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.

  • National Center for the Middle Market Applauds Formation of Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth

    APRIL 17, 2014 – COLUMBUS, OH – The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) praises Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH-15), Jared Polis (D-CO-2), Tom Rice (R-SC-7) and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) for forming the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth. Representing nearly 200,000 companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion, the middle market is an economic engine driving the U.S. recovery, contributing one-third of non-government GDP and one-third of private sector employment.  Read More >

  • National Center for the Middle Market and Columbus Blue Jackets Team Up for 22nd Annual Fisher Invitational

    APRIL 11, 2014 – COLUMBUS, OHIO – As the Columbus Blue Jackets enter the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, another contest is going on off the ice. The National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between GE Capital and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, kicks off the 22nd Annual Fisher Invitational Case Competition this weekend.   Read More >

  • FACT SHEET: Middle Market Projections Point to 2014 Growth

    All signs point to increased employment growth among U.S. middle market companies in the year ahead. According to new data from the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), middle market executives expect to grow employment by a rate of 3.2 percent in 2014, which is a full percentage point higher than this sector’s own growth projections at the end of last year.  Read More >

  • National Center for the Middle Market Appoints New Executive Director, Thomas A. Stewart

    COLUMBUS, OH – The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) today named Thomas A. Stewart as its new Executive Director. Stewart will assume the role on April 7. The NCMM - a partnership of GE Capital and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business – is the nation’s leading research institution dedicated to helping middle market companies be more competitive through impactful research, thoughtful advocacy, and educational programs.  Read More >

  • U.S. Middle Market Poised to Lead Springtime Thaw

    According to the National Center for the Middle Market’s quarterly Middle Market Indicator (MMI), employment and revenue growth projections from the nation’s approximately 200,000 mid-sized firms point to growth in 2014 in spite of this winter’s deep freeze.  Read More >

  • Houston’s Middle Market Companies Share Their Secrets to Success

    Middle market companies throughout Houston, Texas and the U.S. are underappreciated, according to Anil Makhija, the academic director of the National Center for the Middle Market. Although only 0.6 percent of companies in Texas fall into the middle market category companies with between $10 million and $1 billion in revenue; these companies made up 16 percent of all Texas business revenue in 2013.  Read More >

  • U.S. Middle Market Poised To Lead Springtime Thaw: As Mid-Sized Businesses Project Growth, Manufacturing Firms Stabilize

    COLUMBUS, OH - Employment and revenue growth projections from the nation’s approximately 200,000 mid-sized firms point to growth in 2014 in spite of this winter’s deep freeze, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s (NCMM) quarterly Middle Market Indicator (MMI). In addition to the momentum suggested by today’s unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s even more cause for optimism among U.S. middle market businesses.  Read More >

  • Key Characteristics that Separate Growth Companies from the Pack

    Ever wonder why some companies continually seem to experience growth while others remain stagnant or hit a wall, and still others can't stop the bleeding? While the right product and sophisticated sales strategies are certainly critical, there are other key factors that are common among growth organizations regardless of industry, specifically middle market companies.  Read More >

  • Dallas-Fort Worth CEOs take on middle-market challenges

    When it comes to middle-market companies, there's a void in this country,Brenda Tsai, commercial director for GE Capital says.  Small companies turn to the Small Business Administration or fly under the radar.  Large corporations hire lobbyists or create entire departments to fend off harmful legislation.  So, where does that leave middle-market companies with between $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenues?  Read More >

  • Health benefits costs top challenges facing mid-market firms: Survey

    The rising cost of providing employee health benefits remained the most vexing challenge facing mid-market companies at the end of 2013, according to a survey released Wednesday by the National Center for the Middle Market.  Fifty-five percent of approximately 1,000 mid-market senior executives polled by the Columbus, Ohio-based economic research group in the fourth quarter of 2013 said managing..  Read More >

  • Data-driven growth

    Companies like Under Armour didn't start out as multi-billion dollar enterprises. Rather, it and many others like it got their start in a category of 200,000 growing American businesses that comprise what has come to be known as the middle market. With annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion, some of these mid-sized companies have achieved national household name recognition - Jamba Juice, Ethan Allen, K-Swiss, or Tootsie Roll - while others such as Standard Textile serve as the backbones of local communities.  Read More >

  • Dodging the consequences of dodging responsibilities

    Someone once said, "It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities." That certainly could apply to the United States Congress. In December, unemployment compensation expired for 1.3 million Americans. Yet, Congress continues to struggle to move forward on a plan for a potential extension - at a time when an all-time high of more than 90 million Americans aren't...  Read More >

