National Hispanic Heritage Month – What it is

ECU Communications (ECU) is celebrating this year’s National Hispanic Month – Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 – to recognize and honor the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans to our culture, society and economy.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.

The observance began in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

As a Hispanic-owned small business, ECU is proud about the significant growth in Hispanic- and Latino-owned firms despite many challenges that derived from the pandemic. According to the Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Graduate School of Stanford Business, in collaboration with the Latino Business Action Network, over the past two years, Latino-owned firms grew revenues on average of 25%, with fast growth in industries like construction (32%), finance and insurance (27%), transportation and warehousing (25%).

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