Posted September 22, 2021
Open Letter to UMW’s Valued Supplier Community
Dear Business Owner,
As an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, University of Mary Washington utilizes a web-based, electronic marketplace (e-procurement system) called “eVA” or “e-Virginia”. This system provides a forum to bring sellers (your business included) and buyers (state and other government entities) together for procurement-related purposes.
Similar to other Virginia state agencies, University of Mary Washington is required by Virginia Code to use the eVA system as its sole method for posting solicitations (i.e., RFPs and IFBs) and to issue purchase orders for purposes of transparency to the public, which includes your business. UMW needs to purchase from eVA-registered suppliers. To that end, UMW encourages you to register your business in the eVA system. There is no cost to suppliers to register to receive orders and participate in solicitations for state contracts with UMW and with all other Virginia government entities. If you choose to not register your business within the eVA system, you may find that your sales to UMW will decrease as campus departments with buying responsibility source goods and services from eVA-registered businesses.
Yes, eVA is a self-funded system requiring capital to sustain its operation and for improvements; including the new eVA system currently in the implementation process. The eVA program does not receive funding except through its Fee Schedule. Fees are ONLY assessed with actual eVA purchase orders and UMW also pays eVA fees for use of the system assessed from every purchase order entered.
Once your business is registered with eVA, UMW and other government entity buyers across the Commonwealth will be able to select your business for order placement and your business will begin to receive notifications regarding solicitations for goods and services that you have registered to sell.
If you are a woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, small or micro-small business supplier, you must also register with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. For additional assistance with your business, UMW’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a valuable resource that is available at low and often no cost to you.