This month we celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month! In 1977, Congress chose the first ten days of May to commemorate the many contributions and history of the AANHPI community here in the U.S. May was selected by congress specifically to recognize the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, as the majority of tracks were laid by Chinese immigrants. Later, these days were expanded to the entire month of May.

GovContractPros is proud to support the AANHPI community this month and every month. Recognizing the incredible talent and entrepreneurial spirit of the AANHPI community, we have advised members of the AANHPI members and organizations regarding their entrance to the federal marketplace via SBA programs such as the 8(a) Business Development Program and the HUBZone Program.  The SBA programs provide unique opportunities to the AANHPI community through opportunity set asides.

Lani Dawson Arena, GovContractPros President and a Kanaka Maoli, the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi, has been a life-long advocate for the AANHPI community.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy and AANHPI small businesses are an important part of preserving that strength. The rich cultural heritage of each and every individual who comprises the AANHPI small business community has shaped their experiences and enabled them to bring unique qualities to their businesses. As a Kanaka Maoli, I am proud of my heritage. It has shaped who I am as a person and has made me appreciate more fully the diverse cultural richness that AANHPI and indeed all Americans of every ethnicity bring to the small business community,” said Arena.

Please join us in celebrating the proud history and bright future of the AANHPI community this May!