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.

  • 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 >

  • Why Business Is Booming For Mid-Market Companies

    When you consider hiring as an economic indicator, we often look to the small business sector. For many of us, small businesses signify the American Dream and for that reason we have a bit of nostalgia when it comes to the mom and pop shops on the corner. On the opposite end of the spectrum, large, enterprise corporations receive a ton of press because of their broad brand recognition as well as their influence in Washington D.C. and the state houses around the country. What most don’t know is that the middle market—those companies with 100 or more employees but fewer than 1,000—is probably the healthiest sector of our economy.  Read More >

  • Conference Of Mayors Vote To Support Middle Market Businesses Nationally

    Mayors from around the country voted yesterday in favor of a resolution to bolster policies at the local level in support of U.S. middle market businesses. The resolution, sponsored by Santa Ana, California, Mayor Miguel Pulido, passed the Metro Economies Committee at the 82nd U.S. Conference of Mayors with unanimous support before being passed on Monday, June 23rd.  Read More >

  • Middle Market Optimism Drives U.S. Economic Growth

    With less uncertainty about domestic issues, such as the debate on healthcare reform, middle market executives are refocusing on their businesses and what it takes to get ahead, according to the latest Middle Market Indicator (MMI).  Read More >

  • Mid-Market Businesses Grow with the Right Hiring

    We tend to look at the small business sector when considering hiring as an economic indicator. What many don't realize is the middle market comprising companies with more than 100 employees but fewer than 1,000 is probably the healthiest sector of our economy.  Read More >

  • New York’s Mighty Middle Market

    New York state is home to one of the nation’s largest middle market sectors, representing 10,000 businesses. Defined as companies with annual revenues of $10 million to $1 billion, this economic engine employs more than 4 million New Yorkers and generates approximately $500 billion in annual revenue — nearly 20 percent of total state revenue.  Read More >

  • Data Points Suggest Manufacturing Industry Revival

    Columbus, OH – Today's U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs day release states 217,000 jobs were added to the economy in May, down slightly from April but still positive overall. The consistent strong performance of the job market suggests the weak Q1 GDP report was driven by particularly harsh winter weather and the drawdown of excess inventories.  Read More >

  • The Politicians Were Right! Small Companies, Not Big Companies, Create Jobs

    With the midterm elections looming, job creation, over-regulation, and big government will again be election issues. Is the government doing too much or too little to support business? Do we need more tax benefits focused on large companies? Should we take away tax benefits to corporations? Who really drives the U.S. economy? Let’s look at the facts.  Read More >

  • New caucus marks a win for the economy

    Headlines from the American business media typically feature stories about companies at two ends of the growth spectrum: hot startups or well-established multinational giants. What often gets left out, however, are the businesses in between. But that is about to change.  Read More >

  • Mid-Market Hiring Looking Bright

    The nation's 200,000 middle-market companies plan to hire 1.4 million new workers over the next 12 months, half-a-million more than projected at the start of 2014, according to the National Center for the Middle Market.  Read More >

  • Texas' middle market is the strongest in the country

    Texas business conditions continue to improve and retail sales are rising, which is good news for the state middle market. Texas' middle market consists of nearly 10,000 firms which employ 4 million and generate $500 billion in annual revenues.  Read More >

  • Midday Market Report: 4/30/14

    There's another sign of growth in the job market. The National Center for the Middle Market says companies expect employment to increase by 3.2% this year, a full percentage point higher from projections at the end of last year. The pickup in hiring is being driven by less uncertainty over how federal policies will affect business.  Read More >

  • Robust Growth in the Middle Market Lifts Employment Outlook by 500,000 Jobs

    The nation’s nearly 200,000 middle market companies plan to hire 1.4 million new workers over the next 12 months, which is half a million more jobs than projected at the beginning of 2014. According to the National Center for the Middle Market’s (NCMM) latest quarterly Middle Market Indicator (MMI), this resurgence in hiring is being fueled in part by less uncertainty originating in Washington, enabling mid-market executives to shift their focus toward attracting skilled talent, addressing wage pressures, and accessing capital.  Read More >

  • Survey Says: Midmarket Executives Optimistic About Economy

    Senior executives at U.S. mid-market companies that responded to a recent survey appeared to be more optimistic about the economy than they were a year earlier, while their concerns shifted toward hiring the right talent from uncertainty in federal regulations and the health-care law.  Read More >

  • Midmarket Executives More Optimistic About Economy, Survey Finds

    About 1,000 senior executives took the quarterly survey conducted by the National Center for the Middle Market, a Columbus, Ohio, organization that is a collaboration between General Electric Co .'s mid-market lender GE Capital and the Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.  Read More >

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