Arnold Center for
Inspires and nurtures entrepreneurship across campus and the community
The Arnold Center for Entrepreneurship offers collaboration among a variety of academic disciplines and new avenues for partnership with businesses and industry throughout the state. Services to the community are provided by SFA students under the direction of faculty members and ACE staff.
ACE helps SFA students develop the skills to create successful businesses of their own while also assisting East Texans and SFA alumni in building and sustaining their businesses.
The center supports SFA students by providing mentoring, scholarships and internships; offering travel to competitions and field trips; supporting SFA's Society for Entrepreneurial Advancement; and funding the campuswide annual "Shark Tank"-style Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition.
Located within the McGee Business Building, ACE is managed in cooperation with entrepreneurship program faculty members in SFA's Department of Management and Marketing.
Events & Networking
Great opportunities for local start-ups, entrepreneurs and students with big ideas.
Piney Woods Entrepreneurship Network
Wednesday, March 20
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Red House Winery, 108 East Pillar Street, Nacogdoches
This network brings together community members, small business owners, entrepreneurs and SFA students in an informal setting to learn from each other and promote new venture creation and growth inside and outside SFA.
Open to all SFA Students
These opportunities are open to all SFA students, without regard to major.
Sprinkle Showdown Baking Competition
Ready to whisk up some entrepreneurial magic?
5-7 p.m., March 26
Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge
Join the ultimate baking competition to win scholarships, showcase your skills, connect with other bakers and gain valuable experience. Craft a team or compete solo! View details and register now to secure your spot in this sweet competition.
Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition
Pitch your great idea at this annual "Shark Tank"-style competition for a chance to earn up to $10,000 in cash! Open to all majors.
Pop-Up Pitch Competitions
These competitions occur throughout the fall semester and are open to all majors. Pitch your idea in 30 seconds and you could win up to $2,000.
Society for Entrepreneurial Advancement
This student organization helps you collaborate with peers and builds entrepreneurial spirit across campus.
Workshops and Panels
ACE partners, cultivates and presents various workshops and panel discussions on a wide range of topics.
Services for Small Businesses
We assist small businesses with loan proposals, marketing, retailing, advertising, budgeting, business planning and personnel management.
"Helping create the [Arnold] Center for Entrepreneurship at SFA benefits students, businesses and many Texans. The like-minded nature and collaboration that can grow out of a place with the right resources will be compounded to those learned in the traditional classroom." - Greg Arnold '87
Greg Arnold, CEO of TAC - The Arnold Companies, received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from SFA in 1987.
TAC - The Arnold Companies is a multi-business company built on a foundation of wholesale petroleum distribution and aviation services. It consisted of nearly 1,000 employees under the names TACenergy, TAC Air and TAC Private Hangars until July 1, 2022, when the aviation companies were acquired by Signature Flight Support, the world’s largest network of fixed-based operators. After more than 30 years with TAC, Arnold continues to lead company growth with 150 employees in 13 U.S. offices featuring TACenergy LLC and several private investment entities.
Outside TAC, Arnold serves as vice chair of the All Stars Project of Dallas, which provides corporate business learning to area students through the Dallas Development School for Youth program. He also partnered with Food Glorious Food catering to provide nearly 5,000 meals to environmental services workers at Children’s Medical Center in Plano and Dallas during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Arnold has served on the boards of the National Petroleum Council, National Air Transportation Association, National Business Aviation Association and higher education institutions in North Texas. He also has provided long-term support to Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization that assists service members, veterans, first responders and their families.