DMA recognized for support of small, women and minority-owned businesses

Ida McPherson, director of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, presents the 2013 SWaM Achievement Award to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, March 26, 2014, in Sandston in recognition of its support of small, women and minority owned businesses. Also attending the presentation were Gregory Woodyard, Statewide Director of Procurement and Compliance for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Judy Bailey and Susan Borum, DMA procurement officers, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, senior enlisted leader for the Virginia National Guard, and retired Col. Don Sutherland, DMA director of fiscal operations. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Ida McPherson, director of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, presents the 2013 SWaM Achievement Award to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, March 26, 2014, in Sandston in recognition of its support of small, women and minority owned businesses. Also attending the presentation were Gregory Woodyard, Statewide Director of Procurement and Compliance for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Judy Bailey and Susan Borum, DMA procurement officers, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, senior enlisted leader for the Virginia National Guard, and retired Col. Don Sutherland, DMA director of fiscal operations. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs received the 2013 SWaM Achievement Award March 26, 2014, in Sandston in recognition of its support of small, women- and minority-owned businesses. The award, part of the Governor’s 2013 Supplier Diversity Awards, recognizes state agencies that have improved SWaM performance or have the highest percentage of SWaM expenditures over the most recently completed fiscal year based on agency size and total discretionary expenditures.

Ida McPherson, director of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, presented both a trophy and a plaque to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia.

“Thanks to each and every one of you for your service to our commonwealth and helping small, women- and minority-owned businesses,” McPherson said. “We recognize your outstanding achievement for fiscal year 2013, and we ask that you keep up the good work. You are reaching out to a lot of people and making a big difference in your community and in the state. As we all move forward together, we are delighted to have you as partners.

Also in attendance for the presentation were Gregory Woodyard, Statewide Director of Procurement and Compliance for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, retired Col. Don Sutherland, DMA director of fiscal operations, Judy Bailey and Susan Borum, DMA procurement officers, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, senior enlisted leader for the Virginia National Guard.

The Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business certification program is a state program of the Commonwealth of Virginia designed to enhance procurement opportunities for SWaM businesses participating in state-funded projects.

The Department of Military Affairs is the state agency responsible for the leadership and administration of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force.

For more information about the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, visit http://www.dmbe.virginia.gov/index.html