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Posted on: February 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Become a SWaM Certified Business

Minority-Owned Businesses in JCC

With February being Black History Month, James City County wants to recognize opportunities for minority-owned businesses and existing SWaM (small, women and minority-owned) certified businesses in James City County. Minority-owned businesses are at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who identify as racial or ethnic minorities who are United States citizens or legal residents and whose management and control are by one or more minorities.

The SWaM Program was established in 2006 to enhance opportunities for small businesses and minority- and woman-owned businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia through contracting and procurement opportunities. The SWaM Program is managed by the Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD). Recently, SBSD completed its 2020 Disparity Study, which “assessed whether woman- and minority-owned businesses face any barriers as part of the Commonwealth’s contracting processes.”

If a business wants to become SWaM certified, the process is free through SBSD and is valid for five years from approval. Information is available on the SBSD website or by emailing sbsd@sbsd.virginia.gov.

Businesses may also opt to attend a free webinar hosted by SBSD about becoming SWaM certified on Tuesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. until noon. Register online in advance. This webinar will include information on SWaM Program and designations, certification process and new online application portal (live demo), required documents needed to apply and how to use the certification to do business with the Commonwealth (intro to eVA, Virginia's Online Procurement Portal).

 All SWaM certified businesses are featured in an online directory managed by SBSD.

Minority-Owned Certified Businesses in James City County

 Please note that this list only includes certified minority-owned businesses and is not inclusive of all minority-owned businesses in James City County.

For questions or assistance, please email yesjcc@jamescitycountyva.gov

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