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Purchasing Director
Keith S. Gagnon

Phone Numbers
(804) 748-1617
(804) 717-6378(FAX)

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Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Mailing Address
Chesterfield County
Purchasing Department
PO Box 51
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Street Address 
9901 Lori Road
Lane B. Ramsey Building
3rd Floor, Room 303
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832
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Purchasing - Diversity Initiative

Commitment to Diversity and Chesterfield Businesses  

Chesterfield County is a growing progressive community consisting of an increasingly diverse population. This diversity provides for a dynamic and robust community that promotes growth. Chesterfield County believes that all of its citizens should benefit from this economic growth without regard to race, color, religion or economic status. The County is committed to increasing the opportunities for participation of minority-owned businesses, service disabled veteran-owned businesses, small businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses located in Chesterfield County to ensure diversity in its procurement and contract activities. These businesses are encouraged to respond to all solicitations. In addition, the County strongly encourages each Contractor and/or supplier with which the County contracts to actively solicit minority-owned businesses, service disabled veteran-owned businesses, small businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses located in the County as subcontractors/suppliers for their projects.

A list of potential vendors in the above categories can be identified at the following Web sites:

Definitions 

  • Women-Owned Business (WOB) - a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, or in the case of a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51% of the equity ownership interest is owned by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, and both the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women. (Code of Virginia Section 2.2-4310, as amended)
  • Minority-Owned Business (MOB)  a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, or in the case of a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51% of the equity ownership interest in the corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity is owned by one or more minority individuals who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, and both the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more minority. (Code of Virginia Section 2.2-4310, as amended)
  • Chesterfield Business (CB) - any private business enterprise, located within the jurisdictional boundaries of Chesterfield County.
  • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) – a business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more service disabled veterans or, in the case of a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51% of the equity ownership interest in the corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity is owned by one or more individuals who are service disabled veterans and both the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more individuals who are service disabled veterans. (Code of Virginia Section 2.2-4310, as amended) 
  • Small Business (SB) – a business independently owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, and together with affiliates, has 250 or fewer employees, or annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years.  One or more of the individual owners shall control both the management and daily business operations of the small business. (Code of Virginia Section 2.2-4310, as amended) 

Purchasing Results 

The Purchasing Department continues its efforts to increase business conducted with minority-owned, women-owned and Chesterfield businesses. FY15 was a busy year for the Purchasing Department. Purchase orders returned to pre-recession levels, the most since FY07.  

From July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, county-wide spend with women-owned firms was $13,607,467 or 8.64% of the total. Both are new records. Categories for spend and percentage of total also increased for both minority-owned and Chesterfield businesses. These figures do not include new school construction or food purchases for the school, as by code, the Purchasing Department is not responsible for either of these areas. The figures reflect totals for firms that appear in more than one reporting category.

Purchasing director Mike Bacile believes the efforts of the entire Purchasing staff to open the doors to women-owned, minority-owned and Chesterfield businesses has produced positive results. Our outreach efforts in hosting the “Breakfast with the Buyers” sessions with our partners in Economic Development, participating in the ProcureCon Asia program, the Reverse Trade Show sponsored by the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing & the Capital Area Purchasing Association and other initiatives throughout the year have all had a positive impact on results for FY15.

“The Purchasing Department will continue to act in a proactive manner to increase opportunities for participation by a more diverse group of vendors, as outlined in our Diversity Initiative,” Bacile said.

Mailing List Information 

Chesterfield County has moved to PInG, an online e-Procurement system.  PInG will be used in the competitive bidding and competitive negotiation process for procurement of goods, services, and construction.  To receive notification of bids, request for quotes, and proposals, please register for PInG.

Economic Development 

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to learn more about the energetic economic climate of the Chesterfield County business community. You may find that Chesterfield County offers an excellent opportunity to expand or relocate your business. Additionally, if you are a small business, a minority business or women-owned business, the Small Business Center located in the Economic Development Web site contains useful information and contacts.  For more information, please contact our Department of Economic Development at (804) 318-8550 or visit the Web site at www.chesterfieldbusiness.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) 

Chesterfield County receives significant grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  Recipients of these grants are required by DOJ to develop and disseminate an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) Utilization Report.  The purpose of the EEOP Utilization Report is to ensure that recipients of DOJ grants are providing equal employment opportunities to everyone, including women and minorities.

A hard copy of the EEOP Utilization Report for Chesterfield County is on file in the county’s Human Resources Department, and is available for viewing, upon request or for online version, read EEOP Utilization Report. Comments or questions concerning Chesterfield County’s EEOP Utilization Report may be directed to:

Chesterfield County
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 40
9901 Lori Road, Room 302
Chesterfield, VA 23832

(804) 748-1551

hrm@chesterfield.gov 

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