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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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Grow Together

Posted on: March 2nd, 2021

In the broadest sense, growth is a natural process that cannot be completely stopped.  But how we grow and who it benefits are well within our control.  Where we belong shapes our perspective on which community should benefit.  But how we belong ultimately determines if we will grow together or apart. Courage: Grow Together Owners…

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Benefit the Community

Posted on: February 23rd, 2021

Money and people create opportunities for trust.  But trust brings with it the possibility of betrayal.  What keeps those forces in balance?  How do we direct business growth so we benefit the community? Road Map: Benefit the Community Building a business is one of the best uses of money because it brings together two of…

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Grow the Good

Posted on: February 16th, 2021

Growth is not always good.  Trust is the essential component for creating good growth. But trust takes time to build, and it can be easily destroyed.  And money can destroy trust in devastating ways.  Our goal should not just be to grow, but to grow the good. Dream: Grow the Good Businesses exist between the…

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You Need to Grow

Posted on: February 9th, 2021

It’s one thing to understand that businesses develop people as they make money.  But you need to grow your business to develop the people you want to help. But actually doing that is a different matter.  Every situation that involves people comes with an unlimited number of possible outcomes.  And every situation that involves money…

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