Leading Middle Market Organizations to Provide New Data and Analysis on Lower Middle Market Business Confidence Levels WASHINGTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, and the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), the leading source of research on the U.S. middle market economy, today announced plans to partner in 2014, releasing new data and insights specifically focused on lower middle market business confidence levels. Anil Makhija , Academic Director for NCMM, will unveil new lower middle market data at SBIA’s Northeast Private Equity Conference on January 22 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City . SBIA will later publish a newsletter with further analysis and insights from the lower middle market investment community on the survey’s findings in February 2014 . As part of the newsletter, SBIA and NCMM will release a new, co-branded index of small business confidence. “The NCMM is the authority when it comes to information and knowledge on middle market businesses in the U.S. and our collaboration with them to promote lower middle market data and insights is a natural fit,” said Brett Palmer , President of SBIA. “We believe our private equity funds will greatly benefit from access to this high caliber research and we are excited to have NCMM’s participation as we kick-off one of our key annual events.” “The NCMM and SBIA share common goals of driving growth, increasing competitiveness and creating jobs for the U.S. economy,” said Anil Makhija , Academic Director for NCMM. “The investment community has long been a key audience for NCMM’s data and reports. We are thrilled to partner with SBIA to reveal some interesting trends in terms of the state of mind for many management teams of small and mid-sized businesses. I look forward to analyzing those sentiments with SBIA and its members.” About National Center for the Middle Market The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) was founded in 2011 in partnership with GE Capital and is located at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business . The Center is the leading source of research on the U.S. middle market economy. Over the past three years, the Center has awarded 25 research grants, engaged more than 300 undergrad and MBA students to learn about middle market companies and connected with more than 3,000 business executives to learn more about this segment. Learn more at www.middlemarketcenter.org . About the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) is the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. SBIA works on behalf of its members as a tireless advocate for policies that promote competitive markets and robust domestic investment for growing small businesses. SBIA has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the growth and vitality of the private equity industry for more than 50 years. For more information, visit www.SBIA.org or call 202-628-5055. For SBIA: BackBay Communications Kelly Holman , 212-520-1385 ext. 4 Kelly.email@example.com or For NCMM: GE Capital Jeff Caywood , 513-530-7028 firstname.lastname@example.org Source: The Small Business Investor Alliance
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