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FEATURE

SWaMfest

Have Festival, Will Travel:
Virginia's Advocacy Program
for Small-, Women-, and
Minority-Owned Businesses

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WaMfest is certainly
not the only supplier
diversity outreach
and education event
around. It's not the
only supplier diversity
gathering in higher education. It's
especially not to be confused with
SwampFest, a bit more raucous
gathering held in Waycross, Georgia.
What SWaMfest has become is
the Commonwealth of Virginia's
premier networking, educational, and
professional development event for
Small- Women- and Minority-owned
(SWaM) businesses. Since the first
SWaMfest was held in Richmond,
Virginia in 2005, it has grown to
be an anticipated happening, not
only for business owners, but also
for supplier-diversity advocates,

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by Mark Cartwright,
CPSM, CPSD
Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State
University (Virginia Tech)

PHOTOS COPYRIGHT 2017 SWAMFEST

corporate sponsors, higher-education
leaders, and staff from other
state agencies. The purpose of
SWaMfest continues to remain
the creation of opportunities for
business development. It is a forum
for meaningful networking and the
sharing of information to help grow
and sustain SWaM businesses.
Perhaps the underappreciated
backstory of SWaMfest is the unseen
collaboration necessary to make it
happen. The brain trust behind it
is the Virginia Association of State
College and University Purchasing
Professionals (VASCUPP). VASCUPP
was established in 1992, with the
objective of identifying opportunities
for cooperative procurements and
cost savings. The current eleven
members of VASCUPP-George

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Mason University; James Madison
University; Longwood University;
Old Dominion University; Radford
University; University of Mary
Washington; University of Virginia;
Virginia Commonwealth University;
Virginia Military Institute; Virginia
Tech; and William & Mary-continually
collaborate on cooperative
procurements, procurement practice,
and source selection, which ultimately
allow for savings through leveraged
spend and reduced administration.
VASCUPP advocates for diversity
within the supply chain to enhance the
capability of each member institution
in seeking open competition for
best-value products and services.
Malcolm Forbes, the late chairman
and editor-in-chief of Forbes
magazine, once defined diversity as



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018

Letter from the CEO
Cyber Security—Everyone’s Business
Scammed—How to Protect Your University
Have Festival, Will Travel: Virginia’s Advocacy Program for Small-, Women-, and Minority-owned Businesses
What Is It You Can’t Do?
Heard on the Street: New Hot Topics from the NAEP Exchange
Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time— Part Eight
Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
Index to Advertisers
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Letter from the CEO
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Cyber Security—Everyone’s Business
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Scammed—How to Protect Your University
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Have Festival, Will Travel: Virginia’s Advocacy Program for Small-, Women-, and Minority-owned Businesses
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 17
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - What Is It You Can’t Do?
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 19
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Heard on the Street: New Hot Topics from the NAEP Exchange
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 21
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time— Part Eight
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 24
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 25
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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