Business Development Initiatives

​​​​​​​​The following Resolutions and Ordinances have been adopted by the Virginia Beach City Council in support of SWaM business participation in City contracting:

​Resolution, adopted in 2008 by City Council, established to increase minority participation in city contracting.  In 2019, the Resolution was amended with an aspirational goal of 12%, as a result of the 2018 Disparity Study. 

A Resolution Setting A 10% Aspirational Goal For Minority-Owned Business Participation In City Contracts 

A Resolution Setting A 12% Aspirational Goal For Minority-Owned Business Participation In City Contracts (amended)

Resolution, adopted in February 2020 by City Council, to implement all of the recommendations from the 2018 Disparity Study. 

A Resolution to Direct the City Manager to Implement All of the Recommendations from the Disparity Study

Resolution, adopted in June 2020 by City Council, as a result of the 2018 Disparity Study to establish an aspirational goal for women-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in city contracting, 13.3% and 11.9% respectively. 

A Resolution Setting An Aspirational Goal Of 13.3% for Women-Owned Business And 11.9% For Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Participation In City Contracts


Small Business Enhancement Program (SBEP) - implemented in August 2012, this programs enhances subcontracting/subconsulting opportunities for SWaM businesses.

       SBEP Ordinance Amended

       SBEP Ordinance
       Small Business Subcontracting Participation Plan

Bond Waiver/Prequalification Program Information - Adopted by City Council in June 2011, the Bond Waiver Program alleviates the bonding burden for non-transportation construction related projects valued between $100,000 and $500,000.

      Bonding Ordinance

Ordinances adopted by City Council in June 2020 as a result of the 2018 Disparity Study:

      Enhanced Small Business Subcontracting

           Enhanced Small Business Subcontracting Participation Plan      

      Project Goals In Construction

           MBE Subcontracting Participation Plan

      Sheltered Bidding in Construction and Goods & Services


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