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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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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.

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

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