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Seeing Inflation

Posted on: July 19th, 2021

There’s no question that we are seeing higher prices for products and services.  But does that mean we are entering a period of inflation?  Many experts are weighing in on the question of what a post-COVID correction is, and what is the new reality.  Are we seeing inflation or just more correction in the economy?…

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Talk of Inflation

Posted on: July 13th, 2021

Talk of inflation is dominating the news, and with good reason. Toward the end of 2020, Bill Dudley, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York warned of the danger of significant monetary inflation, something not seen in the United States for nearly 40 years.  With statements like that, it’s understandable that…

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New Sales Tax Laws for Online Sellers

Posted on: June 29th, 2021

The pandemic brought online furniture sales into the norm.  And the Wayfair online furniture seller quickly became a household name. But Wayfair is famous for other reasons as well.  They are now associated with new sales tax laws that are affecting online retailers. The Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the State of North Dakota could…

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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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