For Our Vendors
- The Division of Purchases and Supplies can get you started as a vendor.
- Virginia's statewide e-procurement solution, eVA, is one of the most comprehensive in the country.
- Virginia Business Opportunities lists all major products and services that state agencies and localities are purchasing.
- The Public-Private Education and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA) encourages innovative approaches to financing state construction and renovation projects.
Small, Women and Minority-owned Businesses: S.W.a.M.
The commonwealth buys goods and services totaling more than $5 billion each year. The Commonwealth of Virginia wants to do business with you and increase participation of small, women owned, and minority-owned businesses. Get more information on S.W.a.M. registration and doing business with Virginia.
Above information is courtesy of the Department of General Services, Commonwealth of Virginia
S.W.a.M stands for Small, Women-Owned, and Minority-Owned business.
Small Business Enterprise
"Small business enterprise" shall mean an independently owned and operated business which, together with affiliates, has 250 or fewer employees, or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. Nothing in this provision prevents a program, agency, institution or subdivision from complying with the qualification criteria of a specific state program or a federal guideline to be in compliance with a federal grant or program.
Minority-Owned Business Enterprise
A business concern which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more minorities or in the case of a corporation, partnership or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51 percent of the equity ownership interest in which is owned by one or more minorities and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of such individuals.
Woman-Owned Business Enterprise
A business concern which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, or in the case of a corporation, partnership or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51 percent of the equity ownership interest in which is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of such individuals.
What are the benefits of certification?
"Small, Women-Owned and Minority-Owned businesses contribute to the economy of Virginia. These businesses pay taxes, create jobs, and directly, or indirectly through larger businesses, support the needs of the Commonwealth. It is in the best interest of the Commonwealth to have a strong SWAM Program to strengthen and support SWAM businesses." ~ courtesy of Virginia.gov, eVA
Get S.W.a.M. Certified!
"The Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DMBE) administers two certification programs: the Small, Women- and Minority-owned Businesses under Virginia’s “SWaM” Procurement Initiative, and the federal U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) Program. DMBE also provides management and technical support to our certified businesses through one-on-one business development and procurement advocacy." ~ courtesy of the DMBE
"eVA is a web-based purchasing system used by Virginia government. State agencies, colleges, universities and many local governments use eVA to announce bid opportunities, invite bidders, receive quotes, and place orders for goods and services." ~ courtesy of eVA
Why register with eVA?
- reach more than 12,000 buyers
- market directly to consumers
- manage order electronically
- free online, on-demand training
- advertise with eVA electronic catalogs - for free!
- online directories for statewide contracts