Wichita businesses working to provide protective gear

With businesses across Kansas starting to reopen, more personal protective equipment is needed

Several local organizations worked together to come up with a list of suppliers to help provide things like masks and gloves. This included work from the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wichita Independent Business Association, Visit Wichita, Non-Profit Chamber of Commerce, and Wichita Community Foundation.

“As the state began reopening businesses, we knew that some businesses were able to procure the type of equipment they wanted while others were asking for guidance and ideas,” said Gary Plummer, President and CEO of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Working through our weekly task force, we formed a smaller work group to find a solution. This helps our local businesses find needed equipment and supports other local businesses which stepped forward to help meet these new needs.”

“We worked quickly to compile this initial vendor list from a variety of sources many of the group had already heard from or knew about, and we’ll keep adding to this as we move through each phase of opening to meet needs because this is vitally important to all our members and businesses,” Susie Santo, President and CEO of Visit Wichita said.

A businesses individual needs were also taken into account.

“We quickly surveyed our members because their connection to ongoing PPE needs was an important consideration in opening and ensuring that especially smaller businesses and non-profits can continue to serve their clients,” said Cindy Miles, Executive Director, Non-Profit Chamber of Service.

An organization needing protective gear can use the following link to get in contact with local providers.

Wichita Resource Center COVID-19 Suppliers