The mission of the SBBER is to conduct economic and labor market research and service activities that complement the teaching, research, and public service missions of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. The objective of the SBBER is to maintain its status as one of the nation's largest and most successful applied research, technical assistance, and outreach divisions of a college of business.
The SBBER staff conducts research related to economic, demographic, and business issues that impact Tennessee and the surrounding Mid-South states. Research projects have included:
- Economic impact studies,
- Revenue forecasting,
- Survey research,
- Information technology projects,
- Education and training studies,
- Labor market analyses,
- Welfare reform evaluations,
- Economic development strategic plans and reviews, and
- Geographic information systems services.
The Bureau employs professional and support staff members that include Ph.D./Ed.D. economists and researchers, Masters-level research associates and IT professionals, graduate students, and student workers. The SBBER is also home to three associated research centers: the Center for Manpower Studies, the Center for Real Estate Research, and the Applied Information Technology Center.