Our mission is to cultivate and support the entrepreneurial spirit in the Hawaii minority community: its individuals, businesses and organizations.


The MBDA Business Center Honolulu fosters the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses by working with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs.

We are operated by the University of Hawaii and located at the Shidler College of Business. We are part of a national network of funded centers located in major cities throughout the country.


We are the MBDA Business Center Honolulu.

We are a small team of experienced professionals, dedicated to strengthening Hawaii's minority business community.


Dana Hauanio

Chris Rachal
Business Development Manager

Michelle Clark
Fiscal Administrator

Success Stories

Construction Firm – Business Plan and Cash Flow Projection

MBDA Business Center Honolulu developed a business plan and a seven-month detailed weekly cash flow projection for a small construction firm. The firm increased their working capital line-of-credit, and pursued the market recommendations of the strategic business plan. The firm has increased revenues from $5 million to $20 million a year, and was recently awarded a multi-million dollar contract to be the prime general contractor for a homeless shelter development in the Leeward area of Oahu. “Without the Center, we would not have gotten this $14.2 million contract. This will take our company to a new level. We have been blessed with our association with the Center.”

Software Development Firm – Cash Flow Projection

MBDA Business Center Honolulu developed a cash flow projection for an 8(a) software development firm that specializes in Department of Defense work.  The firm was competing for large contracts, but was not able to obtain the necessary working capital line-of-credit it needed to handle payment delays. The cash flow projection clearly demonstrated the firm’s revenue potential, and was able to increase their working capital line-of-credit that met their needs.

“We were a small, but growing company and we needed more capital to sustain our growth. With the Center’s assistance, it was a matter of only a few months before we had a financial model that our bank was comfortable with.”

Construction Firm – Succession Plan

MBDA Business Center Honolulu developed a succession plan for an established construction firm.  Training and milestone objectives were put into place to ensure that the firm would continue to prosper after management was transferred to the owner’s son.

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