Small business certifications are the result of conditions public funders place on contract dollars. Take advantage of those that best match your line of business.
If your small minority- or woman-owned business is located in Virginia, SWaM certification is a great advantage in competing for contracts funded with Commonwealth of Virginia tax dollars, and on many large-scale private development projects. Businesses located in DC are not eligible for SWaM certification.
If your business can participate in large-scale Civil Engineering and Heavy Construction projects and is located in Virginia or is DBE-certified in your home state, consider VDOT/MWAA DBE certification. It’s a joint certification, so you may certify though either VDOT or MWAA. VDOT/MWAA DBEs located in Virginia and several other states are automatically considered SWaM-certified as well.
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) encourages DBE participation; see the VRE Procurement webpage.
Note: Many government agencies and nonprofits provide help with business administrative issues and financing for free or at little cost. Look here.
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