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

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, May 8, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 8, 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 Heaton (R-Terre Haute).

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.

"As many Hoosier businesses prepare to reopen, they're doing so responsibly and with concern for everyone's health," Heaton said. "For them to safely open their doors, protective gear may be needed until this pandemic subsides, and this state resource acts as a backstop to get PPE items if they can't be procured elsewhere."

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 Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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