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What Really Matters

Posted on: June 7th, 2021

It’s your business.  You have to make the tough decisions and you will reap the reward.  Building good financial systems and listening to a qualified business advisor will keep you out of the pitfalls that can trap a growing business.  And that can get you to what really matters in the end. We’ve identified 7…

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Know Where To Focus

Posted on: May 25th, 2021

Growing a business is hard work.  You don’t need to make it harder through unnecessary mistakes.  If you know where to focus, it can make all the difference. MLA is experienced in helping business owners use their financial system to give focus to their leadership.  We can help you pay attention to the key questions…

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What You Can’t See

Posted on: May 18th, 2021

You didn’t start your business to be a bookkeeper, and existing accounting products may not fit your new business model.  That’s why an outside business financial advisor may be invaluable to understand and design the right financial system for your business. They can help you discover what you can’t see in your financial reports. MLA…

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What You Are Missing

Posted on: May 12th, 2021

Recognizing an opportunity and bringing a solution to market can be an exhilarating and profitable experience.  But growth comes with the danger of inadequate financial systems failing to sustain your business through the challenges ahead.  Finding out what you are missing is critical for continued growth. MLA is experienced in helping business owners see what…

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Capitalize On Opportunities

Posted on: April 26th, 2021

Today, Doug is confident in maintaining his unlimited status as an ODOT contractor.  The FAR Report that used to consume hours every week and be a rush to the deadline requires only a few hours to assemble and verify. “What used to be months is now done in weeks, and what used to take days is…

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Financial Discipline Creates Strategic Opportunities

Posted on: April 19th, 2021

After those meetings, the MLA Team got down to work.  The FAR report is due July 1, and the previous year’s books had to be closed before the report could be compiled.  That meant there was limited time to work out the processes needed before the clock started running toward the filing deadline.  Doug needed…

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Finding Margin in Outsourcing Finance

Posted on: April 12th, 2021

Doug knew he needed help, but who should he ask?  Then an opportunity came up while working out.  Doug had begun chatting with Gary Wilkins, who worked for MLA Companies.  MLA helps businesses create margin through outsourcing finance. A Conversation at the Gym Gary and Doug began conversing after realizing their kids went to the…

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The Anxiety of Being a Small Business Owner

Posted on: April 6th, 2021

Doug remembers it like it was yesterday.  “I was sitting in the back of our family SUV while my wife and son took turns driving,” he recalls.  “We were heading out west for our vacation and was trying to finish this report before we arrived.  It was awful.” Doug was experiencing the anxiety of being…

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A Trusted Advisor

Posted on: March 16th, 2021

At MLA we believe business is the foundation for much of what is good in the world. Businesses can increase growth, develop people and improve our lives.  But with people and growth come challenges. Those challenges must be overcome for any business to reach its potential. These challenges can obscure your reason for being in…

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Belonging is Better

Posted on: March 9th, 2021

Deciding how to balance growth and community is the unique burden of business owners.  They are set apart by the responsibility to decide, and the consequences of those decisions.  But there are opportunities for community with other owners who are making the same choice as you.  That’s where we discover that belonging is better than…

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