Virginia Small Businesses

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 MWAAVDOT/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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