The City of Charlottesville government offices will close Wednesday, November 21 at 1p.m. and will remain closed on

Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. 

Minority Business Program

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Welcome to the Minority Business Program

In 2018, the City's Minority Business Program will be implemented with the collaboration of the Division of Procurement and Risk Management's Minority Business Program Coordinator and the Office of Economic Development's Minority Business Development Manager.

Minority Procurement Program Strategy

This plan develops a strategy to increase the number and scale of minority-owned businesses contracting with the City of Charlottesville. The City of Charlottesville will provide opportunities for responsible businesses, and to making every reasonable effort to increase opportunities for minority-owned (MBE), women-owned (WBE) and other certified businesses. The City plans to create an equitable approach to procurement and good faith efforts, and increase outreach, vendor engagement and training. Finally, the City will maintain centralized records with statistical data on utilization of  MBE and WBE businesses, and use the information to measure success. Click HERE to view the full strategy.

Becoming a SWaM business:

THIS is a list of all businesses in Planning District 10 that are SWaM certified – their designations are noted.


If you are not on the list and would like to become SWaM certified and a vendor for the City, please use the links below

SWaM certification:

City vendor registration:

Please contact our office if you need assistance.

Phone: (434) 970-3117


Help us support women and minority-owned businesses in the local community. You will have an opportunity to walk around and meet the various businesses represented. Stop by the tables and find out about the products and services these businesses can offer your home, office, or business.

CLICK HERE to register as an attendee. 

Visit the Expo page to view all of the currently registered exhibitors

2018 Women and Minority Business Expo Flyer

2017 Minority Business Expo on Biteable.