News Release: Take advantage and get involved in these things

We are checking in with members mid-week with some important info and updates that we want to highlight and make sure you know about and participate in. 

Everything below is free and open to EVERYONE. It is important for you to take advantage of these programs and to give feedback, and get involved.

1. COVID Relief

    • Loans for Small Businesses – Apply today, funds are going fast.
    • Rent and Utility Assistance.
    • Renew Program – Entrepreneur Membership and Support, get in on this while you can.
    • Propel Program – Small Business Support, join these conversations and collaborations.

2. Education and Professional Growth Opportunities

    • Classroom Connect tomorrow – Join us and hear about “The Voice of the Customer.”

3. Make Your Voice Heard

    • Early Vote and Pride at the Polls – Have you voted yet?…..
    • Vital Signs Survey – We need your input on a number of issues. We use this report throughout the year to advocate for our members and community.

Mayoral Relief Announced through Pathway Lending

Mayor John Cooper announced additional financial assistance from the city’s CARES Act allocation for local small businesses and independent music venues who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Our member, Pathway Lending, is managing this process. A full press release can help provide you with additional information. Apply today.

Rent and Utility Assistance

Are you struggling financially due to COVID-19? Help is available through United Way of Greater Nashville’s funded partners, thanks to funding from Metro CARES. Assistance is available for rent, mortgage, and utilities if you have experienced income loss due to COVID-19, if your household has experienced an increase in water and electric service due to children not being in school, or if you are not able to sustain housing. Visit or call 2-1-1 for assistance. 

Renew Nashville

Attention entrepreneurs and small business owners: We highly recommend participation in 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. Learn more about how to apply now.

Propel Cares Act Series

Our partner, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced a new series to help propel small businesses who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Join the conversation:

Coffee, Content & Conversation: The Art of Collaboration, Thurs. Oct. 22, 9 am

Having Difficulty Getting Access to Capital? Thurs. Oct. 22, 1:30 pm

Register for Tomorrow’s Classroom Connect: The Voice of the Customer

Join us TOMORROW at 11 am for “Classroom Connect: The Voice of the Customer”. In this complimentary webinar, you will learn how to gather critical feedback from your customer and action on the insights to increase retention and sales. This Classroom Connect applies to you if you have customers in the traditional sense, or if to you, “customer” means member, donor, employee, or volunteer. 

Thanks to our sponsor HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health, this webinar is open to both members and non-members free of charge. Register now!

Early Voting

Have you voted yet? Make your voice heard by voting early this election! We hosted Pride at the Polls on the first day of early voting. You can take a look here. Early voting is open until Thursday, October 29th. If you have NOT VOTED yet, get to the polls! You can find polling locations, hours, and dates here. After voting, take a pic and #NashPrideAtThePolls and show your pride in voting. 

Vital Signs Survey

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.


Again, take advantage of and do all these things. Also, let us know what else we can do for you. We have some exciting announcements and opportunities coming out soon. Hang in there and stay healthy. COVID numbers are increasing at very alarming rates! 

COVID-19 Response and Update

Dear members and friends,

These are challenging times for our community and the entire world. Every day, seemingly every hour, there is new information. Every business in every sector of our economy has been impacted by this pandemic. We are all in this together.

As a Chamber, we are here to help our members and our community get through this financially and emotionally difficult time. We are going to continue our core mission to Advocate, Educate and Connect during this time of need:


As governments respond to this pandemic and start their relief efforts, we will make sure our LGBT business community is equally represented in those efforts and our unique business needs are addressed.


We will keep our members up to date on the tools and resources available to help us rebuild our businesses and our community. We will also share best practices for you to implement at your businesses. Look for podcasts and online videos on a number of topics in the days and weeks ahead.


Connection is more important than ever. While we are social distancing, we will be sharing virtual networking opportunities to remain connected and support our community. Please share the information and connections that you know about. Members can post Hot Deals to the broader community and Member to Member deals to each other. We will also be creating LinkedIn and Facebook groups where we will add current members, and you can connect, network, and offer deals and information there.

