A Program to Help Virginia’s Small Businesses Reach Their Full Potential

OTW is an outgrowth of the 2011-12 SPQA “12 to Watch” program. It is a Commonwealth of Virginia program designed to help Small Businesses reach their long-term potential of sustainability and growth.

Each of these small businesses is introduced to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework – a nationally recognized business model for continuous quality improvement and performance excellence.  The “Ones to Watch” small businesses begin their experience by completing our Discovery organizational profile and self-assessment questionnaire which focuses on processes impacting leadership, strategy, customers, measurement/IT, workforce, operations, and results. The initiative also offers a SPQA independent evaluation and feedback report. An assigned mentor guides the small business throughout the OTW experience and helps identify resources to assist in the development and implementation of a personalized business performance improvement plan.

Read testimonials of past participants and learn how their involvement with the SPQA OTW program strengthened and improved their organizations.

Voices from Participants in Ones to Watch

Organizations from the first and second cohorts shared some thoughts on their experiences with and the value of their participation in the Ones to Watch program (OTW). OTW is a collaborative initiative of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which selects small businesses for program participation, the department of Small Business Supplier Diversity, the Secretary of Commerce…

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2019 OTW 3rd Cohort Resources

The 3rd OTW Cohort is using several resources to drive their journey to organizational excellence. It begins with a survey of leadership, which helps to establish a baseline and begins to identify possible areas of improvement. This is followed by the Discovery process, which deepens understanding and provides the information necessary to develop improvement plans….

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