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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.

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!