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, who served until January 2020.
The program fills the need to culturally serve disadvantaged Latina women entrepreneurs in Middle Tennessee.
E.L.L.A. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amy Paz, EA, MACC, Founder of Paz Tax
Brynn Plummer, Vice President, Inclusion & Community Relations at Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Cathy Lively, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Americas Diversity Office Nissan North America, Inc.
Jeff Cohu, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurshipand Innovation at Lipscomb University
Kebbyn Connell, MCA, Compliance Coordinator at Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
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.
How E.L.L.A. Works
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
In its second year, the E.L.L.A. annual luncheon is organized with the intention of increasing networking opportunities for the participants, increase program awareness, and develop a fundraising avenue for the program.
E.L.L.A. offers the following workshops:
- How to write your business plan
- Financial planning
- Creating and managing a website
- Social media
- 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.