May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! We invite you to join us, this month and every month, as we continue to promote and support our local AAPI-owned businesses.
What is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a month-long celebration of the transformative impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have had on the history, culture, and commerce of the United States. May was chosen to celebrate AAPI Americans because it honors the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in May of 1843 as well as the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in May of 1869. This month, we encourage you to learn about the tribulations and triumphs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
The Role of Asian and Pacific Islander Owned Businesses in the U.S.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have had a profound impact on the United States’ economy. In their 2019 Policy Agenda, the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) reported that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders own 6.2% of all small businesses in the U.S. and employ over 3.5 million workers. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of nearly every small business owner in America. To fully understand the effects of this on AAPI businesses, the ACE conducted an online survey for AAPI business owners. From this survey, 85% of AAPI respondents reported that their business has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. It is essential, now more than ever, that we use our voices and actions to uplift and support these small business owners in our communities.
How You Can Help
As the past year has taught us, there is no progress without action. So, make sure you dedicate some time this month towards learning how you can uplift AAPI-owned businesses!
Here are a few ways to help you start showing your support:
- Explore the history, traditions, and cultures of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States with PBS’ Asian Pacific Heritage Month Collection
- Seek out AAPI-owned small businesses in your community and start shopping
- Grab takeout at a local AAPI-owned restaurant and try other Asian/Pacific Islander cuisines you haven’t had before
- Leave positive online reviews at the businesses you visit
- Follow, engage with, and promote local AAPI-owned businesses on social media
- Spread the word and encourage your family and friends to celebrate the month with you
- Make sure that you continue your support long after the month is over!
Asian American and Pacific Islander Owned Businesses to Support in Orange County and Inland Empire
- Advance Beauty College
- Online classes to help prepare students for a career in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, and nails.
- Vine Education Group
- After-school education center that offers language, art, math, and piano classes.
- Coffee, tea, boba, and desserts
- Chromcraft Revington Douglas
- Leading manufacturer of casual dining sets, swivel caster dining chairs, and coordinating laminate dining tables
- Recently launched a new line of convertible children’s couches
- Little Scholars Academy of CA
- Montessori school for and child care center for children 6 weeks old to 6 years old
- Moo’d Creamery
- Artisanal ice cream shop
Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Owned Businesses
- Looking for funding? Find the right funding program for your small business or find SBA-backed lenders in your area with SBA’s Lender Match tool
- Become a member of your local Asian Business Association and check out their small business resources and events
- Check out the SBA’s business guide for minority-owned businesses to learn about the funding opportunities and business development programs available
- Keep an eye out for small business training, events, and webinars on our events calendar
- Make an appointment with an SBDC consultant for 1:1 small business consulting