Survey Results: The Impact of Covid-19 to U.S. Middle Market Businesses


Survey Results: The Impact of Covid-19 to U.S. Middle Market Businesses

In the aftermath of the financial crisis a decade ago, it was midsized companies that produced the lion’s share of economic growth and new jobs. Now the middle market—the market that moves America—faces the even greater challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this presentation you will hear from Tom Stewart, Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market at The Ohio State University. He will share the most recent research from the Center, including:


Learning Objectives:

  • The scale of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns have had on the middle market
  • How family businesses, in particular, have fared
  • Effects of the pandemic on growth, hiring, and capital spending
  • Which areas of impact executives find hardest to manage effectively
  • How the pandemic is affecting companies’ plans for major transitions such as M&A, CEO transition, or restructuring
  • What executives say about their resilience and how quickly they believe they can get back to full capacity


About the Presenter:

Learn from industry expert, Thomas A. Stewart, Executive Director for National Center for The Middle Market.
Meet the Presenter


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About the Presenter

Thomas A. Stewart

Thomas A. Stewart

Executive Director National Center for The Middle Market

Meet Thomas A. Stewart

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. Stewart is an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas: an internationally recognized editor and publisher, authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and a best-selling author.

Before joining the National Center for the Middle Market, Stewart served as Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer for international consulting firm Booz & Company (now called Strategy&), overseeing the firm’s intellectual agenda, major research projects, and strategy + business magazine. Prior to that, he was for six years the Editor and Managing Director of Harvard Business Review, leading it to multiple finalist nominations for a National Magazine Award. He earlier served as the editorial director of Business 2.0 magazine and as a member of the Board of Editors of Fortune magazine.

His new book, Woo, Wow, and Win: Service Design, Strategy, and the Art of Customer Delight (co-authored with Patricia O’Connell), was published by Harper Business in November 2016. He is also the author of Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations and The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization, published by Doubleday Currency in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He has contributed chapters to four other books and published articles in Harvard Business Review, strategy + business, Fortune, Business 2.0., Inc., Financial Times, The Hill, Industry Week, Ad Age, and elsewhere. A twelve-time participant in the World Economic Forum, he has delivered lectures and seminars across the U.S. and in more than two dozen countries worldwide.

Stewart is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cass Business School, City University.

Continuing Education

This meeting qualifies for the following continuing education credits:

One (1) CPE hour

One (1) CEPA Credit

NOTE: Proper documentation must be collected and submitted to qualify for continuing education. For questions regarding awarded continuing education credits, please contact the Exit Planning Institute (EPI).