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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Scenes from the Zoup seminar. Photo by Jana Chiabai.
The Zoup franchise is looking to expand to the Pacific Northwest, and is offering free seminars for prospective business owners to check them out!

Our own Jana Chiabai attended the Seattle seminar last night and sampled some of their award-winning soups after hearing their brief presentation. She thinks, "this market is perfect [for Zoup] due to the cool weather."

If you're interested in funding your own Zoup restaurant, contact our Business Development team at 888.472.4455 x3331 to learn more about how Guidant can help.

To attend the Oregon Zoup seminar tonight in Lake Oswego, click RSVP.

Monday, November 12, 2012
Our partners at the International Franchise Association have prepared a wonderful new video highlighting veteran entrepreneurs. Have a look here:

It's not often that our representatives return from company travel and talk about chainsaw juggling acts or Kiss cover bands, but that's exactly what happened this week.

Business Development West Coast Representative Jordan Melin attended the Anytime Fitness Conference in Chicago, which featured a performance by Hairball (pictured at left) and a meeting that ended with a presenter juggling chainsaws (for real).

1300 professionals attended this annual event, which celebrates the achievements of the franchise, provides inspirational seminars and offers educational opportunities for franchisees looking to take their Anytime Fitness clubs to the next level.

Follow Anytime Fitness on Twitter: @AnytimeFitness
Follow Guidant on Twitter: @guidant

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Congratulations to our final batch of $150 gift card winners for August. They are:
  • Daniel R. (CBI Midwest Business Brokers) 
  • Susan M. (The Entrepreneur's Source)
  • Chris S. (FCBB San Diego)
  • David O. (The Entrepreneur Authority)
  • Michael A. (The Entrepreneur's Source)
  • Anita L. (Apex Business Advisors & Brokers)
  • Bob M. (The Entrepreneur's Source)
  • Tim T. (The Entrepreneur's Source)
  • Tim & Lisa M. (Top Franchises)
Follow Guidant on Twitter: @guidant

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Did you know that Guidant Financial has a company page on LinkedIn? If not, you can find it here.

We'd love to connect with you!

Friday, August 17, 2012
The partner contest continues!

Congratulations to our first batch of $150 gift card winners for August. They are:

  • Hugh (Franchise BizNow)
  • Dan (TES)
  • Jim (St. Louis Group)
  • Laurel (Sunbelt)
  • Ron (TES)
  • Alex (Franchise INC)
  • Debra (TES)
  • Bill (Oates & Breadfield)
  • Michael (Entrepreneur Authority)
  • Susan (TES)

Best of luck to all for the next contest, which concludes on Aug. 31.

Monday, August 13, 2012
In a post today on the IFA FranBlog, Guidant is noted for their participation at the Faegre Franchise Summit in Minneapolis last week, where CEO & Co-founder David Nilssen served on a finance panel and stepped up the commitment to VetFran by becoming a VetFran Preferred Provider.

Read the full post here.

Join the conversation with Guidant Financial on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The winners of our July contest for $150 gift cards are as follows:

  • Bill (TES)
  • Dan (TES)
  • Jim (TES)
  • Ray (TES)
  • Richard (Veterans Franchise Centers)
  • Ed (TES)
  • Ed (St. Louis Group)
  • Nancy (TES)
  • Natalie (Franchise Alliance)
  • Cheryl (First Choice Business Brokers)
Congratulations to all!

Members of our Business Development team are currently on-site at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Small Business Conference & Expo in Detroit.

Our East Coast Representative, Jana, is pictured here at our booth speaking with an entrepreneur. 

Follow @guidant on Twitter for real-time updates.

At the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Small Business Conference & Expo in Detroit June 26 - 28, 40 franchise brands of the International Franchise Association will present the inaugural Franchising Pavilion.

At the event, the new free Veterans Franchise Toolkit and Veterans Mentor Network will be unveiled.

