SWAMFEST 2020 Planned

Mark your calendar:  October 13-14, SWAMFEST will be held at Richmond's famed Main Street Station.


SWAMFEST 2019 Recap


SWaMfest®, the Commonwealth’s premier networking, educational, and professional development event for small, women-owned, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses, is in its fifteenth year. Hosted by the Virginia Association of State College & University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPP), this year’s SWaMfest® theme – Abracadabra! – was set in Richmond’s Shockhoe Bottom district, a National Historic Landmark, against the perfect backdrop of Virginia’ beloved Renaissance Revival style Main Street Station with its ornate, domed clock tower. Titles for our some of our popular magic-themed breakout information sessions included:

  • Cyber Security: The Monster Hiding in Every Closet
  • Remove Your Invisibility Cloak to Win More Contracts
  • The Magic Begins With eVA
  • The Perfect Potion to Double, Triple, or Quadruple Your Business Instantly
  • Wave This Magic Wand for Sales
  • Alakazam! Let’s Talk About SWaM

With events focused on four key areas of business lifecycles – processes, partnerships, possibilities, and profits – and spread across three days in four venues, there was something for everyone seeking fun, exciting, and magical moments that can help them grow and nurture businesses that remain strong, vibrant, and successful!

VASCUPP takes pride in drawing together a diverse community of businesses and business leaders – the innovators and doers who power our economic engine – at SWaMfest®. With the forging of strong, dependable, and reliable relationships with strategic partners like WM Jordan, power players such as Fisher Scientific, Pepsi, and VWR, and executive sponsors that include the Bank of America, BMS, Capital Electric, Dominion, FedEx, TSRC, and Virginia Business Systems, SWaMfest® has become a primary annual event for many of the SWaM businesses that serve as the backbone of our economic landscape and the cornerstone of our communities. For the SWaMfest® sponsors and guests representing businesses large and small across Virginia, we want you to know we appreciate you and we are always happy to go out of our way to create spirited and enthusiastic interactions among VASCUPP institutions, prime contractors, corporations, State agencies, nonprofit organizations, and SWaM businesses by bringing together prominent guest speakers, engaging workshops, exciting networking opportunities, and robust business development opportunities meant to inspire and help nurture business success, growth, and sustainability. It is just one of many ways SWaMfest® helps all of us realize just how much we love what we do!

See you next year, October 13-14, at Richmond's famed Main Street Station! By popular demand, our theme will be, 'Oh, the Places You Can Go!'


The Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPP) (https://vascupp.org/) provides opportunities for Virginia’s public colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education to address and share information regarding the procurement process. VASCUPP’s structure is designed to promote increased opportunities for cooperative procurement among institutions of higher education and professional development among its members. VASCUPP is committed to helping Virginia’s SWaM businesses remain strong, vibrant, and successful while connecting them to our purchasing power.

Learn more about SWaMfest here: http://www.swamfest.com/

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