It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we’re excited to celebrate the many ways that AAPI-owned businesses are an essential part of our communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on all small businesses, but weeks before the virus took hold of the American economy, Chinatown communities and Asian-owned small businesses across the country saw a marked decline in economic activity. The anti-Asian prejudice that has been documented throughout the crisis is all the more reason to support AAPI-owned businesses and the people behind them.

Type “takeout” into a text message, and the emoticon that pops up is synonymous with to-go containers from Chinese restaurants. Beyond the variety of delicious Asian cuisine, we need to also think about, celebrate, and support businesses we often take for granted like dry-cleaning as well as those that have had to temporarily close like hair and nail salons and boutiques.

We invite you to join us in celebrating AAPI-owned businesses, and the many ways that they make our communities better.

While the days, weeks, and even months ahead may feel uncertain, we are committed to continuing to elevate and celebrate AAPI small business leaders this month, and throughout the year. Because AAPI-owned small businesses are absolutely essential to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of our communities.

Thanks for all that you do to #SpendLikeItMatters! Discover awesome brick + mortar small businesses in your community, suggest your favorites, and be sure that you’re following us on social media (InstagramFacebook, Twitter).

Intentionalist is your local guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. We believe that where you spend your money matters, and we’re sure glad you do too! Whether you identify as a localist, activist, or just a good neighbor, we make it easy for you to connect with, learn about, and support small businesses in your community through everyday decisions about where you eat, drink, and shop.

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