Success Story: Taneka Cole, owner of Eleven Bridal

Embark Cohort graduate and pitch competition winner cuts ribbon on business storefront


Congratulations to Taneka Cole, a member of the Pathway WBC community who recently celebrated the grand opening of her business, Eleven Bridal. Because of Taneka, women of all sizes in Nashville can enjoy their big day with the perfect dress. Eleven Bridal Curvy Couture started as just an idea, and is now a brick and mortar storefront in Nashville offering the city’s first body-positive, body-inclusive bridal salon dedicated to curvy brides.

Taneka started her path with Pathway WBC in December 2017 by attending a Blue Sky Business Modeling Workshop. She then joined the Discover 4 Cohort in February 2018. After winning the pitch night competition, Taneka won a scholarship to the Embark Cohort – a program designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to launch or grow a business. Through the Embark Cohort, Taneka developed the tools she needed to kick off Eleven Bridal, such as a business plan, projections and forecasting, and a pitch deck.

On October 28, all of Taneka’s hard work and training culminated in the grand opening of her business, with an empowering mission toward providing curvy and plus size women with a truly delightful shopping experience. Eleven Bridal offers sizes 12 to 32, with sample sizes up to 32 that are available for brides to try on and purchase.

“I could never express how thankful I am for everything that Pathway has done,” says Taneka. “Pathway was literally the catalyst that set my plan into action. I am forever indebted to you!”

Over the course of a year, Taneka has taken an important idea and turned it into an operating business. We congratulate her on this huge milestone and invite everyone in the Pathway WBC community to check out her business, Eleven Bridal, which is now operating in Nashville’s Lenox Village.  For more information, visit


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