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The Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD) is excited to announce the launch of its new online Certification Application Portal and the SWaM & DBE Directory.  DSBSD would like to note that the new SWaM & DBE Directory is experiencing data issues that may impact some of our external stakeholders and their end users. In addition, the new Certification Portal will not provide information regarding the status of a certification application at this time.

DSBSD is currently working to resolve all data, directory operational issues, and certification portal user issues, such as certification status.

We appreciate the support and patience received during this transition period.  We will be collecting and prioritizing feedback over the next two weeks.  We welcome any suggestions and/or feedback.  Please send them to before July 21, 2017.

It is our objective that you will find our website informative and complete with useful information to serve your business needs. Our goal is that you will visit often for “real time” information on certification; business development and outreach events; access to capital incentives; reporting; and updates on how we play a role as an advocate for Small, Women and Minority Owned (SWaM) businesses—essentially, how we support you!

The mission of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) is to promote access to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s contracting opportunities by administering the certification process §2.2 1604, a vehicle to promote economic growth of Virginia’s businesses. It is our charge to work with public and private entities to develop supplier diversity and inclusion strategies and thereby, creating contracting opportunities that promote fairness in the state’s procurement process while advancing its Small Business Program and SWaM initiative. Ultimately, we seek to increase the number of certified businesses that have the opportunity to compete as well as expand the total contract dollars awarded to SWaM suppliers based on the Commonwealth’s available discretionary spend.

On July 22, 2014, Virginia’s 72nd Governor Terence R. McAuliffe signed Executive Order 20, Advancing Equity for Small, Women and Minority Businesses (SWaM) . For official information on EO20 , click here. Our primary work in this agency is focused on accomplishing this goal by utilizing tools to build the capacity of SWaM businesses and to assist in facilitating capital solutions that fund business development and expansion. In the New Virginia Economy, we want to grow sustainable enterprises that create jobs and become wealth builders.

There is great history to be regarded in the two legacy agencies–the former Virginia Department of Business Assistance (DBA) and the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DMBE). There is great purpose and history to be made in the combining of the two to form the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity as your “one stop” for business development in Virginia §2.2 1605.

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Thank you so much for your help with this. I am very excited for all this will let me do to grow this business! I would love to work with you again in the future! Please know how much I appreciate your support and the ease of the VSBFA application process. Thank you again!!!
Cold Creek Cattle & Hay, LLC – New Castle, VA

The team at SBSD is amazing. They have helped Brilliant Blaze grow and prosper in the Commonweath of Virginia and beyond. They are really striving to serve the business community in Virginia. Much thanks to SBSD and especially the certification team on a job well done.

Brilliant Blaze, Waynesboro, VA – Will Strickland
Will Strickland, WaynesboroCEO Brilliant Blaze LLC

The Bank and VSBFA gave me a chance.  I am grateful that this VSBFA/bank partnership made a dream possible …

Merchants Hope Memorial Gardens – Hopewell, VA

Thank you for your faith in us back in 2012. We have come far since our beginning. We were up to 60 employees thanks in part to your help. Let us know if there is anything that we can do to promote your cause. You have a great program!

Mills Marine & Ship Repair, LLC - Suffolk, VA

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