts, arguments, or messages at them. I think that quality of conversation—one based on curiosity and compassion—can shift elections, yes, but also holds some lessons for how we might more fully come together as a country."

Just some things to keep in mind and ponder. Let us know what you think and also if we can help you in any way. Check out all the connections we helped make this week and the programs and events we have coming up. I want to make sure you see the Community Safety Townhall meeting on Monday. See below. Talk soon. 

Coronavirus Response

The Mayor’s Office announced a number of COVID-19 mitigation restriction changes this week. Fans will be allowed in sporting events and starting Friday, September 18, the following changes impacting bars and restaurants will take place:
  • Bars and Limited-Service Restaurants operate at 50 percent capacity with a cap of 50 patrons per floor, an increase from the current rule of 25 inside the entire establishment. Please note, this is a PER FLOOR rule, which is the same style as what full-service restaurants are under now.
  • Bars and Limited Service Restaurants will now be allowed to have up to 50 patrons on patios and rooftops, an increase from the current rule of an additional 25 outside.
  • Facial coverings and proper social distancing required. 
  • Closing time extended from 10:30 to 11pm. 
  • Transportainment capacity cap going up to 15 per vehicle.

As was announced last week, conventions and meetings may be permitted at 30 percent or less of building occupancy up to 125 people. 

Mayor Cooper also announced a path to begin Phase 3 on October 1, which will include increased capacity at event spaces. More details will be forthcoming from the Mayor’s Office.

We agree that these steps forward strike the proper balance of protecting residents and opening back up the economy. The mask mandate with enforcement is working. But as we get more latitude, compliance becomes even more important so we don’t move backward. Please continue to avoid crowds and situations without masks or physical distancing. Thanks for everything you are doing. 
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

New and Renewing Members

Please join us in welcoming the following NEW businesses and individuals 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:

What We Did

Another week, another successful networking event! This group made so many valuable connections. Watch the replay of our announcements from the event and make plans to join us for the next Network Connect!

Check out our website Jobs Board. We had two members add listings this week: Southport Solutions and Miriam's Promise. Please share these opportunities with your network. You can also check out other listings from Social Link and Pilot.

We are gearing up for the State & Federal General (Presidential) Election. Early Voting is from October 14-29. Look for more details on some excited activities we have planned to celebrate Pride at the Polls.

Support other members for Small Business September! Look for our social campaign where we higlight ALL categories of our directory.


Upcoming Chamber Events

Thursday, September 24th, 11 am

Thursday, October 1st, 9 am

Thursday, October 8th, 11 am

Thursday, October 15th, 5:30 pm
Nashville's Community Oversight Board & the Metro Human Relations Commission invite you to attend Community Safety Townhall Meeting on Monday, September 21st at 5 pm.

What would you like to see in a police chief and for public safety in your community? Make your voice heard! You can submit a pre-recorded message or call in live to give a statement. You can find more details on this important event 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 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 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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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.
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  • 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
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Nashville LGBT Chamber
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Nashville, TN 37210

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