These initiatives are an extension of the Operation Enduring Opportunity campaign, which began in November of 2011 as a national effort to get veterans back to work and into business ownership.

Guidant is proud to be participating! If you're attending the event, please stop by our booth (10810) at the Open House, and say 'hi' to Rachel and Jana, who will be representing our team.

Join industry leaders at FranDev 2012 from June 23 - 27 at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort.

Guidant Financial is proud to be a sponsor of this event and welcomes you to join the leadership of Management 2000, FranConnect, Faegre Baker Daniels, Greenbaum Marketing, FranData, Fishman PR, MFV Expositions, Tortal and others for a franchise recruitment summit like no other. For more information or to register, click here.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

How does four days at a luxury resort in the mountains of Arizona sound?

If world-class hiking, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, fine dining and spa treatments appeal to you, we’d like to tell you about the upcoming FranDev conference.

The most experienced franchise experts and leaders are coming together June 23 – 27 at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain in Tucson, Ariz. to spend time discussing the best ways to improve their systems. Topics covered include: recruitment, lead generation, marketing—and of course—financing. You can also receive 450 Education CFE credits for attending.

To register, fill out the form on page 14 of the brochure above. Be sure to check “Guidant Financial” where it asks how you heard about the conference.

We hope to see you there!

Guidant Financial Business Development Representative Jordan Melin was a featured presenter today at the Make More Money Expo in Issaquah, Wash.

The Expo aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs meet with local companies to learn more about becoming a business owner.

Melin shared information about the iFinance program, SBA Loans and Unsecured Credit.

In an article today about the IFA's recent partnership announcements, Guidant Financial is recognized as a key player in helping potential franchise owners gain capital to start their new business.

Read the full story here.

Connect with Guidant Financial on LinkedIn.

At the IFA Small Business Lending Summit earlier this week, Guidant CEO David Nilssen served on a panel of experts who spoke about creating jobs and franchise financing in today's economy.

Nilssen emphasized the optimism Guidant saw in their most recent annual client survey, and the fact that our services, coupled with SBA lenders, can provide liquidity to a transaction and enable it to close.

Read more about the summit on the Huffington Post.

A new strategic alliance between Guidant Financial and the International Franchise Association was announced today at the Small Business Lending Summit in Washington, D.C.

The formation of the alliance takes an important step in the ongoing quest to make more credit available to both aspiring franchise owners and existing franchisees.  

Read the full press release here.

Join the conversation with Guidant Financial on LinkedIn.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
In November, in conjunction with the IFA and Joining Forces, Guidant was honored to become a part of the Operation Enduring Opportunity campaign, which aims to put 100,000 veterans back to work by 2014.

Today, Joining Forces celebrates its first anniversary.

To learn more about our program for veterans, click here.

To view a video from the First Lady, click the 'play' button below.

It may seem unlikely in light of the volatile economy, but experts are saying that now is actually an ideal time to purchase a franchise.

In an article for NuWire Investor, CEO David Omholt discusses the timing:

Historically, some of the greatest business launches came at a time when it might have seemed counterintuitive to the academics and the uninitiated. If we rewind the clocks back to 1954 (a recessionary cycle that coincided with the end of the Korean War) a young salesman named Ray Kroc began negotiating with the McDonald's brothers to be their franchise agent. To many, Ray seemed 'off his (K)rocker' (or a couple Big Macs short of a picnic, as it were) to be taking risks in such an economic environment. Well, how wrong they were!
He goes on to say that it's difficult to see the hope in launching a venture when a good majority of the current financial media coverage is negative, "Yes, I too read the negative headlines and listen to the pessimistic pundits on their views of the world and here at home. Problem is, they fail to give the positive factors equal airtime. And there are plenty of them."

See his full assessment here.

Read about a franchisee who used Guidant Financial to start his branch of Dogtopia.

We're pleased to announce our new alliance with the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative (PAFI).

PAFI is dedicated to helping pro athletes transition from sports careers to franchise ownership, and Guidant is poised to help those individuals secure funding for their new businesses.

