Mid-market perspectives blog

Augmented thinking: Three ways virtual technologies can help your business

October 31, 2016

A blog post by Nelson Kunkel, national creative director, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

A generation after virtual reality entered computer gaming, mid-sized firms across a range of industries are aggressively competing to deliver the sights, sounds, and heightened capabilities of the simulated world to their customers...Continue reading


A path forward for wellness

October 3, 2016

A blog post by Michael Maniccia, specialist leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.” Continue reading

Mid-market CIOs consolidate role as strategy specialists

September 19, 2016

A blog post By Chris Jackson, chief of staff–Growth Enterprise Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

In the swift waters of corporate technology, more organizations are counting on the chief information officer (CIO) to steady the ship as companies expand or divest. Few leadership roles have evolved more quickly or influenced business functions more than the CIO of today...Continue reading

A new paradigm: Global tax changes may snare companies of any size

August 08, 2016

A blog post by Wolfe Tone, Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP.

As our series of mid-market perspectives on international expansion highlights, private companies have a wide variety of goals in expanding their reach in overseas markets. They might be looking, for instance, to diversify their operations, access new customers, tap into new sources of materials and talent, or lower their tax base. But, regardless of the reason, private companies often overlook tax savings considerations or changes on the regulatory front that can add to their tax complexity instead of lightening the load...Continue reading


For private companies, M&A boom brings renewed focus to deal discipline

July 11, 2016

A blog post by Phil Colaco, chief executive officer of Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC.

The red-hot market for mergers and acquisitions that dominated 2015 is showing little sign of letting up, but don’t expect mid-market firms to simply open the company coffers to beat back the competition...Continue reading

Perception vs. reality in the economic outlook

April 13, 2016

A blog post by Ira Kalish, chief global economist, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

These days, many in the business community are concerned about the economic situation and outlook. Evidence of this caution abounds. Deloitte’s latest survey of US middle-market companies, America’s Economic Engine: Tapping the Brakes, pinpoints uncertain economic outlook as the #1 obstacle to growth...Continue reading

Top private company board agendas for 2016

March 18, 2016

A blog post by Roger Nanney, national managing partner for Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, Deloitte LLP

Recently in this space, my colleague Maureen Bujno, a director in Deloitte Center for Board Effectiveness laid out some key considerations for private-company leaders looking to strengthen their governance infrastructure and processes. Now our attention turns to three broad-based issues that are increasingly the focal point of those conversations: talent, technology, and cyber risk...Continue Reading

Shifts in private company governance

February 17, 2016

A blog post by Maureen Bujno, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte LLP

If your private company is governing itself more like a public company these days, it may be a good thing.

Governance practices among leading family-owned and other private companies are shifting as more business leaders recognize that better oversight can have a dramatic impact on the success of their organization. By all accounts, this theme is likely to continue...Continue Reading

Prescriptions for productivity through analytics

October 26, 2015

By Nitin Mittal, principal and capability leader for Advanced Analytics Enablement, Information Management, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Those who are skeptical of the potential of data analytics to transform a business need look no further than the health care industry. In Deloitte’s latest survey of technology trends among mid-sized companies, life sciences and health firms were most likely to say technology had increased productivity within their businesses...Continue Reading

Private companies should step up their use of long-term employee incentives

September 22, 2015

A blog post by Michael S. Kesner, Leader, National Compensation Practice

With the labor market strengthening further every month, private companies are finding it more difficult to land top talent and keep their most-prized employees from heading elsewhere. One of the main challenges private companies face is...Continue Reading

Moving from customer marketing to customer experience

September 8, 2015

By Carlos Dominguez, President and COO, Sprinklr

My neighbor’s daughter got into a fender bender recently. To notify her insurance company of the incident, she sent out a tweet and a Facebook message. It didn’t even occur to her to pick up the phone. When she finally did call the company, she was bounced from one rep to another...Continue Reading

Why mid-market companies should pay attention to private health exchanges

July 31, 2015

By Nicholas Paulish, Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

While definitive figures not available, it is widely believed that between five and seven million Americans receive their health care through private exchanges in 2015. By 2018, industry experts predict an eightfold increase in enrollment in these company-sponsored plans...Continue Reading

Engaged employees are long-term employees

July 24, 2015

A blog post by Roger Nanney, national managing partner for Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, Deloitte LLP

Earlier this year in this space, we highlighted the threat of worker defections in a labor market that seems to be growing stronger by the day. New evidence from Deloitte’s latest survey of middle market executives suggest...Continue Reading

Successful mergers and acquisitions are designed that way

May 28, 2015

A Guest post by Tom McGee, National Managing Partner, M&A Services, Deloitte LLP

According to the findings of the 2015 M&A Trends Report, the robust pace of mergers and acquisitions is expected to continue across the board this year, in private and public businesses, in multiple industry sectors, in companies and private equity firms large, small, and in between...Continue reading

Higher rates may have muted impact on the Middle Market

May 5, 2015

A blog post by Roger Nanney, national managing partner for Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, Deloitte LLP

The release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) latest rate-setting policy meeting depict a central bank ready to start raising rates but in a careful and gradual manner. Higher rates would be expected to increase borrowing costs for many US businesses, but there is reason to suspect that private companies in the middle market may be spared from a significant impact....Continue reading

Strengthening job market raises stakes for worker retention

March 9,2015

A blog post by Roger Nanney, national managing partner for Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, Deloitte LLP

The recent news from the Labor Department that the US labor market added 295,000 jobs in February is just the latest sign that middle market firms need to turn their attention to retaining workers...Continue reading

2015 Setting up nicely for mid-market investments

February 20,2015

A blog post by Roger Nanney, national managing partner for Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, Deloitte LLP.

An economic recovery that appears to have found firm footing. A labor market that is posting strong job growth. Muted inflation that likely will stall the Federal Reserve’s first rate hike since 2006...Continue reading

Private company accounting alternatives–They’re not for everyone

February 13, 2015 

Complex accounting requirements have presented a number of challenges for private companies, but recently significant progress has been made in giving these companies relief. The FASB and the Private Company Council (PCC) have jointly developed, and incorporated into US GAAP, several “accounting alternatives” for...Continue reading

Job growth points to pitched war for talent

December 16, 2014

The latest employment figures out from the Labor Department suggest that the challenge of attracting and retaining talent may increase for many middle market companies. The monthly employment report, which showed the U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November, indicates 2014 is shaping up...Continue reading

The changing technology landscape for mid-market companies

August 18, 2014

The following guest blog highlights some of the key findings in our new survey-based report, Technology in the mid-market: Perspectives and priorities.

There is increasing recognition among mid-market companies of the pivotal role that technology can play in achieving their business goals. Results from Deloitte's second annual mid-market technology survey show that cloud-based solutions and business analytics tools that offer "large corporation solutions" to...Continue reading

Taking the pulse of the middle market

June 14, 2014

The following guest blog highlights some of the key findings of our Spring 2014 survey-based report: Mid-Market Perspectives: 2014 report on America’s economic engine.

Many of the mid-market executives I work with can readily identify with the challenges identified in our latest report – an economy that has been slow to recover and a continued high level of uncertainty – but just like our survey respondents, they also understand the need to keep their companies moving...Continue reading

Are you planning ahead? Deloitte tax and wealth guide highlights changes

November 3, 2014

The following guest blog highlights some key areas of focus in The 2015 Essential Tax and Wealth Planning Guide.

If you are an owner of a closely-held or family-owned business, you understand that your personal tax and wealth planning decisions can have a broader impact — on your company, family members and other stakeholders. The purpose of the 2015 Annual Wealth Guide is to help you plan by aligning your...Continue reading

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