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Marvis W. Marshall

Supplier Relations Manager

Department of General Services

Henrico honored for outreach to small, women-owned, minority-owned vendors

For the second consecutive year, the Henrico County Division of Purchasing and Support Services has been recognized as a local- government leader in promoting supplier diversity.

The Division of Purchasing and Support Services and its supplier relations manager, Marvis W. Marshall, received awards from the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council for their efforts to help small, women-owned and minority-owned (SWAM) businesses participate in the county’s procurement process.

The division, which is part of the Department of General Services, received the Raising the Bar Award in recognition of program

enhancements made since the previous year, as well as its ongoing commitment to supplier development. The division established a process for vendors to provide feedback on their dealings with the county and has continued to organize monthly supplier orientation sessions and quarterly training for new procurement staff members. The division had received the Best New Public Program Award from the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council in 2010.

Marshall received the 2011 Advocate of the Year Award for her work promoting entrepreneurship and assisting SWAM vendors that are seeking to do business with the county. A certified professional public buyer with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing since 1988, Marshall serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council and is chairwoman of its certification committee. She also served on the Virginia Purchase and Supply Procurement Appeals Board. Marshall began her work for Henrico in late 2008 after the Board of Supervisors in early 2007 adopted a policy to promote participation with SWAM businesses.

The Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council presented the awards in December during its Minority Input Committee Awards Luncheon at the Jefferson Hotel.