our history


founded in 1998

The Nashville Association of Professional Persons (NAPP) was founded in 1998 as a professional networking group.  In January 2007, the group became an official LGBT Chamber of Commerce and an affiliate member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (now “National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.) In 2012, the LGBT Chamber hired its first-ever, full-time Executive Director.  In 2013, the LGBT Chamber started doing business as the LGBT Chamber to coincide with the terminology being used by HRC, Out & Equal, and other professional organizations and colleges across the country.  

our history



Joe Woolley is named CEO and new “rainbow N” logo is announced.

20th Anniversary

We celebrated our 20th Anniversary opening Nashville Pride Weekend.

First LGBT Health Expo

Held our first LGBT Health Expo to provide resources and education for inclusive healthcare providers.

300 Member Mark

Passed the 300 member mark.

Nashville LGBT Chamber Started

Started Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation to help provide education, resources, and funding for LGBT business owners and professionals.

Launched Power Lunch Program

Launched Power Lunch Program to provide professional development opportunities for the LGBT and ally community.

Reinstituted the Annual Business Awards

Reinstituted the Annual Business Awards at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Food Tasting

Changed fashion-themed aunnual fundraising event to a food tasting event at OZ.

Mixer at the Nashville Ballet

Nearly 75 people attended the first new-format mixer of 2010 at the Nashville Ballet. Delicious food was provided by Nuvo Burrito and drinks from Woodland Wine Merchant. Attendees enjoyed a sneak-peek at a rehearsal of the Nashville Ballet.

Informational Presentations

Several leaders in Nashville’s GLBT community gave informative presentations including TEP President Christopher Sanders; Nashvile Pride President Pam Wheeler; Jeremy Davis, co-chair of the HumanRights Campaign Equality Dinner; Chamber board members Michael Fluck and Jerry Jones, co-chairs of Unpredictable Fashion Show; and David Glasgow, candidate for District 18 Metro Council.

Lynn Taylor Presents

Lynn Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Plans, presented at the Sept. Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce meeting, talking about “how to create a buzz around your business.”

First Ever Mayoral Candidate Forum

The first-ever Nashville GLBT Chamber Mayoral Candidate Forum was hosted by the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLBTCC) at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Symphony Ballroom Wednesday, July 18.

Future of the Riverfront

At the March meeting of Nashville’s GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Gary Hawkins and Sheila Dial presented a program on the future of Nashville’s downtown riverfront.

Meeting at Mirror

The November GLBT Chamber of Commerce meeting was held at Mirror restaurant on November 28. A large number of members turned out for the social networking event.

T.K. Davis Presents

T. K. Davis, design director, Nashville Civic Design Center spoke at the September Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce meeting. Davis spoke to the members about the location and design of the proposed convention center, hotel and parking for downtown Nashville.

Vote No on 1

Randy Tarkington who was manager of the Vote No on 1 campaign, spoke about the current efforts on the ballot initative.

2006 NAPP GLBT Chamber Pride Mixer

More than 75 people attended the 2006 NAPP GLBT Chamber of Commerce Pride Mixer, which was held at Tribe/Red Restaurant and hosted by Deloitte GLOBE and NAPP. Volunteers who helped with Unpredictable, a fashion show benefiting NAPP, were honored with medals and trophies from NAPP president Christopher Sanders. Michael Fluck, co-chair of Unpredictable, and Bud East, producer of the event, presented NAPP with a check for $14,925.

Thank You Reception for 2005 GLBT

A thank you reception for Nashville’s GLBT Chamber of Commerce 2005 GLBT Life and Business Expo sponsors was held at the home of Alan Maloney and Kyle Pendleton. Chamber president Christopher Sanders thanked the sponsors for a successful first-year event, which drew several hundred participants. Plans are underway for this year’s event.

Sponsor Reception for GLBT Life and Business Expo

The Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce sponsor reception, held at the home of Tim King, was held the evening of Friday November 18 before the first-ever GLBT Life and Business Expo.

NAPP Business Mixer

Members of NAPP: Nashville’s GLBT Chamber of Commerce, enjoyed a business mixer at Mirror Restaurant on 12th avenue, where a large crowd came to network.

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