Read the full press release here.

Follow Guidant Financial on Facebook.

CEO & Cofounder David Nilssen and Business Development Director
Rachel Villiott just returned from a wonderful visit to the
Franchise Finance Conference in Las Vegas.

There, they both connected with a number of franchise professionals,
sharing ideas about funding. David also spoke on the topic
'Franchise Finance Options A-Z: Financing Deals Under $500k' alongside
Ronald Feldman, the Cofounder of Franchise America Finance.

Ronald Feldman

David Nilssen

Join the conversation: Follow Guidant Financial on Facebook.

Guidant CEO & Cofounder David Nilssen appears in this month's issue of Franchising World.

His article discusses the continued efforts to help veterans start their own businesses and details our 2012 scholarship program.

Read the full article here.

Our CEO, David Nilssen, testing it out.

Our first prize winner: Weslyn Bezila from National Tax Credit.

Our second prize winner: IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.

Monday, February 13, 2012
David Nilssen with Susan Black-Beth
On behalf of all of us at Guidant, our warmest wishes go out to Susan Black-Beth, Director of Franchising at Super Wash, Inc. who is also a valued Guidant partner.

Susan will receive the prestigious Bonny LeVine Award in a ceremony tonight at the International Franchise Association Annual Convention.

The award was created in memory of Postal Instant Press Co-founder and esteemed IFA member, Bonny LeVine, in 1994 to commemorate her outstanding contributions to the franchising industry.

The honor is bestowed annually to "a female franchisor or franchisee who has demonstrated ability in franchising as evidenced by her contributions to the growth of the business; contributions through her community through board positions, volunteer work and activities that promote the professional advancement of women; and, of course, her contributions as a mentor to women in franchising."

Congratulations to partner Mike Raiche from the Franchise Alliance.

He entered our contest on Facebook to leave us his New Year's Resolution and won an iPad!

His winning words?

"Say "yes" more often."

Join the conversation. Visit Guidant Financial on Facebook.

David and Rachel standing in front of the box Rachel helped build!
Guidant CEO David Nilssen and West Coast Buisness Development Director Rachel Villiott participated in the inaugural "Franchising Gives Back" event today in Orlando.

The day of service aims to demonstrate the "generosity and impact the franchise industry has on local communities."

Mayor Robert Myer of New Roads Louisiana with Guidant's Jana Chiabai

Guidant's Doug Smith with Andy Cagnetta of Transworld Business Brokers

A Guest Signs the Guidant Wisdom Wall

Friday, January 20, 2012
Stop by Booth 517 at Franchise Expo South this weekend and sign the Guidant "wisdom wall." Doug Smith and  Jana Chiabai will be there, ready to talk franchise financing. 

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Congratulations to our Vice President of Business Development, Jerry Darnell on becoming an Admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.

Admiral Joe Wishcamper, Guidant Senior Counsel, presented him with his certificate today during an impromptu ceremony at Guidant Headquarters in Bellevue, Wash.

The presentation ended with a spirited serenade to Darnell.

A report in the IFA FranBlog this week indicates that the Vow to Hire Heroes Act is helping ignite new hiring strategies in the franchising world.

Because the tax credits associated with this Act expire in December of 2012, the time to act is now.

Learn ways to recruit veterans and visit the first-ever VetFran Pavilion at the IFA Convention in Orlando, Feb. 11 - 14.

Guidant is on Twitter, follow us at:!/Guidant

The West Coast Franchise Expo is known as the premier franchise event in the western United States. 

With over 100 franchise concepts and more than 40 suppliers exhibiting, the event provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to explore franchising in a face to face setting. 

Guidant Financial had a prime location, highlighting a complete suite of funding options including iFinance, the premier 401(k) rollover product in the industry.

This photo shows our Business Development Director Doug Smith and our Business Development Vice President Jerry Darnell enjoying time with David Louy, Vice President of Aussie Pet Mobile.

