The Entrepreneur Latina Leaders of America (E.L.L.A.) was launched in 2015 as a program of the TLACC under the leadership of Marcela Gómez. In 2019, the TLACC launched E.L.L.A. as a not-for-profit organization, and elected Claudia Barajas as executive director. 

The program fills the need to culturally serve disadvantaged Latina women entrepreneurs in Middle Tennessee.



To serve Latina disadvantaged women entrepreneurs and micro-entrepreneurs advance in business or start a business. With the mentorship of industry experts and leaders, the program guides participants step-by-step to achieve their individual annual business goals. 

E.L.L.A. participants meet with their mentors once a month as a group and individually during the eleven-month class.

The program is possible thanks to our sponsors and partnerships with SCORE and Pathway Landing in Nashville.

To learn more or to be considered for the program, please send an email to

Listen to some of the E.L.L.A. participants describe the program, Click Here for the videos.

Participants who complete the mentorship program including the final reports, attend meetings regularly and participate in the Chamber’s networking events qualify to be the recipient of a cash award sponsored by HCA TriStar Health, Dollar General, and El Jefe Radio.

Winners of the E.L.L.A. cash award includes Itzel Gonzalez, Alejandra Patiño, Rachel Rodriguez, and Julia Vallejos Browne.

Graduates of the program are also eligible to apply for a micro-loan funded by First Citizens Bank.

Although the E.L.L.A. program has no cost to the participants, all participants and mentors must be members in good standing of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce.

Networking & Connections

E.L.L.A. participants represent an array of industries, from food manufacturing, musicians, commercial cleaning, photography, construction, and more.  Participants are encouraged to participate in all TLACC events, and other networking events in Middle Tennessee to expand their footprint.

E.L.L.A. Annual Luncheon

Eighty women attended the first annual E.L.L.A. luncheon which took place in March 2018 with the intention of increasing networking opportunities for the participants, increase program awareness, and develop a fundraising avenue for the program.

The Second Annual E.L.L.A. luncheon is scheduled for October 10, 2019. Click here to reserve your seat. 


E.L.L.A. offers the following workshops:

  • How to write your business plan
  • Financial planning
  • QuickBooks
  • Creating and managing a website
  • Social media
  • Networking
  • Time management
  • Microsoft office tools
  • How to become certified as a Minority Business Enterprise

Conversations with health care providers are also part of the program offering preventive health care tips, and much more.


Listen to some of the E.L.L.A. participants describe the program, Click Here for the videos.


Rachel Rodriguez, of My Little Amigos, receiving the 2019 ELLA Cash Award.

Rachel has participated in the E.L.L.A. mentoring class since 2015. For more information on Rachel’s business, please click HERE.

Betsy Whitaker from HCA and Marcela Gómez presenting Alejandra Patino of Alex Construction and Remodeling, the 2018 E.L.L.A. Cash Award.

Alejandra has participated in the E.L.L.A. mentoring class since 2017. For more information on Alejandra’s business, please click HERE.

Marcela Gómez presenting Itzel Gonzalez of RedG the 2017 E.L.L.A. Cash Award.

Itzel has participated in the E.L.L.A. mentoring class since 2016. For more information on Itzel’s business, please click HERE.

Julia Vallejos Browne from Lifted Body Studio receiving the 2016 E.L.L.A. Cash Award.

Julia participated in the E.L.L.A. mentoring class of 2015. For more information on Julia’s business, please click HERE.