Don't Miss out on SWaM Day!
The University of Virginia’s Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services, working with Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, plans to host a small, women-owned, and minority-owned (SWaM) Supplier Open House in 2020.
This is not your typical expo.
Instead of inviting a handful of well-established, multi-million dollar SBEs, WBEs, and MBEs from across the Commonwealth and around the country to UVA to showcase their goods and services, we are inviting 30 or so UVA schools and departments (along with key players from the County and the City as well as several Chambers of Commerce) to make themselves available one Spring morning (approx. 3 hours) to meet and discuss their specific requirements with suppliers across the state who drop by to get better acquainted.
Said differently, instead of asking a couple of dozen key suppliers to present to the UVA buying community, we are giving suppliers across the Commonwealth (potentially 700 or more) an opportunity to directly connect with UVA schools and departments – the schools and departments they think they can best support. We will focus on SWaM suppliers but no one will be turned away.
The open house aligns with UVA’s Cornerstone Plan commitments to
- ‘Strengthen the university’s capacity to advance knowledge’ by creating a larger, more diverse pool of companies to supply goods and services to UVA’s research infrastructure and
- ‘Steward the university’s resources’ by growing, nurturing, and building strong relationships with local, responsive SWaM businesses that are a central part of our extended community.
Currently, only a small portion (roughly one third) of UVA’s overall discretionary spend is transacted with Virginia-certified SWaM businesses. Increasing our overall spend with SWaM suppliers — suppliers that can often offer the same services and commodities as larger competitors — not only contributes to the overall vibrancy and health of our local communities but also improves our local economies. This event offers SWaM suppliers an unprecedented opportunity to connect directly with UVA schools and departments with high spend in the types of commodities and services they offer.
As we take this opportunity to invest in our future, we look forward to your support and involvement with this important event. Contact is Jack King, who can be reached at email@example.com or 434-924-0688.