Calling all veterans: attend the Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair today in Seattle at Century Link (across from Safeco Field). 

Guidant Financial Business Development Director Rachel Villiott will be available to answer your questions at the event from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Stop by and say "hi!"

Monday, October 17, 2011
Our own Rachel and Jordan.
Last weekend in San Diego, members of our team were delighted to attend the eSource Super Regional Showcase.

Business Development Director Rachel Villiott spoke about franchise financing at the event, which took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Diego-Mission Valley.

Brandon of Us Lawns and
Eric of Paul David Restoration with Rachel.
Rachel, along with Business Development Representative Jordan Melin, who also made the trip, enjoyed connecting with other franchise professionals and discussing how Guidant can assist with franchise funding. 

They look forward to continuing the conversations started at the event, and at the dinner they all shared the night before.

Busy day at the conference.
Franchise Source Brands International, which owns The Entrepreneur's Source, Expense Reduction Coaching, AdvoCoach and Business Partner, were pleased to host the recent conference for franchise professionals.

More than 125 brands and 250 coaches met earlier this week at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to learn more about each other and ultimately explore how they can help a greater number of individuals create the lifestyle, income, wealth and equity that they want--through franchising.

Sandy Lechtner and David Nilssen with restaurant owner
'Mario' at Mario's Cantina (the best Cuban food in all of So. Florida)
At the event, Guidant Financial and The Entrepreneur's Source unveiled their new pre-qualification tool that will help buyers evaluate their true finance-ability before they start searching for a business or franchise. 

The tool is the first of its kind and is expected to start an industry-wide paradigm shift, sparking the conversation of financing earlier in the buying process.

Our team was thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking launch.

Join the conversation on the Guidant Financial Facebook page.

Guidant is proud to be a sponsor of the 2011 Over The Top interactive workshops, which feature franchise experts sharing ways to develop successful franchise recruitment systems. 

Three separate events will be held next month in Toronto, Dallas and Tampa. Attendees can earn 150 CFE education credits.

The workshop is just $249 per person. To register online, click here. Or, register by phone. Call 800.747.5763. 

We hope to see you there!

Check out a review of Guidant Financial on

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Calling all franchise professionals!
Dave Kerpen, New York Times Best Selling Author of Likeable Social Media, is conducting a FREE webinar for you where you can:  

  • Find buyers through social media channels
  • Learn tips to get more followers
  • See examples of businesses that already "get it right"
  • Identify ways to brand you and your business through social media
To register, CLICK HERE and attend the webinar, hosted by Guidant cofounder David Nilssen, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 10:00 a.m. PDT

Visit Guidant on Facebook for more of-the-moment news and updates!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Mark Dayman (McLean Group), Jim Squire (Firestone), David Nilssen,
Stan Friedman (FranConnect) and David McDougall (FranIntel)
Our Cofounder David Nilssen recently attended the "How Franchisors Win in the Competition for Credit" event at the Southeast Franchise Forum. He spoke about the current credit environment and how the competition for credit impacts franchisors.

David also caught up with NFL great Fran Tarkenton. They discussed Tarkenton's new website and how Guidant may become their go-to financing resource. Nilssen commented that he was "excited to see the new version of their small business resource site when it launches in the next few weeks. What they are doing is consistent with the Guidant mission -- helping more individuals succeed in small business -- and thus why we are discussing how we might collaborate in the future."

David Nilssen, Fran Tarkenton and Jim Solomon with Tarkenton's 1965 NFL Pro Bowl MVP Trophy.

Guidant Cofounder David Nilssen and Business Development Representative Jordan Melin traveled to Dallas over the weekend to attend The Entrepreneur Authority Seminar on franchising.

At the event, they met a great bunch of potential franchisees and learned more about how The Entrepreneur Authority operates from CEO/President David Omholt and Certified Franchise Executive Jason Killough. Nilssen also spoke to the attendees about franchise financing options.

