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.

  • 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 >

  • Middle-market companies trying to find their voice

    Middle-market companies lack the influence and power of large corporations and don't get the support and resources showered on small businesses. But there is a growing movement to help the middle children of commerce forge a separate identity and speak with their own voice."The middle is overlooked," said Gary LaBranche, president and CEO of ACG Global, speaking at a panel on the topic held at the University of Colorado Denver Business School on Tuesday evening.  Read More >

  • PART ONE: Avoiding Hidden Margin Erosion in Mid-Market Supply Chain Operations

    According to the Middle Market Indicator (MMI), 85 percent of middle market executives cite the ability to maintain margins as a somewhat to highly challenging issue. This should be no surprise, considering mid-market companies are squeezed between large and small cap businesses: they must streamline product manufacturing and delivery operations as much as larger companies, yet be as nimble as smaller companies. As a result, they have a unique set of challenges that make margin management even more critical.  Read More >

  • Straight Talk about the Middle Market

    Tom Stewart, Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market, visited Charlotte on July 28th to discuss the state of the Middle Market and announce the Center's latest Middle Market research for 2Q 2014. The following is gleaned from his presentation.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Power 8-5-14

    Middle market businesses are those with revenue between $10 million and $1 billion. This sector is only 3% of businesses but generates a third of private sector GDP. Bill Moller interviews Tom Stewart, executive director of The National Center for the Middle Market.  Read More >

  • FOCUS on the Middle Market Podcast Series - Part 2: Thomas A. Stewart, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market

    In part 2 of a 3 part series, PRESIDENT&CEO founder, Paul Stukel speaks with Thomas A Stewart, Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market (a collaboration between the Ohio State Fisher College of Business and GE Capital), about the Center's objectives and the challenges facing middle market executives in today's.  Read More >

  • FOCUS on the Middle Market Podcast Series - Part 3: Thomas A. Stewart, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market

    In part 3 of a 3 part series, PRESIDENT&CEO founder, Paul Stukel speaks with Thomas A Stewart, Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market (a collaboration between the Ohio State Fisher College of Business and GE Capital), about the Center's objectives and the challenges facing middle market executives in today's.  Read More >

  • Reaching a 'fever pitch'

    Data compiled in Ohio show that midmarket companies are reporting strong growth for the second quarter. The Wall Street Journal says those results “may be at once a blessing and a curse for private equity deal makers anxious to invest capital but facing ever-increasing prices for good businesses.”  Read More >

  • Middle Market Manufacturers Report Solid Growth

    The U.S. middle market manufacturing sector reported significant year-over-year growth in the latest Middle Market Indicator, released last week. The results marked the second consecutive quarter of solid revenue growth for middle market firms.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Confidence in U.S. Economy Reaches Record High

    COLUMBUS, OH – JULY 23, 2014 – Business leaders representing the nation’s nearly 200,000 mid-sized firms are bullish about the U.S. economy, fueled by consistently strong revenue growth. In fact, middle market companies grew revenue over the past 12 months at 6.6 percent, nearly twice as fast as the S&P 500 at 3.4 percent. This strength boosted executive confidence in the U.S. economy to a record high of 68 percent, according to the latest Middle Market Indicator (MMI).  Read More >

  • Middle Market Executives Report Bullish 2014 Outlook

    Executives reported a bullish outlook for the rest of the year after robust second quarter revenue growth for middle market businesses, which include about 200,000 companies and make up about one-third of all U.S. jobs. This could bode well for overall growth of the U.S. economy, which contracted in the first quarter by the most in five years.  Read More >

  • Midsize Companies Outpace the Broader Market

    Publicly listed companies may get all the glory, but a recent study shows that midsize businesses are the U.S. economy's real growth engine. Companies in the U.S. middle market grew revenues at a rate of 6.6 percent during the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014, outpacing the S&P 500 sales growth of 3.4 percent during the same period. Businesses in this segmen  Read More >

  • Growth outlook positive for Florida’s middle-market companies

    Most middle market companies in Florida are expecting both revenue and employee growth, according to a survey by the National Center for Middle Market. The survey, in collaboration with Ohio State University and GE Capital, covered executives at companies with annual revenue ranging from $10 million to $1 billion.  Read More >

  • First Look: Middle Market Ticks Up Slightly

    Per the Middle Market Indicator from the National Center for the Middle Market out this a.m.: “For the second quarter of 2014, the proportion of companies reporting improved performance is up slightly to 63 percent from 60 percent last quarter, the highest level over the past year … Looking forward, almost half (47 percent) of middle market firms expect to add workers over the next 12 months, projecting a mean total growth of 3.3 percent.”  Read More >

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