NEW YORK—From September 15 to October 15, people all across the U.S. celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month—a time to “recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success,” according to the government’s official website for the month. This includes Americans and their ancestors who’ve come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The official website for Hispanic Heritage Month notes that the month begins on September 15 because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Everyone in the U.S. can honor Hispanic Heritage Month in their own way. This week, we’re taking a look at a few ways businesses across the country are celebrating this month, which may inspire you and your practice to do the same.

At Local Fixture General Store + Coffee Bar in Whittier, California, bilingual children’s books are a staple. For ECPs who treat children and have books to help pass the time in the waiting room, it could be a great idea to stock up on some books in different languages. Image via localfixture on Instagram

There are also lots of great, recent movies that focus on characters with Hispanic heritage. These movies could be great to play on the TV screens in the waiting room—or to watch at home, when you get back from a long day of work. Image via propellerindustries on Instagram

This month is a great opportunity to let any employees with Hispanic heritage take over your practice’s social media accounts and share a little bit about what their heritage means to them. Here, D.C. restaurant Dirty Habit spotlighted its executive chef Chef Escalante, from Mexico City. Image via dirtyhabitdc on Instagram

This is also a good time to visit and lift up local Hispanic-owned businesses. Small businesses need to stick together now more than ever, so this month is the perfect time to spotlight your local favorites in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Image via likeagirlglobal on Instagram

And, of course, there’s no better time than now to start learning more about Hispanic heritage and how it has shaped the country we live in. There is lots of information on Instagram, like in this post by themujerista, or online through, History, NPR, Pew Research and more. Image via themujerista on Instagram