We are launching this special page on our website where we will compile information for you. Check there and follow us on social media platforms where we will continue to post information you should know.

Member News Release: LGBTQ+ Teen Hangout

Join Appalachian OUTreach for an LGBTQ+ Teen Hangout on Saturday, October 24th from 2 pm to 3 pm.

This Appalachian OUTreach online social support meeting is for LGBTQ+ 14 to 17-year-old teens. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe online space for LGBTQ+ teens in East Tennessee to meet and support one another.

For questions about the LGBTQ+ teen group, call Gibran at 954-914-9270

Appalachian OUTreach is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that depends on volunteers and donations. Please respect people’s right to privacy and confidentiality while attending this support group. Appalachian OUTreach is not responsible for the choices people make when attending this event.

Pathway Lending Opens Applications for $4 Million in Metro CARES Act Grants


Pathway Lending Opens Applications for $4 Million in Metro CARES Act Grants October 14
Eligible Nashville and Davidson County Small Businesses and Live Music Venues Encouraged to Apply

NASHVILLE (October 12, 2020) – Applications go live October 14 for $4 Million in Metro CARES Act grants Pathway Lending is administering, the nonprofit community development financial institution announced today. Nashville small businesses and live music venues seeking financial relief from COVID-related interruptions can now visit the application site at to review the application guide, eligibility requirements, FAQs and helpful links.

Starting at 10:00 a.m. CT on October 14, Pathway Lending will accept completed applications and award grants based on the order in which eligible businesses in Davidson County submit their applications. Applications will close once Pathway Lending has fully committed the grants.

Funds available to small businesses total $2 million with 30 percent reserved for minority-owned businesses and $600,000 for microbusinesses. Small businesses in Davidson County may qualify for grants up to $10,000, and microbusinesses for grants up to $5,000.

Funds available to live music venues total $2 million. Live music venues in Davidson County may qualify for grants up to two months of operating expenses, not to exceed $100,000.

Metro Council approved Pathway Lending to administer the two $2-million Metro CARES grant funds in resolutions it passed in recent weeks, among other recommendations from Metro’s COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee for distributing $18.5 million in federal relief funds to Davidson County businesses
and residents. Committee recommendations followed a community needs assessment Mayor John Cooper’s office undertook in partnership with the Equity Alliance.

“We recognize the care, diligence that’s gone into the work up to this point and are honored by the trust placed in our organization to deliver these vital funds to the parts of our business community that need them most,” said Pathway Lending President and CEO Clint Gwin.

Metro Council also approved Committee recommendations to fund other community partners to provide grants, programming and technical assistance as part of Metro CARES Act distributions, including Conexión Américas, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Business Incubation Center, and Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

All businesses that submit a Metro CARES grant application to Pathway Lending qualify for technical assistance from Pathway Lending with a free account and free enrollment in selected programs on Pathway Learning, its new on-demand online learning platform. Learners can access programs – including webinars, workshops, classes, multi-week cohorts and coaching – anytime, anywhere at or via by downloading the Go Learn app.

Applicants can direct all questions to In addition to replying directly to the question, Pathway will post the question and answer on the application site FAQ section.

Pathway Lending will process applications, make award decisions, and disburse funds promptly with
plans to announce Metro CARES Act grant awards as soon as possible after the funds are committed and before the November 15 deadline to disburse funds.

Pathway Lending welcomes small businesses of all industries and stages to learn more about how they can start, grow or recover their businesses with lending solutions and learning programs by visiting or by calling (615) 425-7171.


About Pathway Lending
Based in Nashville, Pathway Lending is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that serves business and communities throughout Tennessee and Alabama, and parts of Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Founded in 1999, Pathway Lending has grown to become a major lending institution in the Southeast, propelling meaningful economic growth in communities across the region. From fiscally responsible loans and hands-on support for business owners to flexible capital for affordable multifamily housing developers, our loans bring opportunities to the communities that need them most.

