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SWaMfest, The Premier Networking Event for Small, Women, and Minority Owned Businesses Will Be Held at Hotel Madison.


The Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPPⓇ) is hosting its 14th Annual SWaMfest at Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (PRWEB) August 14, 2018

SWaMfest is the premier networking, educational, and professional development event for small, minority-owned, & women-owned businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The conference is October 3rd and 4th in Harrisonburg, VA.

The Shenandoah Valley Conference Center was chosen because of its facilities and proximity to James Madison University, creating a conducive environment for conference attendees to explore the latest products and services from hundreds of SWaM businesses; engage with 350 decision-makers from VASCUPP institutions, prime contractors, corporations; and attend exciting showcase workshops and networking opportunities.

"We are hoping that the small, women, & minority-owned companies that attend will help us tear down walls by building up our knowledge with their unique perspectives," says Jack King, Supplier Diversity Business Operations Manager at the University of Virginia.

This year, the SWaMfest theme is BEYOND, where all of the workshops, sessions, speakers, and content seeks to push comfortable boundaries and go beyond the status quo, beyond mediocrity, beyond business-as-usual, and beyond the horizon by exploring what tomorrow may hold. The event kicks off October 3 with a vendor fair that showcases businesses and procurement organizations from across the Commonwealth and encourages the growth and development of meaningful business connections. On October 4, the event will feature keynote presentations, breakout seminars, and powerful networking opportunities.

Chris Beahm, chair of the 2018 SWaMfest planning committee and Senior Buyer at James Madison University says, "There are 5 powerful drivers impacting every organization at every level, which is workforce development, technology, marketing and sales, supplier diversity, and logistics. We plan to address these areas and, hopefully, attendees will walk away with innovative strategies."

Conference attendees will also be able to take advantage of Hotel Madison's full-service dining at its flagship restaurant Montpelier Restaurant & Bar, opening Fall 2018.

Tickets may be purchased online at

About Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Hotel Madison is a 230-room hotel and conference center complex privately owned by Hotel Madison, LLC and managed by Maryland-based dpM Hotels, LLC. This new lifestyle hotel concept offers full-service lodging and amenities amidst the energy of downtown Harrisonburg and is designed to appeal to out of town and local guests that are looking for upscale lodging in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center is a public-private partnership between JMU, the JMU Foundation, the City of Harrisonburg and a group of private investors led by dpM Partners, LLC,. More information at

The Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPP) ( provides opportunities for Virginia's public colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education to address and share information regarding the procurement process. VASCUPP's structure is designed to promote increased opportunities for cooperative procurement among institutions of higher education and professional development among its members. VASCUPP is committed to helping Virginia's SWaM businesses remain strong, vibrant and successful while connecting them to our Purchasing Power.

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