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Government procurement can amount to a great opportunity for small business.

Procurement (or selling) opportunities exist at the local, state and federal government levels. Collectively, these entities spend billions of dollars. In addition, there are opportunities carved out especially for certified small, women and minority-owned businesses. Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority & Entrepreneurial Division can assist you with accessing government procurement opportunities. Please contact us today for assistance.

State Certification Information for SWAM Procurement Initiative

This program is the Commonwealth of Virginia's initiative designed to enhance purchasing and procurement opportunities for certified Small (SBE), Women- (WBE), and Minority-owned (MBE) businesses. To participate in the SWaM program, certification is required. Agencies have a 42% spending goal with SWaM certified small businesses.

Contact us for assistance with registration/certification or bid preparation.

Federal Procurement Certification Programs
  • The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas.

Small Business Administration HUBZone Program

  • The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible:  Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs)or Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses EDWOSBs)

Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

  • Additional contracting and assistance programs exist for businesses owned by Veterans,  Native Americans, Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and other socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. 
Small Business Certifications and Audiences

Contact us for assistance with registration/certification or bid preparation. 

Local and Regional Resources

Below are local and regional resources for selling your products and services. Contact us for assistance with registration/certification or bid preparation.

Millard's Machinery

Joey and Alicia Pigg of Millard's Machinery can attest to the value of procurement registrations and certifications. Local, state and federal agencies are ready to buy from small businesses. »