Building Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs Through Self-Employment Assistance
The Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEA) is designed to encourage and support unemployed workers in creating their own jobs by starting their own small businesses. Under these programs, States pay a self-employed benefit, instead of regular unemployment insurance benefits, to help unemployed entrepreneurs while they are establishing businesses and becoming self-employed.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy; creating two out of every three new jobs in America. While participation in Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program is voluntary on the part of both the state and the unemployed individual, the USDOL and the SBA want to encourage and support all states in offering SEA programs as a way of fostering entrepreneurship and creating jobs.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) collaboration with the Department of Labor helps ensure that states have tools and resources to begin and sustain successful training programs for entrepreneurs and gig/sharing economy workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive! The guidance below outlines provisions contained in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 governing Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs, and includes model legislation for states as they draft or revise SEA authorizing legislation,...