We provide comprehensive training for individuals thinking about starting a business, small business owners who are in the start-up phase and for those who are already running a business but still need a business plan.


We provide a variety of educational opportunities and counseling services for new and existing business owners that will help build and strengthen the skills essential to managing and growing a successful business.


We provide a variety of educational and development opportunities for individuals seeking to grow in their career, improve business skills and step into leadership roles within the corporate sector and community.

Mink Leadership Alliance

Despite progress on gender equality, women are still significantly underrepresented in top-level management. According to CNN, just 5% of companies have female CEOs and only 16.5% of companies have women as top-level executives. The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership is looking to change that.

With the guidance of the MCBL Advisory Board, YWCA O'ahu is proud to announce a new initiative, the Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance. Susan Utsugi, Senior Vice President & Director of Business Banking at Central Pacific Bank and Chair of the MCBL Leadership Committee, said this 6-month program was created by women for women to enhance their leadership skills and to deal with challenges and opportunities in their career and personal lives.


Girls Summit:

October 2016

Women in Science and Technology

Welcoming the young women from Honoka'a High & Intermediate School and Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Successful women always have thought, "Nothing is impossible, I can do anything."  We are females- as we look like girls, act like ladies and work like a boss. Women can change the world today to make a better tomorrow.

The one day summit is an inspiring and informative seminar for girls of all backgrounds to network with successful female leaders in our community, learn about different career fields and explore their personal ambitions and what it will take to achieve them. The intent of this initiative is to nurture the next generation of women leaders to serve Hawaii and beyond.


Launch my Business Cohort 8 Strike the Power Pose as they get ready to graduate on March 30th. This picture was taken at their last evening class. Pictured in the center in turq blue is Noela Napoleon Instructor next to special guest speaker Mary Dale from the Small Business Administration.