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The mission of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) is to provide education and assistance; economic opportunity; and access to capital to generate employment and economic growth for small businesses.

On July 3, 2019, The Honorable Ralph S. Northam , Virginia’s 73nd Governor, signed into effect Executive Order Number 35, for the purpose of
“Advancing Equity for Virginia’s Small, Women, and Minority Owned (SWaM)  and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses.”
Executive Order 35 rescinds and replaces Executive Order 20 (2014).
For the Press Release, click here
For the full text of Executive Order 35, click here


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.

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!

Learn more about certification details & guidance here!

Learn about Workshops & Training to help your business grow.

Learn more about our finance and capital programs here.

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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

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

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
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

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