Community stakeholder agreements are best facilitated through  frameworks that are built from evidence-based applied research.  Creating an economic value chain from human capital improvement requires governance, faith and industry input.


AIEF recognizes that across the U.S. our education and workforce systems are ready for change and engagement.

The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT | www.council.exchange) has investigated the behaviors and characteristics of community stakeholders in targeted regional workforce systems.  Our research was based on the postulate that if we better understood the dynamic relationships among the people and organizations within the system, there could be a framework developed that would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. The focus was on the ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) workforce value chain in low-to-moderate and middle class income communities that have a larger minority population.


Functionally this applied research is considering how can “product or service innovations” be commercialized through iterative “solution domain” activities that focuses on developing network agreements along a systems based methodology that ensures quality, governance and transformative productivity through behavioral and knowledge management.


The collaborative nature of this research allows CEBOT the opportunity to create a common good for employers, employees, government, institutions, community, the nation and our global economic ecosystem. 

This is accomplished because of CEBOT's legal, non-stock, 501(c)6 status, enhanced with a series of governance, procurement and technology innovations, and effectuated by CEBOT's representation of the over 65,000 minority technology employers with total gross receipts of plus $100 Billion.

AIEF Program Goals

Govern actions that facilitate trust, agreement and profit utilizing evidence based applied research.
- www.vendorgoverance.org

Ensure that role based responsibilities are managed, analyzed and reported to ensure feedback before, during, and after project milestones or iterations.

Priority on Community Investment - www.nowamerica.org

Ensure there is a viable pipeline of talent supply to our employer member organizations. - www.centersmart.org

Design-Based Research Initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions in both Urban and Rural Communities of Color.

The Council Exchange Board of Trade's Looking Forward Research and Development program office is currently engaged in multiple ongoing longitudinal initiatives all based on the AIEF applied research iterative findings and measured results.


Click on button above to view a current listing of our applied research iterations.

Community Growth Priority

Now more than ever, new kinds of partnerships are critical to community development and industry involvement. Working closely with government entities, high impact non-profits, the education community, and the financial community including banks and capital investment partners our industry approach will effectively pool the expertise and creativity and resources of these diverse organizations and enable our industry to reach new levels of success.

The Mission of the Council Exchange Board of Trade to leverage the Minority Technology Industry's growth to economically empower America’s underserved communities.  This will be accomplished by leveraging the collective bargaining powers of our members to aggregate contract award fulfillment in communities that normally would not enjoy the economic impact of Federal, State, or Local contract awards.

Our ability to create a global economic impact is expressed fully by our concentrated efforts to establish a compendium of programs that serve to govern our industry's connection and ability to impact the global growth of 21st Century technology, government and community sourced economies. Collectively our power is in our numbers yet our strength is in our individual capacity to cognate opportunity. Our growth is codified by our joint ability to align as an industry to solve large problems giving us a new position of both acceptance and esteem.

Karl Cureton, Executive Chairman
Council Exchange Board of Trade

Innovation fuels economic growth, the creation of new industries, companies, jobs, products and services, and the global competitiveness of U.S. industries. CEBOT understands that building a pipeline for minority innovators to gain access to America's pioneering innovation ecosystems is vital and full inclusion is a national economic imperative.

Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization

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We must work to systematically increase the number of minority participants getting on the innovation highway and our partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce is a critical step towards this goal.

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