Monday, December 16, 2019

Mark your calendar to meet local SWaM firms!

The University of Virginia’s Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services is hosting a Meet Local SWaMs (Small, Women, and Minority Businesses) Day on Wednesday, January 15. 

We are inviting 15 well-established local SWaM firms (that already are doing business with your peer schools and departments across Grounds) to UVA for a free, single-day event to help all of us get better acquainted. 

We encourage you to drop by the Commonwealth Room from 12pm-2pm where tables will be set up to help these companies showcase their goods and services (e.g., custom screen printing, media and content marketing, batteries and bulbs, limo and transportation services, IT services and peripherals, big data solutions, cyber security, mobile shelving and high-density storage solutions, physical security, design and graphics, catering, custom banners, displays, and signage, full-color offset printing, state-of-the-art digital printing, bindery services, interior design, and interior landscaping (live plants).

Want to know more about working with SWaM businesses?

If your school or department would like to learn more about identifying and working with SWaM businesses to meet your ever-growing need for quality goods and services, contact Jack King (jek7s). He will be happy to come by your school/department at your convenience to discuss the benefits of identifying and developing relationships with small, minority-owned, and women-owned vendors.

Visit Supplier Diversity on the web!

See which companies are participating after the jump!

SWaM Day Participating Companies:

  • Blue Ridge Graphics ( Blue Ridge Graphics, a family-run business in Charlottesville, VA, has been screen printing t-shirts and custom apparel for over 30 years! They love printing t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and promotional merchandise!
  • Journey Group ( Journey Group, Inc. is changing culture through creativity. We find, craft and publish stories that matter. As our name implies, Journey Group embarks with our clients on a voyage toward the communication of vital truths. Destinations vary, but our essential commitments do not. We've been providing custom media and content marketing solutions on behalf of a wide range of clients for over 25 years.
  • A & A Limo ( First class limo service is made simple with A and A Limousine. Luxury Sedans, SUVs, Vans, Mini-bus, Stretch Limousines, and Coach Buses. Call us for your wine tour, wedding, prom, airport transportation, or other special event transportation needs.
  • GovSmart ( GovSmart, Inc. is a full scale provider of IT products and related services to the Federal Government and its prime contractors. We simplify IT procurement while offering the most competitive pricing on a wide variety of products from major manufacturers. We sell all types of hardware and software and specialize in providing certain custom technology services as well. We are an authorized partner of HP, NetApp, Panasonic, Dell, EMC, Microsoft, Solarwinds, Cisco, Checkpoint, Adobe, VMware, Xiotech, Cables to Go and more. We offer expertise as well as excellent pricing on: data storage solutions, converged infrastructure, unified communications, public and private cloud offerings, big data solutions, cyber security, printers, servers, server parts, desktops, environmental monitors, cables, routers, switches, backup tapes, batteries, maintenance, software licenses, and professional services. Our services include on-site and off-site implementation, depot PC repair, breakfix/post warranty support, pre-sales support/consulting, web development and custom programming services.
  • Batteries Plus Bulbs ( We are the area's best source for batteries, light bulbs, and convenient services like car battery replacement and cell phone screen repair. With access to more than 60,000 types of batteries, light bulbs, and accessories, we have the widest selection of battery and light bulb products available. We offer unmatched service to consumers, businesses, and government entities at the national and local levels. Call us or stop in today. Our store is fully stocked with solutions to all your energy and lighting needs.
  • Millennium Security ( Security doesn't just start and stop in one place. From providing the best in discreet and experienced personal security to making sure every precaution is taken during transport to securing your home like the castle that it is - we can get it done. You can even count on us to help teach you how to take matters into your own hands with top notch security training. In every way, shape, and form, we work tirelessly to give you unbeatable security that meets all of your needs.
  • Pearl Island Catering ( Pearl Island Catering is Charlottesville and Central Virginia's only caterer specializing in Caribbean cuisine available for all events. Try us for lunch or dinner at our café at the historic Jefferson School City Center in the heart of downtown Charlottesville.
  • Gropen ( Gropen is a full-service, design/build company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Gropen’s turn-key services offer a dynamic option to accommodate the needs of our clients at any phase of their project. The backgrounds of our Design team include Architectural, Industrial, and Graphic with a focus on experiential and museum quality. The Fabrication and Installation team are artisan craftsmen that understand the importance of precision and quality. Got a unique signage, graphic, or exhibit project? We’d love to hear about it!
  • PhotoWorks ( PhotoWorksGroup has the expertise to bring your concepts to life with large format graphics and fabricated displays made for architectural signage, environmental graphics, interiors, and trade shows. With the experience and knowledge in building, design, construction, and a strong aesthetic commitment, PhotoWorksGroup has capability for project management and production, from inception to installation. PhotoWorksGroup prides itself in partnering with each client to serve and surpass your project’s purpose and expectations. We work with architects, interior designers, advertising agencies, museums, universities, hospitality industries, and diverse manufacturers and corporations.
  • T & N Printing ( Great printing is our passion. We’re good at it and we constantly strive to get even better. T&N Printing quickly established ourselves as Charlottesville’s go-to printer. After decades of providing exceptional printing, we have become particularly known for our outstanding customer service and our promise of guaranteed satisfaction. We cover the entire range of printing and duplication services, including full-color offset printing, state-of-the-art digital printing, and a full suite of bindery services. We also offer architectural blackline reproduction including sophisticated construction document management. T&N’s crew of professionals are dedicated to making your printing process run as smoothly as possible.
  • Hightech Signs ( Hightech Signs is a full-service sign shop offering national sign company service, local creative consultation, and customized sign production. We have been providing the Charlottesville, VA, area with distinctive custom signs and banners since 1989. We currently occupy a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility and are able to offer you a wide range of highly sophisticated products and services. We provide engraving services, banner and display printing, vehicle graphics, window lettering, and design solutions to our valued Central Virginia customers.
  • First Systems & Resources ( First Systems & Resources (FSR), located in Charlottesville, VA, is a full-service print management company serving its customers from piece conception, through production, all the way to inventory tracking and fulfillment.
  • Jackson + Park Design ( Jackson + Park Design is a full service design firm specializing in client-centered interior design. Our projects range in size from large to small and include everything from interior design, project management, full-scale renovation, and new homes.
  • Buckingham Greenery ( Connie Hom founded Buckingham Greenery in 1982 in Buckingham, Virginia, and for the past 35 years, she has brightened the interiors of some of Richmond and Central Virginia’s most prominent commercial spaces, and adorned countless hospital waiting rooms, small business offices, universities, and mall courtyards with her work. At Buckingham Greenery, we believe the image a company projects is as unique as the business it provides. Buckingham Greenery offers interior landscape consultations, specifications, and design for all types of commercial space. Buckingham Greenery also offers ongoing maintenance services to keep your plants health and beautiful, so they continue to benefit your space.
  • Patterson Pope, Virginia ( We know. STUFF happens. It also has a tendency to multiply, to become unwieldy, and to become ever more demanding. Our team at Patterson Pope proudly provides mobile shelving and high-density storage solutions that help people store stuff, save space, and save time in the greater Roanoke area, including Salem, Charlottesville, Blacksburg, Lynchburg, Christiansburg, Harrisonburg, Bristol, and other surrounding regions. We take the complicated and make it simple. Your records, your stuff, your space – all simplified. If it’s in your organization and you can touch it, we help you store it, track it, and retrieve it using less space and time than you ever thought possible.

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