Start Small App Makes Small, Women-Owned, and Minority-Owned Businesses More Accessible

In support of Governor Northam’s 2019 Executive Order 35, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Department of General Services (DGS) launched the new, free and mobile-friendly Start Small application that can be used to help locate nearby small businesses from eVA’s approximately 100,000 registered vendors.

Keyword searches can be refined to pinpoint businesses owned by women, minorities (SWaM) or service-disabled veterans certified through the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. The Start Small app will help agencies with the routine purchases that keep government running and make up millions in dollars of government spending.

“Virginia is stronger because of our small businesses. This app makes it easier than ever to support our local, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. I encourage all Virginia to take advantage of Start Small to find vendors that fit their needs.” – Governor Ralph Northam

Click here to check out the Start Small app!

“The collaboration and resourcefulness of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of General Services exemplifies the great successes we can achieve as a Commonwealth when we cultivate cross-agency partnerships. The resource that the Department of General Services and the Virginia Department of Transportation created will, in turn, expand the relationships between state government agencies and small businesses in Virginia.” – Secretary of Administration, Grindly Johnson

Click here to view the full press release!