In 2019, Pathway Lending made more than $35.1 million in loans and delivered 21,265 hours of technical assistance and education. Get to know our mission and the stories of the entrepreneurs and communities we serve at

Nashville Children’s Theatre Hosts Virtual Red-Carpet Premiere to Celebrate 90th Anniversary Season


October 1, 2020

Contact: Reed Hummell
Director of Marketing and Development
Nashville Children’s Theatre

Pete the Cat to Premier During Online Streaming Event December 6

Nashville, Tenn.  The Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) 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.

“We know this has been a difficult time for the community, and we want to continue to provide smiles and entertainment to those who need it most,” said Nolan. “Despite the pandemic, NCT continues its mission to create transformational theatrical experiences that reflect our evolving community, instill profound empathy and foster personal discovery for the young people of Middle Tennessee, and now, thanks to technology, beyond!”

During this 90th anniversary celebration, guests will be able to participate in a live, digital auction and text-to-donate capabilities will be available.

Guests will be able to pre-order party packs for their friends and family. There are four package tiers for the event:

  • Stream Tier – Includes streaming link for the event
  • Pete’s Party Pack – Includes streaming link for the event, a Pete the Cat book, four LED cat ears, four themed-sunglasses, four magic paintbrushes, and four themed-cookies from Ikneadcookies
  • VIP Party Pack — Includes Pete’s Party Pack offerings, boxed hors d’oeurves from Dream Catering for four, and a bottle of wine
  • VIP Party Pack Plus — Includes Pete’s Party Pack offerings, dinner for four from Slim and Husky’s featuring salad, garlic knots, pizza and cinnamon rolls, and a bottle of wine

“Our Pete the Cat’s Rockin’ Red Carpet Premiere is our opportunity to connect with families in a fun and exciting way,” said Nolan. “We are lucky to have such an impactful history with this community, and we want to continue to give back to it in a positive way.” To purchase tickets and stream Pete the Cate go to

NCT regularly reaches over 80,000 attendees during its season.

About Nashville Children’s Theatre

Nashville Children’s Theatre is a professional theatre company providing the children, families and educators of Middle Tennessee with extraordinary shared theatrical experiences that inspire imagination, develop creativity, and build community.

NCT was founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville and is recognized as the oldest professional children’s theatre in the country. A national leader in professional theatre arts and education programs for young people, NCT is ranked by TIME magazine as one of the top five children’s theatres in the country. For more information including specific performance dates and times, please visit


Nashville Launch Pad to Start 7th Season Providing LGBTQ-Affirming Shelter for Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness

Contact Name: Ty Brown – Executive Director
October 16, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Launch Pad is entering its seventh season providing LGBTQ-affirming shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness during the cold weather months. Recent events remind us just how important safety measures are during a pandemic, which is why Launch Pad is returning to our motel-based shelter model beginning Nov. 1.
In order to provide a safe and warm motel room for our clients, Nashville Launch Pad is asking for donations from the community.  If you can, please consider supporting Launch Pad and helping to keep our guests, staff and volunteers safe during this health emergency.
Over the previous six years, Launch Pad has provided over 9000 beds for nearly 400 individuals.
Regarding last season, we provided nearly 1200 shelter/motel nights for 36 individuals, the majority of whom left the shelter program to enter more stable, permanent housing.
Donations will provide a night of motel stay for a guest. Here’s what that means:
  • A warm, safe place to sleep
  • A secure place to store belongings
  • Access to a private bathroom and shower
  • Three meals per day
  • Reliable wireless to check email and fill out applications for jobs and housing or do school work
  • Laundry facilities
  • Help with transportation
  • A team of case managers and housing navigators with our partners at Oasis Center to help the guest move into permanent housing
The good news is that we have raised over $160,000 from recent grants toward this effort. But we still have further to go.
If you can, please consider supporting Launch Pad and helping to keep our guests, staff and volunteers safe during this health emergency.


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