The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a new website to support state work force and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs.
The site can be found at https://sea.workforce3one.org.
Participation in Self-Employment Assistance programs is voluntary for eligible unemployment insurance recipients and enables them to receive financial assistance equal to their unemployment insurance benefits while they receive entrepreneurial training and resources to help launch their own businesses.
The new website provides tools and technical assistance to states that are considering implementing or enhancing a Self-Employment Assistance program, and additional resources to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses and create new jobs.
A key component of the new website is the SBA toolkit, which contains several free, online resources available through the SBA to support new entrepreneurs. Helping budding entrepreneurs gain access to SBA’s partners and its many resources is key to operating a successful Self-Employment Assistance program.
Through the site, the SBA continues to offer free online business courses on topics such as how to prepare a business plan, franchising basics, government contracting, green business opportunities and more.
Entrepreneurship and business planning, entrepreneurial marketing and finding money to start a business are some of the other courses available through the new website. The site also highlights successful practices from states currently operating Self-Employment Assistance programs to assist new states as they implement or enhance their programs.