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The National Center for the Middle Market ensures the vital middle market receives the attention it deserves. The Center provides a voice and point-of-view for this critical yet understudied segment of the economy, driving national dialogue about its importance and impact.

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How to Create a Work Culture That's More Productive

We would all like to have a more productive work culture and cross off as many items on our to-do lists as possible. But to prevent wasted time and energy, you first have to get clear about your definitions, says Massachusetts-based consultant Ann Latham. "Employees must understand what success looks like in order to achieve it," she says. "Most people are blind to how much time they and their organization are wasting. The farther they are from the production line, where both flow and snags are usually quite conspicuous, the more true this is. Companies that would never tolerate frequent disruptions to a production line tolerate cumbersome decision-making, confusing roles and responsibilities, lengthy and worthless meetings, and much, much more on a daily basis."

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Aligning Your Capital Expenditures and Your Middle Market Company's Strategy

Allocating capital expenditures for your middle market business, also known as capital budgeting, is never easy. There are always multiple investments that seem eminently worthy, such as new equipment and new hires, that are all promising to return your investment at different rates, both short-term and long-term. Budgeting is inherently future-oriented, based on underlying assumptions about your market, your company's ability to properly execute, compliance issues, and much more.   Read More >

Digital Security Can Protect Corporate IT

Are you concerned about digital security compromises of your company's IT infrastructure? You shouldn't be concerned — you should be scared. Whether it's denial of service attacks, theft of credit card data, or social engineering, attacks on IT infrastructure are becoming more common. It's critical that you empower your IT staff. They are your front line of defense. I was recently speaking with a friend who manages internal IT systems for a mid-sized financial company. He said that his staff wants to migrate their core servers that are approaching Windows Server 2003 end-of-life.   Read More >