Fairfax County is dedicated to enhancing the participation of all suppliers in order to spark innovation, strengthen engagement, and drive continuous improvement. The Department of Purchasing and Supply Management’s Supplier Diversity Program undertakes every effort to include Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned (SWaM) businesses in the procurement process.
There are no preferences or set-aside programs for SWaM businesses in Fairfax County. The Supplier Diversity program focuses on engagement with the business community with the goal to increase participation of Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned businesses in the procurement process. The program also recognizes classifications of SWaM business enterprises that are certified by other agencies. Businesses seeking certification in programs such as SWaM, DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise), NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council), etc. can find the information below.
B2B Connect – eVA (Virginia’s electronic procurement system) has launched a new online feature to make it easier for businesses to find partners and establish relationships when competing for government contracts. Whether it’s a large business looking for subcontracting partners, a small business looking to fulfill a specific portion of a large project, or even several small businesses partnering together, B2B Connect creates an online space for businesses to meet, connect, and collaborate. For more information on B2B Connect or eVA, visit www.eva.virginia.gov.
Fairfax County does not certify businesses, however, the County recognizes business classifications of Small, Minority-owned, and Women-Owned businesses that are certified by other agencies. Fairfax County seeks to track all certifications of our vendors. Some of these certifications are issued by our business development partners including those listed below. Information can be found by contacting them or visiting their websites.
SBSD – Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier
101 N. 14th Street, 11th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 786-6585
CVMSDC – Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development
707 East Main Street, Suite 1375
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 663-7782
WBENC – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 872-5515
Resources and Programs
eVA – Virginia’s eProcurement system – all vendors should be registered prior to doing business with Fairfax County
Selling To Us – Tips on how to connect and conduct business with Fairfax County
Small Business Resources – Valuable resources for starting and running your own business
Selling to Fairfax County Workshop – A free monthly workshop for local businesses
Vendor Forum – Fairfax County’s annual small business conference and reverse vendor tradeshow
Tradeshows and Events – Representing Fairfax County at regional events and tradeshow
Reporting – Tracking and benchmarking the utilization of SWaM businesses in Fairfax County procurement
Sourcing Strategy – Assisting procurement professionals with SWaM sourcing
Department of Procurement and Material Management
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
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