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David Nilssen Bio
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David Nilssen is serial entrepreneur and recognized as the leading expert on small business and franchise finance.  His company, Guidant Financial, enables aspiring entrepreneurs find the capital they need to purchase the small business or franchise of their dreams.


He pioneered the concept of “one-stop shopping” in small business financing.  In addition to SBA lending, unsecured loans and equipment leasing, Guidant can help an individual to invest their retirement funds into a business without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan.  Founded in 2003 with less than $10,000 and a laptop, Guidant has become an Inc 500 organization with thousands of clients in all 50 states.


David’s company has helped nearly 4,000 individuals invest nearly $2 billion into small business or franchising creating more than 50,000 American jobs and generating hundreds of millions in economic output.

Under his leadership, Guidant was recognized by many industry and civic organizations such as:

  • Inc. 5000 List- (#384) 2008, 2009, 2010
  • US Chamber of Commerce, Regional Small Biz of the Year- 2007
  • Fastest Growing Companies, CEO Magazine- 2007, 2008 & 2009
  • Best Companies to Work For, CEO Magazine- 2007, 2008 & 2011

In 2007, the Small Business Administration (SBA) named Nilssen the National Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Puget Sound Business Journal named him one of the top 40 businesspeople under 40.  In 2008 & 2009, Ernst and Young named him a finalist for their coveted Entrepreneur of the Year award. 

 

Nilssen has been a featured speaker at over 350 national and international events, covering topics from entrepreneurship and branding to small business financing.  In addition, he and his company have been highlighted in such media sources such as CNBC, Fortune Magazine, Entrepreneur, CNN and Wall Street Journal. 


David serves as the President of the Seattle Entrepreneur Organization and a Board advisor for Youth Ventures. 

You can reach David at
david@makingthejumpbook.com.


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