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Feature Firm: Batteries + Bulbs

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 Batteries + Bulbs (formerly Batteries Plus).

Batteries Plus Bulbs is your one-stop shop for light bulbs, batteries, and chargers. They stock batteries for cell phones, laptops, cameras, and automobiles. They also offer device repair for smartphones and tablets (e.g., they can fix cracked screens, broken charger ports, and even replace the battery inside your device). Most in-store repairs have a same day turn around. They also have a variety of fun and practical lighting options, including colored bulbs, LED light strips, and vintage style bulbs. Feel free to contact their store on North Emmet Street at (434) 964-1999. Present your valid UVA ID with your purchase for a 10% discount!

Micro Business – Enhanced SWaM Program

From: Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (formerly DMBE)

The Commonwealth of Virginia is in the process of implementing an enhancement to the SWaM Program: Micro Business Set-aside Procurement

All state purchases under $10,000 shall be set aside for micro-businesses when the price quoted is fair and reasonable.

On July 22, 2014, the Honorable Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, signed into effect Executive Order Number 20 for the purpose of “Advancing Equity for Small, Women, and Minority Owned Businesses.” In doing so, he created a new category of ‘micro-businesses.’ It is incumbent upon the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, formerly the Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DMBE), to identify those small businesses that are eligible for the micro-business designation.

As a certified Small Business by the Department, your company might qualify to be a “Micro Business.”

Please fill out the online form to apply for the “Micro Business” designation within 7 days upon receiving your email.

Click here to fill the online form.

Additionally, you will need to scan and upload the following documents in one PDF file as required by the online application process:

1. Federal Form 941 (Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return): the first page from the most recent four quarters if your company has employees.

2. Federal Tax Return: the first page showing the annual gross revenue from 2013, 2012, and 2011.

Please note: If you fill out the online application more than once, only the latest submission will be reviewed.

We will review your submission and email you if your firm meets the definition of this new micro-business designation.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our small business participation in the state procurement environment and we look forward to your response. If you have any questions, please contact SBSD’s customer service at 804-786-6585.

Read more about the Governor’s Executive Order Number 20 here.

Strategic Vendor for UVA Office Supplies – The Supply Room Companies

UVA’s office of Procurement & Supplier Diversity Services is proud to announce that The Supply Room Companies (TSRC) is our new strategic source for office supplies.

Beginning September 1, 2014, TSRC will be UVA’s one-stop shop for all office supply needs. The University has negotiated several benefits with this new agreement:

• An average of 20% savings
• Purchases will be exempt from eVA fees
• Time saving as you will not have to search for the best price
• Next day delivery for in-stock supplies
• Attentive customer service
• Excellent customer satisfaction with a bi-annual review of vendor performance
• Price match guarantee
• Large discounts on HP ink and toner
• Vendor implementation fees also provide funding for University strategic academic initiatives

Our contract with TSRC supports the University’s Cornerstone Strategic Plan. We have negotiated low cost, high-quality products with superior customer service. Using TSRC to managing our resources better, we can put more of our dollars into the primary functions of this University: education, research, and scholarship.

To view the University agreement, a cooperative contract (PAC), please go to our Contract Summary Sheet here.

RFP – Spark Plasma Sintering System

The University of Virginia issued an RFP for Spark Plasma Sintering System on August 15. Proposals are due no later than August 29, 2014. A copy is available on Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services web site here.

RFP – Operational Building Cabling and General Services

The University of Virginia issued an RFP for Operational Building Cabling and General Services on August 7. Proposals are due no later than September 4, 2014. A copy is available on Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services web site here.

Vendor Training, Sep 5

The next vendor training session is scheduled for Friday, September 5, 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 September 5 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!

Feature Firm: Cville Coffee

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 to the strength their diversity brings to our community. We invite you to get to know them!

Today’s feature firm is Cville Coffee

C’ville Coffee, home of the honey bunch cookie, is a local minority-owned business that has proudly served the Charlottesville community since 2000. They are known for their excellent coffee, tasty noodle bowls and sandwiches, and delicious baked goods. C’ville Coffee has an extensive catering menu. They are here to meet your catering needs, delivering all of their delicious offerings, including many vegetarian options, right to your office!

Their breakfast platters include homemade blueberry, bran, and pumpkin muffins and Cville Coffee’s very own, locally famous, honey bunch cookies. They offer croissants and pastries from Albemarle Baking Company (http://albemarlebakingco.com/) and donuts from Carpe Donut (http://carpedonut.org/). Their hot breakfast platters feature breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches, party platters include the popular Noodle Platter (lemongrass chicken or tofu with fresh vegetables and peanut sauce), and their sandwich platter provides your choice from our extensive menu of sandwiches and wraps served in bite size pieces. They offer a wide variety of sandwich combinations such as the Berry Turkey (maple turkey with brie, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise,) the French Salute (baked ham with brie, butter and cornichons,) and the Heart’s Delight (hummus with coleslaw and roasted red peppers). You can even get box lunches, too! Please drop by 1301 Harris Street, visit their website, or give them a call at 434-817-2633.

Cville Coffee, gateway to Charlottesville’s historic downtown district.

Feature Firm: A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine

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 A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine.

A Taste of Home is a local minority-owned food truck and catering service with deliciously memorable food served with a healthy heaping of hospitality. A Taste of Home embraces continuous improvement and understands the importance of helping others. Standing on a firm foundation of family, community service, and education, they are here to deliver superior, homemade southern cuisine that inspires an excellent food experience with each and every serving.

A Taste of Home loves to cater. And they want to see their clients impress their clients! Happy to provide an appropriately themed setting for your catered event, they add extra value with the mobility and novelty of a clean, attractive food truck pulling up and serving hot, delicious food at an outdoor affair. Counted among their clientele are fine institutions such as American National College, the Albemarle County Service Authority, the City of Charlottesville, the Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Council, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the University of Virginia (e.g., the Innovation Lab, UCARES, the Office of African American Affairs, and the office of Procurement & Supplier Diversity).

From wedding receptions to community dinners to staff meetings for 20 people or 200 people, A Taste of Home offers exceptional service and worry-free planning for your next event. Contact them at 434.305.4302 or send them an email.

A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine: your favorite meal outside of home!

Feature Firm: Compu-Tune Up

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 Compu-Tune Up.

Compu-Tune Up is a SWaM-certified minority business enterprise (MBE) owned by Johnny Forbes. Johnny’s certified computer service and repair company is located in the McIntire Business Plaza (on Allied Street behind Cville Coffee), downtown Charlottesville. Compu-Tune Up accepts drop offs and also offers free pick up & delivery in the local Charlottesville area. Their services, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, include data recovery, computer & laptop repair, tablet & cell phone screen replacement, and virus removal. Their certified Apple & PC technicians can easily resolve annoying system issues due to sudden shut downs, blue screens, or internet connection problems, and they can optimize your system. Need help with data transfers or help recovering that “Final Paper” you accidently deleted or was lost when your system crashed? Compu-Tune Up will find it and restore it to a CD, Flash, or External Drive. They can also recover lost passwords, clean liquid spills, or back up your data. Don’t feel like bringing it in to us or having a home visit? In some situations, their support technicians can remotely access your computer through your internet connection to diagnose and resolve the problem. Want to custom build a computer that’s capable of handling everything from your immediate educational needs to gaming, developing, and/or programming? Compu-Tune Up can help. They’re here for you!

By the way, did you know they offer 20% discount on their services for UVA Students and Faculty? Give ‘em a call: (434) 977-8884.

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.