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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 Entrepreneur.com.

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

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

Why the SBA Lending Limit Won’t Pose an Issue in 2016

Financing | Small Business

In July 2015, all eyes were on the Small Business Administration after it had announced its 7(a) small business loan program was on hold after running out of money. This meant business owners who had ...

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August 10, 2016

[Video] Small Business Success: How Much Can You Afford?

Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

Whether you’re looking into buying a franchise, an existing business or starting a new business, you’re likely beginning to research how much you can afford to spend. Your project budget is one ...

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July 20, 2016

[Video] Small Business Success: ROBS 101

Entrepreneurship | Franchising | Guidant Financial | Rollovers for Business Start-ups

Small Business Success: ROBS 101 David Nilssen, serial entrepreneur and Guidant Financial’s CEO and co-founder, shares how each year thousands of entrepreneurs start a business debt free. David ...

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June 14, 2016

Rollovers for Business Start-ups: Paying Yourself a Salary

401(k) Business Funding | Rollovers for Business Start-ups

An increasing number of entrepreneurs are capitalizing their small business or franchise with their own IRA or 401(k) funds, without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan. Although growing ...

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October 15, 2014