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Q4 Middle Market Update from the National Center for the Middle Market
Tuesday, February 10, 2014 
2:00 - 3:00 EST
Cost: Complimentary 
 
Online Groups
Online groups on the ACG wesbite have been orgranized to share ideas and help chapter leaders connect. There are over 100 templates and resources available within these groups. Please request to join these online groups through the links below.

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Upcoming Leadership Events

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4/13/2015 to 4/15/2015 - ACG InterGrowth - Orlando

6/25/2015 - 2015 Chapter Executive Conference

1/25/2016  - 1/27/2016 - ACG Leadership Week, Washington DC

5/2/2016 - 5/4/2016 - ACG Intergrowth - New Orleans

4/24/17 - 4/26/17 - ACG Intergrowth - Las Vegas

  
ACG 2015-16 Board of Directors Call for Nominations
At-Large Director positions for nominations for the ACG Board of Directors are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 ACG Board of Directors. At-Large Directors serve a three-year, nonrenewable term of office.

Nominations will be accepted until March 1, 2015. Candidate names and contact information should be submitted to Carol Jezierski at cjezierski@acg.org.

For more information regarding the role and responsibilities of ACG Board Members, click here.

View a list of current officers and directors and their respective terms.

The 2014-2015 Nominating Committee is chaired by Richard Jaffe, ACG Board Vice-Chairman and also include: Doug Tatum, ACG Board Chairman; Pam Hendrickson, Immediate Past Chairman; Roy Graham, Chapter Representative Director and Karen Grexa, Chapter Representative Director.

In addition to the At Large positions, the following chapters will each select a Chapter Representative Director to serve on the Board: Utah, Kansas City, Orlando, Columbus, Connecticut, Holland.

If you have any questions, please contact Gary LaBranche, ACG president & CEO, at glabranche@acg.org.
Register for InterGrowth® 2015
InterGrowth 2015

For more than 40 years, InterGrowth has been the middle market’s primary source for networking and deal flow, bringing together M&A professionals from across the globe and all industry segments to offer attendees three key benefits: capital, connections and deals.

• InterGrowth attendees consistently account for 
1/3 of total U.S. PE deals
• InterGrowth 2014 attendees are sitting on $145 billion in investable capital
• InterGrowth 2014 attendees deployed nearly 
$40 billion in 1Q 2014

Join nearly 2,000 dealmakers for three days of deal flow opportunities, powerful speakers and commentary from leading M&A experts. According to PitchBook, InterGrowth is an impressive gathering.

Chapter Leadership Workshop InterGrowth 2015

Join fellow ACG volunteer leaders and ACG chapter executives in a facilitated workshop on Monday, April 13th from 1:30pm - 4:30pm.

Agenda
*  ACG update from ACG Global President and CEO Gary LaBranche
*  Strategic Discussion - contribute to a facilitated conversation on ACG's strategic plan
*  Breakout Sessions - An opportunity to participate in multiple short sessions with other chapter leaders to discuss aspects of chapter operations like membership, sponsorship, Board governance and programs.

Click Here to Register.

netForum AMS Updates
This section will provide regular updates on the progress of the implementation of ACG’s new association management system (AMS), known as netForum.

Click Here for the netForum Terms of Use. This is a policy to be followed while using netForum. 

AMS training webinars have been hosted by ACG Global staff members and they have been recorded, you can download these webinars: here, here, here, here, and here!  We will add more links as we conduct more webinars.

Avectra's netForum offers a wide range of benefits including:
 
*ACG data is now all in one site. Prior to netForum Chapter Executives had to go to multiple sources to get a picture of member activity.
 
*More functions for Chapters to manage their members – password resets, dues renewal  payments, communication preferences and change member demographics.
 
*Chapters have more flexibility of  membership packages and promotional campaigns. For example, chapters have set-up Young Memberships in netForum which used to have to be managed manually.  
 
*Can track all correspondence the member has received.
 
*Tracking of prospect members. Now a completed picture of a non-members activity with ACG is available. 
 
*Improvement of membership join and renewal applications
 
*Robust query tool – chapters can pick from many types of custom report or build their own queries to track all sorts of member and event data points. 
 
*Event price attributes/options based on member qualifications. For example, can charge     PEGs a different event registration fee than advisors. 
 
*Event revenue summary reports

About Avectra:

Since 1995, Avectra has been translating the business needs of member-based organizations into market-leading association management software (AMS) - and innovating the industry along the way. Avectra's vision for innovative membership software stands for itself: netFORUM has been chosen by more associations than any other membership management solution since 2008. Avectra was the first AMS provider to design a completely Web-based membership management solution for the association industry, and the first to provide software exclusively for small to mid-size organizations. Their membership management tools integrate data, business processes and member services to engage members, increase non-dues revenue, make smarter business decisions - and get more done. Check out their website
here for more information!
ACG News And Announcements

All New Middle Market Growth Website Launched

ACG is proud to annouce the launch of a completely revamped www.middlemarketgrowth.org.  This new highly interactive site is more news forward and includes all of the content from the digital publication, plus multimedia features, additional advertising opportunities and introduces original content focused squarely on the issues that face the middle market as they occur.  Readers can still rely on MMG as their go-to for in-depth analysis of industry trends and growth stories, but now they can also check for real-time content and commentary on important issues.  Take a moment to check out the new www.middlemarketgrowth.org today and promote this great complimentary benefit to your membership.  It's just another way ACG is further establishing itself as "The Voice of the Middle Market."  VISIT MMG's NEW SITE >

ACG Chapters of the Year Announced
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, announced the winners of the annual "Chapter of the Year" honors. Awards are presented in three categories based on a chapter’s membership size. This year’s winners are:
  • ACG Indiana
  • ACG Los Angeles
  • ACG Wisconsin
"These chapters represent the best of the best in the past year," said Pam Hendrickson, COO, The Riverside Company and ACG chairman of the board. "But it’s not just about solid business performance, but also innovation, mentoring and supporting ACG’s mission of Driving Middle-Market Growth®."
 
