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Service-disabled veterans are able to obtain designation as such in Virginia’s Small, Women Minority vendor database. The SWaM program is part of the state’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DMBE) and its purpose is to increase the money spent with SWaM vendors, and increase the number of contracts awarded to SWaM vendors.

Exemption of handling fee for veterans opening small business (HB 262/SB 455), waives the Department of Business Assistance’s handling fee for veterans when they establish a small business through the one-stop small business permitting program.

Virginia Links:

Virginia Department of Veteran’s Services: Commonwealth Resource for Veteran Benefits
SBDC: Small Business Development Center
Veteran SBDC: Veteran-Specific information from the SBDC
SWaM: Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned certification program. Registration required though this program as a SDVOB to get enhanced procurement opportunities through Virginia.
Business One Stop: Where to go to open a business in Virginia. Operated by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance
 Virginia’s e-Procurement: Doing Business with the Commonwealth of Virginia