I'm in the process of opening a small, possibly not for profit hostel from scratch in the Midwestern U.S.A.
I come from a business background and I've traveled and worked in a number of hostels around the world.
I think an ideal business partner would be willing to invest a similar amount of time and money into this project without money being a the primary motivation. A friendly, open-minded, and customer service oriented partern who enjoys interacting with guests and the overall hostel experience would be perfect! Shoot me a message if you have traveled a bit and this sounds like something that would be up your alley.