The TLACC ELLA program, launched in 2015, is designed to help Latina 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 goals.

ELLA participants meet with their mentors once a month as a group and individually during the eleven-month program. Participants who complete the mentorship program including the final reports, attend meetings regularly, and participate in the Chamber’s networking events are eligible to receive prizes provided by TLACC members as well as qualify to be the recipient of a cash award sponsored by HCA TriStar Health.


The ELLA mentorship program includes workshops and one-on-one sessions on:

  • Writing a business plan
  • Financial planning
  • Quickbooks
  • Creating and managing a website
  • Social media
  • Networking
  • Time management
  • Microsoft office
  • how to become certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, and much more.

Although the mentorship program has no cost to the participants, all ELLA participants and mentors must be members of the TLACC.

The TLACC ELLA program is possible in part for the collaboration with SCORE Nashville, and Pathways Women Business Center.

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

Marcela Gómez presenting Itzel Gonzalez of RedG the ELLA prize in 2017.
Julia Vallejos receiving the ELLA prize in 2016.

Watch some of the ELLA participants describe their experience with the program.