We are delighted to extend an invitation on behalf of Christopher Newport University’s Office of Procurement Services to participate in this year’s Small, Women, and Minority (SWaM) Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The event is free of charge.

We sincerely appreciate your previous support, and we’re thrilled to share that the attendance each year continues to grow. In the past, we’ve had over 300 attendees, including Christopher Newport Internal Purchasers, State Agencies, Small Businesses, Small Business Resources, and more. This presents an excellent opportunity for you to connect with others in the industry and showcase your company’s products and services.


  • From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. you can join “Competing with Confidence: Small Business Bidding and Contracts” presented by Dr. William Donaldson, Director of Christopher Newport University’s Small Business Institute and Director of Biotechnology and Management Program, Joseph W Luter III School of Business.

VAGP Session:

    • From 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, an event titled “Promoting Supplier Diversity in the Public Sector “will take place, presented by VAGP in collaboration with the City of Virginia Beach. This session will require a nominal fee and offers the opportunity to earn credit hours/certificate. To secure your spot, kindly proceed to the registration link provided below.

If you would like to attend the SWaM Fair, please register here.  

If you are interested in being an exhibitor and hosting a table, please email us at swamfair@cnu.edu prior to November 6, 2023.  The earlier the better as tables fill up fast!  There is no cost to reserve a table.

We are pleased to offer Sponsorship Opportunities as well.  Your valuable backing and encouragement for Christopher Newport and our SWaM program mean a lot to us. To gather further details about sponsorship options, please feel free to get in touch with me at swamfair@cnu.edu.