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The 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.

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Entrepreneurship major and minor

The entrepreneurship major focuses on encouraging the entrepreneurial mindset in order to equip you with the knowledge and experience that will prepare you to enter a dynamic environment and achieve greater success in your professional career.

The entrepreneurship minor will help you improve your understanding of the entrepreneurial process and prepare you to evaluate an idea, structure a management team and assemble resources in the pursuit of opportunity.

Explore a major or minor in entrepreneurship

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

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.

In 2023, 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 2023 winners.

Resources for local start-ups and entrepreneurs

Contact us at 936.468.4024 or email



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.


Matthew Smilor
Director, Arnold Center for Entrepreneurship

Arnold Center for Entrepreneurship
1908 Raguet Street
McGee Business Building, Suite 377



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Physical Address:
1908 Raguet Street
McGee Business Building

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13004, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962


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