The Global Entrepreneurism Lab (GEL) was established at Texas A&M University - Commerce in response to needs in the regional business community for a centralized repository of experience, resources, and expertise to facilitate small businesses and entrepreneurial activities and growth.
Establishing a center for small business and entrepreneurship will serve to bring the resources of the University to bear on positively impacting the economy of the region through training, research, and a promotion of entrepreneurism. The primary purpose of the GEL is to:1. Provide resources and assistance for starting new enterprises;
2. Provide training programs, short courses and conferences aimed at improving the capabilities of small businesses and entrepreneurs in the region;
3. Identify and make available faculty with specific skills for supporting small businesses;
4. Identify and coordinate sources of capital for financing new start businesses;
5. Serve as a continuing source of information to support small business development; and,
6. Create and maintain a regional economic database to support small business development and ongoing faculty research in economics, economic development and entrepreneurship.
The mission of the GEL is to influence, promote, and support entrepreneurism in the region and globally
The objectives of the GEL are to:
1. Foster student involvement in new business development, small business support, economic and business research, and the development of the underlying infrastructure for supporting the GEL
2. Serve as a resource center for entrepreneurship and business development
3. Foster regional economic development
4. Serve as a connector for the University's academic and research capability
5. Establish and maintain a database of economic and business related information for the region to support ongoing academic research as well as new business development.