Entrepreneurs play a vital role in economic development as key contributors to innovations and new job growth. Explore the links below to learn about SEA programs and discover the importance of entrepreneurship as an economic driver in your state.

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The Self-Employment Assistance Program
Katelin P. Isaacs, Congressional Research Service, 7/12/2012
This report by the Congressional Research Service highlights active Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) Programs including eligibility determination, state availability, barriers to participation and an assessment of SEA programs.

Moving America’s Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Forward: Creating an Economy Built to Last
National Economic Council, 05/2012 
Highlights of President Obama’s efforts to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with the tools they need create an economy that is built to last.

The Dynamic Relationship between Entrepreneurship, Unemployment, and Growth: Evidence from U.S. Industries
Jose Plehn-Dujowich, Plehn Analytical Economic Solutions, LLC, 03/2012 
Entrepreneurship, economic growth, and unemployment are interrelated: exactly how is the subject of this research that shows support for entrepreneurship as a key to jump starting the economy.

Growing America Through Entrepreneurship: Final Evaluation of Project GATE
IMPAQ International, LLC, December 2009
Project GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship), a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the Small Business Administration, was designed to help people create, sustain or expand their own business. This report examines the effectiveness of Project GATE in creating businesses and improving participants’ well-being during a 60-month observation period.