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David Nilssen

David Nilssen

Guest Writer / 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.  

Minimum Wage

4 Considerations for Entrepreneurs in the Minimum Wage Debate

If you're a small-business owner who hopes the fuss will die down after November -- it won't.
Presidential Elections

Survey Shows Presidential Candidates Miss the Mark on Small-Business Issues

Independent, unaffiliated entrepreneurs will decide who wins the small-business vote in November.
Entrepreneurs

Top 5 Small Business Tools

These five tools leverage technology so that you don't lose time that's critical to your business success.
Franchises

Why More Baby Boomers Are Looking to Franchise

Twenty-two percent of boomers have less than $100,000 of retirement savings.
Startup Financing

5 Small Business Financing Trends to Watch

Start up funding is available from more sources now than ever before, but let caution and number-crunching guide your financing decision.
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.
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.
Access to Capital

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.
Franchises

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.
Angel Investors

What Angel Investors Care About Most When They Make Investment Decisions

Why people are as important as products in these initial funding rounds.
Startup Financing

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.
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 reali...
Entrepreneurs

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?
Finance

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.
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.