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

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, May 13, 2020 11:51 am

STATEHOUSE (May 13, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).

 He 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.

 "Many Hoosier small businesses are fighting to stay afloat during this COVID-19 outbreak," Cherry said. "For those unable to get PPE on their own, this resource could help local businesses open up to the public while keeping employees and customers safe. It is critical to prioritize the health of everyone as the state begins to fully reopen."

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

 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.

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 State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

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