Certification Programs for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

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Certification Programs for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

The City of Charlottesville is committed to providing opportunities for all responsible businesses.  In doing so, it is the policy of the City to make every reasonable effort to increase opportunities for participation of Small, Women and Minority-Owned (SWaM) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) businesses in all aspects of the City’s procurement.

The City’s DBE Officer is the Manager of the City’s Procurement operations, Jennifer J. Stieffenhofer.  The City’s Department of Economic Development employs a Chief of Workforce Development Strategist, Hollie Lee, Economic Development Department, to help both emerging and existing businesses successfully compete in both the public and private sector.

Current procurement opportunities can be found on the Procurement web page under Bids and Proposals, or by visiting the City's Procurement Office where all bids and proposals are posted.  The office is located in the City Warehouse at 325 4th Street, NW, in the “City Yard”.  You can contact the Procurement office at:  PH:  434-970-3860 FAX:  434-970-3069 EMAIL:  purchasing@charlottesville.org

The City encourages qualified businesses to become SWaM and/or DBE certified.  These certifications are important to the City’s programs which facilitate the participation of small businesses and businesses owned by women, minorities, and service disabled veterans in procurement transactions.  You can access these programs at the link below:

Small, Women and Minority-Owned Business Certification (SWaM/O) - State Program

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification (DBE) - Federal Program

Small, Women and Minority-Owned Business Certification (SWAM)

State Program

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Certification (DBE)

Federal Program

This certification is beneficial for businesses looking to compete in State procurement processes. 42% of state funds must be apportioned to SWaM-certified businesses.

This certification is beneficial for businesses looking to compete in Federal procurement processes. Charlottesville Area Transit’s goal is 5.7% of Federal USDOT and FTA funds be apportioned to DBE-certified businesses. The City receives other federal grants, and those contracts may also require a specific DBE goal.



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