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SBDC Director, College of the Canyons SBDC
Catherine has been instrumental in helping CalArts to shape the HIVE and has coordinated many workshops with various SBDC Advisors. As Director, Catherine manages a team of 21, including 18 professional Business Advisors and directs all services of the SBDC including delivering results, marketing, managing finance and budgets, sponsor and partnership relationship management, developing events and managing grants. She specializes in assisting clients with accounting, business planning, financing, startup, general business, management and operations, sales and marketing, and growth strategy. Catherine has been with the SBDC since 2006, as Business Advisor, Assistant Director, and Director.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Catherine gained 21 years of experience in domestic and international business leading and managing teams with an emphasis on financial management and operations, in a range of industries. The industries include manufacturing, construction, entertainment, and a major utility. The companies ranged from privately held to public, employees from 20 up to 1000s, and revenue dollars from a few million up to billions. Her broad experience working with companies both large and small on the East Coast, Midwest and in California in a variety of industries enables Catherine to effectively work with sponsors, partners, and clients to achieve economic impact and strategic goals.

Catherine has a BBA in Accounting from Howard University and an MBA (Accounting/Management Concentration) from the University of Baltimore. She is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Executive Education; and the Leadership Development Program at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Catherine Grooms

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