Upcoming Events

  • 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.

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.

  • 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 >

  • Perfecting Performance Management

    From formal reviews to performance-based compensation, most mid-market companies have tools in place to evaluate and drive employee performance. Yet, few of those efforts are viewed as effective by company leaders, according to the National Center for the Middle Market at Ohio University’s recent survey of more than 300 C-suite executives from mid-market firms.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Now Firing on All Cylinders—National Center

    The middle market ended 2014 with strong performance and a bullish outlook for 2015, according to the “4Q 2014 Middle Market Indicator” report, released on Tuesday by the National Center for the Middle Market. Some 70 percent of midsize companies polled in the survey indicated improved year-over-year performance, up from 62 percent in the third quarter.  Read More >

  • Texas mid-sized companies outperformed their national peers in 2014

    Texas mid-sized companies outperformed their national peers in 2014, according to a report released today by the National Center for the Middle Market. Those companies — those with annual revenue of $10 million to $1 billion — saw 11 percent average revenue growth of 11 percent last year vs. 7.2 nationwide. They also saw 7.7 percent average total employment growth vs. 5 percent nationwide.  Read More >

  • ACG NY’s Trip to Washington, DC

    Many people, myself included, were dismayed about how private equity was portrayed during the 2012 Election/2008 Credit Crisis and the resulting legislation of registration, compliance and blocking capital access. It seemed my entire professional career of advising, financing and investing in middle market companies to help grow their operations, invest in real equipment, and hire new employees was being invalidated. As such, when ACG Global asked me to volunteer to visit Capitol Hill and speak to various senior members of both parties of Congressional Staff, I jumped at the chance.  Read More >

  • Venture capitalist: Speaking up for the middle market

    Buffalo isn't a hotbed for Fortune 500 headquarters or a flourishing ecosystem for start-up companies. It's strength generally relies on middle-market companies, which do between $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenue, said Thomas Stewart, executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market.  Read More >

  • SBIA Northeast Private Equity Conference To Provide Outlook for Small Business Performance and Key Legislation Impacting Private Capital Investment for 2015

    The Northeast Private Equity Conference includes the participation of more than 200 senior private capital market participants, including the general partners of leading U.S. lower middle market equity funds and senior decision makers from alternative debt providers, BDCs, institutional limited partners, investment banks, and M&A intermediaries. Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), Thomas A. Stewart will roll out the first comprehensive middle market survey of the year covering middle market employment, business sentiment, revenue, trends and economic data from the NCMM’s latest survey of senior executives overseeing U.S. middle market companies with $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenues.  Read More >

  • Small Business Investor Alliance Achieves Robust Growth in 2014

    The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, today announced that it bolstered its number of general partner and limited partner members in 2014, reflecting the SBIA’s growing stature as the leading voice of private equity in Washington. SBIA increased its total number of members as 30 new firms and fund groups joined, including 10 Limited Partners and four Business Development Companies (BDCs).  Read More >

  • Millennials and tech: The big, fat chance for the mid-market

    Tom Stewart, Executive Director discusses the role millennials will play in changing the way mid-market companies operate, how technology will redefine the mid-market workplace, what a mid-market company with “engaged employees” looks like, and what technologies or work culture shifts he sees as having the greatest impact on the mid-market.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Measures 11-13-14

    Bill Moller checks in with Tom Stewart, Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market on where things stand in this important sector.  Read More >

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