“Do not diminish who you are. Your gender, your heritage, your identity.
That’s what makes you unique.”
Kailin Gow, Asian-American screenwriter, director, producer, speaker, and author



It’s that special time of year again – time to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. May is designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and originated in the late 1970s.



  • The first Japanese immigrated to the U.S. on May 7, 1843.
  • The majority of workers who laid the tracks for our nation’s transcontinental railroad, completed on May 10, 1869, were Chinese immigrants.

The Council is particularly pleased to acknowledge the work of our Asian-American clients, who provide products and services in virtually every industry from information technology to food services. In fact, nearly 40-percent of our certified MBEs are Asian American.



  • Of all the major racial and ethnic groups, Asian Americans are the most likely to own small businesses.
  • Asian Americans currently employ over 3.5 million people in the U.S.
  • Our country’s nearly 2 million Asian-owned small businesses support almost 50% of all private sector employees
  • Asian-American businesses account for more than 60% of our country’s new jobs.

For 46 years, The Council has recognized the importance of diversity in business.  We continue to embrace diversity and inclusion, and vigilantly promote relationships between our MBEs and corporate members.  This month, we renew our commitment to advancing the development and growth of Asian-American and Pacific-Islander-owned businesses.

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[1] According to U.S. Census Bureau data



In honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, the NYNJ MSDC presents a listing of Council-certified, Asian/Pacific American-owned businesses.

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