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.

  • 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 >

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

    GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth visited Dallas on September 19th 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 >

  • Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Dealers See Increased Sales & Growing Consumer Enthusiasm, Says GE Capital

    Recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturers are seeing double-digit growth and RV dealers are selling through products at an increasing rate, said GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF). That's consistent with the positive activity seen in the U.S. middle market overall, according to the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), a partnership between GE Capital and The Ohio State University Fischer College of Business. The mid-market consists of approximately 200,000 companies with revenues of $10 million to $1 billion, which includes many participants in the RV industry.  Read More >

  • One Thing Inc. 5000 Companies Have in Common: Performance

    How Inc. 5000 companies make other companies better. And in the process, make the economy work.  We know companies that operate data centers are critical to the economy. If we thought about it, we would realize companies providing air conditioners to keep those data centers running are critical, too. But how critical are companies that maintain and service the air-conditioning systems that cool the data centers?  Read More >

  • Want to drive the economy? Support middle-market businesses

    We have tremendous power to drive economic growth by doing just a little more to support middle-market businesses, which are the principal drivers of our economy. So, it amazes me that we are not more actively seizing this opportunity. Although the economy is getting better, we are still not out of the woods. Some recent reports show the economy is fragile. Building and protecting our economy requires supporting and taking good care of middle-market businesses, which we define as any business with $10 million to $250 million in enterprise values.  Read More >

  • Business Owners Say the Economy Is Improving. And Their Own Shops?

    Small business owners are becoming more confident about the U.S. economy at a faster rate than they are about their own businesses, according to survey results published today by the National Small Business Association. This contrasts with attitudes among executives at midsize companies: They're more optimistic about their local economies than they are in their national or global outlooks, according to a quarterly survey published last month by the National Center for the Middle Market. That makes sense: midsize companies, which the NCMM defines as having from $10 million to $1 billion in revenue, tend to rely on local suppliers and customers, and they exert greater control closer to home.  Read More >

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Drive Growth, Profitability

    Tens of thousands of middle market manufacturing companies are leveraging advanced manufacturing techniques to generate increased revenue and productivity growth, a new study reveals. The detailed analysis, a joint effort by the National Center for the Middle Market and the National Association of Manufacturers, shows that nearly half of the study's respondents - 47 percent of mid-market manufacturers, to be exact - are currently using advanced manufacturing techniques. The result, the study says, is that these manufacturers have experienced a 20 percent profitability increase over the last five years.  Read More >

  • Increasing Confidence Among U.S. Middle Market Companies is Fueling Increased Investment and Employment Growth

    Successive quarters of strong performance by the nation's nearly 200,000 middle market companies is fueling increased confidence in the national and global economies. According to the latest Middle Market Indicator (MMI), a survey of 1,000 middle market executives released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), revenue growth is stabilizing above five percent and employment growth projections have increased 20 percent over last quarter.  Read More >

  • Midsize Companies Plan to Hit the Accelerator Harder

    Executives at midsize companies gained confidence in the second quarter, with 43 percent expecting to add employees in the next 12 months, according to a survey (PDF) released today by the National Center for the Middle Market. That's up from 38 percent who predicted hiring in the NCMM's first-quarter survey.  Read More >

  • GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth Comes to Atlanta

    GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth rolls into Atlanta 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. According to new research released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), mid-sized companies in the Atlanta area comprise only 1% of total number of businesses, yet generate 23% of total revenue and account for 28% of Atlanta's employment.  Read More >

  • GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth Comes to Charlotte

    GE Capital and Slate's Roadshow for Growth rolls into Charlotte today as part of a six-month, 20-city tour that will address the challenges and opportunities facing middle market businesses, a sector that generates $9 trillion in annual revenue in the U.S. and accounts for nearly 34% of total U.S. employment. According to new research released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), mid-sized companies in the Charlotte area comprise only 1% of total businesses, yet generate 16% of total revenue and account for 20% of Charlotte's employment.  Read More >

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Drive Growth, Profitability For Middle Market Manufacturers

    The nation’s 33,000 middle market manufacturing companies are increasingly leveraging advanced manufacturing techniques to generate increased revenue and productivity growth. A new report released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) indicates that the 47 percent of mid-market manufacturers currently using advanced manufacturing techniques have experienced a 20 percent profitability increase over the last five years.  Read More >

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