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Often the best way to educate yourself to successfully start, manage, and grow your business is to take advantage of the many workshops and training programs available to small business owners in several formats. By attending these workshops, you will learn not only from the presenters, but also from the other attendees who are going through the same process.

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SWaM Certification (IN PERSON) Workshop

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Are you a small, or women-owned, or minority-owned business who wants to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia? Small business owners who are looking to participate in Virginia’s specialized procurement and contracting opportunities are encouraged to become SWaM certified. The SWaM certification is a vehicle to promote economic growth of Virginia’s businesses.  In this workshop learn the process and benefits to become SWaM certified in Virginia.

Note: There is a list of supporting documents required to become SWaM-certified. If you are looking to complete your SWaM-certified application by the end of our workshop, please scan these documents and save them on the laptop you are bringing to the workshop.

Who should attend: Those already in business that are interested in obtaining SWaM Certification for state and local procurement opportunities.

Speaker(s): Chris Ley, Business Service Manager, Virginia Department of Small Business Supplier and Diversity


Please bring your laptop to this in-person workshop. Due to this workshop being in person there is a cap for registration.


May 24
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Alexandria Small Business Development Center


Alexandria SBDC
601 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
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