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Marketplace helping Indiana small businesses get personal protective equipment

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Posted at 4:58 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 16:58:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A new marketplace is helping small businesses in Indiana get personal protective equipment it needs as businesses start to reopen.

The marketplace, expected to launch next week, will help leverage PPE manufactured and sourced through companies in the state, according to a press release from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

In order to get PPE from the marketplace, small businesses must meet the following criteria, according to the release:

  • Be a business or non-profit organization registered to do business in Indiana with the Indiana Secretary of State
  • Employ less than 150 associates
  • Be identified in the reopening plan as an entity that must use PPE as a condition of operating in order to comply with safe workplace requirements

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Organizations are encouraged to try to source and produce PPE and use the marketplace as a secondary option if needed, according to the release. Each request will be evaluated and fulfilled based on certain circumstances, like stock availability and environment risk profile.

“As we look toward a safe and responsible reopening across the state, we’re working to remove barriers for entrepreneurs and small business owners that could limit or delay progress,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in the release. “The Indiana Small Business PPE Marketplace is another tool that will help support small businesses during this unprecedented time, ensuring they are able to continue operating while providing needed safety measures to protect workers and customers alike.”

The marketplace was developed by the IEDC, Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Indiana Office of Technology.

You can learn more information about the marketplace here.