Honolulu MBDA Business Center

About This Center

HandshakeThe MBDA Business Center located in Honolulu, HI is operated by the University of Hawaii. The center is part of a national network of funded centers located in major cities throughout the United States.

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

The center is partnered with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business, under the management of the Pacific Business Center. Our mission is to cultivate and support the entrepreneurial spirit in the Hawaii minority community: its individuals, businesses and organizations.

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Staff Information

Dana Hauanio

Dana Hauanio is Director of the MBDA Business Center Honolulu (MBCH), located at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. In this role, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Dana manages a team of business consultants that provide technical assistance to minority business enterprises in the local community. During her tenure, MBCH has assisted 350 MBES in providing over $325 million dollars of economic activity.

Hauanio, a native of Hawai`i, considers herself a ‘source of business information’ for entrepreneurs looking to expand their current operations. Her involvement in business technical assistance community and her longstanding interpersonal relationships have created business growth and job creation for many minority-owned businesses (MBEs) throughout her career. Complete bio.

Michelle Clark

Michelle Clark was hired as MBDA Business Center Honolulu’s Fiscal Administrator in May 2016, where she provides overall administrative and fiscal support services for the efficient and effective service delivery operations of the Center. Specific duties include managing project contracts and grants, assisting with proposal and contract preparation, financial reporting, and related financial activities to assure fiscal accountability. Complete bio.

Kelli Miura

Kelli Miura joined the MBDA Business Center Honolulu as Business Development Specialist in August 2011. Previously, Ms. Miura worked as Communications Specialist for Hawaii Energy, the State Energy Conservation and Efficiency Program, and in the Health and Human Services Program Evaluation Field. Complete bio.

Chris Rachal

Chris Rachal joined the MBDA Business Center Honolulu as Business Development Manager in October 2013. He also teaches statistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business. Previously, Mr. Rachal did business development at Pixelated Industries, where his work included marketing, management, forecasting and procurement. Complete bio.


Core Business Services

Global Business Development

Services include identification of export markets, facilitation of global transactions, international trade missions and market analysis, and overseas market promotion assistance.

Access to Capital

Services include identification of domestic and global financing opportunities, equity financing, brokerage of financial transactions, identification and closure of merger and acquisition transactions.

Access to Contracts

Services include identification of procurement opportunities, solicitation analysis, bid and proposal preparation, negotiation and closing, research contract award histories.

Access to Markets

Services include government procurement assistance, private sector contract identification and specialized certification assistance including 8(a), and assistance with market research.

Strategic Business Consulting

Services include sales consulting and forecasting, market feasibility studies, operations management and quality control, bid preparation and bonding (construction), and manufacturing facility leasing.

Office Location

2404 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
United States