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SWaM Certification

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Small, Women & Minority -Owned Business Certification

In order to do business with the University, it is highly recommended that you become a certified SWaM vendor, if applicable. A SWaM vendor is a Small, Women-owned or Minority-owned business that has been certified through the Commonwealth by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD).


All qualifying small, women-owned or minority-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to become certified. To become certified as a SWaM business:

  1. Complete the initial certification application.
  2. The SBSD will then contact you to either request additional documents or provide your SWaM certification number.

Contact the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) at 804-786-6585 for further information on the SWaM certification process.

SWaM Outreach for Vendors

Old Dominion University is committed to supporting certified small, woman-owned and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses. To facilitate the participation of SWaM businesses in its procurement activities, the University participates in an outreach program that includes solicitation to SWaM businesses selected from those that are certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD).

Learn More About SWaM Certification - sbsd.virginia.gov
Finding a SWaM Vendor - Vendor Search Guide