Bacon, Sullivan: Indiana's online marketplace offers PPE help to small businesses, nonprofits

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, May 15, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 15, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Reps. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).

Bacon said as businesses resume operations, those unable to source and procure PPE on their own can go online to backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm to order masks, face shields and hand sanitizer. While the first round of available PPE has been reached, small businesses can still place orders online. The marketplace anticipates being able to ship more protective gear in the coming weeks.

"We need our businesses to reopen but we also need to ensure everyone continues slowing the spread of COVID-19," Bacon said. " Using protective equipment is for the benefit of both employees and customers, and provides an additional safeguard against the virus."

Launched by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the Small Business PPE Marketplace serves as a secondary source for ordering Hoosier-made supplies. According to Sullivan, currently there is no charge but that could change depending on multiple factors.

"Hoosiers have been working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we need to remain diligent in our efforts to keep everyone healthy" Sullivan said. "For businesses that cannot acquire PPE on their own, the state marketplace is another good resource. We must continue the fight by ensuring businesses can safely open while protecting employees and the public. "

Businesses must be registered in Indiana with the Secretary of State's Office, employ less than 150 people, and require PPE to reopen and comply with workplace safety requirements. Examples of eligible businesses include restaurants, retail sales, personal services and office environments.

According to the IEDC, all requests will be evaluated and fulfilled based on work environment risk profile, stock availability and the number of outstanding requests. At times, partial or delayed fulfillment of requests may occur.

To learn more, visit backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm.

Additionally, the Indiana Manufacturers Association started an online supply listing where Hoosier companies can order PPE for employees as they begin reopening. Those producing personal protective equipment can also be listed on the database. Visit www.indianamfg.com for more information.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,
which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
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