The Certification Division is responsible for the administration of Virginia’s business certification programs. Its mission is to ensure only bona fide Small, Woman-owned, and Minority-owned Businesses (SWaM), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), and Employment Services Organizations (ESO) are certified to participate in Virginia’s specialized procurement and contracting opportunities. The Division has three units: SWaM Certification, DBE Certification, and Transportation Business Development Assistance.

The Division provides certifications for SWaM, DBE, ESO, and Service Disabled Veteran-owned businesses (SDV). In addition, the Division also provides specialized management and technical assistance to DBE firms participating in projects funded by the US Department of Transportation and other federal sectors.

Step by Step Tutorial of the SWaM Application Process

Transportation Business Development Assistance

The Department provides specialized management and technical assistance to DBE firms participating in projects funded by the US Department of Transportation and other federal sectors.   The primary purpose of the specialized assistance is to provide training, assistance, and services to DBEs certified in the DBE program to increase their activity in the program, and to facilitate the firms’ development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on Federally- assisted highway projects.

If you are contacting our agency in regards to any of the below certifications via phone, please have your record tracking number/certification number, as well as your firm’s legal business name, ready to provide. If you leave us a voicemail or email, please be sure to include your record tracking number/certification number, as well as your firm’s legal business name in that email.

Certification Types

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8a-is a SBA federal certification If a firm provides documentation that they are certified as such SBSD will add the designation to your company’s profile. Please provide your SBA 8a approval letter.

EDWOSB-stands for economically disadvantaged woman owned small business. This is a federal certification that is verified by the SBA . If a firm provides documentation that they are certified as such SBSD will add the designation to your company’s profile. Please provide your SBA EDWOSB approval letter.

WOSB-stands for woman owned small business. This is a federal certification that is verified by the SBA . If a firm provides documentation that they are certified as such SBSD will add the designation to your company’s profile. Please provide your SBA WOSB approval letter.

FSDV-stands for federal service-disabled veteran. This is a federal certification verified by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. If a firm provides documentation that they are certified as such SBSD will add the designation to your company’s profile. Please provide your SBA FSDV approval letter.