NJEDA Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program
On August 11, 2020, NJEDA announced the first phase of the New Jersey Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program, designed to ensure that the State’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. More information can be found at covid19.nj.gov/ppeaccess.
The State will soon launch a new website that provides micro and small businesses with the information needed to make easier and better PPE sourcing decision. 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 who enter through the State’s website. Online retailers will be vetted on a first-come, first serve basis by the NJEDA, and must agree to certain performance standards for their site (e.g., transparent pricing, high-quality products, etc.). Vetted online retailers will also be eligible to access an NJDEA 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 of the program is successful, the NJEDA intends to expand the program with a $11M of support for micro and small businesses PPE purchases.
Applications for the online retailers to participate in the program are expected to launch as soon as possible. The public facing website, including small business decision-making tools and vetted discounted retailers will follow by early-to-mid December. More information can be found at covid19.nj.gov/ppeaccess.
PPE Inventory Reporting and Donations
Businesses may use the reporting form at covid19.nj.gov/ppereport to offer to donate PPE for use by health care workers and first responders on the front lines.
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 111, which requires health care facilities—including licensed acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospital systems including specialty hospitals, and all emergency field treatment facilities—to report their capacity and supplies on a daily basis beginning Sunday, March 29, 2020. This information is due by 10:00 a.m. each day, and will continue as long as Executive Order No. 111 is in effect. This information should be submitted via report.covid19.nj.gov.
The State of New Jersey has assembled a PPE Supplier Registry Public Listing.
The information about the vendors and products in this listing was volunteered by the vendors, compiled by the State, and is provided 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.
Updated: August 13, 2020
Source: Executive Order No. 111, NJEDA