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.
It is important for SWAM businesses to
certify with the Department of Minority
Business Enterprises because SWAM
businesses that are small businesses
receive certain preferences when
competing for Commonwealth procurements.
Unless a SWAM business is certified, the
business will not receive these
preferences and may be excluded from
competing on certain Commonwealth
procurements. Since there are direct and
tangible benefits for being a SWAM
business, the SWAM certification program
is important to ensure that a business
is legitimately a SWAM business.
Some of the benefits that only SWAM
small businesses may receive are:
• Certain Commonwealth statewide and
agency procurements may be set-aside
only for competition between small
businesses and large businesses will not
be permitted to participate.
• Certain Commonwealth purchases may be
awarded to other than the lowest bidder
or most successful offeror, if there is
a reasonably price or reasonably ranked
small businesses that is other than the
lowest bidder or highest ranking offeror.
• Only one small business is required to
be solicited for work below $5,000.