Each year the Commonwealth buys goods and services totaling more than $7 billion. Learn how to do business with Virginia.
About this Event
As we move through the recovery phase, it is important to consider new business models and revenue opportunities to grow small businesses. One opportunity that small businesses in all industries should consider is how to work with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
During this webinar, join the Town of Vienna Economic Development Office and the Vienna Business Association as we discuss doing business with the Commonwealth with Chris Ley, business services manager, with the Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity.
Chris will inform entrepreneurs and business owners about the benefits of working with Virginia's procurement agency and how to position your business to obtain contracts with the state. The discussion will include learning about the application process for SWaM certifcation (Small, Women and Minority-owned businesses) and how to become a registered vendor in the eVA system (Virginia's eProcurement Portal).
About Chris Ley
Chris has worked with small businesses since 2007 when she joined a small, women-owned marketing company, Asian Marketing Services, as their director of business development. She started two new successful small business training programs at Northern Virginia Community College: the SWaM program and the Entrepreneur Roadmap program. In the SWaM program, she helped 32 companies become SWaM certified. Those companies won more than $1.7million in new state and federal contracts. In the Entrepreneur Roadmap program, she helped 30 entrepreneurs start new businesses.
Chris received her undergraduate degree in accounting from University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s in international marketing from University of Maryland University College.
About the Vienna Business Association (VBA)
The Vienna Business Association is the local community chamber of commerce. The VBA promotes greater business opportunities and growth through professional development, networking and marketing opportunities. The VBA helps to create a strong local economy by nurturing the bond between businesses and citizens through community events and outreach, and encouraging the Town to shop local and shop Vienna.