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November 13, 2018



I am Randy Brown the Business Services Manager (Central and South Virginia) with the Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity. I have listed brief descriptions of various workshops and 1 on 1 business consulting sessions I will be conducting in the month of November throughout my region. These are designed to help you grow your business with the Commonwealth. All of the workshops sponsored by the SBSD are free of charge. However, registration is required.


To register for any of the workshops, you should:

1.   Visit

2.      Scroll down to “Central / South” region

3.      Locate the event(s) you wish to attend, access the page and register


While at the “Events” page, feel free to peruse the workshops being held throughout the Commonwealth and register for any that interest you. If you have questions concerning events in the Central / South Region, you should contact me ( for assistance.

One on One Business Consults

These 90 – minute sessions are designed to help businesses like yours better understand how to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia state agencies. Whether it’s helping your business become certified in Virginia’s small business set-aside programs (SWaM and Micro), navigating the electronic procurement portal (eVa) which ALL state agencies use for solicitations, or helping you connect with key agency buyers, these sessions can help!


Nov. 13 – Henrico (Henrico Purchasing Dept. / 8600 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond)

Nov. 14 – Chesterfield (BizWorks / 2545 Bellwood Road, N. Chesterfield)

Nov. 15 – Chesterfield (Chesterfield Economic Development / 9401 Courthouse Rd, Chesterfield)

Nov. 19 – Petersburg (PTAC / 1964 Wakefield St. Petersburg)


Selling to the Commonwealth

This workshop provides an overview of the eVa system (Virginia’s electronic procurement portal). It also features a Q & A panel with different purchasing professionals. This panel will consist of buyers from state and local government agencies as well as the private sector.  Reviews the SWaM, Micro, and federal DBE certification programs.

Nov. 27 – Henrico

Women’s Business Center RVA / 1500 Willow Lawn Drive # 100, Henrico

9:00 – 3:30



Randy M. Brown

Business Services Manager

Dept. of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

101 N. 14th Street / 11th Floor

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 349-5603

Fax: (804) 786-9736




“I guarantee you that for every plant that closes, if you gave it to one small-business person in that community, he or she would find a way to make it work. The small-business attitude is you always find a way to make it work.”

– Hamdi Ulukaya

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