MIEC Research Agenda

Program Overview

This program is created by Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (MIEC) with support from JP Morgan Chase. The program is led by Terron Ferguson, the Associate Director of Morehouse’s International Comparative Labor Studies Program (ICLS) and MIEC’s Relationship Manager; Tiffany R. Bussey, Executive Director, MIEC; Bonita Seaborn-Moore, Business Manager, MIEC; Danita Harris, Program Manager, MIEC; Thema Monroe-White, Ph.D., Research Consultant; Michael Cortez, DataAnalyst, MIEC; Kylan Kester, Founding Director, Morehouse Launchpad.

■  This series of seven (7) convenings brings together leaders from foremost Business-serving Organizations (BSOs) to co-create a thorough, shared foundational framework for providing technical assistance (TA) designed to scale and grow Black businesses in Metro Atlanta.

■  MIEC is pioneering a groundbreaking Community-engaged Research (CER) methodology that:

● Centers Black professionals, their people, and their constituents as subject matter experts

● Collects the most effective, culturally-relevant theoretical approaches, practical strategies, praxis
models, and case studies from the field

● Creates a standard


Tiffany R. Bussey
Executive Director, MIEC

Bonita Seaborn-Moore
Business Manager, MIEC

Terron Ferguson
Associate Director, MIEC

Michael Cortez
Data Analyst, MIEC

Danita Harris
Program Manager, MIEC

Kylan Kester
Founding Director, Morehouse Launchpad

Thema Monroe-White
Ph.D., Research Consultant

    The latest research both national and Atlanta

The National Research Outlook

RESEARCH: Closing the Black employer gap: Insights from the latest data on Black-owned businesses.

■ The Brookings Institute, Andre M. Perry, Senior Fellow – Brookings Metro, Manann Donoghoe, and Hannah Stephens (Feb. 15, 2024)

■ McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility (Feb. 1, 2024)

  • New Chase Survey: Small Businesses Remain Resilient Amid Labor Shortage, Market Challenges● Chase Media Center (May 3, 2022)

● Fundera by nerdwallet (January 23, 2023)

The Atlanta Landscape

■ The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Mirtha Donastorg (Jan. 23, 2024)

■ Lendingtree (February 6th, 2023)

■ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


■ The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Weprin (Jan. 30, 2024)

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