The Guidant Blog

Your guide to starting, growing and selling your small business

Do you have a 'franchise personality'?


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?


    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


    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


    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