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eBook: Small Business Administration Loans

Financing | SBA Loans

SBA small business loans offer low interest rates and affordable repayment terms to start, buy or grow a business. Download our ebook to learn how to qualify.

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March 07, 2017
Top Small Business Funding Methods

Top 4 Small Business Funding Methods of 2017

401(k) Business Funding | Financing | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | SBA Loans | Small Business

When credit cards max out, small business owners turn to these 4 popular funding methods, including SBA loans and 401(k) business financing.

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March 01, 2017
Presidential Trivia: Entrepreneurs

Presidential Trivia: Who started their careers as business owners?


The 45th President is widely known for his vast business holdings, but what other Presidents dabbled in the business circuit before entering politics?

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February 20, 2017

Client Success Story: Cryogenic Therapy Center

Client Stories

After 14 years of working in education, Brian Wesley used his retirement funds to open a cryotherapy center. He's loving life helping people and owning a business.

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February 09, 2017

How to Finance a Fitness Franchise

Financing | Franchising

If you're considering a fitness franchise as your new small business, review the benefits of this model as well as costs and options for types of financing.

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February 07, 2017
Common Myths About 401(k) Business Funding

Revealed: 8 Common Myths about Rollovers for Business Start-ups

Guidant Financial | Rollovers for Business Start-ups

Rollovers for Business Start-ups is unfamiliar to many, but don't let common myths and misconceptions stop you from persuing small business ownership.

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February 03, 2017
6 Reasons New Franchisees Fail

Webinar: The 6 'F Words' that Cause New Franchisees to Fail


Terry Powell, Founder of The Entrepreneur’s Source, and David Nilssen, CEO of Guidant Financial, discuss misconceptions and common mistakes franchisees make.

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February 02, 2017
Business Opportunities: Finding the Right Business

Small Business Opportunities: 5 Steps to Help You Find a Business to Buy

Financing | Franchising | Small Business

Whether you’re debating what industry you’ll dive into or opening an independent business or a franchise, use these steps to choose the right business.

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January 31, 2017
Top Five States for Fitness Franchises

Top States for Fitness Franchises

Franchising | Small Business

With the increasing awareness about health, gym and fitness franchises are flourishing across the country, but these top five states see the most action.

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January 25, 2017
The State if Small Business Report

An Overview of 2017 Small Business Trends [Infographic]

Entrepreneurship | Small Business | Small Business Resources

Guidant Financial recently surveyed its clients to create a comprehensive Small Business Report, painting a picture of today's small business trends.

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January 24, 2017
The Top 5 Fitness Franchise Brands

Top 5 Fitness Franchise Brands


Projections for fitness franchise industry in the next five years bring revenue up to $3.7 billion. We've outlined the top 5 brands you should be considering for a new business.

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January 19, 2017
Work Life Balance

Finding Your Work-Life Balance

Entrepreneurship | Management

As a business owner, finding the perfect work-life balance is akin to finding a unicorn. Though challenging, there are tricks to finding harmony between the office and home.

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January 17, 2017
Industry Report: Gym and Fitness Franchises

[Infographic] Overview of the Gym and Fitness Industry

Entrepreneurship | Franchising

Guidant Financial takes an in-depth look at the fitness franchise industry, which offers outstanding potential for small business thanks to high demand.

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January 10, 2017
How Scheduling Laws Affect Small Business

What Small Businesses Need to Know About New ‘Secure Scheduling’ Laws

Small Business

New secure scheduling laws are beginning to gain traction. Intended for companies with more than 500 employees, small businesses will be affected.

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January 05, 2017
Resolutions for Small Business Owners

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Business Owners

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

There are small changes you can make in your operations, with employees and for customers that can put you on the path to success in 2017.

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December 28, 2016
Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

3 Characteristics Shared by Successful Entrepreneurs


Learn more about the three traits that successful entrepreneurs have in common, which contribute to the long-term health of their businesses.

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December 21, 2016
Comparing Debt and Equity Financing for Small Business Funding

An Honest Comparison of Equity vs. Debt Business Funding Solutions

From debt financing to equity financing, there are funding solutions to fit almost every business budget. Here’s a comparison of the top 4 common financing methods for small business.

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November 30, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About Your Small Business Credit Score

Everything You Need to Know About Your Small Business Credit Score

Small Business

Learn how your Small Business Credit Score, or SBSS, has an impact on your application to obtain a small business loan.

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November 17, 2016
Start a Business Before the End of the Year

Top 4 Reasons to Start a Business Before the End of the Year

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

Not sure when to pursue your dreams of business ownership? Here are 4 reasons to do so before the end of the year.

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November 09, 2016
Franchise Association's New President Paul Sogreto

Paul Segreto Joins Franchise Broker Association as President

Franchising | Small Business

Guidant’s long-time partner and advocate Paul Segreto, has accepted the role of President with the Franchise Broker Association (FBA).

