The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Honolulu, located at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will host its 13th Annual Hawaiʻi Small Business Forum on Tuesday, July 21, at the Honolulu Country Club. The forum brings together representatives from various federal agencies to discuss contracting opportunities and updates to small businesses looking to start or expand opportunities as a federal contractor.

“This year, the forum committee has put together a packed agenda of resources and opportunities to broaden small businesses into successful government vendors. The committee, made up of various federal agencies, looks to empower small businesses with information to increase access,” said MBDA Business Center Honolulu Director Dana Hauanio.

This year’s event will include presentations on contracting opportunities with various federal agencies and departments. There will be updates regarding the military build-up on Guam as well as small business initiatives from both state and federal representatives. Attendees will also have an opportunity to sign up for business matchmaking appointments with government agencies as well as large and small businesses.

For more information and to register for the event, visit The registration fee is $60 per person and includes continental breakfast and sandwich buffet for lunch. Tables for exhibitors are $170, which includes two participants.

About the MBDA Business Center Honolulu

The MBDA Business Center Honolulu, operated by the University of Hawaiʻi, is part of a national network of funded centers located throughout the U.S. The centers foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America by working with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs. Under cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the center’s mission is to cultivate and support the entrepreneurial spirit in the Hawaiʻi minority community: its individuals, businesses, and organizations.

A MBDA Business Center Honolulu news release