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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.

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  • GE Capital and Slate’s Roadshow for Growth Comes to Dallas

    GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth visited Dallas on September 19th as part of a six-month, 20-city tour that will address the issues of middle market businesses, a sector that generates $9 trillion in annual revenue and accounts for nearly 34% of total U.S. employment.  Read More >

  • Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Dealers See Increased Sales & Growing Consumer Enthusiasm, Says GE Capital

    Recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturers are seeing double-digit growth and RV dealers are selling through products at an increasing rate, said GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF). That's consistent with the positive activity seen in the U.S. middle market overall, according to the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), a partnership between GE Capital and The Ohio State University Fischer College of Business. The mid-market consists of approximately 200,000 companies with revenues of $10 million to $1 billion, which includes many participants in the RV industry.  Read More >

  • One Thing Inc. 5000 Companies Have in Common: Performance

    How Inc. 5000 companies make other companies better. And in the process, make the economy work.  We know companies that operate data centers are critical to the economy. If we thought about it, we would realize companies providing air conditioners to keep those data centers running are critical, too. But how critical are companies that maintain and service the air-conditioning systems that cool the data centers?  Read More >

  • Want to drive the economy? Support middle-market businesses

    We have tremendous power to drive economic growth by doing just a little more to support middle-market businesses, which are the principal drivers of our economy. So, it amazes me that we are not more actively seizing this opportunity. Although the economy is getting better, we are still not out of the woods. Some recent reports show the economy is fragile. Building and protecting our economy requires supporting and taking good care of middle-market businesses, which we define as any business with $10 million to $250 million in enterprise values.  Read More >

  • Business Owners Say the Economy Is Improving. And Their Own Shops?

    Small business owners are becoming more confident about the U.S. economy at a faster rate than they are about their own businesses, according to survey results published today by the National Small Business Association. This contrasts with attitudes among executives at midsize companies: They're more optimistic about their local economies than they are in their national or global outlooks, according to a quarterly survey published last month by the National Center for the Middle Market. That makes sense: midsize companies, which the NCMM defines as having from $10 million to $1 billion in revenue, tend to rely on local suppliers and customers, and they exert greater control closer to home.  Read More >

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Drive Growth, Profitability

    Tens of thousands of middle market manufacturing companies are leveraging advanced manufacturing techniques to generate increased revenue and productivity growth, a new study reveals. The detailed analysis, a joint effort by the National Center for the Middle Market and the National Association of Manufacturers, shows that nearly half of the study's respondents - 47 percent of mid-market manufacturers, to be exact - are currently using advanced manufacturing techniques. The result, the study says, is that these manufacturers have experienced a 20 percent profitability increase over the last five years.  Read More >

  • Increasing Confidence Among U.S. Middle Market Companies is Fueling Increased Investment and Employment Growth

    Successive quarters of strong performance by the nation's nearly 200,000 middle market companies is fueling increased confidence in the national and global economies. According to the latest Middle Market Indicator (MMI), a survey of 1,000 middle market executives released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), revenue growth is stabilizing above five percent and employment growth projections have increased 20 percent over last quarter.  Read More >

  • Midsize Companies Plan to Hit the Accelerator Harder

    Executives at midsize companies gained confidence in the second quarter, with 43 percent expecting to add employees in the next 12 months, according to a survey (PDF) released today by the National Center for the Middle Market. That's up from 38 percent who predicted hiring in the NCMM's first-quarter survey.  Read More >

  • GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth Comes to Atlanta

    GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth rolls into Atlanta today as part of a six-month, 20-city tour that will address the issues of middle market businesses, a sector that generates $9 trillion in annual revenue and accounts for nearly 34% of total U.S. employment. According to new research released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), mid-sized companies in the Atlanta area comprise only 1% of total number of businesses, yet generate 23% of total revenue and account for 28% of Atlanta's employment.  Read More >

  • GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth Comes to Charlotte

    GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth rolls into Charlotte today as part of a six-month, 20-city tour that will address the challenges and opportunities facing middle market businesses, a sector that generates $9 trillion in annual revenue in the U.S. and accounts for nearly 34% of total U.S. employment. According to new research released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), mid-sized companies in the Charlotte area comprise only 1% of total businesses, yet generate 16% of total revenue and account for 20% of Charlotte's employment.  Read More >

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Drive Growth, Profitability For Middle Market Manufacturers

    The nation’s 33,000 middle market manufacturing companies are increasingly leveraging advanced manufacturing techniques to generate increased revenue and productivity growth. A new report released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) indicates that the 47 percent of mid-market manufacturers currently using advanced manufacturing techniques have experienced a 20 percent profitability increase over the last five years.  Read More >

  • 1Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator Released; Shows Steady Growth and Increase in Investments

    Revenue and employment growth in the U.S. middle market, representing nearly 200,000 American businesses across the nation, continues to outpace expectations and broader growth nationally. However, the threat of additional costs - specifically related to taxes, health care and regulation - could lead to significant pullbacks in this sector, which includes companies like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Tootsie Roll Industries, Jamba Juice, K-Swiss and Shutterfly.  Read More >

  • Home Is Where the Hope Is for Midsize Companies

    Given economists’ expectations that the U.S. economy accelerated during the first three months of the year, it’s not surprising that executives at medium-size companies are growing more confident about future growth, as reported by a survey published on Wednesday by the National Center for the Middle Market. What’s more interesting is how much more confident they are about local economies vs. larger economies.  Read More >

  • Bright Spots: Jan. 24, 2013

    Crain's Cleveland Business, a leading print and online publication for the northeastern Ohio business community, highlights the positive trends for middle market companies in the Q4 installment of the National Center for the Middle Market's Middle Market Indicator (MMI).  Read More >

  • 4Q 2012 Middle Market Indicator Released; Suggests continued growth and more confidence

    The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) today announced that the U.S. middle market added an estimated $650 billion in new revenue and more than 1 million jobs in 2012 based on findings in the NCMM’s 2012 fourth-quarter Middle Market Indicator. The report also concluded that the U.S. middle market - comprised of companies with revenue between $10 million and $1 billion - is poised to add an estimated $520 billion in new revenues and 1 million new jobs in 2013.  Read More >

  • Dr. Anil Makhija, Academic Director of the NCMM named a finalist for the Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award

    The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (AM&AA), the leading association and credentialing body for middle market M&A professionals in partnership with Grant Thornton LLP, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations, announced five finalists for the fourth annual Middle Market Thought Leader Award today. Dr. Anil Makhija of the National Center for the Middle Market being one of those finalists.  Read More >

  • At the Center of Things: A Talk with Doug Farren of the National Center for the Middle Market

    Jack Sweeney, founder and editor in chief of Middle Market Executive, interviewed Doug Farren, Associate Director of the National Center for the Middle Market on all things middle market. Learn about the issues facing middle market companies, how middle market leaders can drive innovation within their own companies, and whats next for the Center.  Read More >

  • Why Mid-Sized Company Execs Are Pessimistic

    It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week – a celebration of startups, disruptors and job creators who spark innovation around the globe. In the United States, entrepreneurship among middle market companies could be considered an engine of economic growth. The middle market — those companies with annual revenues between $50 million and $1 billion — represents 40 percent of GDP.  Read More >

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