About the YWCA O‘ahu
EWOC Business Center
The U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA (Minority Business Development Agency) Enterprising Women of Color Business Center provides diverse and dynamic women entrepreneurs with resources, training, counseling, and events aimed at facilitating access to contracts and funding for medium-sized minority businesses. The launch of the YWCA O‘ahu MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center—one of five in the nation—is made possible by a 2-year, $1,000,000 MBDA grant to support new staffing, program development and client outreach.
“The principle of this initiative closely aligns with our mission at YWCA O'ahu of eliminating racism and empowering women. As we partner with the Minority Business Development Agency, we can bring rich offerings to our Hawai'i community,” said Noriko Namiki, YWCA O‘ahu CEO.
“This program could not resonate more in our state. Women business owners represent an integral part of our multifaceted entrepreneurial economy and multiethnic local culture. Our current YWCA O‘ahu programs – including the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership – will complement the MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center and help prepare its clients for success.”
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Meet the Team
Marla Momi Musick
Marla Momi Musick joined the YWCA in January 2021 as the MBDA EWOC Business Development Manager to ensure strategic deployment of services and resources for women of color entrepreneurs looking to expand their capabilities and grow their business endeavors. She has 20+ years of leadership experience in fund development, community outreach and communications in the non-profit sectors in New York City and Honolulu and managed her own consulting practice for 6 years before joining the YWCA.
Ms. Musick has a BFA in Design from the University of Hawai‘i, and a MA from New York University.
Joann Malaca also has joined YWCA as the MBDA EWOC Fiscal Administrator. With an MBA from the University of Phoenix and over 20 years of accounting experience in Guam and Hawai‘i, her professional career ranges from serving as a business manager, accountant, business consultant, and sweeping and mopping floors at NASA to establishing a gourmet popcorn business where she secured her first contract with DFS and Navy Exchange Guam.
CRM System Administrator
As the Client Relationship Management System Administrator the MBDA EWOC Business Center, Liyan Wan draws from her own client management experiences from both her academic tutoring and design businesses as well as her technical expertise as an Industrial Engineer and Architectural Designer. Prior to joining YWCA, she was an architectural designer for international resorts. Ms. Wan has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and a Master of Architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Business Center Contractors
Financial & SWOT Counselor
Cammie Chun of the Cameron Group LLC has 20 years of finance and accounting experience primarily in the State of Hawai‘i. Ms. Chun provides accounting, business improvement and documentation management services helping organizations and families. With a solid reputation for GAAP technical expertise, her work includes reporting and financial analysis for privately held companies, trusts and estates, and comprehensive experience and leadership in nonprofit accounting and financial management. Ms. Chun is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Hawai‘i, a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Accounting from Claremont McKenna College and graduated from ‘Iolani School. Ms. Chun has also provided financial workshops to nonprofit organizations and served on the Board of Directors of Ocean View Cemetery, Limited, as Treasurer on the Board of Hawaii’s Peoples Fund and as Treasurer on the Board of Holy Nativity School.