Self-Employment Assistance Application: Have you ever dreamt of being your own boss, turning your passion into a thriving business?
The Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) might be the stepping stone you need.
Designed for individuals out of work, SEAP empowers you to start your own business while still receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits.
With SEAP, you can dedicate your time to building your business without the stress of job hunting.
The program allows you to work full-time on your entrepreneurial venture while still collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
Money earned from your business won’t be deducted from your Unemployment Insurance benefits.
This unique advantage ensures you can financially sustain yourself as you work towards your dream.
SEAP also provides training, counseling, and networking opportunities to keep you on track.
Build essential skills, receive valuable advice, and create a network of support to launch your business successfully.
Remember, you need written acceptance into SEAP before starting your business while collecting benefits.
Eligibility Criteria for SEAP
To qualify for SEAP, you must meet specific criteria:
- Qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
- Enroll in a commissioner-approved training program.
- Be identified as likely to run out of benefits or be eligible for Commissioner-Approved Training (CAT).
In order to apply to the program you can follow these steps:
- Download and complete the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) application, or pick one up at your local WorkSource office.
- Contact a SEAP approved provider to see if you are eligible for their program. Some providers have income or other requirements that you must meet to participate in their training programs.
- Have the training provider complete and sign the Program Provider Certification section on the application
Approved Training Programs:
SEAP-approved training programs include entrepreneurial training, business counseling, technical assistance, and activities related to setting up your business.
To maintain benefits eligibility, enroll full-time, make satisfactory progress, and inform the Employment Security Department of any changes.
After completing your training, you can still collect unemployment benefits while actively seeking covered employment.
Ensure your self-employment becomes a secondary activity to wage-earning employment.
If you complete training before your benefits run out, you are no longer eligible unless you meet work availability and job-search requirements.
For SEAP inquiries, call the toll-free Training Benefits/SEAP hotline at 877-600-7701.