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 years of age. In both 2008 & 2009, Ernst and Young named him a finalist for their coveted Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2011, David released a book called Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership and was named one of the top 100 Small Business Influencers.
David, on behalf of Guidant Financial, pledged 2000 free business books to veterans looking to start their own businesses.
David continues to lead the small business financing industry with innovative ways to help aspiring entrepreneurs fund their ventures. His company, Guidant Financial, recently launched an online tool that allows individuals to pre-qualify themselves for funding in 15-minutes or less free of charge. Because of David's work on the Operation Enduring Opportunity campaign, he was one of 3 franchise professionals invited to attend the bill signing at the White House for the VOW to Hire Veterans Act.