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Here is what some of our clients have had to say about us.

I was your first client! You guys rock so much and have such a fantastic reputation and track record, I was afraid you wouldn’t have time for me.

We were under a tight deadline of only two weeks to answer a request for proposal. Jose and Marie Villa of Villa Business Consulting agreed to take on the task. I found it to be very easy to work with both of them. We communicated every day on the proposal and with their experience and expertise, I felt confident that our proposal would do very well. Thank you, Jose and Marie, for working through the three day weekend to get this done. I would highly recommend their services to other businesses who are looking to be able to compete on paper. By the way, I was granted the 300K RFP.

Jose and Mari are the real deal! I was nervous about contracting a grant writer as an Executive Director of a small non-profit with that scarcity mentality of worrying about the cost. Since I’ve had them in contract, I can’t believe I attempted to handle our grant management without them. They are masters at what they do. But what is most incredible to me is being able to work with genuinely good people who have the heart to really do their part in meeting the needs of Hawaii’s most vulnerable.

Your ever present, unwavering aloha for our community is felt daily in the work of our many organizations that you have helped to form, to birth, awaken! We appreciate, love, and aloha you for your commitment to us! Ke akua pu, Jose and Mari, aloha nui!

Want to Express my appreciation to Mari and Jose Villa (Villa Business Consulting), not only did they help me complete my MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) application expeditiously, but they’re also going to help obtain national and federal contractor status. Highly recommend them and their company’s services.

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.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Hi’ilei Aloha

Our VBC Team secured a $500,000 federal Administration for Native Americans’ grant for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Hi’ilei Aloha subsidiary. The grant was awarded to help 20 Native Hawaiians working in the construction industry start their own construction businesses.

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