Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a time to honor and celebrate the vibrant cultures, traditions, and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islander Americans, and Native Hawaiian communities. Throughout the month of May, we have the opportunity to recognize the achievements, history, and diversity of individuals with Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month traces its roots to 1977 when U.S. Representatives Frank Horton from New York and Norman Mineta from California proposed a resolution to create Asian Pacific Heritage Week, observed annually in early May. This initiative was mirrored by Hawaiian senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga in the Senate. The subsequent year saw President Jimmy Carter signing a joint resolution into law, officially establishing the event, and the inaugural celebration occurred in May 1979. Later, in 1992, President George H. W. Bush designated the entire month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Asian and Pacific communities who have contributed immensely and are now part of our wonderful country. Their unwavering determination, entrepreneurial spirit, and cultural richness have played a vital role in fostering innovation, economic growth, and diversity. We recognize the countless Asian Pacific-owned businesses that have created jobs, contributed to local communities, and enriched our cultural tapestry.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a time to reflect upon the historical achievements, cultural heritage, and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islander Americans, and Native Hawaiian communities. It serves as a reminder of the importance of inclusivity, diversity, and recognizing the valuable role that every individual plays in our society. Visa Business Plans proudly stands with the Asian Pacific American community and is honored to have played a small part in supporting their entrepreneurial endeavors and witnessing the positive impact they have had on our society.
As we celebrate this month, let us embrace and appreciate the rich tapestry of cultures that shape our nation. Together, we can foster an inclusive society that cherishes the contributions of all its members.
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.