Richmond, VA

For the first time since 2019, SWaMfest, the Commonwealth’s premier networking, educational, and professional development event for small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses, will return to an in-person format. Hosted by the Virginia Association of State College & University Purchasing Professionals, SWaMfest 2022 takes place October 26-27 in Richmond’s historic Shockhoe Bottom district at  Renaissance Revival style Main Street Station.

This year’s theme is “Verses – Unleash Untapped Potential.” From the multiverse to the metaverse, we’ve entered a new era of business. The past two years have greeted the world with shifting dynamics that have torn the fabric of how business has traditionally been done. Organizations of all sizes have had to reassess and refocus on how they operate. We now have the unique opportunity to create an alternate reality. Let's embrace it.

VASCUPP takes pride in drawing together a diverse community of businesses and business leaders – the innovators and doers who power our economic engine – at SWaMfest®. With the forging of strong, dependable, and reliable relationships with strategic partner sponsors, SWaMfest® has become a watershed event for many of the small and diverse businesses that serve as the backbone of our economic landscape and the cornerstone of our communities. The purposeful gathering has become known for the enthusiastic interactions among VASCUPP institutions, prime contractors, corporations, State agencies, nonprofits, and the small, women-owned, and minority-owned business community

See you October 26-27, 2022, at Richmond's famed Main Street Station! Learn more and register at

David Student Union, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News


On behalf of Christopher Newport University’s Office of Procurement Services, we are excited to invite you to participate in this year’s Small, Women and Minority (SWaM) Fair on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.  This is a free event.

Thank you for your past support. Attendance each year continues to grow – past years’ attendees numbered over 300 and included Christopher Newport Internal Purchasers, State Agencies, Small Businesses and more.  This is a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase your company’s products and services.

Three workshops to attend:

  • " Hampton Roads Connector Partners -Hampton Roads Bridge -Tunnel Expansion (HRBTE)" 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. presented by Malcom Kates and Grace Fowler, Supplier Diversity Managers.
  • "SBA Programs and Services" 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with William Pocan from Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • "New & Exciting in Procurement" 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Danielle Henley- Discuss Level 2 and new membership in VASCUPP.

If you would like to attend, please register here.  

If you are interested in being an exhibitor and hosting a table please fill out and return the attached registration form prior to November 3, 2022.  The earlier the better as tables fill up fast!  There is no cost to reserve a table

If you would like to exhibit, please respond here.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.  Your support and encouragement of Christopher Newport and our SWaM program is greatly appreciated! 

For more information on sponsorships contact Suzy Kilduff at 757-594-8639 or