SWaM & Supplier Diversity

What is SWaM?

SWaM is an acronym for small, women-owned, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses.

Until recently, SWaM firms included only small businesses and businesses owned and operated by women or minorities. Other business types that now fall within the range of SWaM businesses, as recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia, include disadvantaged business enterprises, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, micro-businesses, historically black colleges and universities, and historically underutilized business zones (HUBZone). 

Businesses seeking a SWaM designation must be certified by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). SBSD estimates the time needed to complete a review for certification and/or recertification is 60 business days (approximately 90 calendar days) from the time SBSD receives a completed SWaM application AND the required supporting documents.

Nonprofits are not eligible for SWaM certification unless they are Employment Services Organizations (ESO). Non-Virginia-based businesses from Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and Washington, DC, may not be eligible for participation in Virginia's SWaM program. Visit https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/ to learn more.

SWaM spending has grown dramatically in the last five years at UVA

Supplier Diversity at UVA

Supplier Diversity is an integral element of the University's business culture, a culture of inclusiveness that strives to build and maintain strong relationships with qualified SWaM businesses. Our team is supported by committed leadership and is dedicated to providing progressive and responsible suppliers fair and equitable opportunities to compete for University business.  

Read our 2019 SWaM Plan