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From Food Service to Business Immigration: The Story Behind Visa Business Plans’ Quality Assurance Process

From Food Service to Business Immigration: The Story Behind Visa Business Plans’ Quality Assurance Process

At Visa Business Plans, we use a proprietary, 77-point quality system to create immigration business plans that increase the chances of visa approval.

The quality assurance process is a safety net that identifies issues to help attorneys manage risks, saves the attorneys time, and results in higher approval rates.

But where did this proprietary, one-of-a-kind process originate?

It all started with Visa Business Plans’ CEO and founder, Marco Scanu.

In addition to his experience in business and business immigration, Mr. Scanu has a strong background in the foodservice industry. During his 30+ year career as an entrepreneur, he grew one small gelato store into an acclaimed concept that spanned six corporate-owned locations, created new brands, and uncovered new markets. His award-winning venture was converted to a franchise and eventually became a case study in eight major business schools, proving that this hard work and innovation did not go unnoticed. On top of his gelato enterprise, Mr. Scanu also owned and co-managed a prosperous restaurant with a staff of thirty and operated a full-fledged 7,500 square foot manufacturing facility that produced the food products served at these locations, and also served several wholesale/commercial accounts.

Juggling eight independent food operations that consistently ranked high in quality and customer service was no easy task. One of the keys to Mr. Scanu’s success in these businesses was his reliance on HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points), a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards. The HACCP system allows those in the foodservice industry to oversee these risks through each stage in food production, from raw material, procurement, handling, and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption.[1] HACCP has proven to be such an effective way to maximize food safety that it has been used by industry giants such as Pillsbury, Nestle, and Kraft and endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods.[2]

After his accomplishments in the food industry, Mr. Scanu was convinced that risk management was one of the keys to providing customers with quality service. He had learned the value of HACCP firsthand and wanted to bring its advantages to his work in business immigration. Mr. Scanu decided to leverage his experience with HACCP to create a quality system for use in developing immigration business plans. Just as HACCP allowed him to monitor his food products, including gelato, pastry, savory, and others from raw material to final product, his unique quality system enables Visa Business Plans to oversee every aspect of each business plan, from raw data to finished document. It is this proprietary, 77-point quality system that allows Visa Business Plans to identify risks early in the business plan writing process, enabling the Company to alert attorneys, raise red flags, and identify solutions to problems – before anyone else realizes their existence.

At Visa Business Plans, our staff is trained to assess each piece of information and identify challenges in our clients’ ventures from a business perspective. Our team members look critically at each case, evaluating the moving parts to develop the business plan that mitigates risk. Equally important, our team is trained to identify risks and provide solutions. Our focus goes beyond writing, leveraging our 77-point quality assurance process to help attorneys win cases and get their clients’ visas approved.

Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in 4 different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration and SBA loans.


[1] U.S. Food & Drug Administration “HACCP Principles & Application Guidelines.” | December 19, 2017

[2] International HACCP Alliance “HACCP Questions and Answers.”