The Market That Moves America

A thought-provoking podcast that covers middle market trends, challenges and opportunities. With the help of industry experts and company leaders, the National Center for the Middle Market offers insights about a critical but often overlooked segment of the US economy – the middle market. Each episode, we explore the most relevant issues for these companies, and share recent research and best practices to help leaders in the middle market grow their businesses.
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Dec 28, 2017

The National Center for the Middle Market looks back on 2017 and shares their forecasts for the middle market in 2018.

Dec 14, 2017

Orangetheory Fitness is changing the way people think about exercise and well-being. NCMM Managing Director Doug Farren speaks with Founder Ellen Latham on how this middle market company is changing the fitness world.

Nov 30, 2017

How can middle market companies use digital tools to transform ways they connect with customers and beat their competition? The NCMM examines its latest research report on digitizing the customer experience with Jeff Sharritts, Senior Vice President of Cisco's U.S. Commercial Sales.

Nov 9, 2017

A better interview process can eliminate the shortage of talent that middle market companies report. NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart interviews Kathleen Quinn Votaw, Founder and CEO of TalenTrust on how to middle market companies can improve this process.

Oct 26, 2017

Learn how Lodge Cast Iron is cooking up innovation and growth after 100+ years of business. NCMM Managing Director Doug Farren has a conversation with Mark Kelly, PR and Ad Manager at Lodge.

Oct 12, 2017

How anxious are your employees about their financial well-being? NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart examines how financial anxiety can impact business. Includes special guest, Brian Nelson Ford, Financial Well-Being Executive at SunTrust Bank.

Oct 2, 2017

NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart kicks off Manufacturing Week with a profile on Overhead Door. Special guests include Overhead Door's CMO Joe Dachowicz, CFO John Wilson, and Jeff French, Head of Manufacturing at Grant Thornton.

Sep 28, 2017

NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart goes behind the globalization story of Highlights with CEO Kent Johnson.

Sep 14, 2017

How can diversity improve middle market company performance? NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart learns this and more from Managing Director of Out Leadership, Stephanie Sandberg.

Aug 31, 2017

Live from the Fisher College of Business Summer Series. NCMM Managing Director Doug Farren sits down with Jeremy Aston, Senior Director at Cisco, about how middle market companies can start their journey to digital transformation.

Aug 17, 2017

Whether you're selling a business, scaling it up, or looking for a successor, every executive has to deal with transition. NCMM executive director Tom Stewart discusses leadership transition with Allie Taylor of Orange Kiwi.

Aug 3, 2017

American businesses struggle to find the talent they need - especially in the Middle Market, where growth is the strongest. Listen as NCMM's Tom Stewart discusses the middle market's workforce challenges with Marek Gootman and Martha Ross, fellows of the Brookings Institution.

Jul 20, 2017

The retail industry is changing, but one middle market specialty apparel company continues to grow. NCMM Managing Director Doug Farren gets the story from HOMAGE.

Jul 6, 2017

The National Center for the Middle Market sits down with Anil Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, about how academia is supporting the middle market.

Jun 22, 2017

Live from the 2017 Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle Market Forum. NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart and Managing Director Doug Farren sit down with CEO Chieh Huang about how he is disrupting the wholesale industry.

Jun 8, 2017

New research from the NCMM shows that the best middle market suppliers tend to be the largest and fastest-growing middle market companies. These suppliers focus on fewer rather than more customers. As a result, they develop deep, collaborative customer relationships. NCMM Managing Director Doug Farren discusses these findings with contributing researcher Thomas Goldsby, Professor of Logistics at the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

May 25, 2017

NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart examines how middle market companies unnecessarily tie up their cash, and as a result, miss out on opportunities when they arise. Special guest Rob Tague, Managing Director, Transaction Services, Grant Thornton LLP.

May 11, 2017

Cybersecurity is the protection of information and systems from attack, damage, and unauthorized access. Cyber criminals aim their attacks at sensitive data of organizations stored on computers and in the cloud.  When sensitive data is exposed, it puts the firm at risk of extortion, serious business disruption, data loss, and possible litigation. There is a clear need in the middle market for more enhanced cybersecurity. NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart talks about this issue with Vishal Chawla, Principal in Grant Thornton’s Business Risk Services and Dmitry Kuchynski, Security Principal/Global Security Advisory Services at Cisco Systems.

Apr 27, 2017

By studying the middle market’s approach to and perceptions of working capital management, and by comparing those data to practices among publicly traded entities, the National Center for the Middle Market and its research partners have identified and defined a major opportunity for companies to optimize working capital management and free up what can potentially amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in additional cash on hand. NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart sits down with Jason Cagle, Head of Sales for Treasury & Payment of SunTrust, to discuss the findings.

Apr 13, 2017

This upper echelon of middle market companies, or Growth Champions, follows a clear blueprint for growth. Key strategies are based on a group of distinguishing characteristics, including strong management culture, exceptional talent management, sharp customer focus, broad geographic vision, and innovation. Take a closer look at these capabilities and how they enable exceptional growth for the Growth Champions of the middle market.

Mar 24, 2017

The National Center for the Middle Market presents its pilot episode. Executive Director Tom Stewart and Managing Director Doug Farren explain what exactly the middle market is and why it matters.