Upcoming Events

  • Southeast Middle Market Research Forum

    May 25, 2017

    The Westin Poinsett Hotel Ballroom

    The Upstate SC Alliance and SunTrust Bank invite you to attend a networking luncheon and program featuring middle market research.

    Keynote Speaker Thomas A. Stewart is the Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market, the leading source for knowledge, leadership and research on mid-sized companies, based at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  He will share middle market company trends for the southeastern United States.

    A Panel Discussion will follow with Sherry Harris, Senior Vice President and SunTrust Corporate Finance Specialist; David Jones, Tax Partner, Greer Walker LLP; Doug Kim, Shareholder, McNair Law Firm, P.A.; and John Lummus, President & CEO, Upstate SC Alliance.
  • Middle Market Forum: Financing New Growth

    May 31, 2017

    Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

    In partnership with JobsOhio, Thomas A. Stewart, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market, will chair a forum that will provide a structured opportunity to discuss new, innovative financing tools while engaging in peer-to-peer discussion with middle-market business leaders.
  • CFO Roundtable Discussion: Human Capital Planning and Performance Optimization - Chicago

    June 8, 2017

    111 North Canal

    Talent is crucial to the success of any business. Talent planning plays two essential roles, ensuring that companies have the highest quality people in critical roles, and that they have a plan in place to fulfill their talent needs as the company grows and changes. Talent planning is an overarching concept that identifies key positions and players, understands skills gaps, and creates succession plans to keep crucial roles filled today and in the future. 

In the News

As the leading resource on information relating to the middle market, the National Center for the Middle Market’s research influences and contributes to conversations and articles in print, on air, and online.

  • 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 >

  • Health Care Cost Management: Ways CFOs Can Get Ahead of the Curve

    The mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with medical inflation, are likely to result in increases in health care premiums of 6% to 7% for large companies and more for small companies, according to Paul H. Keckley, Ph.D., executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Mr. Keckley offers insights on what companies and CFOs can do to reduce the cost of employer health care plans while contributing to the improved health of their employees.  Read More >

  • America's best job creators are slowing down

    As big companies brace for tougher times ahead, the niche market of mid-sized firms expect trouble, too, as a blast of tax hikes and spending cuts threaten to weigh on earnings, according to a survey by the National Centre for the Middle Market at Ohio State University. This suggests another piece of bad news for the job market, given that in the years following the Great Recession, mid-sized companies created more jobs than most other companies.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Workforce Increases 2.2%, Adds 950,000 Jobs Q3 Data Shows

    The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) today announced that middle market companies increased headcounts by 2.2%, about 950,000 jobs, over the last 12 months, outpacing the overall economy which grew employment by 1.7%. Middle market firms also grew revenues in the past 12 months at more than three times the rate of S&P 500 firms, growing at 5.5% versus 1.6%.  Read More >

  • Midsize Companies Get No Respect

    Midsize companies are like middle children: ignored. The National Center for the Middle Market calculates that U.S. companies with revenue between $10 million and $1 billion a year account for one-third of private-sector output. But big companies get all the attention, because they’re big, and small companies get all the love, because they’re perceived as the champions of job creation. (Just listen to President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney compete to out-praise small business.)  Read More >

  • Growth at middle-market firms remains slow

    The third quarter Middle Market Indicator, published in partnership with Ohio State University and GE Capital, shows companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion have seen revenue growth fall to 5.5 percent in the third quarter, from 6.1 percent in the second quarter and 6.9 percent in the first.  Read More >

  • Here's Proof That Mid-Sized Firms Are Dominating The Recovery

    Some say that small businesses are the biggest creator of jobs, while some say it's large corporations. In fact, it's the middle market companies — those between small and big businesses, with between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues — that have played the biggest role in the recovery.  Read More >

  • Medium-sized firms are the unsung heroes of America’s economy

    AMERICA seems to have a two-size-fits-all view of business. The country is home to many of the world’s biggest firms, which increasingly look abroad for growth. Meanwhile the engines of growth at home, according to a new conventional wisdom, are the hundreds of thousands of small businesses whose struggles in recent years have become a focus for policymakers.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Manufacturers are an Untapped Driver of Sustainable Job Growth, Yet Regulatory and Competitive Challenges Remain

    Top policy and business leaders examined the untapped potential of the nation’s 200,000 middle market companies to create jobs and grow the economy in a panel discussion today convened at GE’s What Works Summit on American Competitiveness. The discussion was based on research findings from the largest-ever study of the U.S. middle market, which highlighted the resiliency of middle market companies in spite of enduring challenges. This survey was a collaborative effort by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital.  Read More >

  • Mid-Market Businesses Are Built on Better Capital

    The Middle Market is the great unheralded driver of the U.S. economy. These businesses, with anywhere from $10 million to $1 billion in revenue, employ 34% of the U.S. private sector and in 2010 contributed $3.8 trillion to the nation's Gross Domestic Product. The U.S. Middle Market would be, by itself, the fourth largest economy in the world, just behind Japan.  Read More >

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