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November 02, 2016
Small Business Success: Choosing the right type of entity [video]

Small Business Success: Choosing the Right Type of Entity [Video]

Small Business

One of the earliest steps in building your company is selecting the right kind of entity. Whether it’s a sole-proprietorship, LLC, C corporation, S corporation or other, there are pros and cons of ...

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October 31, 2016
Your Timeline for Opening a Business

Your Small Business Timeline: How to Start a Successful Business

Small Business

Here’s a step-by-step timeline of how to take your small business idea from a hazy concept to a thriving business in any industry.

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October 27, 2016
Guidant Financial Entrepreneur Award

Guidant Financial Named One of Entrepreneur 360’s Top 100 Companies

Guidant Financial

We’re honored to announce that Guidant Financial was ranked #78 among Entrepreneur magazine’s 2016 list of the 360 "best entrepreneurial companies in America."

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October 26, 2016
Ask Every ROBS provider this Question

The No. 1 Question to Ask Your ROBS Provider

Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

If you’re interested in funding your small business through the Rollover for Business Start-up (ROBS) arrangement, ask potential providers this one crucial question.

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October 21, 2016
Small Business Success: Unsecured Loans

Small Business Success: Unsecured Business Loans

Small Business

Guidant Co-founder and CEO, David Nilssen, discusses how hopeful entrepreneurs can borrow up to $150,000 in small business financing without risking personal collateral.

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October 19, 2016
5 Common ROBS Mistakes

5 Common Mistakes When Funding with ROBS

To help put you on the early path to success, we’ve produced the top five mistakes we see people make when funding their business with ROBS and how you can avoid them.

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October 12, 2016
Small Business Success: Choosing a Business Partner

Small Business Success: Choosing a Business Partner

Entrepreneurship | Guidant Financial | Small Business

David Nilssen provides some helpful tips on deciding if a business partner is a good fit for you in our most recent Small Business Success Series video.

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October 10, 2016
Get the Best Small Business Loan Rates

Take 2 Steps to Get the Best Small Business Loan Rates

Financing | Small Business

Follow these steps to secure even lower rates on your small business loan and keep your monthly payments within your budget.

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October 07, 2016
Client Success Story: Frozen Yogurt Franchise

Client Success Story: Frozen Yogurt Franchise

With Guidant's help, Linda used her retirement funds to finance a new Red Mango Franchise. She's enjoying success as a small business owner. Learn more.

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October 05, 2016
Find a location for your small business

Small Business Success: The Best Location for Your Business

David Nilssen discusses where to turn for help in your search for the perfect small business location and what considerations should be your top priority.

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October 03, 2016
SBA Working Capital Loans for Small Business

Is an SBA Working Capital loan right for your small business?

Small Business

SBA Working Capital loans are a great option for entrepreneurs who need funds to run an existing business and are looking for up to $150,000 in working capital.

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September 29, 2016
Client Success Story: Mathnasium Franchise

Small Business Success Story: Making Math Her New Mission

Client Stories | Rollovers for Business Start-ups

After a 20-year Navy career, Dr. Jennifer Nicholl's reached out to Guidant and we helped use her retirement funds to open a successful Mathnasium franchise.

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September 27, 2016
Small Business Success: Portfolio Loans

Small Business Success: Portfolio Loans [Video]

Small Business

Guidant CEO, David Nilssen discusses the requirements and advantages of leveraging your investment portfolio to fund your small business. Learn more.

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September 22, 2016
Small Business Success: SBA Loans

Small Business Success: SBA Loans [Video]

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

Guidant Financial CEO, David Nilssen, discusses the five “C’s” of small business loan eligibility: capital, credit, capacity, collateral and character.

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September 19, 2016
Small Business Success: Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs

Small Business Success: Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs [Video]

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

David Nilssen talks about his experience working with baby boomers and some of the reasons he believes they make successful entrepreneurs.

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September 16, 2016
Client Success Story: Craft Distillery

Small Business Success Story: From Corporate Burnout to Craft Distillery

Client Stories | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

Using their retirement funds to start a business, friends Don and Kent opened Dry Fly Distilling which now has a range of awarded products and they continue to see success.

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September 14, 2016
ROBS eBook

Everything You Need to Know About ROBS [eBook]

Free eBook: Rollover for Business Start-ups allows you to use money from an eligible retirement account to fund your business debt free. Learn more.

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September 12, 2016
Understanding ERISA Tax Code

Is Guidant Financial Group a Scam?

Guidant Financial

Learn more about Guidant Financial and the history of the Rollover for Business Start-up arrangement.

