The wide range of topography in the Commonwealth of Virginia means the government has a diverse range of needs – opening the door for a variety of government contractors to do business with Virginia.

The state stretches from the heights of the Great Smoky Mountains in the west to the Atlantic shores and swamplands along the Chesapeake Bay. Major shipping ports line the ocean inner harbors while Northern Virginia is a part of the Washington, DC, metro area. Additionally, small towns are scattered across the Piedmont and into the rugged Appalachia region.

With all of these different areas of opportunity, Virginia is always open to additional suppliers – and the easiest way to become one is by joining eVA, Virginia’s online, electronic procurement system.

How to register with the Virginia eProcurement Portal (eVA)

Joining eVA – Virginia’s eProcurement Portal – allows you, as a supplier, to register your business and find a gold mine of government business. State agencies, colleges, universities and many local governments use the Virginia business portal to conduct all purchasing and sourcing of their goods and services.

The system delivers as much as $7 billion in orders and more than 16,000 solicitations each fiscal year. By registering with eVA, you will join a community of more than 45,000 businesses that offer an array of goods and services to the Commonwealth.

The first step in joining the Virginia’s public-sector marketplace is simply signing up. You must accept eVa’s Memorandum of Agreement, and once agreed to, you’re on your way to becoming recognized by Virginia as a supplier.

After accepting eVA’s Memorandum of Agreement and then entering your company’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Social Security Number, the process is relatively simple. To make it through registration without a hitch, have in hand your basic information, including the obvious: your company name, address and contacts. In addition, have your Federal Tax ID number, your nine-digit Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number, and commodity codes related to the goods and services you will offer to Virginia.

Understanding the Virginia Business Portal

Virginia prefers electronic order routing. It uses the Ariba Network, an Internet-based service that is part of eVA, to transmit purchase orders to its vendors electronically. With an Ariba account you will have access to its vast network of users to whom you can also market your goods and services.

If you don’t have an Ariba account, you can get your own free account during the registration process. You will receive instructions on how to activate your account with your first order.

A major factor in a state’s ability to spend is its population—whether numbers are increasing or decreasing. Virginia’s total population (more than 8 million as of the 2010 census) makes it one of the more populous states, and its rate of population growth is faster than that of the majority of states as well. It owned the 19th fastest rate of growth between 2007 to 2015. Over the past decade, Virginia’s spending increased by more than $14 billion.

If you’d like to expand your government business operations in the state of Virginia, it would behoove you to agree to the terms and conditions and join the eVA public marketplace. And if you want to get more advice on how to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia, you can download the state playbook from GovWin+Onvia to learn how to do business in the Land of Lincoln.

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