Virginia SWAM Program

The program summary on this page was last updated on 10/16/2018. If any of the information or links are out-of-date, please contact us.

The Commonwealth of Virginia maintains the Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) certification program, with the goal of encouraging SWaM businesses to participate in state-funded projects. There is typically a 60-day interval between application and application resolution. Businesses under certain defined size may also be designated a SWaM Micro Business; all state purchases under $10,000 will be set aside for SWaM Micro Businesses if the price quoted is fair and reasonable.

Does this local/state program offer reciprocal certifications with other local/state programs? Out-of-state businesses applying for SWaM certification in Virginia must possess a comparable certification in their home state before applying. The reciprocal granting of SWaM certification in such a circumstance is not automatic. More details (including comparable certifications by state) can be reviewd at 

Does this certification expire? Certification lasts for a period of five years. It can be renewed before it expires.

Does this program require bidders attempt to make a good-faith effort to meet participation goals? There is a 40% goal on state purchasing from SWaMs in effect. Methods for attaining this goal are specified in more detail by Virginia.

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