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Technology in the way of growth

Posted on: February 28th, 2023

As small- and medium-sized business (SMB) owners work diligently to scale their companies, they often turn to technology and embrace automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and software to save time, money, and resources. But over-dependence on technology can hamper your strategic vision, meaning technology can get in the way of growth. MLA Companies is a Business…

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Offset the High Cost of AI

Posted on: January 31st, 2023

The acquisition market remains hot for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).  Operations data can give you a clear advantage, and AI promises to give you an edge.  But how can SMBs offset the high cost of AI? Large software as a service (SaaS) providers will tout their ability to leverage AI and Machine Learning.  But…

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Big Data for Small Business

Posted on: January 17th, 2023

Almost all companies seeking to sell have financial data, but operations data is often harder to come by in a small or medium-sized business (SMB).  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning make big promises to collect and visualize data, but is big data for small business a dream or reality? MLA provides finance, strategy, and solutions…

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Wise Nonprofit Giving

Posted on: November 28th, 2022

This is the season of charitable giving.  As the holiday season approaches along with the end of the tax year, the number of donations to nonprofits will increase.  This raises some questions: what steps should you take in evaluating a nonprofit?  Will they use your gift effectively?  What precautions should you take when giving online?  How…

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M&A Opportunities Are Closing

Posted on: October 25th, 2022

The M&A market continues to be strong in 2022, but recession headwinds could slow its momentum. Companies must consider all available data to position themselves as attractive targets since M&A opportunities are closing.  “SMBs have an opportunity to take advantage of this record-setting M&A market,” says Seth Morgan, MLA Companies Founder and CEO.  “At MLA,…

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Market and Operations Data in M&A

Posted on: October 11th, 2022

M&A money invested in 2021 exceeded previous records by more than 25%. This was caused by stock market volatility and market changes which encouraged venture capital and other investment funds to look for other opportunities. As a result, M&A sales are strong but new market and operations data expectations in M&A are a challenge to…

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Businesses Survive and Thrive With Our Help

Posted on: September 27th, 2022

Businesses can survive and thrive, even in an economic downturn.  The need to react by cutting expenses and improving sales, but there are other ways to improve the bottom line during lean times – no matter the size of an enterprise. Steve Lumley, Principal at MLA Companies is an expert on strategic financial management and…

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Pivot Your Business Model

Posted on: August 17th, 2022

The effects of the pandemic are still with us even as the additional government resources are drying up.  Just because your company has survived this far doesn’t mean it will into the future.  You must also know your business’s strengths and weaknesses, so you can pivot your business model to realign with those new opportunities.…

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Supply Chain Issues

Posted on: July 26th, 2022

During supply chain issues, an intimate knowledge of how money flows through your company becomes invaluable.  Knowing your choices and the impact of your decisions can mean the difference between survival and closing for good. MLA helps small to mid-sized businesses understand their cash flow.  We can help you evaluate the impact of your decisions. …

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Supply Chain Crisis

Posted on: July 20th, 2022

We are living in a perfect storm for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs).  While consumer behavior is returning to normal coming out of the global pandemic, the onset of inflation, challenges in hiring, and lingering supply chain issues are keeping many businesses off balance.  SMBs need a combination of financial resilience and strategic agility to…

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