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The Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity has created a certification application portal that will allow your business to certify with the Commonwealth through a completely automated process.

Business Owners should gather required information for certification prior to beginning the certification process.

For more information on the different certification types please go to the following link:

For a list of required documents please go to:

For Help Regarding the new Application Portal, see the Instructions .pdf below:

Clicking on a section in the Table of Contents in the .pdf will take you directly to whichever relevant section you need. Here are the heading for sections relevant to this page:

  • Launch of the New Application Portal
  • Old Application System vs. New Application Portal
  • Registering and Logging into the New Application Portal
  • I Need to Link to My Existing SWaM/DBE application

Click Below:

To Begin the Certification Process

Certification Application







If you need assistance with the application process please contact one of our Business Development and Outreach Service Business Managers to make an appointment.  Their contact information is listed below:

Southwest (Vacant)

Kathryn Dolan:  804-786-1087

Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore

Angela Barber:  757-385-4492

Northern Virginia

Chris Ley:  804-212-4647

Central – West

Courtney Mustin: 804-786-0942

 Central – South

Randy Brown 804-371-8258

Director, BDOS

Kathryn Dolan: 804-786-1087


You will want to use a updated browser to complete your certification application:

Suggested Browsers:
Chrome: v58 and above
Firefox: v36 and above
Safari: v9.1.1 and above
Internet Explorer: v11 and above
Edge: v38 and above

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