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  • 2017 Global Summit: Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow

    October 27, 2017

    The Blackwell Inn and Converence Center

    The National Center for The Middle Market and The Ohio State University Center for International Business Education are hosting the 2nd Annual Global Summit. This year's focus is workforce development from a global perspective.

In the News

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  • Skills Gap Remains Top Impediment to Middle Market Growth, Report

    Nearly four out of 10 middle market executives say a lack of talent constrains their companies’ ability to grow, according to "Help Wanted," a report released by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), in conjunction with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Middle market firms (those with annual revenue between $10 million and $1 billion) are employment powerhouses, responsible for about one-third of U.S. private sector jobs and 60 percent of new hires—but they report difficulties with recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining workers with the skills they need.   Read More >

  • Middle Market Companies as ‘Perfect Links’ in Supply Chain

    There are about 200,000 middle market companies with annual sales of $10 million to $1 billion in the U.S. With this outsized presence in the marketplace, and their ability to quickly adapt to economic challenges, middle market firms are the “perfect link” in the supply chains for companies, both large and small.  Read More >

  • Workforce Challenges Constrain Growth of Middle Market Firms, Report Finds

    Middle market firms – those with annual revenue between $10 million and $1 billion – report difficulties with recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining workers with the skills they need, according to the “Help Wanted,” report released by the National Center for the Middle Market in conjunction with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.  Read More >

  • Workforce Challenges Constrain Middle Market Firms

    Health care, construction and service sectors hit the hardest, according to report from National Center for the Middle Market, Brookings Institution. Solutions include improved HR practices and stronger relationships with educational, training, and job placement organizations.   Read More >

  • Middle Market Plays a Vital Role in Supply Chain

    Middle market companies in the supply chain tend to be more than just a supplier. They're team players, working closely with customers and their own suppliers, especially at the larger end of the spectrum.  Read More >

  • 5 Keys to Supply Chain Management Success

    As technology has spun forward, so has how supply chains work and the best practices to manage them. Below are five keys to supply chain management success in the age of the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing and hackers looking to get at the same customer data that is driving your business.  Read More >

  • Guest Column: Here's How to Build a Cybersecurity Plan — From Scratch

    That news backs up research from a SunTrust Bank survey. More than 90 percent of businesses surveyed believe a cybersecurity event would impact their bottom line; two-thirds say it would be significant. Yet, the majority of mid-market companies do not have an up-to-date cybersecurity plan, and 30 percent have no plan at all, according to the National Center for the Middle Market.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Companies as "Perfect Links" in the Supply Chain

    Mid-sized companies play a critical yet underappreciated role in America’s supply chains. These companies are part of powerful segment of the U.S. economy known as the middle market.  Using a revenue-based definition of $10 million to $1 billion in annual sales, there are approximately 200,000 companies in all industries, geographies and ownership types contributing one-third of private sector jobs and gross domestic product. With this level of influence in the marketplace and a greater level of agility than bigger companies, middle market companies have the ability to be the “perfect link” within the supply chains of larger and smaller companies.  Read More >

  • Three Secrets for Retail M&A Success

    Consumer M&A deal volume is up 27 percent so far for this year, with experts rating the likelihood of retail M&A above prospects for all industries at large. It's no surprise, therefore, that nearly 40 percent of middle-market firms are interested in M&A, with many actively seeking suitors, according to the National Center for the Middle Market.  Read More >

  • Good News From the Middle Market

    The head of the National Center for the Middle Market says midsize companies had a terrific year. On their wish list: simpler taxes and more certainty.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Confidence in U.S. Economy Reaches Record High in Q1 2017

    Confidence in the U.S. economy among middle market companies has reached a new high in early 2017, according to the Q1 2017 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). With nine in 10 middle market leaders indicating a positive perception of the country's economy, this level of confidence represents the highest recorded in the MMI's five-year history.  Read More >

  • Is Your Working Capital Working For or Against You?

    A new report on working capital management finds that many middle market businesses may be missing out on opportunities to boost business valuation and performance by being complacent with their cash flow, despite reporting high levels of satisfaction with how their resources are pooled.  Read More >

  • The Mighty Middle Market

    Most of the attention is focused either on the big multinationals or the small business start-ups, but it is clear that for Chicago and for the broader Midwest, the soul of the economy is the family-owned, middle-market company that ranges in size from $10 million to $1 billion in revenue. According to a study by Ohio State University, there are 200,000 businesses in that category, representing 3 percent of all of the companies in the U.S. There are 16,000 businesses with revenue between $100 million and $1 billion. This mid-market sector accounts for 33 percent of the private sector GNP, a similar percentage of private sector jobs (over 45 million) and will create 60 percent of all new jobs in 2017 in the U.S. (over 1 million new jobs).  Read More >

  • Supporting Philadelphia’s Middle Market Will Strengthen Regional Economic Growth

    Greater Philadelphia’s middle market companies — those with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion — are critical to growing the region’s economy. They currently represent 27 percent of total regional employment, despite accounting for only approximately one percent of companies. A recent study explores the middle market’s impact on the region’s economy and examines the key findings that distinguish the potential for significant job growth middle market companies can create.   Read More >

  • Kreutzer’s Take: Midmarket Private Equity’s Glass Is Half Full

    Midmarket executives ended 2016 expressing more confidence in the country’s economic future than they had projected in years, with executives at private equity-backed companies feeling more confident than midmarket executives as a whole, according to a survey of at least 1,000 midmarket executives conducted in early December by the National Center for the Middle Market at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Among the respondents, 328 executives surveyed work for private equity-backed companies.  Read More >

  • US Middle Market Finishes 2016 with Strong Performance

    U.S. middle market companies reported an average revenue growth of 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, capping off a strong year of overall growth, according to the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). Combined with steady job gains, this finding from the NCMM's Q4 2016 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) points to strong fundamentals for middle market firms entering 2017.  Read More >

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