Minority Business Enterprise

Department of Minority Business Enterprise
1111 E Main Street
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-786-6585
Toll-free: 888-792-6323
Virginia Only: 800-223-0671

About the Department

The Certification Service Area is responsible for the certification of eligible small, women-, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses to participate in the SWaM Procurement Initiative. This service area also certifies Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) for participation under the Virginia Unified Certification Program (as part of the federal DBE Program). Service Disabled Veterans are also able to obtain SWaM certification upon receipt of their certification by the Department of Veterans Services and by meeting the eligibility requirements of the SWaM Program.

The DMBE also works collaboratively with numerous state agencies to collect procurement data and provide statistical analyses and reports regarding the Commonwealth's procurement of goods and services from SWaM vendors. The Procurement and Reporting Service Area focuses on the two very important aspects of the SWaM Procurement Initiative: increasing expenditures with SWaM vendors through match-making and providing accurate statistical data.