Catherine Francis, Managing Partner
In the U.S. small businesses employ over 51% of the work force. Catherine Francis has committed her life to assisting businesses thrive in an ever increasing volatile economy.
As a notable speaker and presenter Ms. Francis has launched a series of “hands on” conferences at local universities and colleges titled, “Bridge the Tech Gap“ designed to help small to medium businesses, bridge the 21st century skills gap in social media and technology necessary to remain globally competitive.
Ms. Francis developed and conducted corporate trainings for executives and frontline employees at Coca Cola, Apple Distribution Centers, Niagara Bottling, and other Fortune 100 and 500 companies. She was also a participant in Southern California Edison‘s CEO Training program; is a Graduate of the Turner Construction Management Program, is Certified by the Manufacturing Standard Skills Council as a Logistics Technician and Administrator, and served as Board Member for over 7 years for the Distribution Management Association, a trade organization with over 200 member companies.
For 10 years, Ms. Francis has acted as the Joint Apprenticeship Committee Chair and has been a Board member for the Associated General Contractors. Ms. Francis recently launched The International Chapter of the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce promoting the increase in global commerce opportunities and business strategies to develop solutions through established systems geared toward our individual, small, and corporate business members.
Ms. Francis has traveled internationally for commerce for over 25 years understanding the urgency in fostering global business partnerships as a cure for domestic economic stagnation. Through effective collaborations of international professionals and strategic business planning expertise, Ms. Francis perfected a resourceful prototype designed to serve as a conduit for this process through an effective network of financial entities that create funding and investment opportunities on several platforms.
Associations and Initiatives
CMF Global Enterprise, Managing Partner
Supplies Government contracts, business certifications and diversity opportunities/matchmaking.
San Bernardino Community College District
Bridge the Tech Gap, Founder/Consultant
Brings awareness, training and opportunities to businesses and consumers on ways to successfully implement and use the “the technology we access everyday.”
Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce 501(c)(6), Director
Comprised of 9 Chapters from Hollywood to Palm Springs as far south as Temecula, with 700—900 Chamber members.
Chamber of Commerce Business Academy 501(c)(3)
Provides training, education and opportunities to businesses, youth and the community.
Heart for the Community, Director for Strategic Initiatives & Radio Co-host
Highlights community issues in an effort to provide awareness, grass root practical solutions to economic & social issues plaguing communities.
Associated General Contractors Board of Trustees
Distribution Management Association
Trade organization comprising over 200 business members for Logistics, Distribution, Transportation, Warehousing and related industries.
Ms. Francis holds a B.A. in Psychology and in Human Development, plus an A.A. in Humanities. She travels abroad to China, India, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Mexico; speaks Spanish and is currently learning Mandarin.