Why Choose Villa Business Consulting?
VBC Staff Project Examples:
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Aviation Learning Center (2021)
Aviation Learning Center: Hawaii is facing a critical shortage of pilots, technicians, and engineers. The state has a great need for STEM education activities that can be accessed by low-to-moderate income individuals and groups.
The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum (PHAM) is a non-profit located on a US Navy base on Ford Island. In addition to telling the story of the World War II Pearl Harbor attack, PHAM helps train youth from all over the globe in aviation-related STEM concepts.
The VBC staff wrote a proposal to convert an unused, dilapidated 4,600-sq-ft building – that the Navy did not need —
into a Youth Aviation STEM Learning Center. Building that Center required that the US Navy, foundations, and other donors sign off on the idea. It took a while, but the building in currently under construction.
Native CDFI Rapid Response Grant (2021)
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 made $1.25B available for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to help their communities respond to COVID-19 pandemic economic hardships. This grant opportunity was advertised as “very short notice.”
VBC staff apprised the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, which operates a Native CDFI, and helped prep their team for the proposal. Result: The U.S. Treasury awarded CNHA a $1,826,265 grant to boost assistance for Native Hawaiian businesses impacted by COVID-19.
YWCA Oahu (Honolulu) Enterprising Women of Color Business Center (2020)
In 2020, the federal Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was awarding three $1M grants in the nation to non-profits that helped increase the capacity of minority women-owned businesses. VBC staff apprised the YWCA Oahu management team, and they agreed to apply.
VBC staff the curricula for six, 10-week courses that would teach minority businesswomen how to get their businesses certified to pursue corporate and government contracts.
The MBDA actually awarded five $1M grants nationwide and our YWCA client won one of them. The YWCA used part of the grant funding to create its Enterprising Women of Color Business Center, which in addition to Hawaii, now serves clients on other Pacific islands and the US mainland.
Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement (2019)
Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement: CNHA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, enhances the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians — one of Hawaii’s most economically disadvantaged peoples.
VBC staff helped CNHA design a statewide, comprehensive, and integrated Native Hawaiian self-suﬃciency that earned a $1.66M grant award from the State Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The grant helped CNHA provide Native Hawaiians: emergency ﬁnancial assistance; case management services; ﬁnancial literacy training; referral services; workforce development, and other services that would beneﬁt their clients.