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Do you have a 'franchise personality'?

Franchising

Not everyone is cut out to be a franchise owner. Find out if you have what it takes to be a successful franchisee by analyzing your 'franchise personality'.

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March 16, 2017
Start-up Success for Repeat Entrepreneurs

Start-up Do-Over: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Beginning Again in Business

Entrepreneurship | Small Business

Here's what entrepreneurs should keep in mind if they're beginning in business again after a failed start-up.

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March 14, 2017
Independent Businesses vs Franchises

Independent Business Ownership vs. Franchising: Which is right for you?

Franchising | Small Business

An in-depth look at how independent business ownership differs from running a franchise in lifestyle, start-up costs and survival rates.

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March 09, 2017
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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
    Employee Appreciation Day

    8 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day

    Management | Small Business

    Small business expert, Susan Solovic, discusses how to make your employees feel special on March 3, Employee Appreciation Day.

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    March 02, 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?

    Entrepreneurship

    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
    Family Members Make Great Business Mentors

    Why Family Members Make the Best Business Mentors

    Entrepreneurship

    Debora Sweeney shares why when looking for a mentor the advice and assistance that comes from having a family with business experience is invaluable.

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    February 16, 2017
    Top 5 Business Tools I Love

    The Top 5 Business Tools I Love

    Small Business

    Guidant CEO and Co-Founder, David Nilssen, shares the top 5 business tools he loves, that can help small business owners save time and get organized.

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    February 14, 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

    Franchising

    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