Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity


The Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (VDSBSD) supports and promotes economic development in The Commonwealth of Virginia by advising small business owners how to position their companies to conduct business with state and local government agencies in order to grow profitably and to take advantage of the set aside award priorities offered to Small and Micro certified suppliers.  The VDSBSD also contains the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA), which is The Commonwealth’s business financing arm.  Its loan officers work with commercial banks to help them provide loans to small businesses; to provide direct loans and credit enhancements; and to administer a grant program which provides grants to individual investors who are investing in small businesses.  For more information, visit


The Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) certification program is a state program of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose is to enhance procurement opportunities for SWaM businesses participating in state-funded projects.  To become certified, businesses must qualify and register with the Department  of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.  For additional information on SWaM categories or to apply visit the SWaM page on the DSBSD website.

swam-2Buyers needing assistance searching for registered SWaM vendors, please visit the SWaM Vendor Search Page.


UMW SWaM goals are supported by the Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Office, Richard Pearce, and is in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order. The goal of the Commonwealth of Virginia is to procure 42%  of goods and services through SWaM certified vendors.

For more information, please view UMW’s SWaM Plan.


To see the progress reports of SWaM vendor purchasing at UMW, visit the Commonwealth of Virginia Dashboard.  Within the Expenditure Report, select to maximize the report window, scroll down to Education, then to University of Mary Washington.