Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) June 15, 2013 - David Nilssen, co-founder and CEO of Guidant Financial, will serve on the ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’ panel at the U.S. Small Business Association’s (SBA) annual ‘National Small Business Week’ event this Monday, June 17. The panel, which takes place from 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT at Microsoft’s Redmond campus, is comprised of Seattle-area business experts who will discuss the local entrepreneurial climate and share best practices for starting and building a business.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the SBA’s National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create approximately two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
Nilssen, a past recipient of the SBA’s ‘National Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award, co-founded Guidant in 2003, which has since become the nation’s leader of innovative small business financing. Guidant specializes in rollovers as business startups (ROBS), which allow entrepreneurs to purchase businesses and franchises using their retirement funds – without taking a distribution or incurring tax penalties.
Thus far, Guidant has helped over 8,000 entrepreneurs invest over $3 billion in retirement funds to start small businesses throughout the U.S., resulting in over 55,000 new American jobs.
David Nilssen co-founded Guidant Financial and has been a featured speaker at over 350 national and international events, covering topics from entrepreneurship to small business financing. In addition, he and Guidant Financial have been highlighted in such media sources such as CNBC, Fortune Magazine, Entrepreneur, CNN and The Wall Street Journal. 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 can be found on Twitter at @DavidNilssen.
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