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"the art of thinking independently
together." The member institutions of
VASCUPP are the living embodiment
of that quote. The campuses of the
VASCUPP member-institutions are
geographically dispersed across
Virginia. Getting from Blacksburg
(Virginia Tech) to Norfolk (Old
Dominion University) requires a
five-hour drive. There is disparity
among the student populations.
Enrollments range from the 1,700
cadets at Virginia Military Institute to
the 34,000 students at George Mason
University. Each academic profile and
mission statement is unique. Students
at the VASCUPP member-institutions
choose from nationally ranked
programs in the arts, sciences,
business, engineering, information
technology, agriculture, medicine or
law. For VASCUPP as a whole, and
with SWaMfest in particular, the focus
is not on differences, but on coming
together for the greater good.
Through SWaMfest, VASCUPP
takes pride in drawing together
a diverse community of small
businesses. They are the innovators
and doers who power a perpetually
demanding economic engine.
SWaMfest emphasizes that such
businesses are the backbone of
a prosperous foundation and the
cornerstone of communities. Across
the financial landscape, small
businesses are the key drivers of job
creation and growth. SWaMfest also
addresses the reality of how difficult
it is for small and diverse businesses
to successfully compete. SWaMfest
provides the tools to facilitate growth
and achieve necessary scale.
Within the VASCUPP structure,
the Supplier Diversity Advocacy
Committee (SDAC) has primary
oversight for SWaMfest's planning
and execution. Each VASCUPP
member assigns a procurement
staff member to serve on the SDAC.
Historically, The SDAC has chosen the
venue, selected the menus, planned
the agenda, secured the speakers,
processed registrations, solicited

sponsorships, marketed and manned
the event, and managed the finances.
These tasks are challenging and
greatly complicated by the distances
among the members. SWaMfest
prep was the ultimate teambuilding
exercise, often with an all-nighter
thrown in at the end.
The evolution of SWaMfest is
comparable to that of a small business.
The business owner is both excited
and anxious to hang out the shingle,
not sure of how many folks will
come through the door, wondering
if they'll be repeat customers (who
appreciate and pay). The good news
for SWaMfest is that people continue
to participate. As the member schools
and suppliers are scattered across the
state, VASCUPP has been intentional
in rotating the venue. Whether held in
Newport News or Roanoke, SWaMfest
enjoys robust support. In the best
case scenario, a small business
grows and adds staff. Because of
SWaMfest's continued success,
VASCUPP competitively engaged an
external event planner for 2016 and
2017-a small, minority, woman-owned
business. Both style and substance are
needed to be successful in advocating
for supplier diversity, for its advocacy,
outreach, and education. Through

SWaMfest, VASCUPP has wonderfully
demonstrated both of those qualities.
Instead of a standalone vendor fair
with table and booths, SWaMfest's
opening evening features a combined
business expo, dinner, and reception:
the "Vendor affair." The more relaxed
atmosphere allows all attendees to
connect in a more casual setting.
Planning is well underway for
SWaMfest XIV, to be held October 3
and 4, 2018. The exact location will be
released soon. Stay Tuned!
Mark Cartwright, CPSM, CPSD,
recently returned to Virginia Tech
to lead its supplier opportunity
initiative. Cartwright was formerly
Senior Director of Supplier Diversity
for Vizient. During his tenure, the
program received twelve national
awards. Prior to his work at Vizient,
Cartwright accepted the role as the
first supplier diversity manager at
Virginia Tech. He left in 2011, after
being appointed as the first Special
Assistant to the Governor for
Supplier Diversity. He has an MBA
and undergraduate degree from
Virginia Tech and holds the CPSM
and CPSD certifications. Email:
mcartwri@vt.edu.

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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
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Intro
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - cover1
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - cover2
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 3
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 4
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 5
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Letter from the CEO
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 7
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Cyber Security—Everyone’s Business
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 9
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 10
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 11
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Scammed—How to Protect Your University
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 13
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 15
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
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 23
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 24
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 25
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 27
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 28
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 29
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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