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.

  • Marcus Jadotte, Karen Gordon Mills on Trade Opportunities

    As advances in technology make it easier for small and midsize companies in the U.S. to do business abroad, getting access to fast-growing economies around the world is becoming an increasingly important issue for them. What should the federal government be doing to make it easier for these firms to sell their goods and services into overseas markets?  Read More >

  • Q2'15 MMI Press Release

    Columbus, Ohio (July 29, 2015) – For the second quarter in a row, middle market executives say that middle market corporate growth continues to moderate, suggesting that the business cycle remains steady following a period of robust growth in 2014.

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  • Congress Forms Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth

    The National Center for the Middle Market joins the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) as they commend Members of Congress for forming the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth. The Caucus will address issues relevant to this critical segment, which employs more than 44 million people in the United States and will serve as an important forum of Members dedicated to elevating awareness of the middle market through data-driven research and regular briefings for congressional staff and policy leaders.

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  • So Far, 2015 Is a Dud: But That Could Change...Soon

    In the startup and venture capital world, the first quarter of 2015 will go down in history as something of a dud. That's also true of middle-market companies. These firms--defined as having between $10 million and $50 billion in annual revenue--had flat sales growth and saw hiring fall off in the first quarter of 2015. That’s according to the latest survey from the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM).  Read More >

  • Growth Stabilizes for Middle Market Manufacturers

    The latest "Middle Market Indicator," a quarterly survey into the state and health of the U.S. middle market, finds continued revenue and employment growth, but at a less rapid and sustainable pace. Manufacturers fared well in comparison to other industries overall. However, revenue growth for construction (9.9%), services (9.4%), and financial services (9.0%), outpaced revenue growth of manufacturing (8.7).  Read More >

  • Middle Market Company Growth Stabilizes

    Columbus, OH (April 22, 2015) – Following a year of consistently accelerating revenue and employment growth for middle market firms, growth appears to be slowing and stabilizing in the first quarter of 2015, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s Q1 2015 Middle Market Indicator (MMI), issued today. The quarterly study found that while revenue and employment growth continue to be strong, the rate of increase has tapered off slightly, especially for payrolls.  Read More >

  • Illinois Middle Market Firms Grow Faster than National Average

    Middle-market companies around the country are expanding at a steady pace, but in Illinois they're growing even faster. The National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between GE Capital and Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, released a survey today indicating that Illinois' middle-market companies outpaced the national average in revenue and employment growth in the first quarter.  Read More >

  • How to Attract the Best Employees (and Keep Them)

    A recent survey of more than 400 C-suite executives at middle-market companies shows that businesses with a well-established employer brand saw employment grow on average more than 12 percent during the year ending December 31, 2014, compared with less than 5 percent for companies with an employer brand that needs work.  Read More >

  • The Post-Startup Guide to Innovation

    America's midsize companies, increasingly confident in the current recovery, are planning innovations and capital expenditures in record numbers. But as the companies on Inc.'s Founders 40 can tell you, sustained growth is hard. One reason that some companies plateau and others flourish is that sustained growth requires finding the right balance between developing new products and services and investing in the assets and capabilities needed to build scale.  Read More >

  • Taking the Measure of the (Middle) Market

    Nationally and in North Carolina, the middle market — usually defined as companies with $10 million to nearly $1 billion in revenue — is outperforming the stock market, rapidly attracting private equity and creating the most jobs. The segment ended 2014 with a strong performance and a bullish outlook as economists expect 2015 and 2016 to be the strongest years of the current economic expansion.  Read More >

  • 4 Ways To Integrate Supply Chain Projects With Corporate Initiatives

    Whether budget, competing IT priorities or required time away from day-to-day operations stand in the way, the resources required to get your supply chain project implemented can be scarce. Ensuring that your project is aligned with high-priority corporate initiatives can help. When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation. Let’s look at some common initiatives your supply chain can support.  Read More >

  • Global Growth: A Prime Opportunity for the Middle Market

    The world may be shrinking, but the global economic pie just keeps getting bigger. In 1980, the U.S. accounted for more than a quarter of the world’s GDP. Today, it’s less than 20 percent, and by the middle of the 21st century, the U.S. percentage of the global GDP will be in single digits. And America isn’t falling behind—the rest of the world just keeps growing.  Read More >

  • Skills Gap a Growing Business Concern

    Terry Sexton Segerberg, chief executive officer of Cincinnati-based Mesa Industries, discusses a growing concern among business leaders. The skills gap is making hiring the best employees increasingly difficult because applicants for every opening are either overqualified or under-qualified.  Read More >

  • Top Challenges in the Middle Market

    Despite the near endless gamut of industries that could fall within the middle market sector, attracting and retaining top talent is an ongoing challenge across the board. According to the National Center for the Middle Market, 37% of all Ohio employees work in middle market companies, which are both growing and adding jobs, largely in operations, manufacturing and marketing/sales. But 87% of Ohio's middle market leaders said last summer that filling those positions is a concern.  Read More >

  • Embracing the Middle: What is this Segment and Why is it Important?

    These businesses aren't your typical mom and pops. But, they aren't your behemoth corporations, either. Instead, these ventures fall right in the middle — not quite giant, but not quite small — and they account for about 37% of all jobs in Ohio and $226 billion in combined revenues. So what exactly is the middle market?  Read More >

  • Growth can sometimes come in a neat package

    Four years ago, when ExactCare Pharmacy moved into its first real office, Dale Wollschleger was a bit concerned. Back then, the company only had maybe four or five employees. So the office seemed huge. “I just remember looking around and saying, "How am I going to fill this?'” said Wollschleger, who started the company and is its president.  Read More >

  • Bolster the middle market

    A competitive United States is created by, and depends on, the companies of the middle market—mid-sized outfits that have an outsized impact on the nation’s prosperity and success. Why do we say that? Because these companies grow the most: In 2014, revenue at middle market companies grew 7.2 percent, almost half-again as fast as the revenue of the giants in the S&P 500.  Read More >

  • Stark unemployment rate rises slightly in December

    Stark County's jobless rate increased slightly in December, according to estimates from the Ohio Department of Jab and Family Services. Earlier this month the National Center for the Middle Market, a research venture between GE Capital and Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, reported jobs at middle market companies grew drastically during 2014 following steady hiring during 2013.  Read More >

  • Why Don’t Midsized Software Vendors Target Mid-Market Companies?

    Many mid-sized software vendors adversely fumble the critical pursuit of game-changing market intelligence research and analysis that lead to strong go-to-market strategies. Continuously updated market intelligence is the keystone for understanding what software products vendors should be selling - and why; and to determine which customers and markets are the best fit for the vendor's offering now and in the future.  Read More >

  • Illinois middle-market firms ready to spend money and hire

    Seven in 10 middle-market companies in Illinois say they are ready to invest heading into 2015, some through the addition of employees. The National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between GE Capital and Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, released a survey this week indicating that the majority of middle-market executives nationwide feel the same way. In fact, most are already investing.  Read More >


    TAMPA, Fla. — More investment and additional hires are on the horizon for Florida’s middle-market companies, according to a new survey by the National Center for the Middle Market.  Read More >

  • Why 2015 Might Be a Banner Year for the Middle Market

    Middle market companies finished the fourth quarter of 2014 with a bang, and they expect strong growth to continue in the coming year. But concerns about global growth and the continued high cost of health care are lingering worries that could dampen prospects in 2015. That’s according to the National Center for the Middle Market, which released its most recent quarterly survey of C-suite executives at such companies on Tuesday.  Read More >

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