The NAE Research Center, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NAE, provides independent third-party creation and support of the Indexs, and manages comprehensive cutting-edge research projects. The Research Center simultaneously enhances NAE's position as the mid-market's leading provider of timely and relevant information.

The Research Center also studies important social and policy issues such as legislation, global events, and economic trends.

Located in Alexandria, VA, the Research Center provides the following:

  • Free Enterprise Index - Returning in 2023 nation's leading indicator of economic growth, wealth creation, and employment, it is will be published annually and released at the NAE 250 Showcase.
  • Mid-Market Surveys and Reports - Topic-or-event-sensitive snapshots of American business, from travel to medical cannabis these surveys and reports are conducted and released throughout the year based on the ever-changing business climate.
  • NAE White Papers - Address a myriad of topics central to the success of American CEO's. White papers are developed frequently as the life blood of intelligence briefings for our University and Primary members.
  • ConstructionCEO Health and Wellness Survey - New for 2023, NAE takes a comprehensive look at changes and patterns in the area of corporate health and wellness.
  • NAE's Real-Estate Report - Provides a Post COVID based look at real-estate markets and issues in the United States. Based on the Commercial Overview, Industrial Survey, and Residential Business Outlook.
  • Green Industry Review - An annual snapshot of innovations, progress, and highlights of the green and sustainable movements in the United States.
  • Enery Outlook Survey and Report - As American moved to energy independence in 2019, this new annual report will look at the effect of energy on the mid-market business from transportaion to manufacturing.
  • ShippingGlobal Business Activity Report - A tri-annual report reviewing the anticipated global economic activity in America's Mid-Market. This survey-based report provides a predictive look at import and export activities.
  • Employment Success Report - Provides analysis of management-level hiring indicators. This predictive report dissects the hiring methodology and processes of Post COVID employment markets.
  • Manufacturing Survey - An annual examination of the state of mid-market manufacturing in the United States.
  • NAE Marketing Trends - Newly tooled for 2023 this report details the marketing trends and changes of the mid-market.
  • NAE Film and Shows - Provides content research for all NAE-produced and supported films and television shows.
  • And much more!

For more information about these programs, please contact NAE Research Center at 800-360-9250 or via e-mail at

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