The Growth Gang

Key Facts

Middle market companies represent nearly 40% of the US GDP and workforce

Companies with annual revenues between $50 million and $1 billion

Greatest area for job growth and economic recovery

  • America's Economic Engine Stalling Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    The middle market represents nearly 40 percent of the U.S. GDP and workforce.  These companies are the growth engine for the U.S. economy and our best hope for an economic recovery.  In an era of global economic uncertainty, looming regulatory reform, and a presidential election, middle market companies remain optimistic and determined to grow.

  • Middle Market Investment Surprises Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
    66.2The summertime hot dog eating contest is an annual tradition, but Nathan’s Famous is a growing business all year round. The company began in 1916 as a hot dog stand on Coney Island. In 2011, customers bought more than 425 million Nathan’s Famous hot dogs at 40,000 food service and retail outlets across the country.

    So how do you invest and seize on this growing sector? We’ve put together a list of middle market companies that trade on Wall Street and offer possible investing opportunities.

  • A Tale of Two Middle Markets Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    The new normal is an era of uncertainty.  There are practical steps a middle market company can take to stay on course and even grow.

  • Romney Shines Spotlight on Private Equity Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    The private equity industry is misunderstood, especially regarding middle-market companies that comprise most private equity activity. And with the election cycle in full swing, private equity has taken a spotlight based on Mitt Romney’s past at Bain Capital.

  • Technology Grows Freelance Economy Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    How are middle market company CEOs thinking about the tradeoffs of using more technology versus hiring more people? With the wild proliferation of powerful cloud computing services and low-cost software platforms, as well as increasingly frictionless collaboration over the Internet, is technology investment proving to be the water in the gasoline of America’s job creation engine?  Or is it creating a freelance economy?

  • Regulation Hampers Growth Companies Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    Middle market companies are the true growth engine of the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, this engine continues to be seriously hampered by federal regulation.

  • The New Loans for Middle Markets: Unitranche Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    Here’s a word you may have never heard before: unitranche.  While it may sound like something you could contract in a jungle environment, it’s actually the name for a newly popular hybrid loan, mostly aimed at middle market companies and private equity buyout shops.

  • The Capital Bubble Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    A blip in the in the U.S. private equity market is causing a valuation spike for some middle-market companies, creating a flurry of activity among company owners and investors seeking to raise growth capital or to sell their companies outright.

  • The Growth Expressway Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    Middle market companies survived the recession but now face an uncertain future, and an environment of mixed signals and uncertainty. And so many firms are paused at an economic crossroads unsure of which road to take: One road leads to the Growth Expressway, the other to the safety of the parking lot and wait and watch from the sidelines.

  • Growth Firms, Large-Cap Resources Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    One common misconception is that the “equity” in private equity begins and ends with money. Of course, new financing can help companies expand during a downturn, add staff or manufacturing capacity, and pay down loans, but today’s firms must bring intellectual capital to the table to be successful.

  • Where's the Income? Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    Today's fixed-income market has gotten so lean, where's the income? With market interest rates at stunningly low levels, traditional fixed-income investments that are "fixed" from a safety point of view do not generate meaningful "income"—and those that offer "income" often come with so much risk that one can hardly call them "fixed."


  • Economic Uncertainty on the Rise     Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 2:46 PM ET

    Tom McGee, Deloitte managing partner discusses the results of his company's "2012 Report on America's Economic Engine."

  • Pro-Growth Energy Jobs     Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | 7:51 PM ET

    Is Washington standing in the way of American becoming energy independent? Jay Glick, Lufkin Industries president/CEO, and Daniel Yergin, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, discuss.

  • Signs of Life in US Economy     Monday, 17 Oct 2011 | 2:15 PM ET

    Jeffrey Hynes, Composites Horizons president & CEO, shares insight on middle market companies as signs of life in the economy.

  • Opportunities Beyond Big Caps     Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    Investing opportunities in the middle market segment, with Jim Oberweis, The Oberweis Report editor.

  • Portman on Regulation     Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 7:46 PM ET

    Business regulation vs. growth, with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who discusses how he would improve the climate for business.

  • When Apple Held Middle Market Status     Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 2:21 PM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan weighs in on when Apple was a part of the middle market from the Mighty Middle Market conference in Ohio.

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