Welcome to SWaMfest!
October 4th – 5th, 2017
Newport News Marriott at City Center


Please join VASCUPP for the Commonwealth’s premier networking, educational and professional development event for small, women and minority-owned businesses. SWaMfest features engaging workshops and networking opportunities, enabling SWaM businesses to interact with representatives from VASCUPP institutions, prime contractors, corporations and other SWaM businesses. VASCUPP is committed to helping Virginia’s SWaM businesses remain strong, vibrant and successful while connecting them to our Purchasing Power!

Event Registration

Registration is open!
Click here for Attendee Registration

Early Bird Registration through Friday, September 15, 2017

Early Bird Full Conference Registration: $99.00  

Early Bird SWaMFest Day One ONLY Registration: $59.00

Early Bird SWamFest Day Two ONLY Registration: $59.00

Regular Registration from Saturday, September 16, 2017

Full Conference Registration: $149.00

SWaMFest Day One ONLY Registration: $79.00

SWamFest Day Two ONLY Registration: $79.00

Hotel Reservations

SWaMfest has a room block available at the Courtyard Newport News Airport from October 4-5, 2017 at a group rate of $91.00 per night. Reservations must be made by Sunday, September 10, 2017 to guarantee you receive the group rate. Please use the link below to book your room. There will be free shuttles to take guests to the Newport News Marriott at City Center for the event.

Book your hotel room for SWaMfest!

If you are having difficulty booking through the link, please contact Cheryl Johnson at 757-369-2076 for assistance with your reservation.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 4th

12:00 pm
Vendor(sponsors) check-in and set-up begins in Grand Ballroom

3:00 pm
Registration opens

6:00 pm
Vendor Affair and Business Expo begins in Ballroom

9:00 pm
Vendor Affair and Business Expo concludes

Thursday, October 5th 

7:00 am
Registration opens

7:15 am
Breakfast begins 

8:00 am

Les Haughton, Director, Supplier Diversity, University of Virginia
Eric Denby, Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services, University of Virginia

8:15 am
Guest Speaker: Garion Bunn, “I AM a Go-getter”

8:45 am
Breakfast concludes

8:50 am to 9:00 am

9:00 am to 10:00 am
Session 1 Breakouts:

– Kim Madison-eVA
– Construction Panel Discussion
– Angela Dingle, “Women and Leadership: Tips for Owning your Journey”

10:00 am to 10:10 am
Break, Coffee/tea/water/snacks

10:10 am to 11:10 am
Session 2 Breakouts

– SWaMfest Bootcamp
– Procurement Session- CUCPG Group
– Garion Bunn, “Networking with Power”

11:10 am to 11:20 am
Break, Coffee/tea/water/snacks

11:20 am to 12:20 pm
Session 3 Breakouts
– Virginia Higher Education Cooperative with Ryan Balbur and VASCUPP members
– Certification and Virginia Regions Panel with Kathy Dolan
– Jennifer Testa, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Keynote speaker: Tammy Rimes, “BE the SUPERHERO”

2:00 pm
Event Concludes