Weekly Wrap-Up: September 4, 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.
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CEO Brief -
I hope you have a fun weekend planned for the Labor Day holiday! How is it September? I just returned this week from a vacation up in Provincetown, MA, and can tell you how great it is to have a break to the routines we are in. The difference between how Massachusetts and Tennessee handle COVID policy and mask-wearing is night and day. Everyone wears a mask everywhere. Their COVID numbers there are so low, in large part because of this. It feels so different and you feel safe, so many more businesses are also open. It shows that it can be done. 
We are seeing some better numbers here and we have to keep working to lower them. There is great fear that this weekend will lead to actions that will spike our numbers as they did after the Memorial Day weekend. I did a Chamber Chat online where I talked about mask-wearing and how we could spike again. I hope you will watch and then help spread the message of staying responsible and wearing a mask. We are still all in this together.

It was so great to start my time back with our AM Brewing Up Business on Thursday morning. So many connections were made! We literally had people finding assistance and offering help to others on the Zoom, and business connections being made, left and right. Add that to the sense of community and fun we had, it was wonderful. See more details below about it and please consider joining us on our next one.
Lauren is taking off next week for a much-deserved vacation! I want to take a moment to thank her for all her work and make sure you are aware of how wonderful your Membership Manager is. From the social posts and graphics she creates, the membership spotlight campaigns she manages and promotes, the major work behind the scenes she is doing to get ready to launch a new member portal and website, she works tirelessly every day for you, our members. 

I am so excited for her to take a break and enjoy time with her fiance Danielle. I wanted to share with you an amazing article on their proposal and engagement that recently came out. I am so happy for them and wish them all the best. Please join me in doing the same. Email Lauren and tell her how awesome she is and congrats, she will have your emails waiting for her when she gets back. 

I will do my best to hold down the Chamber next week without her. Join me in the programs and events we have below. Stay safe and healthy this weekend and take a break from labor on Labor Day.
Coronavirus Response
Metro Nashville Public Health Department and Metro Legal have issued an amended the Modified Phase 2 we are in.
Learn more about the amended Public Health Order 11 here.
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
NashvilleHealth and community partners, including the Nashville LGBT Chamber, launched #MaskForNash or #ÚselaPorNash – a community-wide effort to encourage citizens to care for our hometown by wearing a mask or cloth face covering when in public.
We are also a partner in the #MaskNowPartyLater campaign. Help us have fun and play concerts and more again in Music City as soon as possible by wearing your mask and following CDC guidelines!
New and Renewing Members
Please join us in welcoming the following NEW businesses and individuals that joined our Chamber this week:

  • Networking: Riley Krotz
What We Did
Nashville in Harmony celebrated Don Schlosser Day on Saturday. What an incredible way to celebrate someone who has given so much to Nashville and the LGBTQ+ community. Joe gave some kind words about Don. You can also see the whole video tribute here with appearances from many community members.
We hosted an incredibly successful networking event this week. Attendees at our AM Brewing Up Business made valuable personal and business connections. That's what it's all about! Check out the recording below and make plans to attend one of our upcoming networking events.
On Tuesday, our board President, Ron Snitker, joined representatives from other area chambers at Mayor Cooper's office. Mayor Cooper wanted to hear how this year has effected members especially if there were industries or types of members who have not been heard. He also shared information regarding a proposed referendum to alter the tax increase that was passed by Metro Council earlier this year.
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.
Join us on Thursday, September 10th at 11 am for our Member Connect. This event will give an in-depth highlight of our corporate member, Dell Technologies, and our small businesses Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville and The Table. Come learn about these members and how we can support each other.
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!
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.
We are so proud of our board member, Nikki Gibson! She received Out & Equal's LGBTQ Corporate Advocate of the Year Award for her leadership at Dell Technologies. Help us congratulate Nikki! Read more below.
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!
Membership Has Its Perks
Current Hot Deals
Check out these Hot Deals from our members by clicking their logos below!
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
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Nashville LGBT Chamber
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Nashville, TN 37210
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