Governor Murphy Announces the New Jersey Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program
On August 11, Governor Murphy 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.
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 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.
Applications to become one of the NJ PPE Access Program Designated Vendors are expected to open in the coming days. Interested parties can also reach out to NJEDA staff at: SmallBusinessPPE@njeda.com.
Please reach out to Hilary Chebra, Manager, Government Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.