Guidant Financial Blog

3 Historical Figures Who Paved the Way for Women in Business

March 27, 2015 by @guidant

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), a joint effort between Babson College of Massachusetts and the London School of Business, reports a beautiful upward trend in the U.S. economy: 13 percent of American adults are involved in a start-up, the highest percent since GEM’s inception in 1999. Fifty-nine percent of this business-minded group are men, which means women in business now account for 41 percent of all start-ups in America — and they’re opening companies at a rate of 1,200 per…

How to Write a Bank-Friendly Business Plan

March 25, 2015 by @guidant

If you’re starting a small business, you’ll need a business plan. More than just a sketch of how you think your new business will work, a well thought out business plan can help you gauge your success and understand your market, giving you a clear picture of what you’ll need to do to make a profit. What’s more, a business plan can also make or break your chances of obtaining business financing.

T-Mobile Targets Small Businesses with Simpler Services

March 23, 2015 by @guidant

T-Mobile wants to be the new “Un-carrier” for small business phone and wireless services. The company announced last week new business plans that will be simpler, with rates based only on how many lines and how much data a company needs.

5 Business Industries That Will Bloom This Spring

March 20, 2015 by @guidant

Here in Washington State, we’ve been lucky enough to have weather that feels like spring for several weeks. But today marks the official first day of the new season, and it’s time to trade those warm outer coats and snow plows for T-shirts, sunglasses and garden trowels. In light of the longer days and warmer weather, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the business industries that can expect an influx of customers in the coming months:

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs in America

March 16, 2015 by @guidant

Here at Guidant, we’ve had the privilege and honor of working with some pretty amazing women who’ve made the leap into small business ownership. Some of these leading ladies left their corporate jobs to take control of their lives, while others wanted to fulfill lifelong entrepreneurial dreams. It’s no easy task to own a small business, and since March is Women’s History Month, we wanted to pay homage to these fantastic females. Here are a few facts about women entrepreneurs…