Web-based toolkit designed to help states develop Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs that will support small business and entrepreneurs.

"The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA), 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 you will find the building blocks of a state SEA program including model legislation, state examples and links to tools, resources and training for entrepreneurs.

"Recent federal legislation and grant opportunities for states have generated significant interest in the Self-Employment Assistance Program. This website is specifically targeted at governor’s staff, state legislative staff, state workforce, unemployment insurance administrators and policy makers, and other partner organizations and stakeholders responsible for drafting SEA program legislation and developing state SEA programs". (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

The Small Business Administration created an online resource guide for setting up a small business. The guide includes the following five sections: “ - Small Business Readiness Assessment - 10 Steps to Starting a Business - A Business Plan Template - How to Write a Business Plan - Online Small Business Training” The Small Business Administration has a number of other resource networks. Those networks are described in detail within their online toolkit: “- Small Business Development Center: A ‘one-stop shop’ for entrepreneurs and small businesses, providing a wide variety of information and guidance in easily accessible branch locations. - Women’s Business Centers: A national network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to assist women start and grow small businesses. - SCORE – ‘Counselors to America’s Small Business’ with nearly 800 service delivery locations and over 13,000 volunteer mentors providing expertise to entrepreneurs across an array of industries.” The Small Business Administration also offers free online courses. Further details regarding those courses can be found in this toolkit: “- The SBA's free online courses will help entrepreneurs become familiar with financing options, including an introduction to accounting, a guide to SBA’s Loan Guaranty Programs, and an overview on how to prepare a loan package." (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)