28 Feb Supporting AAPI- and Women-Owned Businesses
In recent years, there has been an increase in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the United States. Similarly, women continue to face gender discrimination in many aspects of their lives, including business. As a society, addressing these issues and supporting AAPI- and women-owned businesses is essential.
There are many reasons why supporting AAPI- and women-owned businesses are essential.
- Promoting diversity and inclusion. We live in a diverse society, and all groups must be represented in business ownership. When we support AAPI- and women-owned businesses, we send a message that we value diversity and want more representation in all areas of society.
- Reduce economic inequality. Historically, these groups have faced barriers to success, such as lack of funding access and workplace discrimination. By supporting these businesses, we are helping to level the playing field and provide opportunities for success.
- Bring unique perspectives and products to the market. These businesses are often rooted in their communities and deeply understand their customers’ needs and preferences. By supporting them, we are helping to foster innovation and bring new ideas and products to the market.
- Positively impact local communities. When we shop at these businesses, we support our neighbors and contribute to the local economy. This can help create jobs, boost tax revenue, and improve our communities’ overall quality of life.
- It is the right thing to do. These businesses are owned and operated by people who have worked hard to pursue their dreams and achieve success. By supporting them, we acknowledge their hard work and help to create a more equitable and just society.
So, how can we support AAPI- and women-owned businesses? A simple way is to make a conscious effort to shop at these businesses whenever possible. Please look for businesses owned by AAPIs and women in your community, and make a point to shop there regularly. You can also follow these businesses on social media, leave positive reviews, and recommend them to friends and family.
Another way to support these businesses is to advocate for diversity and inclusion policies. This can include supporting initiatives that provide funding and resources to underserved businesses, advocating for laws that protect against discrimination, and supporting policies that promote economic equality.
In conclusion, supporting AAPI- and women-owned businesses is vital for various reasons. By doing so, we can promote diversity and inclusion, reduce economic inequality, foster innovation, and positively impact our local communities. So the next time you’re thinking about where to shop, consider supporting a business owned by an AAPI or woman. Your support can make a big difference in their success and create a more equitable society.
Lois P. Klavir, MBA