  • Private equity salivates at bullish 'middle market'

    The most common story line in private equity is that there are few bargains left. While selling or taking companies public has been easier, it's difficult for larger PE shops to buy or invest in a business because valuations have increased dramatically since the financial crisis. But there's a slice of private equity that isn't too concerned about valuations: So-called middle market firms that focus on small and mid-sized companies, usually with under $500 million in annual revenues.  Read More >


    Per the National Center for the Middle Market's quarterly Middle Market Indicator going out today: "Mid-market firms expected to outpace national growth trends - Results from the survey indicate that while revenue and employment growth are expected to continue outpacing national growth trends, middle market companies' growth projections for 2014 are..  Read More >

  • Middle Market Expects to Create One Million Jobs in 2014

    The nation's 200,000 middle market businesses are an economic engine driving the U.S. recovery, growing revenue at a rate of five percent during 2013, which was five times higher than the S&P 500. According to the National Center for the Middle Market's (NCMM) latest quarterly Middle Market Indicator (MMI), mid-sized firms grew employment last year faster than small and large companies at a rate of 2.5 percent, which created 1.2 million jobs.  Read More >

  • The Small Business Investor Alliance and National Center for the Middle Market Announce Partnership for 2014

    The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, and the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), the leading source of research on the U.S. middle market economy, today announced plans to partner in 2014, releasing new data and insights specifically focused on lower middle market business confidence levels.  Read More >

  • Most middle-market companies bullish about growth

    The outlook for big business is looking up, and we'll get a gauge of how small businesses are doing Tuesday, when the National Federation of Independent Business releases its monthly index. But how are mid-sized businesses faring? Pretty well, it turns out.  Read More >

  • New Report Finds Mid-Sized Firms' Focus on Healthcare Delivery Solutions Could Save $200 Billion

    While healthcare reform debates wear on in Washington, the nation's 200,000 mid-sized businesses are facing a projected $1.3 trillion in healthcare costs this year. Rather than dropping coverage for their employees or accepting status quo costs, U.S. middle-market companies are embracing new healthcare delivery solutions that could help them save as much as $200 billion, according to a new report from the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM).  Read More >

  • Study: Midsize Firms Embrace Health Reforms of Their Own Ahead of Obamacare

    Many of the stories emerging about the effects of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, are nightmares - people can't sign up for coverage, companies are finding ways to get out of offering employees health plans and millions have seen their current health plans canceled because they didn't meet the law's minimum standards.  Read More >

  • Uncertainty Lingers for Middle Market Manufacturers

    Mid-sized firms are expected to add more than 1.25 million jobs in 2013, according to a recent study from the National Center for the Middle Market. That would account for seven out of every 10 new jobs created in 2013. And nearly 200,000 companies representing the U.S. middle market grew revenue at a commendable 5.5 percent over the last 12 months, more than double the rate of S&P 500 companies.  Read More >

  • U.S. economic headwinds ease, but Washington still a trouble spot

    The headwinds that have so hindered the U.S. economic recovery this year are receding, save for one big one: Washington. In the National Center for the Middle Market's third-quarter survey, middle market companies cut their hiring plans for the next 12 months by 200,000. And, almost half of respondents described government uncertainty as "highly challenging."  Read More >

  • Middle-Market Growth Forecast Plateaus

    Middle-market companies expect revenue and employment growth to slow over the next year, according to a new survey by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). The 1,000 C-suite executives responding to the quarterly survey predicted that on average revenue would grow 4.4 percent over the next year, a drop from the 5.1 percent estimated the quarter before. They also expected hiring among middle-market companies to grow 2.1 percent over the next 12 months, a drop from the 2.5 percent predicted last quarter.  Read More >

  • Middle market growing, but on edge

    Despite a stagnant economy, America's heartland has remained afloat with the help of an unsung hero  - Ohio's middle market. Defined as companies with annual revenue of $10 million to $1 billion, Ohio's nearly 6,000 midsize companies do more than $244 billion in revenue and employ 2 million people.  Read More >

  • Mid-market Margin Management

    A new study from the National Center for the Middle Market revealed that "85% of middle market executives cite the ability to maintain margins as a somewhat to highly challenging issue. Quarter after quarter, margin maintenance is ranked as a top concern among middle market companies, second only to the cost of healthcare."  Read More >

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