Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT)

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Regional Workforce Training System
& Industry Research Partnership

Improving the Economy in Minority Communities Across the United States of America

The SMARTSEC platform connects learners and Job seekers to careers, employers to human capital resources through sector partnerships that close skill gaps via an enterprise, solution based, industry service provider system.  

The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) is the SMARTSEC backbone intermediary.  As a 501(c)(6) membership trade & research organization, CEBOT is engaged in developing a more robust regional workforce and training system solution that can scale.  Ideas developed by members, government partners, academia and investor stakeholders, that consistently promote unity, empathy, and equity, while leveraging the unique competitiveness within U.S. minority communities.

CEBOT has over two decades of research (click to see CEBOT's 2002 HBCU Original Research Use Case) connecting stakeholders and disenfranchised regions to systems that promote and measure both growth and success.  CEBOT's represents the minority tech employers who are ready to be the catalyst that sparks the dry wood of unmet human potential, inside of our nation's minority community, the diasporas they represent, and the communities they employ and have a corporate offices. 

Building on government, education and industry partnership agreements, SMARTSEC is tapping into the global Information Communications and Technology (ICT) fourth sector economy.

In support of the current U.S. President's Management Agenda (PMA) vision of an equitable, effective, and accountable
Government that delivers results for all, CEBOT has chosen to model the PMA Learning Agenda to address
critical evidence gaps and encourage research to close those gaps within, beyond, and in partnership with the Federal Government.

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The SMARTSEC Partnership serves as an intermediary between all stakeholders and works to ensure programs that meet the minority tech sector employers needs are implemented, and outcomes are measured.

Event Information

Harnessing America's Minority Tech Boom

H.R.1807 - Business Opportunity Development Reform Act of 1988 was designed to give a boost to small businesses, especially those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  The law emphasizes the need for geographical and industrial diversity, and  encouraging growth and owner sustainability.

With a mix of loans, contract awards, and training assistance, the act aims to ensure these businesses can compete fairly in the American economy. This event explores it's significance in assisting minority tech companies push towards empowering small businesses with the tools they need to thrive.

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Leveraging the Convening Power of Government, Academia and Industry

SMARTSEC was first developed in 2022 and modeled after the U.S. Department of Commerce's, Economic Development Administration's Good Jobs Challenge that described a “sectoral partnership” as a "partnership of employers from the same industry who join with other strategic partners to train and place workers into high-quality jobs that employers need filled and intend to fill through the partnership." 

Components of an Effective and Sustainable  Regional Workforce Training System

Human Capital Improvement

Job Search/Career Pathway

Workforce Content Production

The term human capital refers to the economic value of a worker's experience and skills. Targeted human capital improvement allows an injured economy to heal and grow. 

When human capital increases in areas such as technology, management, marketing and ICT careers in general it leads to increases in innovation, social well-being, equality, increased productivity, improved rates of participation, all of which contribute to economic growth.

At the core of this industry/academia/government Partnership solution is a convergence between opportunity, awareness and training.  Career preparation is proactive and requires the development and encouragement of professional acumen and a solid work ethic.

Building a culture of productive and respectful behavior starts with building core competencies that allow for a more seamless employer on-boarding and higher employee retention.

Internal mobility exists at the intersection of experiences and skills, putting SMARTSEC AI in a unique position to deliver on the promise of a modern talent marketplace. SMARTSEC AI not only creates a skills-forward development experience for people, but enables people to match and connect those skills to potential new career paths and an auto-matched “marketplace” of mentors, jobs, gigs and projects. 

SMARTSEC Industry Backbone Partner

Building a Nation of Producers

The Minority Technology Industry

Given the great number of Minority Technology Companies (estimated at 65,000 employers with combined annual revenues of $110 Billion), leveraging geography, our joint capacity to scale, and our capacity to agree, will ignite new capabilities. New resources are required to transform this already fast-growing marketplace, into a a global powerhouse of job creating opportunities. 

CEBOT's research brings jobs and community resilience by enriching the minority tech industry and accelerating the innovation ecosystems.

Sector Employers


CEBOT Research Below

Chart showing Size of the

U.S. Minority Technology Industry

Targeting In-Demand, High Growth, High Quality Jobs withEvidence Based Programs that Foster Community Resilience

Fostering Economic Growth through an Industry  based Regional Partnership Strategy(Technology Based Economic Development)

Reinforce a focus on learning

The CEBOT's learning research process is not about delivering a thumbs up or down on a program for compliance monitoring. It is designed to spur research that identifies which approaches work, why, and for whom, so those lessons can be applied across contexts to improve outcomes.

Bridge silos

Many of the most pressing issues do not fit neatly within the boundaries of a single government agency. CEBOT's as an intermediator, provides an opportunity to coordinate learning and evidence building across government, academia and industry.

Catalyze innovationbeyond the Federal Government

CEBOT is joined with researchers, practitioners, and State, Tribal, Territorial, and local leaders across the country, piloting and testing innovations and generating evidence to better serve minority communities. Clearly communicating District level strategies withing a  "Learning Agenda" framework, with key management questions, can catalyze coordinated innovation with industry, research institutions, and within and across agencies in the Federal Government, and State, Tribal, Territorial, and local.

Building Trust Through Capabilities

Both knowledge and capital are key resources to build resiliency in our communities.  The CEBOT AllianceCTA brings new procurement engagements and innovation to the market for the minority technology industry.  SMARTSEC includes a host of minority tech company intellectual property.  

The coordination of capabilities of the minority technology industry will bring new capabilities and economic impact to communities, across the nation.

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Building a Nation of Producers

America's economy converges and grows when industry, government and community partners work together and agree to joint profitable and sustainable economic outcomes.

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Sectoral Backbone Partnership Announcement

September 14th, 2024

Backbone Organization

Fourth Sector Economic Ecosystem Platform

A 21st Century's Emerging Economic Imperative

65,000 Minority Technology Companies

The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) brings a rich history of advocacy and procurement policy guidance within the federal policy ecosystem.  The $110 Billion Minority Technology Industry is a source of jobs to over 550,000 professionals both in the United States and abroad. 

CEBOT  brings applied research & development to growth algorithms that catalyze regional innovation ecosystems, stimulating economic development and uplifting minority business and community.  CEBOT leadership and Senior Fellows bring new capabilities, investment and research capacity to the minority technology industry and to the stakeholders they serve.




Engagement requires value and produces consensus when process is key.  Governance gives rise to planned growth both individually and throughout the ecosystem.

Growth rises when not stifled by moral hazard.   CEBOT algorithms facilitate a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.

Innovation liberates possibilities, improves systems and can transform bureaucracies into managed serviced/resource based functions.   

Capture Purpose and Growth through Sustainable Partnerships!

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Looking Forward Research & Development

21st Century's Emerging Economic Imperative

Aligning economic choice with core human values  disrupts status quo and builds a sustainable business ecosystem.  Future profit ventures that focus on both customer and community needs  will prove most competitive.

Market Based Approach

Industry Governance Solutions
for  Social Network Systems

Many aspects of the world economy are determined more by corporate action than government control.  Research indicates a growing need for industry perspectives and solutions to externalities and social safety nets that harmonize profit to measured outcomes for the common good of people and planet.

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