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A Triumph in Pasta: How Our Business Plan Secured an E-2 Visa for a Small Pasta Manufacturer

Securing an E-2 visa can often seem like a daunting task, especially for small enterprises with limited initial investments. Today, we're thrilled to share a success story that highlights how a meticulously crafted business plan can turn the tide in favor of small businesses aspiring to enter the U.S. market.

The Client: A Passion for Authentic Italian Pasta

Our client, a hard-working entrepreneur with a vision, sought to bring the rich flavors of authentic Italian pasta to the United States. Their operation focused on the manufacturing and supply of egg-based pasta, gnocchi, filled pasta, and unique pasta shapes, all crafted from genuine Italian recipes. What made their business even more appealing was their commitment to sourcing high-quality ingredients from U.S. producers, blending authenticity with local sustainability.

The Challenge: Securing an E-2 Visa

Despite the client's strong culinary expertise and clear vision, the path to securing an E-2 visa presented significant challenges. The E-2 visa requires not only a substantial investment but also a credible and realistic business plan that demonstrates the potential for economic growth and job creation in the U.S.

Our Solution: A Credible and Realistic Business Plan

Recognizing the importance of a robust business plan, our team embarked on crafting a document that would convincingly portray the viability and potential of our client’s pasta manufacturing venture. Here’s how we did it:

  1. Market Analysis and Strategy: We conducted an in-depth analysis of the U.S. pasta market, identifying key trends, potential competitors, and target demographics. This analysis helped us outline a clear market entry strategy, highlighting niche opportunities for our client’s authentic Italian pasta products.

  2. Financial Projections: Despite the relatively small initial investment, we developed detailed financial projections showcasing the business's growth potential. This included realistic revenue forecasts, expense breakdowns, and profit margins, all of which underscored the business’s financial viability.

  3. Operational Plan: We detailed a comprehensive operational plan, including sourcing strategies, production processes, and quality control measures. Emphasizing the use of local U.S. goods to create authentic Italian pasta added a unique selling proposition, aligning with both local and authentic values.

  4. Job Creation and Economic Impact: A critical aspect of the E-2 visa application is demonstrating the potential for job creation. We outlined a clear plan for staffing, including the number of jobs to be created in the initial phases and potential expansion plans, thereby showcasing the business's positive economic impact.

  5. Risk Management: Throughout the process, and as we do with all of the business plans we work on, our team clearly identified possible challenges and outlined strategies to mitigate them. This proactive approach ensures the visa authorities of the business’s preparedness for various scenarios.

The Outcome: A Successful E-2 Visa Approval

Armed with our comprehensive business plan, our client’s attorney confidently submitted the E-2 visa application. The result? A resounding success! The visa authorities were convinced by the credibility and potential of the business plan, leading to the approval of the E-2 visa. Our client is now on their way to establishing a flourishing pasta manufacturing operation in the U.S., ready to delight American consumers with authentic Italian flavors.

Conclusion: Turning Vision into Reality

This success story is a testament to the power of a well-crafted business plan. It demonstrates that with the right strategy, even small businesses with modest investments can achieve their dreams of entering the U.S. market. We are proud to have played a part in our client’s path and look forward to seeing their delicious pasta products make a mark in the American culinary landscape.


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 four 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, SBA loans, and others.


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