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Where can I find information about the PPE Access Program for small businesses and non-profits? What resources are available to connect buyers and vendors of PPE?
NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program
The NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program will help ensure that New Jersey's small businesses and non-profits have access to the fairly priced personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to facilitate safe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the Program's first phase, the State will launch a new website that provides micro and small businesses with the information needed to make easier and better PPE sourcing decisions. The website will also offer a vetted list of online retailers that have agreed to verify the quality of the PPE they are selling and offer at least a 10% discount to businesses that enter through the State's website. Online retailers will be vetted on a first-come, first served basis by the NJEDA, and must agree to certain performance standards for their site (e.g., transparent pricing, high-quality products). Vetted online retailers will also be eligible to access an NJEDA grant pool of up to $3.5M to support the purchase of PPE that is manufactured in New Jersey or sourced from a small wholesaler based in a historically underserved community.
Assuming the first phase is successful, the State intends to expand the program with a second phase that will include $11 million in funding to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of PPE purchased by certain small and micro businesses through the pre-selected online PPE retailers (or "Designated Vendors").
PPE Supplier Registry
The PPE Supplier Registry connects suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) that can prevent the spread of COVID-19 with potential buyers. Wholesale vendors with PPE inventory such as surgical or other protective masks, hospital gowns, hand sanitizer, or COVID-19 test kits can submit details on supplies they have available and hospitals, medical organizations, and private businesses can purchase. The database is updated several times per week, and is easily filtered and sorted by product type, size, payment terms, location of supplier, and several other criteria. The registry is a joint effort by the Office of Governor Murphy, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Office of Innovation, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's (NJEDA) Office of Economic Transformation.
Suppliers who wish to be included in the Registry should fill out the PPE Supplier Registry intake form.
NOTE: The information about the vendors and products in this database is provided by the vendors and compiled by the State for the express purpose of assisting private businesses and organizations in New Jersey access potential suppliers for PPE and other COVID-related goods and services. Any other use of this information is prohibited. All parties are strongly advised to exercise due diligence when selecting vendors and are responsible for ensuring the quality and regulatory compliance of all good/services purchased. Please ensure you are following your organization's policies and practices concerning vendor capability and responsibility to ensure that you are making a safe purchase.