With $10,000 and a laptop, David Nilssen and Jeremy Ames started Guidant Financial in 2003. Their initial desire to help friends use retirement funds to invest in real estate soon evolved into a full-fledged mission to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams of small business ownership, and they’ve since helped 10,000 entrepreneurs do just that. Guidant has become the industry leader in Rollovers as Business Start-ups (ROBS), which allow individuals to invest in a small business without incurring tax penalties. In fact, Guidant structures more ROBS arrangements each year than any other provider in the space. Guidant also offers a full suite of financing options, including SBA loans, unsecured loans and portfolio loans, to ensure entrepreneurs find the method that’s right for them. To cement its commitment to fueling America’s small business engine, Guidant has pledged to deploy approximately $350 million in small business financing by the end of 2015.
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