MMI Overview

The Middle Market Indicator (MMI) from the National Center for the Middle Market is a semi-annual business performance update and economic outlook survey conducted among 1,000 C-suite executives of companies with annual revenues between $10MM and $1B.

There are nearly 200,000 U.S. middle market businesses that represent one-third of private sector GDP, employing approximately 44.5 million people. These businesses outperformed through the financial crisis (2007–2010 period) by adding 2.2 million jobs across major industry sectors and U.S. geographies, demonstrating their importance to the overall health of the U.S. economy. They are private and public, family owned, and sole proprietorships, geographically diverse, and span almost all industries. The health of these businesses and their respective outlook serve as a solid indicator for the greater U.S. economy as a whole.

Research Methodology

The MMI surveys 1,000 CEOs, CFOs, and other C-suite executives of America’s middle market companies on key indicators of past and future performance in revenues, employment, and allocation of cash. The survey also reports middle market company confidence in the global, U.S., and local economies and identifies key business challenge areas. The survey was designed to accurately reflect the nearly 200,000 U.S. businesses with revenues between $10MM and $1B, the upper and lower limits on middle market annual revenue. The semi-annual survey is designed and managed by the National Center for the Middle Market.

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