One of top 10 commercial USA real estate brokers nationally, with over 27 years business development industry experience.
Personally produced a BILLION DOLLARS for small business.
Successful business owner.
Top producer for
Dun & Bradstreet
Bank of Commerce
Local Development Corporation
California Department of Real Estate (License # 00712678)
California Association of Mortgage Brokers
National Association of Mortgage Brokers
National Association of Realtors
San Diego Association of Mortgage Brokers
San Diego County Commercial Association of Realtors
Better Business Bureau
SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives)
Craig a top producer of SBA loans since 1981 and realizing the real need that exists, the "SBA LOAN STORE" was designed by Craig Francis, the owner of FRANCIS FINANCIAL which specializes in the packaging and brokering of all forms of SBA loans, as well as commercial and industrial real estate financing.
He received his finance and real estate degree from San Diego State University in 1975, and then joined Dun & Bradstreet that year. Within one year, he was one of the top 10 business credit reporters and analysts in the nation for this prestigious, commercial credit-reporting firm. He has personally interviewed over 12,000 business owners in and around the San Diego area.
In 1981, he went to work for the LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, an economic development arm of the San Diego Urban League. As a loan officer, Craig specialized in providing SBA guaranteed loans to local and regional business, primarily in the area of commercial real estate acquisitions. As with Dun & Bradstreet, Craig became the top producer of SBA loans during his 7 years with the Local Development Corporation.
In 1988, he took a position with the Bank of Commerce as Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer in the SBA department. Once again, he became the top producer of SBA loans with Bank of Commerce, from 1988 to 1991. His personal production there achieved over $60,000,000 in loans for San Diego County businesses. This total, combined with his loan volume of $87,000,000 with the LDC, made him one of the top 5 loan officers in the nation during those years.
Sensing a change in the credit environment of his bank and the region as a whole, Craig founded FRANCIS FINANCIAL, the only full time SBA loan brokerage in San Diego. His firm retains the distinction of having produced over $541,800,000 loans closed between 2001 and 2008. According to statistics prepared by Broker Magazine, his firm is one of the top 10 commercial real estate brokers in the nation.
Over the past 27 years as both a banker and private company loan broker, he has personally overseen the production of over 1 BILLION DOLLARS to over 2,000 businesses and entrepreneurs in the San Diego and greater Southern California area.
Craig speaks regularly at National University and Chapman College as a keynote speaker for S.C.O.R.E., the Service Corp. of Retired Executives. While not retired himself, Craig's topics include sources of capital, credit analysis, and many other matters of importance to aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs.
He also produced and lead the critically acclaimed one-day business workshop called "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS IN STYLE�. HOW TO RETIRE A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE." This seminar is packed with information and processes designed to show new and established business owners the tools and strategies to increase business and personal wealth through business ownership. It's also specifically designed for those contemplating selling their businesses. The class shows business owners how to get an additional $100,000, $500,000 or $1,000,000 for their highly valuable and sought-after businesses.