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David Nilssen, CEO and Co-founder, Guidant Financial

David Nilssen, Co-Founder & CEO, Guidant Financial: A serial entrepreneur, David has successfully launched a number of companies over the last 15 years within financing, digital media, real estate development and business services. He’s also an active angel investor who has helped seed companies in neuropharma, online travel, personal financial management, medical billing, technology and more. In 2003, David co-founded Guidant Financial which has helped fund 11,000 businesses with more than 3B in funding. He has been a featured speaker at over 350 national and international events, covering topics from entrepreneurship to small business financing. In addition, he and Guidant have been highlighted in such media sources such as CNBC, Fortune Magazine, Entrepreneur, CNN and The Wall Street Journal. In 2007, the Small Business Administration (SBA) named Nilssen the National Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, David released a book called Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership and was named one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers. Today, he serves as a member of the Entrepreneur Organization’s Global Learning Committee, as well as on the board of Archbright, formerly Washington Employers, which is focused on helping its members elevate workplace performance through HR and legal support. He regularly contributes to

Other Articles By David Nilssen, CEO and Co-founder, Guidant Financial

Why C Corporations – and 401(k) Business Financing – Win with the New Tax Reform Bill

401(k) Business Funding | Entrepreneurship | Financing | Lifestyle | News and Media

It’s been a wild ride in Congress the past couple of months as the Trump administration and Republican majorities in the House and Senate pushed through a tax reform bill that will be beneficial ...

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January 10, 2018

The 5 C’s of SBA Loan Eligibility

This article was originally published on If you plan to start or expand a business, chances are you’ll need to seek funding. According to the National Small Business ...

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October 25, 2017

The Truth about Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors

This article was originally published on the Fortune Insider’s Network. When prospective entrepreneurs prepare to strike out on their own, they usually don’t know the challenges they’ll ...

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September 28, 2017

Why Failed Startups Are a Part of Business Success

Entrepreneurship | Leadership | Management | Small Business

All aspiring entrepreneurs want to know the secret to success. The truth is, there is no scientific formula to ensure that a startup succeeds. However, there are lessons I’ve learned along my ...

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August 29, 2017

5 Ways to Build a Strong Business Partnership

Entrepreneurship | Management

This article was originally published on the Fortune Insider's Network.  Choosing to work with a business partner shouldn’t be taken lightly. Owning a business can be a deeply personal ...

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August 09, 2017

The Top 5 Business Tools I Love

Small Business

Guidant CEO and co-founder, David Nilssen, shares the top 5 business tools that help save time and get organized as a business ...

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February 14, 2017

Small Business Success: Choosing a Business Partner

Entrepreneurship | Guidant Financial | Small Business

Choosing a business partner is similar to finding the right significant other. You’re looking for someone you can trust, who balances your strengths and weaknesses and you’re able to spend a lot ...

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October 10, 2016

[Video] Small Business Success: Am I an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? You may be asking yourself this question if you’re considering opening your own business. Fortunately, diversity is key on Main Street and there isn’t one ...

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August 16, 2016