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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    Laid-off workers who want to launch a business may be able to get a cash infusion from an unexpected source: their unemployment checks.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    Danielle Bliss already had an inkling that she wanted to do something different with her career when she got laid off on New Year's Eve in 2010. For the previous five years, she'd been working for a national television station in New York City, doing on-air animation for the station's overnight shift. In her spare time, she took letterpress-printing classes: a nice, creative hobby for an art school graduate.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    WASHINGTON -- Somewhere among the country's 14 million unemployed workers are entrepreneurs waiting to be unleashed. At least that's what the President Barack Obama believes, and it's the reason he included a small provision in his $447 billion jobs bill that aims to capitalize on a successful program in Oregon that has been championed by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and others.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    After Kim Osterhoudt lost her human resources job at a financial services firm in a 2009 downsizing, she tried to eke out a living selling homemade jam near her home in Belle Mead, N.J. To improve her odds of success, she enrolled last year in Entrepreneur University, a free, 60-hour, local entrepreneurship training program.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    The New Jersey Labor Department is partnering with the Intersect Fund to offer scholarships to Entrepreneur University, which offers training on starting a business. According to the state’s government office, Entrepreneur University will not only train, but also mentor its participants through the process of starting up.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    When he found himself out of a job after his position in the media-relations department at the Oneida Indian Nation was eliminated at the end of 2011, Jerry Reed decided to follow that old adage of turning lemons into lemonade by focusing on his love of voice work.   The result is Jerry Reed Voice Talent, his new full-time venture that capitalizes on his 23 years of broadcasting experience as well as his life experience in general.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    In June of 2008, Adam Lowry and Michael Richardson found themselves unemployed. The tech startup where they worked in Portland, Vidoop, had just closed its doors, and employees were being offered company laptops in lieu of back wages. Common sense would dictate that these promising young programmers should file for unemployment insurance (UI) and begin their search for new employment—which they did. In a way.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    Watch this video to hear how these entrepreneurs used the SEA program to launch their business.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    What began 15 years ago as a hobby that celebrated the lives and legacies of relatives, friends and co-workers has blossomed into a South Glens Falls business that is, well… Simply Special.

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    Self-Employment Assistance Center
    Posted On: 3/30/2016

    Craig Evans turned job loss into energy gain. The unemployed engineer used a layoff as an opportunity to create a new technology for energy storage and a new company, employing others who were similarly out of work. This was possible, in part, due to a state of Oregon program called Self Employment Assistance. Tom Fuller reports