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September 07, 2016
Small Business Success Secrets

5 Secrets to Small Business Success

Small Business

Starting a new business is one of the most exciting and challenging times in your life. Remember these five pillars of small business success:

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September 06, 2016
Franchise Small Business Success Story

Small Business Success Story: Entrepreneurship Found a Good Sport

Client Stories

Christopher Villa made a lifelong dream come true when he purchased an i9 Sports franchise in 2006. Now, he leads one of the most successful i9 franchises in the country.

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September 01, 2016
Small Business Financing Made Easy

[Video] Small Business Financing Solutions Made Easy

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

We offer a full suite of small business financing options to help entrepreneurs succeed. Make your dream of small business ownership a reality.

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August 23, 2016
Start a business after 50

Why More People Are Starting a Business After 50

Entrepreneurship | Financing | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

If you’re over the age of 50, starting a business may seem like a wild undertaking, but it’s the best time to make your big dreams a reality.

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August 18, 2016

[eBook] 7 Steps to Choosing the Right Business

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

Whether you're starting a new company or purchasing a franchise: Here's a free step-by-step guide to assist you in deciding which business is best for you.

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August 08, 2016
Guidant Best Business Books

Guidant Picks: Best Business Books

Guidant Financial | Management | Small Business

Take a look at the top books Guidant’s Executive Leadership team turns to when they’re working to solve problems, excite creativity and manage growth.

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August 02, 2016

Why risk Rio when you can experience the Guidant Olympics?

Guidant Financial

Every year, small business financing firm Guidant Financial hosts its annual office Olympics. Find out how they compare to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

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August 01, 2016

In the News: Guidant Financial and CEO Featured for Franchising, ROBS, Political Survey

Guidant Financial | News and Media

Guidant Financial was recently in several articles around the web including a syndicated article written by our CEO and Co-founder, David Nilssen.

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July 29, 2016
Client Success Story Restaurant

Small Business Success Story: A Toast to New Beginnings

Client Stories | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

After 20 years in insurance, John Reuber opened his restaurant TOAST, Four Corners. Finding immediate success, the restaurant was profitable in month two.

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July 28, 2016

2016 Capital Pledge Update

Guidant Financial | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

This year, we’re raising the bar even higher by pledging to help business owners secure $410 million in business capital.

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July 25, 2016

Guidant’s Top 5 Resources for Purchasing a Franchise

Franchising | Small Business

Whether you’re just starting to look, or you’re about to open your doors, here are five of the franchise resources our clients have found to be the most helpful

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July 21, 2016

[Infographic] Industry Report: Craft Breweries

Small Business

The craft beer industry is one of the fastest-growing segments in the U.S. If you’re thinking about starting one of these establishments, the time is now.

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July 19, 2016

How You Can Leverage a Business Line of Credit

Financing | Small Business

Using a line of credit for your business incorrectly can add stress to your cash flow and operations. Done right, it can give you what you need to create an upward spiral of cash flow, expansion and success.

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July 14, 2016

[Webcast] How to Pick a Top-Performing Franchise

Entrepreneurship | Franchising | Guidant Financial | Small Business

Guidant sat down with franchise expert Tom Scarda to discuss how future small business owners can pick a top-performing franchise as their new venture.

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July 12, 2016

Celebrating Our (Financial) Independence

Client Stories | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

We had the honor of helping Dr. Nicholls find financial independence when opening her new business. After a recommendation to use Guidant from Mathnasium and a free consultation with one of our experts, she used a 401(k) rollover to open her franchise.

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July 04, 2016
Frozen Yogurt Industry Report and Infographic

[Infographic] Industry Report: Frozen Yogurt Shops

Franchising | Small Business

Although the industry forecast is has slowed compared to the past five years, it looks like frozen yogurt shops are going to continue to see steady growth:

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June 28, 2016
Hiring and retaining top talent

10 Tips for Hiring and Retaining Top Talent

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

Here are some strategies you can implement to scale your recruiting efforts, retain your best employees and save your business money.

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June 21, 2016
Compare Equity Financing to Deb Financing

Equity Financing vs. Debt Financing: Which is right for you?

Equity financing allows entrepreneurs to start a business debt-free, offering a quicker path to profitability without having to worry about interest rates.

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May 24, 2016

Small Business Success Story: A Beautiful Career

Client Stories | Franchising | Guidant Financial | Rollovers for Business Start-ups

After decades in the health care IT industry, Bohnne Jones endured a series of layoffs that left her ready for a career makeover. She’d always enjoyed interior decorating, and knew she had the ...

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April 08, 2016
Small Business Success: Open a brewery

Small Business Success Story: Brewing What They Love

Client Stories

Suzie and Todd Ford explain was lured them to business ownership and how Guidant Financial helped set them on the path for future success.

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March 11, 2016
Business Financing Made East

Taking the Fear Out of Business Financing


Find out how Guidant Financial takes the fear out of small business financing with a simple and efficient process that focuses on long-term success.

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October 29, 2015