How can American Job Center service providers support and foster a culture of self-employment assistance (SEA) and entrepreneurship for their clients? The resources curated in the Workforce Systems Strategy Community and described below provide insights on effectively initiating and supporting SEA and entrepreneurship.
The resources include the basics of launching an SEA program, a study of five state SEA programs, a Small Business Administration (SBA) toolkit, and a survey of entrepreneurs’ observations about factors that affected the success or failure of their efforts in starting small businesses.

Begin with the Basics-2018
This resource provides guidance for those interested in launching a Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program in their state or territory. It provides guidance about the following specifics: 1) federal SEA requirements and how states are implementing their programs; 2) model legislation to establish a SEA program; 3) state strategies to build model SEA programs; and 4) free or low-cost online training; and 5) establishment of training program partners.

A Study of the Self-Employment Assistance Program: Helping Unemployed Workers Pursue Self Employment (2017)
This report describes the design and implementation of the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program, characteristics and outcomes of its participants, and characteristics of SEA program-supported businesses established in New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and Vermont. The study has three components: 1) documenting the differences between state SEA program designs and implementation experiences; 2) describing characteristics and outcomes of SEA program participants; and 3) describing characteristics of businesses established by SEA program participants.

Small Business Administration Toolkit (2016)
The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, created the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) Center to provide information, resources, and tools to help build state entrepreneurial programs for individuals eligible for Unemployment Insurance compensation. Within this website, users will find the building blocks of a state SEA program, including model legislation, state examples and links to tools, and resources and training for entrepreneurs.

The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur (2018)
This report explores company founders’ opinions and observations about their own trajectory and what influenced the success or failure of their businesses. By understanding what entrepreneurs think and believe, the authors hope to provide insights into how to better support entrepreneurs and create societal, political, and economic conditions that can more efficiently foster entrepreneurship. This report is based on a survey of 549 company founders in a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, computer and electronics, health care, and service.