CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville is encouraging minority-owned businesses to get certified with the city to receive more benefits.

The city’s office of economic development and the procurement and risk management division are working with the Minority Business Task Force to identify companies not already included on the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity's list of certified businesses.

"Our goal is to get as many small women-owned and minority-owned businesses on the official certification list, that way they can participation in procurement and other contracting opportunities,” Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville’s Director of Communications, said.

See below on how to get your business certified.

Press Release from City of Charlottesville Communications Department:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville’s Office of Economic Development and the Procurement and Risk Management Division are collaborating with the Minority Business Task Force to identify minority-owned businesses not already included on the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity’s list of certified businesses in Planning District Ten (Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson) to increase their contacting opportunities with the City.

The City seeks to identify minority-owned businesses that may be eligible to participate in the City’s Minority Business Program. The program includes Small, Women-Owned and Minority-Owned businesses and Micro businesses (SWaM-O) and Service Disabled Veterans (VBE), and Employment Service Organization (ESO).

The listing of certified minority-owned businesses is available on the City’s website at

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) is the certifying agency that verifies and grants certification for minority-owned businesses. Certification allows businesses to be recognized and provides greater opportunity for contracting opportunities with the City and other procurement departments in the Charlottesville area.

The goal of this outreach initiative is to identify businesses in Charlottesville and Planning District Ten that may already be certified or may qualify for certification but are not currently showing on SBSD’s certified listing for this area as identified by associated zip codes.

The City requests that businesses not already on the listing explore certification and provide additional information about their business for potential future inclusion on the listing.

Businesses not on the list that would like to become SWaM certified and a vendor for the City, may use the links below

City vendor registration:

For additional information, contact:

Phone: (434) 970-3117