Welcome to the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research (SBBER) at the University of Memphis. The Bureau consists of several research divisions that provide professional assistance to the business, government, and academic communities.
Named for Willard R. Sparks in 2003 but established in 1963, the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research (SBBER) is the largest research center at the University of Memphis. For nearly two decades, the SBBER has ranked among the largest and most successful business research centers in the nation. The SBBER forms a multidisciplinary research organization that conducts an extensive array of applied research activities, provides faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research opportunities, and delivers technical assistance and training services for units of state and local government.