Launched in 2016, Mid-Market Chicago is a program that focuses on growing and supporting middle market companies (defined as $10mil - $1bil in annual revenue) across the Chicagoland region through educational programming, networking events, and other resources.


According to a 2017 survey by the Chicagoland Chamber and the National Center for the Middle Market, this segment of the region’s business community is a workhorse for jobs and economic vitality. It comprises just 1.5% of all Chicago-region companies, yet provides jobs to 26% of the region’s private sector employees, and generates 22% of all business revenue in the region.

Mid-Market Chicago Events 

We host events and educational programming year-round on important topics relevant to mid-market companies. View our current Mid-Market events online here.

About Mid-Market Chicago

Through our programs, events, and workshops, Mid-Market Chicago aims to:

  • Foster more meaningful connections between Chamber members and middle market companies.
  • Help middle market companies recruit and attract talent (often cited as a top concern among middle market firms) and train and upskill workers.
  • Host events and workshops focused on topics relevant to middle market companies, such as succession/transition planning, governance, diversity and inclusion, and technology enhancements.
  • Measure and communicate the economic impact of middle market companies in the Chicago region through our partnership with the National Center for the Middle Market, the leading source of knowledge, leadership, and innovative research on the middle market economy.

Mid-Market Chicago Steering Committee

BDO USA, LLP: Stephen Ferrara, Chief Operating Officer & James DeNapoli, Central Region Director, Business Development

BMO HARRIS BANK, NA: Laura Garcia, Managing Director, US Commercial Banking Credit, Risk & Compliance

AON: Liz Ferega, Senior Vice President, Health Solutions

DLA PIPER LLP: Stephen W. Schwab, Partner

COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL: Jim Carris, Executive Managing Director, Market Lead


For more information about becoming a sponsor of the Mid-Market Chicago program, please contact Joey Mak.

Your Mid-Market Team

Amelia Salter
Director, Programs
Joey Mak
Vice President, Programs