The Republican governor signed an executive order Wednesday ordering state agencies to set aside contracting opportunities valued between $50,000 and $500,000 for the program.
The goal is to offer a boost to small businesses that may be struggling in the pandemic, said Republican Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, who announced the initiative at the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday.
“Small businesses undoubtedly will be leading the way of our economic recovery,” Rutherford said.
Hogan also announced in a statement that people receiving food stamps and cash assistance will receive additional aid due to federal changes.
Families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will receive 15% more for the next six months. And those receiving Temporary Cash Assistance will receive an average of $100 more per family member for the next six months.