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.

  • 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 >

  • Middle market companies remain optimistic

    Just-released survey indicates a bullish outlook by midmarket executives. The National Center for the Middle Market at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, in collaboration with GE Capital, released its Q2 2014 National Middle Market Indicator report today, and the results are encouraging.  Read More >

  • Positives outweigh the negatives for now

    Despite the usual spate of ongoing problems – especially when it comes to the driver shortage – the outlook for trucking continues to brighten, which is mirroring rosier projections for the U.S. economy as a whole.  Read More >

  • Speed bumps still litter U.S. economy’s road to recovery

    I’m not sure to what extent the readerships of Time and the Economist overlap. Those who picked up the print edition of only one of the two magazines this week would have been left with very different impressions of the state of the U.S. economy. Those who read both could be suffering from cognitive dissonance. (Subscription Required)  Read More >

  • FOCUS on the Middle Market Podcast Series - Part 1: Thomas A. Stewart, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market

    In part 1 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 >

  • The mid-market found its voice - if only more decision makers would listen

    This spring, ACG held a reception to mark the launch of the new bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth. It’s mission is educate policy makers and leaders with data-driven research on the economic impact of approximately 200,000 middle market firms and how those firms serve as a powerful engine for job and economic growth.  Read More >

  • ACG Celebrates Launch of New Caucus on Capitol Hill

    A Washington staff briefing on the new Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth - "Middle Market 101" - drew more than 50 lawmakers and business leaders to Capitol Hill in May, as issues facing mid-sized companies gain the attention of lawmakers and the broader public.  Read More >

  • Optimism up at midsize companies

    Some 70 percent of top executives at U.S. midsize companies are projecting revenue growth over the next 12 months, according to a report issued Thursday by the National Center for the Middle Market, based in Columbus, Ohio.  Read More >

  • Focus on New York’s middle market

    New York’s Middle Market was the focus of a panel discussion yesterday facilitated by The Business Council’s Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalsky and led by Executive Director of National Center for the Middle Market Thomas A. Stewart.  Read More >

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