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Feature Firm: Fishnet, LLC

Friends, from time to time, we will feature a small, woman-owned, or minority-owned (SWaM) company that does business with UVA. Our intent is to introduce you to the variety of businesses in our area as well as the strength their diversity brings to our community. We invite you to get to know them!

Today’s feature firm is Fishnet, LLC.

Fishnet is a SWaM-certified minority business enterprise (MBE) owned by David & Patricia Goloversic. Fishnet specializes in promotional products with a personalized service that meets your budget. They have everything from trade show materials to giveaways, awards, and executive gifts. They can help you with customer appreciation, fundraising, recruitment, recognition, branding, trade shows, and festivals. Their product lines include Made in the USA, Green, Eco-friendly, and more. And they can ship anywhere in the United States!

Marketing is their passion; they will help your brand go places!

Both David & Patricia are very active in the Charlottesville, Virginia, community (e.g., Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and area nonprofits). Let us encourage you to get to know them via their social links (email, facebook, twitter, linkedin), or give them a call: (434) 808-8082.

SWaMfest 10, Connecting YOUR business to our Purchasing Power!

VASCUPP presents SWaMfest 10, the Commonwealth’s premier networking, educational and professional development event for small, woman, and minority-owned businesses, October 22-23, Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia.

SWaMfest 10 features engaging workshops and networking opportunities, enabling SWaM businesses to interact with representatives from VASCUPP institutions, prime contractors, corporations, and other SWaM businesses. VASCUPP is committed to helping Virginia’s SWaM businesses remain strong, vibrant, and successful while connecting them to our Purchasing Power!

Visit our site to register.

Onsite SWaM Certification Workshop!

Virginia’s Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity ((DSBSD), formerly Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DMBE)) has partnered with UVA’s Supplier Diversity team and will be on site at UVA’s Carruthers Hall from 11am-5pm on Tuesday, August 12, to receive, review, and approve SWaM certification/recertification applications. On the spot!

Although walkins are welcome, registration is strongly encouraged. Registered businesses will have priority. Please RSVP (email Dr Jack King (jek7s(at)virginia(dot)edu) no later than 5pm, Monday, August 11 to take advantage of this fabulous opportunity. We will hold a spot for the first 100 firms to sign up (we will book 20 firms for each of the five following time slots: 11am-12pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm, and 4-5pm). You will receive a followup email that includes an attachment that lists the required supporting documents you will need to bring with you (if in doubt, bring it because those who do not have the supporting documents cannot be approved onsite).

Please pass the word! If you know a small, women-, veteran-, disabled veteran-, or minority-owned business in the Charlottesville/central Virginia area that would like to certify/recertify, please let them know about this important event and ask them to contact us.

Vendor Training, July 9

The next vendor training session is scheduled for July 9, 10:00-12:00, in Carruthers Hall (N. Emmet Street), conference room E. Our ‘Boot Camp’ aims to give both seasoned vendors and potential suppliers new to the University a better understanding of who buys for the University, what they buy, how they buy it, and how they pay for it. Vendors will also leave this informative session knowing more about SWaM, eVA, VASCUPP, UVA’s Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services, and more!

The fee is $35 per attendee (includes refreshments and materials). Advance online registration/payment is required.

To learn more and/or register, go to our Vendor Training page and click on the training date desired. The link should redirect you to the registration form for that particular date. If the link does not redirect you to the online registration site, please let me know. You can also register for the July 9 session directly at the registration site here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the past, we accepted payment at the door. We can no longer personally accept your payment in any form. Please pay at time of registration online.

Please pass the word!

RFP – c3 Design: An Interactive Online Class, Course, and Curriculum Design Tool

The University of Virginia issued an RFP for c3 Design: An Interactive Online Class, Course, and Curriculum Design Tool on June 23. Proposals are due no later than July 25, 2014. A copy is available on Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services web site here.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Showcase (Newcomb Hall, June 10)

Save the date! Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services is hosting a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Day, June 10, 1:00-4:00 p.m., in Newcomb Hall Ballroom. We invite you to join us in getting acquainted with 20 or so well-established, multi-million dollar, non-construction MBEs and the services they offer. Participating vendors will come from across the U.S. to promote their services and products which range from computing and data security, promotional and marketing services and supplies, office furniture supplies and services, and life sciences products to full service petroleum distribution and energy efficiency, limousine service, consulting, training and education services, lab/medical supplies, computer and office products, online cataloguing, workplace violence prevention and intervention, emergency management and safety products, and more!

In addition to the 20 firms, representatives from all 11 members of Virginia Association of State College & University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPP), of which UVA is a member, will be in attendance, along with regional procurement groups across Charlottesville and central Virginia.

The following minority businesses will showcase: MicroTech, Edwards & Hill, Hightowers Petroleum, Primcorp, West Cary Group, Neta Scientific, Nater Associates, A&A Limousine, West Net Med, Cherokee Data Solutions, Tiger Controls, Blue Chip, GovSmart, NDN Inc., American Product, Onsite Occupational Screening, HP Energy, Gallant Background Checks, ICMG, Scientific Sales, and Navitas.

We do hope you will join us. If you have questions, please contact Jack King by telephone at 924-0688 or by email at jek7s@virginia.edu.

Publicly Accessible Contract with America To Go

The University of Virginia is please to announce a new PAC Agreement with America To Go for catering services.  UVa will launch an online catering ordering system with America To Go, through its Marketplace, in the Summer of 2014 to streamline its catering ordering system.  America To Go’s providers help reduce cost and risk when planning functions, whether it be for box lunches, delivery, pick-up, or full catering service.

To view the University’s Agreement and Contract Summary Sheet, go to: http://www.procurement.virginia.edu/pagepacontracts and search for America To Go.  Questions, call Frank Fountain @ (434) 982.3092.

Congratulations America T o Go and welcome to UVA Grounds.

Procurement Point to Ponder

“Unless procurement can find ways to support innovation and help develop new markets or new lines of business, they’re not only not part of the conversation – they might actually be hindering the rest of the business.” ~Ian Ingram (available here: Value, Values and the Return to Growth)

100 Great Questions for Entrepreneurs

Inc Magazine recently published an article by Leigh Buchanan sharing 100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask. The article can be found here. The questions drive key introspection; a small sampling follows.

Enjoy!

• How can we become the company that would put us out of business? (Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group)
• What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective leader? (Marshall Goldsmith, leadership coach and author)
• What are the implications of this decision 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years from now? (Suzy Welch, author)
• If no one would ever find out about my accomplishments, how would I lead differently? (Adam Grant, author and professor at Wharton)
• How will you motivate the dishwashers? Asked differently, are we the kind of company/organization that cares whether our dishwashers are motivated? (Bill Keena, independent casino consultant)

Personal Electronic Equipment Disposal Event May 9-10

The University of Virginia’s Surplus Property program will offer faculty, staff, and students a cost-free opportunity to dispose of personal electronic equipment during the annual ‘Chuck It 4 Charity’ event at the Student Activities Building on Friday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

As an added bonus, the drive disposal includes certified secure destruction of all resident data — you will receive a certificate of destruction from eCycleSecure, the University’s provider of electronic recycling service for University-owned equipment. eCycleSecure will collect computers, LCD monitors, laptops, tablets, printers, copiers, and telephones (cell, land-line, etc.); however, they will not accept televisions or CRT monitors.

Please share this email with faculty, staff, and students in your department.

If you have any questions, please contact Dolores Hildebrand at 434-924-4233 or djh2c@virginia.edu