David Nilssen

David Nilssen

Entrepreneur, Investor, Author, Philanthropist
David Nilssen is the co-founder and CEO of Bellevue, Wash.-based Guidant Financial. The company helps entrepreneurs invest their retirement funds into a business or franchise without taking a taxable distribution or incurring penalties; it also aids business owners in securing Small Business Administration loans.  
Channel Your Inner Pioneer and Sign Up With an Emerging Franchise
Franchises

Channel Your Inner Pioneer and Sign Up With an Emerging Franchise

Even McDonald's started as a new brand. Entrepreneurs who get in on the ground floor of a growing chain can potentially reap great rewards.
Forget Retirement. Baby Boomers Are Looking to Franchising to Stay Active.
Franchises

Forget Retirement. Baby Boomers Are Looking to Franchising to Stay Active.

With 22 percent of boomers having less than $100,000 of retirement savings, many will opening their own business for financial security and a purposeful later stage of life.
Why Isn't Access to Credit for Small Business Improving in 2015?
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Why Isn't Access to Credit for Small Business Improving in 2015?

Some 50 percent of small businesses that applied for financing in 2014 haven't yet received it.
These 10 Brands Make It Easier for Veterans to Become Franchisees
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These 10 Brands Make It Easier for Veterans to Become Franchisees

Vets deserve special consideration this Memorial Day. In the entrepreneurial world, certain franchisors haven't forgotten that.
What Angel Investors Care About Most When They Make Investment Decisions
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What Angel Investors Care About Most When They Make Investment Decisions

Why people are as important as products in these initial funding rounds.
When Seeking an SBA Loan, Remember the 5 C's
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When Seeking an SBA Loan, Remember the 5 C's

Banks analyze these five factors to determine whether to approve your small business loan application.
4 Essential Considerations of a Bank-Friendly Business Plan
Business Plans

4 Essential Considerations of a Bank-Friendly Business Plan

Your business plan is not an academic exercise or a hoop to jump through, it's a living document that shows investors, advisors and business partners that you are serious about making your dream reality.
Recent Survey Provides a Great Look at Today's Entrepreneur [Infographic]
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Recent Survey Provides a Great Look at Today's Entrepreneur [Infographic]

Just who is starting businesses in the U.S., and what makes them tick?
This Alternative Financing Avenue Allows You to Tap Into Retirement Funds
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This Alternative Financing Avenue Allows You to Tap Into Retirement Funds

Rollovers as business startups can be a sound capitalization strategy, but it does expose you to a risk of loss of retirement funds.
Business and Family Are All in a Day's Work For These Dynamic CEO Moms
Female Entrepreneurs

Business and Family Are All in a Day's Work For These Dynamic CEO Moms

Three female CEOs reveal how they pursue that elusive work/life balance.
Ignoring Employee Morale Will Cost You. Here's the Solution.
Managing Employees

Ignoring Employee Morale Will Cost You. Here's the Solution.

Stay on top of issues before dissatisfaction spirals out of control, leading to a drop in productivity and revenue and exits.
Build Your Business on Your Strengths, Hire Your Team to Cover Your Weaknesses
Entrepreneurs

Build Your Business on Your Strengths, Hire Your Team to Cover Your Weaknesses

The key to your success as an entrepreneur is sufficient introspection to learn what you are good at and what you need help with.
5 Fast-Growing Industries Ripe for Entrepreneurs
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5 Fast-Growing Industries Ripe for Entrepreneurs

No one knows the future but, sometimes, you can make a very educated guess where things are headed.
The Top 10 Small Business Bets, Post-Recession and Next Recession
Business Ideas

The Top 10 Small Business Bets, Post-Recession and Next Recession

Industries that perform well in the midst of economic uncertainty do just fine in good times, too.
Older Workers

Why Being 50 (or Older) Is Just Right for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs with years of workforce experience and accumulated wisdom launch the businesses of their dreams.