Small, Women-, and Minority-owned (SWaM) Businesses
Did you know that approximately 90% of Virginia based businesses are small businesses and that SWaM businesses are the source of most new jobs in Virginia? By supporting our SWaM businesses we contribute to stimulating Virginia’s economy as well as encouraging business growth and development in the state in which we work, and in many cases, where we live.
Supporting SWaM businesses helps ensure there are consumer choices and diversity for various purchases. The part for the machine that is 10-years old is no longer in stock at the big chain store, but the local small business down the street knows you purchase the item routinely and is willing to keep it in stock for you because the business owner is able to dictate what is kept in stock and not corporate office. This option provides allows you to go out and purchase when needed and not bulk stock through a special order that could take weeks to come in.
Virginia's SWaM program was established in 2006 to enhance business opportunities for SWaM businesses. In order for a vendor to be recognized as a SWaM vendor by the Commonwealth, the vendor must be certified through the Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (DSBSD). Certification information may be found at DSBSD's website. Please contact Marra Austin [[maaustin]] with any questions or concerns regarding SWaM certification.
William & Mary's SWaM Plan
Learn more about William & Mary's Supplier Diversity program by reading the fiscal year 2017 SWaM Plan.
SWaM information for Capital Construction
Interested in learning more about Capital Construction at the College? Access William & Mary's Facilities Management Planning, Design and Construction Division.
SWaM information for W&M eVA users
Interested in finding more certified SWaM vendors? Have a vendor that you believe may qualify as a SWaM business but do not see the vendor in DSBSD’s listing, contact:
Marra Austin, VCO, CUPO
SWaM/Supplier Diversity Advocate
Office of Procurement