Steven Walker Brings Sno to Roswell with Bahama Buck’s Franchise

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Former Salesman Leveraged 401(K) Funds to Finance Shaved Ice Company

The best part is seeing the smiles on the faces of customers when they try our Sno for the first time.

Steven Walker had worked in sales and sales management for 25 years when the opportunity to become his own boss crossed his path.

“A friend kept telling me about [the] Bahama Buck's [franchise]. I finally tried it, and I was sold,” he remembered. “The product and the atmosphere is awesome.”

Walker immediately began taking the steps to secure his Bahama Buck’s franchise territory and soon after left his job, ready to make the leap into entrepreneurship. When it came time to think through franchise financing options, he learned about the possibility of leveraging his 401(k) funds from another franchisee who had done so. Walker researched the alternative funding option and called on Guidant Financial to walk him through the rollover as business start-up process, enabling him to use retirement assets to invest in his business without accruing any penalties.

“Guidant makes a complicated process easy for you,” Walker explained. With their help, he was able to launch his business completely free of debt, increasing his business’s cash flow from the very beginning.

Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice Company offers its customers a ‘taste of paradise’ in the form of 91 flavors of shaved ice, also known as ‘Sno.’ In addition to Sno flavors ranging from standard cherry to pickle juice to snickerdoodle, Bahama Buck’s also offers a line of Thin Ice™ Sno with zero sugar, zero calories and zero carbs, in addition to Island Smoothies, Frostalattés and more.

For Walker, the best part of owning a Bahama Buck’s franchise is “seeing the smiles on the faces of customers when they try our Sno for the first time.” When he’s not working, he can be found spending time with his family and playing water sports.

Bahama Buck’s of Roswell, located at 4905 Alabama Rd. NE, #370, celebrated its grand opening last month. To see their menu or learn more, call 770-592-7776, email kwalker(at)bahamabucks(dot)com or like them on Facebook: facebook.com/bbga1200.

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About Bahama Buck’s
Bahama Buck's, the nation's premier tropical dessert franchise, opened its first shop in 1990. Providing guests with a ‘Taste of Paradise,’ Bahama Buck's is the ultimate tropical dessert experience. Their signature delight is premium gourmet shaved ice — shaved ribbons of fluffy Sno, generously showered with one of more than 91 Bahama Buck's proprietary gourmet flavors. In addition, they offer made-to-order Island Smoothies blended with the freshest ingredients, fruit juices and gourmet flavors. Learn more at bahamabucks.com.

About Guidant Financial
Guidant Financial helps people create the life they want through innovative small business financing. They are the premier provider of rollovers for business start-ups (ROBS). Guidant's services allow people from all walks of life the freedom to purchase small businesses and franchises using their retirement funds without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan, in addition to offering traditional funding options such as SBA loans, portfolio loans and unsecured credit. Visit Guidant on the Web at guidantfinancial.com.

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