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

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Tuesday, May 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 12, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).

Lehe 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.

"Hoosier small businesses have been anxiously waiting to reopen their doors throughout this pandemic," Lehe said. "As Indiana works to get back on track, employers need to ensure they have the proper equipment to protect workers and the public."

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

"Small businesses are critical in providing goods and services to all sectors of our state's economy," VanNatter said. "This new marketplace is an additional resource to acquire much-needed supplies to reopen in a responsible and safe fashion."

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. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, which
includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
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State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) represents House District 38,

which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties.

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