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Doing Business with Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia buys more than $5 billion in goods, services and construction each year. Don’t miss out on the opportunities!

Selling to the Commonwealth

Get in on the new markets and growth opportunities available when you sell to the state government. If your company is interested in selling to the Commonwealth of Virginia, you must first register in the electronic purchasing system, eVA, to participate. The eVA website has information about what the state spends on commodities you sell, how to get state certified and how to register.

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance offers step by step (internal link to library document “Selling to the Commonwealth”) instructions on getting ready to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia.


SWAM stands for Small, Women and Minority owned businesses. Becoming certified through the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise gives you certain preferred purchasing status with state agencies, and if you’re eVA registered, your company is listed in eVA along with your certification status. The corresponding certification is for small, women or minority.

Small businesses must have more than 250 employees or not more than $10 million gross receipts averaged over the previous three-year period. Women-owned businesses must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women. Minority owned businesses must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more persons of a minority race (including African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American and Native-American). Those individuals must be US citizens or legal resident aliens.

The DBME’s SWAM portal has information about certification.

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