Melin and Nilssen were especially inspired by a presentation from a gentleman who used The Entrepreneur Authority's services eight years ago and continues to have a thriving business today.

Nilssen with Greitens at the event.
Guidant was proud to sponsor the FranPac/VetFran luncheon today at the International Franchise Association (IFA) Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

Our cofounder David Nilssen had the pleasure of introducing Eric Greitens, the founder of The Mission Continues nonprofit and Navy SEAL, who recently published The Heart and the Fist, a New York Times bestseller about leadership and service.

Eric spoke about how his desire to create The Mission Continues so that disabled Veterans could connect with a life purpose and become citizen leaders here at home. 

Nilssen commented, "His words were truly inspirational!"

If you're in the Dallas area, please join us this Saturday at The Entrepreneur Authority Seminar where our Co-founder David Nilssen will speak on the topic of franchise financing.

The seminar will cover all aspects of purchasing a franchise, including legal considerations, financing options, industry trends, and the pros and cons of franchise ownership. It's a great way to get all of your questions answered in one place!

It all happens Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at the Blue Mesa Grill/Plano, which is on the Southeast Corner of 121 & Dallas North Tollway. A complimentary brunch will be served. To register, click here.

Guidant Business Development Representative Jordan Melin will also be on-site at the seminar to answer your questions. You may contact him at

Doug rewarding one of his presentation attendees.
A big "thank you" to Robert Tunmire, Executive Vice President of The Dwyer Group, for hosting Business Development Director Doug Smith during a recent visit to their headquarters in Waco, Texas. 

Doug got a peek at their offices, gave a presentation about Guidant services to their "home team," and enjoyed meeting with various leaders from their organization.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
If you don't already know, Guidant has a Twitter feed! 

We'd love it if you'd follow us (we follow back) and join in the conversation.

We can be found here: @guidant

Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, August 11, 2011
In a recent BusinessNewsDaily report, BrightStar Care CEO and cofounder, Shelly Sun (also a Guidant partner) shares her reasons why now could actually be the perfect time to start franchising.

Read the full story here.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.

The first-ever "Lending Bootcamp" was held in Denver last month, hosted by Kevin Hein.

Small business leaders from all over the country gathered at the Denver Country Club for the meeting, which included a seminar about financing strategies and solutions in light of recent economic challenges. 

Guidant Co-founder David Nilssen and Executive Vice President of BoeFly, LLC were both featured on the panel of experts.

To read more and see photos from the event, visit the IFA FranBlog.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Guidant CEO and Co-founder Jeremy Ames is quoted in today's Marketwire, speaking on the topic of multiple borrowing options.

With business lending on the rise, it is often necessary for prospective entrepreneurs to use more than one method of funding to get their venture up and running.

Ames told The Entrepreneur's Source, "Lending institutions are more open to offering a loan when they see more cash on the table from other sources like retirement funds, home equity loans and access to other assets of the borrower."

Read the full press release here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Have you visited our Guidant LinkedIn page yet? If not, we'd love for you to stop by! Click here to connect.

And once you're there, if you have a moment, we'd appreciate you checking out our iFinance product page and leaving us a recommendation. It will provide an extra vote of confidence for your candidates who may be searching social networks for additional information about Guidant.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
It's back to business as usual in our beautiful new space, located in downtown Bellevue, Wash. Below, you'll find photos of our first week in the new office: 


What do vodka distilleries, ostriches and habañero pepper farms have in common? 

They're all business investments made by Guidant clients, and they're featured on CNN Money.

The article focuses on alternative investments and features quotes by our co-founder David Nilssen.

Read the full article here.

We're pleased to announce that we have entered into a new strategic partnership with The Entrepreneur's Source (TES). In the coming months, future franchisees will be able to pre-qualify for franchise financing through a dynamic, high-tech experience coupled with high-touch customer service as a result of this arrangement.

Read about the details of this new partnership in our full press release here.