Upcoming Events

  • Austin Vistage Executive Summit - Driving Dynamic Decisions

    April 12, 2017

    AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

    What is the Vistage Executive Summit?  Helmed by event speakers who walk the talk, the Vistage Executive Summit is not for everyone. It is for you. Executive. Leader. Chief Problem-Solver. This event will provide you with the insights to make better decisions, helping you refine your instincts, improve your judgment, and expand your perspectives.

  • San Antonio Vistage Executive Summit - Driving Dynamic Decisions

    April 13, 2017

    La Cantera Resort & Spa

    What is the Vistage Executive Summit?  Helmed by event speakers who walk the talk, the Vistage Executive Summit is not for everyone. It is for you. Executive. Leader. Chief Problem-Solver. This event will provide you with the insights to make better decisions, helping you refine your instincts, improve your judgement, and expand your perspectives.
  • Identify, Plan, Protect: Using Cyber to Your Advantage

    April 19, 2017

    The RISK Institute

    We live in a digital age, which means our business vulnerabilities exist in the digital sphere. This session features speakers from the FBI, CIA, Ohio Attorney General's Office, The Ohio State University, and Battelle. We'll be covering so much more than technological risk, it's truly enterprise risk management.

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.

  • 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 >

  • FIRST LOOK: MIDDLE MARKET UPDATE

    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 >

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