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Client Success Story: A Toast to New Beginnings

Clients | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

After 20 years in the insurance industry, John Reuber made the decision to pursue his dream of becoming his own boss. In 2015, John opened breakfast and lunch restaurant TOAST, Four Corners, in ...

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July 28, 2016

2016 Capital Pledge Update

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

In 2015, Guidant Financial helped entrepreneurs secure approximately $382 million in small business financing, surpassing our goal of $350 million. This year, we’re raising the bar even higher by ...

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July 25, 2016

Guidant’s Top 5 Resources for Purchasing a Franchise

Franchise | Small Business

Purchasing a franchise is a great way to become a new business owner, and it comes with several advantages. You maintain the thrill of entrepreneurship while also gaining industry reputation, an ...

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July 21, 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

[Infographic] Industry Report: Craft Breweries

Lifestyle | Small Business

Something is brewing in American cities and towns: Craft breweries and brewpubs serving small-batch hoppy IPAs, crisp lagers and malty amber ales. And these fine-quality adult beverages aren’t just ...

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July 19, 2016

How You Can Leverage a Business Line of Credit

Finance | Small Business

Just like with personal credit, there is a right way and a wrong way to use a line of credit for your business. Done wrong, using that line can add incremental stress to your cash flow and ...

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July 14, 2016

[Webcast] How to Pick a Top-Performing Franchise

Entrepreneurs | Franchise | Guidant Financial | Lifestyle | Small Business

Steve Nilssen, Guidant’s Senior Financing Consultant, 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

Top LinkedIn Strategies for Small Business Hiring

Entrepreneurs | Small Business

By Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert It’s become a common complaint: Small business hiring is difficult due to a lack of good and readily available talent. At the heart of this issue ...

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July 07, 2016

Celebrating Our (Financial) Independence

Clients | Rollovers for Business Start-ups | Small Business

As we celebrate the independence and freedoms afforded to us as Americans, we also reflect on the American dream pursued by 28 million small business owners each year. After a successful ...

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July 04, 2016

How to Hire the Right Attorney for Your Small Business

Entrepreneurs | Leadership | Small Business

By Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert Money is typically tight when your small business is getting started. It’s smart to examine every expense and look for ways to reduce unnecessary ...

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June 30, 2016

[Infographic] Industry Report: Frozen Yogurt Shops

Entrepreneurs | Franchise | Small Business

Last time you went on an evening walk to find a cool treat in summer, you likely ended up at a frozen yogurt shop. This is due in large part to the fact that the number of frozen yogurt stores has ...

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June 28, 2016

[Video] Guidant Financial Named One of Washington's 100 Best Companies to Work For

Guidant Financial | Leadership

We’re excited to announce that Guidant Financial has again been named one of Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. So, what makes working at Guidant great? Here’s our team ...

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June 24, 2016

Finding Success and Fulfillment Working with Family

Entrepreneurs | Guidant Financial | Leadership | Lifestyle | Small Business

How boisterous is the dynamic around your family table during the holidays?  Perhaps some discussions turn to disagreements or off-limits topics are raised. Every family has scenes like this, no ...

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June 23, 2016

10 Tips for Hiring and Retaining Top Talent

Entrepreneurs | Lifestyle | Small Business

The expenses associated with expanding your small business's team can quickly add up. While the investment is worthwhile, the time and resources required to recruit and train new employees ...

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June 21, 2016