Grandma’s Garden is no ordinary small woman owned business. We focus on helping the community in unconventional ways, while also making sure we are a certified business. Currently we are certified with more than a handful amount of federal and public associations. “So what”, you ask? What in the world does the federal government have to do with a small business like ours? The truth is that it holds a window of opportunity to help people like our military, correctional facilities, school cafeterias, just to name a few. Below we have listed the summaries of what each certification means in more depth.
Grandma’s Garden is certified as a “Small Women and Minority Owned Business” (SWaM). The SWaM program was established to enhance business opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned businesses and to ensure a level playing field for all small businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. SWaM is the acronym for Small, Women- and Minority-owned businesses. SWaM certification enhances business opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned (“SWaM”) businesses. The governor of Virginia set forth a 40% goal of purchases from SWaMs for the Commonwealth and established a Small Business Set-Aside Program, as well as several other initiatives for state agencies and departments to enhance SWaM participation in procurement activities
Grandma’s Garden is registered with the FDA as a commercial processor which manufactures, processes, or packs acidified foods (AF) and/or thermally processed low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containers (historically referred to as “low-acid canned foods”.
Grandma’s Garden is proud to be certified as a “Virginia’s Finest” product. The Virginia’s Finest® Trademark Program promotes the development of Virginia agriculture and specialty food products. Virginia’s Finest® highlights top quality Virginia-produced and processed products, including meats, cheeses, soups, seafood, peanuts, pasta, baked goods, snacks, chocolates, confections, condiments, dressings, sauces, beverages and more. Virginia’s Finest® strives to enhance the economic opportunities and success of Virginia specialty food companies, processors and agricultural producers through increased sales and enhanced awareness of top quality Virginia products
Only Virginia products that meet or exceed quality standards are part of the Virginia’s Finest® Program. All authorized Virginia’s Finest® products must be approved by the Virginia’s Finest® Review Committee, which consists of food safety officials and product marketing specialists. The Committee reviews product packaging and labels to ensure products meet state and federal regulations. In the case of most products, the producer must provide proof of its current and valid food safety inspection certificate. Buyers and consumers will recognize the familiar Virginia’s Finest® “checkmark” and trust that Virginia’s Finest® products have been deemed the best of the best.
Grandma’s Garden is a registered manufacturing establishment with Virginia Department of Agriculture Food (VDACS) Safety guidelines. VDAC’s Food Safety and Security Office is responsible for the enforcement of the Virginia Food laws, the Virginia Egg Law, the Virginia Apple Marking Law, the Vinegar Law and related regulations within retail food establishments (except restaurants), food processing and manufacturing establishments, and food warehouse establishments.
Food safety activities are conducted through a variety of methods including, but not limited to, unannounced sanitary inspections of facilities, sampling of food products, investigation of consumer complaints, consultations with consumers and the food industry, and cooperative working relationships with other food safety agencies such as state and local health departments, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Grandma’s Garden is registered with the System for Award Management, or SAM, which is a government-wide portal that is consolidating the capabilities of multiple systems and information sources used by the Federal government in conducting the acquisition and financial assistance (which includes grants and cooperative agreements) processes. SAM is the acquisition resource for contractors that want to do business with the Department of Defense (DoD).
Grandma’s Garden is a registered vendor with the Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov) website. FBO is a single portal for agencies to post and vendors to review and download bid opportunities.
The U.S. government is the world’s largest buyer of products and services. Purchases by military and civilian installations amount to nearly $200 billion a year, and include everything from complex space vehicles to janitorial services and cancer research. In short, the government buys just about every category of commodity and service available.
By law, federal agencies are required to establish contracting goals, such that 23% of all government buys are intended to go to small businesses. In addition, contract goals are established for women-owned businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, firms located in HUBZones and service disabled veteran-owned businesses. Federal agencies have a statutory obligation to reach-out and consider small businesses for procurement opportunities.
Grandma’s Garden is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is an American professional association and the largest business network for professional women in the Unite States, spanning virtually every industry and profession, with over 600,000 members from diverse backgrounds.
NAPW provides an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneuers. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.
Grandma’s Garden is registered with D&B. Private and public sector organizations use the D-U-N-S Number to link information about suppliers, customers and trading partners, providing a more complete picture of the risk and opportunity in their business relationships. D&B’s Data Universal Numbering System, commonly known as the D-U-N-S Number, is a unique global business identification system that identifies, validates and links to more than 225 million businesses worldwide. In today’s global economy, the D&B DUNS Number has become the standard for keeping track of the world’s businesses. Used by the world’s most influential standard setting organizations, the D-U-N-S Number is recognized, recommended or required by over 200 government, trade and industry organizations around the globe. In the United States, the Federal Government has relied on the D-U-N-S Number for over 30 years. The D-U-N-S Number has been widely adopted across the U.S. Government for intra-governmental transactions, grants management and transparency reporting. Major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target also rely on the D-U-N-S Number as a requirement for supplier registration.