Minority Business Program

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Welcome to the Minority Business Program

In 2018, the City's Minority Business Program will be implemented with the collaboration of the Division of Procurement and Risk Management's Minority Business Program Coordinator and the Office of Economic Development's Minority Business Development Manager.

Minority Procurement Program Strategy

This plan develops a strategy to increase the number and scale of minority-owned businesses contracting with the City of Charlottesville. The City of Charlottesville will provide opportunities for responsible businesses, and to making every reasonable effort to increase opportunities for minority-owned (MBE), women-owned (WBE) and other certified businesses. The City plans to create an equitable approach to procurement and good faith efforts, and increase outreach, vendor engagement and training. Finally, the City will maintain centralized records with statistical data on utilization of  MBE and WBE businesses, and use the information to measure success. Click HERE to view the full strategy.

Becoming a SWaM business:

THIS is a list of all businesses in Planning District 10 that are SWaM certified – their designations are noted.


If you are not on the list and would like to become SWaM certified and a vendor for the City, please use the links below

SWaM certification: https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/certification/

City vendor registration: https://vendor.charlottesville.org/

Please contact our office if you need assistance.

Phone: (434) 970-3117
Email: MBP@charlottesville.org


Minority Business Appreciation Breakfast

The City of Charlottesville and City Councilor Dr. Wes Bellamy cordially invite you to an upcoming Minority Business Appreciation Breakfast, which will be held on Monday, December 17th from 8:30am to 10:00am at Water Street Center on the Downtown Mall (401 East Water Street adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission). The breakfast is FREE and open to all Charlottesville area minority-owned businesses. Parking validation will be provided for Market Street Parking Garage.

Pre-Register to attend the event HERE.

Minority Business Breakfast Invitation 12.17.18