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.

  • The future of the mid-market: a Q&A with Thomas Stewart

    The Future of Work actually encompasses many futures, depending on the type of organization and the industry in which it operates. For midmarket companies, what type of future is in store? We spent time with Thomas A. Stewart, Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market, to find out his thoughts.  Read More >

  • How Mid-Size Companies Can Boost Operational Effectiveness

    While most mid-market executives rate themselves highly on operational effectiveness, many report having difficulty making improvements stick. More than two-thirds of respondents in a recent survey by the National Center for the Middle Market at Ohio State University said that they have difficulty sustaining gains they make in operation. The good news? Research suggests that there are steps that business leaders can take to boost success and increase the staying power of initiatives, such as:  Read More >

  • Dell Shows Benefits of Privatization, Says Pension Chief

    Adding to the recent praises of private equity ownership is the leader of one of Canada’s largest pension systems, who argued agency costs have contributed to the relatively inferior performance of public companies compared with their privately held brethren. Mark Wiseman, chief executive of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, said during a conference Tuesday that in general, privately owned businesses perform better than public companies. A crucial reason for the difference, said Mr. Wiseman, is the “agency costs” of being a public company.  Read More >

  • Carlyle Said to Seek $2 Billion for Mid-Market LBO Fund

    The largest private-equity firms, including Blackstone Group LP, KKR & Co. (KKR) and Carlyle, have found investment opportunities in smaller companies as valuations for leveraged buyouts remain high. Mid-size companies in the U.S., with annual sales from $10 million to $1 billion, increased revenue by 7.5 percent in the third quarter, compared with 5.5 percent in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index of larger companies, according to Columbus, Ohio-based National Center for the Middle Market.  Read More >

  • The construction industry is about to take off. And jobs could follow.

    Terry Segerberg knows when the construction industry is about to slow down or take off — before the builders do. She knew it six months before the housing bubble popped and the industry laid off a couple of million workers, when she sensed builders moving from new projects to remodeling ones — a sign that activity was ebbing.  Read More >

  • Ohio's Middle Market: An Engine of Growth

    When talking about the U.S. economy, a great deal of attention is paid to big businesses – think Fortune 500 – and small entrepreneurial start-ups. What about the Middle Market – a diverse group of companies that lie somewhere between these two descriptions?  Read More >

  • Accelerating Top-Line Growth Fuels Middle Market Job Creation

    COLUMBUS, OH – October 29, 2014 – Middle market executives report accelerating revenue growth over the past four consecutive quarters, which peaked at 7.5 percent, the highest rate since the launch of the Middle Market Indicator (MMI). According to the National Center for the Middle Market’s (NCMM) survey of 1,000 C-suite executives, 68 percent report company revenue increasing in the past year, with mean total revenue growing two percentage points faster than the S&P 500.  Read More >

  • Growth at mid-sized companies helps the Texas and U.S. economies

    Texas’ 10,000 middle-market businesses represent less than 1 percent of all companies statewide, yet they account for 16 percent ($495 billion) of total Texas business revenue and 29 percent of the state workforce, the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) reported today.  Read More >

  • PE-Backed Companies Expand Revenue Faster Than Non-PE Peers

    According to a third quarter survey of about 1,000 senior executives of midmarket U.S. companies, private equity-backed businesses generated a mean revenue growth rate of 9.2% over the trailing 12 months, compared with 6.5% for non-PE backed companies and 7.5% for the respondents’ businesses as a whole.  Read More >

  • Why Small Businesses Don't Need to Spend Anymore

    Like startups, middle-market companies have something extremely important to say about the economy. Namely, these businesses acknowledge that their national growth prospects are good, but they have a great deal of trepidation about how the shaky global economy will affect them.  Read More >

  • Economic News: House Applications Sag, Japan Rebounds

    Middle-market firms saw solid revenue growth in Q3 for the third straight quarter, according to the National Center for the Middle Market. Some 64% of executives expect gross revenue growth averaging 5.5% in the next year, 47% expect employment to rise 3.6% and 61% expect to make capital investments.  Read More >


    U.S. unemployment has at long last fallen below 6 percent. Gross domestic product growth has recovered following a stumble early in the year. The economy seems to have settled into a decent growth rate — better than desultory but worse than ideal. Things are different in the middle market, which continues to outperform the economy as a whole.  Read More >


    Per The National Center for the Middle Market quarterly report out today: “[M]iddle-market executives have reported accelerating revenue growth for four consecutive quarters. Within the sector, the construction industry is seeing among the highest revenue growth.  Read More >

  • Who Are the Unsung Heroes of the U.S. Economy?

