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  • 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.

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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.

  • 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 >

  • Uncertainty is the new certainty, GE CEO Jeff Immelt tells business leaders

    Between a muddling economy and little clarity or direction from the federal government, uncertainty is the new certainty for the business community, GE CEO Jeff Immelt told executives of medium-sized companies and other business leaders gathered Wednesday at the Ohio State University Student Union for the 2013 National Middle Market Summit.  Read More >

  • Why the Fed Decided Not to Change Course

    Middle-market companies - businesses with annual sales between $10 million and $1 billion - saw revenues grow by 5.5 percent over the past year, but nearly half say government dysfunction is a drag going forward, according to a new survey. "Markets have been roiled by the uncertainties arising out of fiscal cliff, sequestration, government shutdown, and the threat of default," said Anil Makhija, director of the National Center for the Middle Market. In that environment, midsize companies are "intending to create 200,000 less jobs over the next 12 months," he said.  Read More >

  • Mid-Size Companies Lead U.S. Recovery But Government Uncertainty Cools Employment Outlook

    The fiscal cliff, sequestration, government shut down, and the threat of default has tempered the nation's most powerful job-creating dynamo: mid-sized firms. Uncertainty has undermined the sector's ability to create as many as 200,000 jobs, according to the latest Middle Market Indicator survey (MMI) released today. The survey found that the sector is on track to add more than 1.25 million jobs in 2013 and projected a 4.4 percent revenue growth over the next year.  Read More >

  • Middle Market is America’s Unsung Economic Hero

    During the most recent recession, middle market companies were actually creating jobs while large firms were inversely shedding them. This year, middle market firms will create 1.25 million jobs, or 70 percent of all job creation nationwide, according to the latest quarterly analysis of the Middle Market Indicator (MMI).  Read More >

  • Midsized Firms Defy Economic Growth Odds

    There's no denying the challenging environment American businesses face in creating jobs and growing their companies. However, one very understudied segment of the economy defied all odds this year and is on track to create 1.25 million jobs. This quiet yet critical economic growth engine is the nation's middle market, composed of approximately 200,000 firms with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion.  Read More >

  • Plante Moran Survey: Businesses Made Major Strides in Innovation in 2013

    Major gains in innovation within companies have been realized in 2013, as 94 percent of business leaders cited how innovation ties to sustainability and growth as a top organizational priority, up from 79 percent last year, according to a recent survey from CPA and business advisory firm Plante Moran. Companies are also now creating a richer environment for innovation, using it as a key component in their management techniques, organizational strategies, and business structures. For example, 74 percent of businesses are now using innovation as part of their organizational strategy, up from 66 percent in 2012.  Read More >

  • Shutdown to slowdown? How Washington’s mess is hurting business

    How Washington's mess is hurting business: At a minimum, politics is throwing sand in the gears at a moment when the U.S. is struggling to reach highway speed. The economy is getting close to where it was before the financial crisis. Companies are profitable and are hiring again, if only slowly. The problem is the next phase in the recovery will require a leap of faith: investment. And it takes a bold executive to commit money over the longer term when he or she has no idea what tax or regulation Washington might change and politicians insist on a brinksmanship approach to budgeting.  Read More >

  • Businesses can’t believe U.S. won’t raise the debt limit

    What happens when you manufacture potential crisis after potential crisis, and then, every time, avert the crisis at the very last minute? Eventually people stop believing you could ever actually have a crisis. That appears to be what's happening now with the business community and lawmakers in Washington, on the subject of raising the federal debt limit.  Read More >

  • GE Capital and Slate’s Roadshow for Growth Comes to Phoenix

    GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth rolls into Phoenix today as part of a six-month, 20-city tour that will address the issues of middle market businesses, a sector that generates $9 trillion in annual revenue and accounts for nearly 34% of total U.S. employment.  Read More >

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