Small Business Owners: Give the Gift of Community for the Holidays

As another holiday season is upon us, it’s important to remember everyone involved with your business, and recognize their contributions in a meaningful way. In short, acknowledge the team of people that make it possible to run a successful small business. Here are some simple ways you can recognize their contributions: Continue reading


5 Documents You Need to Get in (Financial) Shape for 2013

While most people think of fitness goals when making their New Year’s resolutions, it’s also smart to get your personal and business financial documents in shape. After the holiday season is out of the way, it seems like tax time is right around the corner for your small business. It’s never too early to start getting your documents in order in case you want to buy a business or recapitalize your existing one. Continue reading


Get Pre-Qualified for Fall Financing with Guidant!

If you’re looking to start a business this fall, it’s time to start thinking about funding. And what better place than to look at funding with our partners at Guidant Financial?

At Guidant Financial, we can pre-qualify you free of charge in just minutes—all you have to do is complete a brief online form.

Once we’ve received your form, we’ll tabulate your Rapid Results on the spot and you’ll see what types of funding methods you may be eligible to use, such as SBA loans, 401(k) rollovers, unsecured credit and more. It’s that easy!

Not sure about your credit profile? Watch this brief webinar, Avoiding Common Credit Mistakes, for fast tips about how to keep yours in good shape.

To speak with a Guidant expert, call 888.472.4455 or visit

David Nilssen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Guidant Financial. Read more tips about becoming a successful entrepreneur in his book, Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership. Follow him on Twitter at @davidnilssen


Guest Post: What It Takes to Run a Business

By David Nilssen, CEO & Co-founder, Guidant Financial

Before you make the leap into business ownership, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some tough questions to make sure you’re up to the job:

1) Are you self-motivated?

2) Are you organized?

3) Are you proficient in finance, accounting, sales, marketing and customer service?

4) Are you willing to put your business first?

If your answer to any of these questions is a firm “no” you may want to re-think your plans for entrepreneurship. If not; keep in mind there is more to starting a business than enjoying the excitement and joy of potential success. Continue reading


Guest Post: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself If You’re Ready to Become an Entrepreneur

Today we’re featuring a special guest post from our friends at Guidant Financial! It’s one thing to dream of being your own boss but another completely to put it into action by becoming a business owner. Only problem from there on out is determining whether you’re better suited for a lifestyle as an entrepreneur or not. CEO and co-founder David Nilssen has the 3 questions you need to ask to see if the entrepreneurial road is the right one for you!

1. Is your environment influencing you positively or negatively?

Sometimes when you dream big, there are people in your life waiting in the wings to tell you that “you can’t do that,” or that your idea “will never work.” You may not be able to control what people in your life say or feel, but you can control how you react to their negativity. You can choose to ignore their comments, which have the power to erode your self-esteem, and continue on with your pursuit. Their energy will only become valid if you allow for it to influence you. Continue reading