The Entrepreneur Latina Leaders of America (ELLA) was launched in 2015 as a program of the TLACC under the leadership of Marcela Gómez. By the end of 2019, ELLA will become a not-for-profit organization of the TLACC.

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. 

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

The TLACC Entrepreneur Latina Leaders of America 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 ELLA 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 ELLA 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 ELLA program has no cost to the participants, all ELLA participants and mentors must be members in good standing of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce.

Networking & Connections

ELLA 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.

ELLA Annual Luncheon

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

In 2019 the luncheon is scheduled for June. 


ELLA 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 ELLA program offering preventive health care tips, and much more.


Listen to some of the ELLA 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 ELLA 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 ELLA Cash Award.

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

Marcela Gómez presenting Itzel Gonzalez of RedG the 2017 ELLA Cash Award.

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

Julia Vallejos Browne from Lifted Body Studio receiving the 2016 ELLA Cash Award.

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