Diversity Business Spending Strong in Fairfax County
Nov. 20, 2009
Fairfax County Government spending with small, women–owned and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses totaled more than $275 million during the fiscal year 2009, as reported by the Fairfax County Department of Purchasing and Supply Management (DPSM). This represents more than 49 percent of its expenditures with these businesses, an increase of 4 percent from the previous year.
“These figures document the success of our Supplier Diversity program this year,”said Cathy Muse, director of DPSM and the county’s purchasing agent. “This program creates opportunities and promotes fairness in the county’s procurement process. We value the strategic relationships we build with high-quality, diverse suppliers and service providers, which contributes to the county’s economic growth.”
The Supplier Diversity Program promotes participation and increased utilization of SWaM businesses in the county’s procurement and contracting activities. Fairfax Countyhas many opportunities throughout the year for qualified vendors to provide products and services. All vendors interested in doing business with Fairfax County should register with eVA, the commonwealth of Virginia's electronic procurement portal. DPSMadvertises through the eVA Web site and posts current solicitations online.
DPSM conducts a monthly workshop for vendors on "Selling to Fairfax County". The workshop is held in the Government Center Conference Center from 8 to 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.
The Supplier Diversity Program works to improve business and economic opportunities for SWaM businesses. For further information, contact Michael Estelle, supplier diversity coordinator, at 703-324-3104, TTY 711
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