The Greg Arnold Center for Entrepreneurship, or ACE, is designed to inspire, nurture and attract entrepreneurship across campus and in the community. It enables new collaboration among a variety of academic disciplines as well as new avenues for partnership with businesses and industry throughout the state.
As a center within the Rusche College of Business, ACE is managed in cooperation with entrepreneurship program faculty members in SFA’s Department of Management and Marketing. The center offers mentoring, scholarships and internships for students; travel to competitions and field trips; support for SFA’s Society for Entrepreneurial Advancement; and funding for the campuswide Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition inspired by the ABC TV show “Shark Tank.”
The center also will advance its mission through services provided to East Texas businesses by center staff, faculty members and SFA students under the direction of faculty members.
For more information, contact Dean Bisping at email@example.com. Beginning January 2023, ACE will be housed in a remodeled space adjacent to the Naymola Innovation Hub on the third floor of the McGee Business Building.
Information about events, internships and scholarships is forthcoming.
Society for Entrepreneurial Advancement
Open to all majors, this organization helps students across campus develop, test and implement new or existing business ideas individually and through group collaboration. For more information, email Dr. Raymond Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition
Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition judges evaluate contestants on the market opportunities for their businesses as well as their situational awareness, pitches, business models and go-to-market strategies.
Open to all SFA undergraduate and graduate students, the next competition is planned for April 21, 2023.
In 2022, the first-place winner earned $5,000, the second-place winner earned $3,000 and the third-place winner earned $1,500 to help pursue their business ideas. Read more about the 2022 winners.
Information coming soon.
Resources for local start-ups and entrepreneurs
Information coming soon.
About Greg Arnold
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.