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.

  • Not Just For The Big Guns: Rethinking Supply Chain Financing

    In the corporate world, growth is a mantra. But achieving growth takes more than just being timely to market with the right products or services (though, of course, those are keys to success). The old business maxim that it does indeed take money to make money still holds water.  Read More >

  • 10 NJ CEOs Make Axial Growth 100 List

    Axial, the online network connecting private companies to capital, names 100 middle-market business leaders to its inaugural Growth 100, a list of the best and brightest mid-market leaders across the country. Axial partners The National Center for the Middle Market and Vistage, a global organization that assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives and business owners, join Axial in celebrating Middle Market Monday and congratulates the Growth 100.  Read More >

  • Middle-Market Financing: Steady in the Face of Volatility

    In today’s topsy-turvy financial world, financing for larger middle-market companies has started to tighten up, in step with their large-cap cousins. More relationship-driven financing for companies with $50 million in EBITDA and below, however, remains readily available for those borrowers, which, facing organic growth challenges, are expressing increasing interest in acquisitions.  Read More >

  • How Digital Is Manufacturing?

    So, just how digital is manufacturing? And how digital are you? A new paper whose title asks that exact question aims to answer it with hard numbers — and the outlook is mixed, at best.  Read More >

  • Revenue, Hiring Rates Slow in Illinois' Middle Market

    LaSalle Network Economy and Economic Development Employment Revenue and hiring slowed in the fourth quarter for middle-market companies in Illinois, prompting sluggish growth forecasts for 2016, according to a survey. But the sector still is stable, observers say.  Read More >

  • Executives Show Waning Confidence in the Global Economy

    The final quarter of 2015 was an inflection point for businesses and the economy, as the long bull market ground to a halt, valuations of highly prized companies took a nosedive, and venture capitalists began shutting the taps for hefty rounds of financing.  Read More >

  • State of the Middle Market Economy: Managed Expectations Amid Stable Growth

    Following a quarter of strong revenue growth, U.S. middle market companies reported stable growth to close 2015, even as rate of increase in employment flattened and confidence in the economy fell. These findings headline the National Center for the Middle Market's (NCMM) Q4 2015 Middle Market Indicator (MMI), the sixteenth in a quarterly series of reports designed to uncover the performance and outlook of the middle market and the top trends affecting these businesses.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Leaders Anticipate Softer Growth

    Nearly two-thirds of middle-market companies reported improved performance for Q3 2015 versus a year ago, according to results of the National Center for the Middle Market’s 3Q 2015 Middle-Market Indicator survey. Yet many leaders expressed feeling cautious about the future, with only one in five business leaders expecting a more favorable business climate in the short term. What’s more, survey respondents’ anticipated revenue growth for the next 12 months was at the lowest level measure in the past year.  Read More >

  • Mid-Market: North American M&A 2016 Outlook

    Mid-market companies have been a pillar of strength for the North American economy in the last decade, standing tall when others have floundered. Now, they are using the optimal market conditions as well as their own initiative to make waves in dealmaking.  Read More >

  • Three Ways Middle Market Manufacturing Executives Can Drive Profitable Innovations

    Middle market firms reported earning an average profit of 26% on their most recent innovations, according to a recent study, Organizing for Innovation in the Middle Market, by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and accounting firm Cherry Bekaert. For the manufacturers that comprise nearly a fifth of the middle market, a successful approach to innovation and R&D can be the difference between a banner year and stagnant or even negative growth.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Muscles in on Investment Banking Fees

    It felt like European investment banks were going to make large inroads into traditional US business after the crisis. Firms like Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and UBS were expected to make gains in market share as corporates moved to spread counterparty risk. But it did not happen.

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  • US Midmarket: A Galaxy of Stars

    The vast US mid-market remains compelling for investors, particularly at the small end where valuations are reasonable and fees minimal.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Businesses Report Strong Revenue Growth, Confidence in U.S. Economy

    U.S. middle market companies continue to report strong revenue growth and confidence in the domestic economy, even as their level of comfort in the global economy and attitude toward investing in their business diminishes amid slowdowns in international markets. These findings headline the National Center for the Middle Market's (NCMM) Q3 2015 Middle Market Indicator (MMI), the latest in a quarterly series of reports designed to uncover the top trends amongst middle market businesses.  Read More >

  • Why Innovation Thrives In The Middle Market

    Small businesses signify the American Dream, and start-ups are the movers and shakers, embodying entrepreneurial spirit. Then there are the large, billion-dollar enterprise corporations – household names with deep pockets and broad influence. As a country, we’re enamored with both ends of the economic spectrum, but it’s time to pay attention to the middle. At the intersection of resilience and growth, the U.S. middle market is a formidable force for job creation and competitiveness, says Thomas Stewart, a top thought leader on global management issues and ideas.  Read More >

  • 7 Tips for Creating a Productive Brainstorm Inside Your Middle-Market Firm

    Brainstorming is a vital business activity. In fact, the National Center for the Middle Market released a report indicating that the highest-growth midmarket companies make establishing a formal innovation process a top priority. But due to the small size of leadership teams and a large emphasis placed on other business endeavors, midmarket companies too often treat it like an unscripted, one-off event. The best ideas happen when you’re not scrambling to get to them. In fact, they usually come when you least expect them — like when you’re sitting in traffic, taking a shower, or falling asleep. Your team needs a new way to brainstorm — one that doesn’t involve sitting around a table in a familiar setting. You need to go on a brainstorming retreat.   Read More >

  • How Mid-Market Companies Innovate

    The most successful middle-market companies—those growing at least four times the rate of GDP growth—are 40 percent more likely to describe themselves as innovative than less dynamic businesses of their size, according to the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM)’s “Blueprint for Growth.” Overall, middle-market companies surveyed also fare relatively well with execution of innovation projects, reporting that 57 percent of ideas generated in 2014 made it to market.  Read More >

  • Innovation Whitepaper Press Release

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 13, 2015)--The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and Cherry Bekaert LLP, a growth-oriented CPA firm, announced today findings from its ”Organizing for Innovation in the Middle Market” study. The research, which examined perspectives on innovation among C-suite executives of middle market companies, found firms that employ low-risk innovative initiatives produce valuable returns, while the most adept companies with a more aggressive innovation profile grow more quickly.  Read More >

  • Check Out These Digs

    For middle market companies, well-designed office space can be a crucial tool for attracting and keeping top talent. Earlier this year, the National Center for the Middle Market and the Novo Group released a study “showing that middle market firms with the most well-developed and compelling employee value propositions (EVPs) offer attractive options across the board,” according to the website. Seventy nine percent of executives said the quality of facilities and working environment was an attractive component of a compelling value proposition for employees.  Read More >

  • Martin Baily and Anil K. Makhija on the Growth Outlook

    There hasn’t been a lot to celebrate in the economic picture lately. Are things as bad as they look? And what does it all mean for midmarket companies? To get a clearer picture, The Wall Street Journal’s John Bussey spoke with Martin Baily, former chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, now senior fellow and director of the Initiative on Business and Public Policy at the Brookings Institution; and Anil K. Makhija, dean of the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.   Read More >

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