VCU Procurement Services works to promote equity in business and support a diverse local economy by fostering community and business relationships.
Find a SWaM Vendor
Procurement Services supports diversity within VCU’s supply chain by strongly encouraging the use of SWaM (Small, Women, and Minority-Owned) suppliers for purchases of goods and services in the local economy.
VCU Procurement maintains a searchable database of SWaM businesses certified by the State’s Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). Users can search SWaM suppliers by the commodities and services they provide at https://swamsearch.procurement.vcu.edu or using the link below:
VCU Procurement Services participates in trade fairs, VASCUPP’s annual SWaM Expo, and other events that focus on developing business relationships between governmental agencies/institutions and diverse businesses. VCU meets with representatives of SWaM businesses to encourage certification DSBSD and to educate these firms on both VCU and VASCUPP procurement policies and procedures.
VCU Supplier Diversity Metrics and Goals
The VCU SWaM Team, in coordination with senior university leadership and the Director of Procurement Services, annually establishes university spend goals with SWaM businesses and reports performance to DSBSD and The Board of Visitors. These goals are always represented by a percentage of overall discretionary spend at VCU, and reflects Virginia's SWaM spend goal of 42%.
In fiscal year 2020, we exceeded the Virginia state goal, reaching at 46.2% spend with SWaM suppliers and vendors.
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In fiscal year 2021, VCU is committed to reaching or exceeding 42% discretionary spend with DSBSD certified SWaM vendors:
Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
What is DSBSD?
The mission of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD) is to enhance growth opportunities for Virginia’s small businesses to prosper through increased revenue and job creation thereby raising the standard of living for all Virginians.
What are SWaM Business?
DSBSD has the Certification Division which is responsible for the administration of Virginia’s business certification programs. Its mission is to ensure only bona fide Small, Woman-owned, and Minority-owned Businesses (SWaM), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), and Employment Services Organizations (ESO) are certified to participate in Virginia’s specialized procurement and contracting opportunities. The Division has three units: SWaM Certification, DBE Certification, and Transportation Business Development Assistance.
The Division provides certifications for SWaM, DBE, ESO, and Service Disabled Veteran-owned businesses (SDV). In addition, the Division also provides specialized management and technical assistance to DBE firms participating in projects funded by the US Department of Transportation and other federal sectors.
VCU recognizes the following DSBSD Certification Types:
Firms can visit https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/certification/ to review and start the certification process. Please note, the time required for review for both SWaM initial applications and for recertifications is approximately 60 business days from the time DSBSD receives a completed SWaM application and the required supporting documents.
Contact the Supplier Diversity Team
For information about supplier diversity at VCU, advice for vendors, or questions about doing business with VCU, please reach out to the Office of Procurement Services Supplier Diversity Team:
John Kostyniuk, MBA, VCCO
Commodities: Construction, A&E & Facilities, Supplier Diversity Manager
Cornelius Hunt Kostyniuk, MBA, VCCO
Commodities: Construction, A&E, and Facilities Supplier Diversity Coordinator
The Virginia College and University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPP) works to identify opportunities for cooperative procurements and cost savings for higher education institutions in Virginia. VASCUPP collaborates on cooperative procurements, procurement practice, and source selection, which ultimately allow for savings through leveraged spend and reduced administrative effort. learn more at vascupp.org