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The 2023 JMU SWaM Vendor Fair is the local Small Business, Women- and Minority-Owned Business Vendor Networking Event of the year!

Tuesday, August 1st 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – at the James Madison University Festival & Student Center Ballroom

Information for Vendors

The SWaM Vendor Fair will offer a wealth of contacts for marketing your goods and services and provide an opportunity to make personal contact with some of the 600+ JMU departmental buyers. The event is scheduled to take place at the James Madison University Festival Center on Tuesday, August 1st 2023. The morning will begin with a networking luncheon to meet with other SWaM vendors and the JMU Procurement Services buyers. As the fair gets underway in the afternoon, you’ll meet with many JMU departmental buyers and faculty as well as numerous buyers from other state, local, and private organizations.

Event Theme:“Back to the Future”
SWaM Vendor Fair Table Registration: $75

Register on the Event Website:

Information for Buyers

Small, Women-, and Minority-owned (SWaM) vendors from our local area and across the state will be on hand to talk about the goods and services they can provide to JMU and other state agencies.

Please come to meet them from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the James Madison University Festival & Student Center Ballroom and discover new opportunities for your purchasing dollars. This is an excellent opportunity to develop new supplier relationships or strengthen existing relationships with personal contact.

Parking is available at the Festival & Student Conference Center.

All buyers or parties from any organization wishing to visit the fair from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm are welcome to attend FREE of charge.

Harrisonburg, VA (May 16, 2023). Allison Dugan was recently named Director of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SV SBDC). Dugan moved from her position as Assistant Director with the regional organization to take the reins following the retirement of Joyce Krech who held the post for more than twenty years.

Dugan has been a business advisor with the SV SBDC since 2015 and became Assistant Director in 2019. Her insightful and practical advising paired with a strong business education background and 20+ years of tourism, sales, and marketing experience have made Dugan an active and recognizable force in the regional business community as well as a popular advisor among small businesses throughout the area.

Dugan says she plans to leverage the many resources available through the SBDC network, SV SBDC host institution James Madison University, the SV SBDC Advisory Council, and other regional business programs and initiatives to identify and develop targeted services needed to build and grow small business vitality and agility.

“The Shenandoah Valley SBDC is very adept at one-on-one advising that can be customized for each individual business. We want to continue to enhance those services by listening to what businesses and localities truly need, finding gaps in services, and then using the expertise and resources available throughout our extensive network to drive business opportunities and skills to the next level,” Dugan said.  

For more information, contact Allison Dugan, (540)568-3227,


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What did the SV SBDC accomplish in 2022? Check out the numbers for yourself:

In addition to the ways in which the SV SBDC contributed to the regional economy in 2022, the team also participated in a number of initiatives that made a significant cultural impact on our Shenandoah Valley communities.

But most of all, we are proud of the difference we were able to make with individual business owners and are pleased to share in their success!

Last, but importantly, we are grateful to all the wonderful partners that make the services of the SV SBDC possible! In 2022 we added the SV SBDC Advisory Council to our team, and we look forward to the many ways their advocacy and support will enhance services going forward.

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