About Us

The MBDA Business Center Honolulu is part of a network of Centers fostering the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America. The Center is partnered with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business, under the management of the Pacific Business Center. The Center is Federally funded by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce.

Our Mission

To cultivate and support the entrepreneurial spirit in the Hawaii minority community: its individuals, businesses and organizations.

Our Focus

Although the MBDA Business Center Honolulu will continue to serve as a resource for start-ups and micro-businesses, our assistance is focused toward:

  • Business entities with rapid growth potential
  • Business entities with current or potential annual revenues of $500,000 or more

Our Agency

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. MBDA is the only federal agency created specifically to aid the development of minority-owned businesses in America. The MBDA provides funding for a network of Business Centers and Native American Business Enterprise Centers (NABECs) located throughout the Nation. The current MBDA National Deputy Director, Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq., was appointed by in 2010. The Department of Commerce is a Cabinet-level agency concerned with promoting economic growth. The current Secretary of Commerce is Penny Pritzker, appointed in 2013.