President’s Award for Excellence and Achievement as a Chapter Executive

2014's winner is Christy Dancause of ACG Boston. Christy will be recognized at the Chapter Leaders Reception at InterGrowth in Las Vegas on the afternoon of Monday, April 28. She will also be recognized at the annual meeting of Chapter Executives in June in Chicago. 

Past recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence and Achievement are:

•    2010 – Joan McCarthy, ACG Cleveland
•    2011 – Stephanie McAlaine, ACG Philadelphia
•    2012 – Debra Michie, ACG Raleigh Durham
•    2013 – Lou Halstead, ACG New York

2014 InterGrowth Chapter Challenge Winners
The InterGrowth Chapter Challenge 2014 Winners were: 1st Place: ACG NY, 2nd Place: ACG Chicago, and 3rd Place: ACG Connecticut. We thank all the participating chapters who helped to promote this year's InterGrowth!

Chapter Innovation Fund (CIF)
The goal of the Chapter Innovation Fund is to spur innovation, spark creativity and strengthen capacity to benefit all members of ACG. One-time grants of up to $10,000 per chapter will be awarded annually to seed or support new chapter-based initiatives. Grant applications will be reviewed twice a year: January and June.  

Chapter Collateral Store
ACG Global is proud to announce the opening of the ACG Chapter Collateral Store. Via this store, all chapter executives will have the opportunity to purchase and print personalized versions of the following: ACG membership brochure, ACG membership brochure envelopes, ACG business cards, ACG letterhead, ACG envelopes (#10), Thank You Cards and envelopes. To access the ACG Chapter Store, click here. Chapter executives were issued their usernames and passwords in an e-mail on February 22nd. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! Contact Kerry Lennon: klennon@acg.org.
Chapter Staff Development Matching Grant

ACG recognizes the importance of professional development. ACG will offer matching funds of up to $750 per year, per applicant to support professional development for chapter executives and staff. Development funds are limited to CAE prep, association management education and membership in ASAE or association management allied society. Total funding for this effort is $15,000 for fiscal year 2013 and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until the fund is used.

A great way to utilize the Professional Development Fund is by sitting for the CAE exam. A link to the exam content can be found here.

Consulting Services
A consulting service gives chapters the opportunity to utilize the experience and expertise of the staff on a complimentary basis. Services include board training, membership recruitment planning, strategic planning and financial systems review. 

ACG Cup

The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Click here for information on the ACG Cup Program.

  
Leadership Call Replay Info
Latest Call:
The chapter board orientation webinar that took place on Thursday, February 26 can be viewed HERE. Hosted by Gary LaBranche the webinar focused on what you need to know as a member of the board of an ACG chapter. Topics include a chapter board member's fiduciary responsibilities, insurance coverage provided by ACG, chapter support services offered by ACG Global and your duties as a chapter board member.

The leadership call that took place on Tuesday January 13th on the topic of Public Policy was recorded. If you missed the call or wish to listen again you may do so by dialing 888-203-1112 OR (719) 457-0820. The replay passcode is 137501637.


To volunteer for any of ACG Global's Public Policy initiatives please contact ACG Global Senior Director of Public Policy, Amber Landis at alandis@acg.org or ACG Global Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Kristin Gomez at kgomez@acg.org.


Upcoming Leadership Calls

All Calls Take Place at 10am Central

February 25, 2015-Women’s Programs
February 26, 2015- New BOD Orientation
March 10, 2015-Membership Survey Results
March 25, 2015- ACG Capital Connections
 

Click Here to See The Full Schedule

*All Calls Are Recorded*

Dial In Number: 1-866-228-9900
International: 719-359-4032

Public Policy News
Members of Congress Create Bi-Partisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, commends Members of Congress for forming the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth. Under the leadership of Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH-15), Jared Polis (D-CO-2), Tom Rice (R-SC-7) and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) the recently formed Caucus will educate policy makers and leaders on economic impact of the middle market and how it serves as a powerful engine for job and economic growth. According to the National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, the middle market includes companies with $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenues. The Caucus will address issues relevant to this critical segment, which employs more than 44 million people in the United States.

ACG Western Michigan Meets with Local Rep
On November 6, 2013 ACG Western Michigan board members met with local Rep. Bill Huizenga to showcase the importance of middle-market companies in his district. Thanks to ADAC Automotive for hosting the meeting. Check out the MLive article
here!



ACG Releases First Ever "Middle-Market Growth Policy Agenda"
ACG has released its first ever "Middle-Market Growth Policy Agenda," a statement of the organization’s official position on relevant policy topics directly affecting its members. ACG members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. To download a full copy of the agenda, click here.
 
Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy
At ACG’s Middle-Market Growth Public Policy Summit, held in Washington, D.C., ACG unveiled Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy, a book that graphically depicts data from GrowthEconomy.org for each congressional district. The data included in Driving Growth are available for all chapters to use at their events, in their communications to members and in external media outreach. For creative files or personalized local data, please reach out to the ACG marketing team at marketing@acg.org. Proper attribution must be included for all usage.  To download a copy of the PDF, click hereTo download a copy of the press release, click here.  For a localized copy of the press release, email marketing@acg.org.
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