The National Center for the Middle Market, a partnership with The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, conducted the largest survey ever taken of Middle Market businesses and presented their findings in October 2011. The Middle Market in the U.S. is defined as companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion. This segment consists of 195,000 businesses and represents 1/3 of private sector GDP and employs approximately 41 million people. This survey also identified characteristics of a segment of this market identified as “Growth Champions”, representing an elite group (9%) of Middle Market businesses growing at an impressive rate of at least four times the rate of U.S. GDP growth. This article focuses on the key characteristics identified by this survey as shared by this group.