In accordance with School Board Policy/Regulation and NPS's Procurement Manual, NPS encourages all employees involved in procurement decisions to solicit from SWAM business suppliers. NPS is committed to ensuring fair consideration of all suppliers in its day-to-day procurement of services and material. Providing the opportunity for a wide-range of suppliers provides NPS a competitive edge in acquiring high-quality, low-cost innovative products and services. Central Purchasing will maximize opportunities to SWAM vendors by utilizing eVA (Virginia's e-Procurement system) which lists Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise (VDMBE) registered SWAM vendors.
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). Visit sbsd.virginia.gov for more information.