    Business news networks and other financial media stay largely focused on covering companies whose shares are owned by the public. But away from the TVs and newspapers, there is another powerful engine pumping life into the economy: the middle market.  Read More >

  • “Morning Joe” live from Ohio State tomorrow in connection with the Middle Market Summit – Release:

    Joe and Mika will head to the heart of Buckeye Nation to discuss the driving force behind over 44 million U.S. jobs with special guests including: Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA); Ohio Senators Rob Portman (R) and Sherrod Brown (D); [GE] Chairman of the Board and CEO Jeff Immelt; investor Steve Case; and Christine Poon, dean of The Ohio State University College of Business.  Read More >

  • Why the US can take on Germany at its own game

    Americans don't have to look enviously across the Atlantic at Germany's mighty Mittelstand. The middle market is also a powerful force on U.S. soil. Like the Mittelstand, it is the backbone of economic growth and job creation. Unlike its German counterpart, however, the U.S. middle market labors and grows in relative obscurity, and in a financial system that in some cases acts in ways that are less than ideal for the development of long-lived, independent, mid-sized businesses.  Read More >

  • U.S. Middle Market Drives National Economy Forward

    Friday’s strong jobs report continues a trend of growth and rebounds from August's weaker-than-expected results. The manufacturing, financial services, and construction industries, in particular, all report strong growth over the past month. The middle market is a significant contributor to this growth, with the nation’s 200,000 mid-sized businesses expecting to grow revenue by 5.8 percent and employment by 3.3 percent in the coming year.  Read More >

  • New Report Reveals Four-Part System to Achieve Operations Excellence in Middle Market Companies

    Columbus, OH – More than two-thirds (68 percent) of C-Suite executives in the nation’s nearly 200,000 mid-sized firms say it is highly or somewhat challenging to maintain improvements from operational methods such as Six Sigma, Lean or Total Quality Management. When mid-market leaders manage their operations as a four-part system – focusing on problem-solving, daily management, strategic alignment, and people development – they can sustain and achieve higher levels of effectiveness, according to a new report today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM).  Read More >

  • How middle-market companies can cut the cost of healthcare

    According to the most recent Middle Market Indicator published by the National Center for the Middle Market, 87 percent of middle-market executives surveyed said the cost of healthcare was their top challenge. In fact, middle-market companies have reported an increase of at least 27 percent in healthcare costs over the past five years, whether it’s directly from the rising cost of providing healthcare to employees or indirectly through employee attraction and productivity. Even so, companies can lower healthcare costs and improve overall employee health and productivity. Here are four ways to do both:  Read More >

  • Analytics Fortify Resilient Midmarket Companies

    Predictive analytics help midsized companies pull in new kinds of data to go beyond traditional BI to anticipate future and unexpected trends and changes. Big data analytics provide the means to use large datasets and non-relational data sources to improve and expand intelligence initiatives.  Read More >

  • Here’s why middle-market companies have their checkbooks out

    Middle-market companies, or those with between $10 million and $1 billion in annual revenue, are optimistic, growing and willing to make capital expenditures, say experts watching the segment. “They definitely have their checkbooks out,” Roger Nanney, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP, told attendees of the Great Lakes ACG Capital Connection conference Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Unaffected By Uncertainty In National Economy

    Columbus, OH—Today's lower-than-projected jobs numbers send another mixed signal about the outlook of the nation’s economy. Middle market executives, however, expect to see strong, continued employment growth. In 2014 alone, this sector is projected to create 59 percent of all new jobs in the U.S.  Read More >

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