Self Employment Assistance Program Extended

July 16, 2009

The governor has signed into law legislation (A.6050/S.3707) extending the Self Employment Assistance Program until December 7, 2011, according to Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, who sponsored the measure.

The Self-Employment Assistance Program, which is administered by the N.Y.S. Department of Labor, has been extremely successful in helping individuals who are likely to exhaust their regular unemployment insurance benefits to develop and establish small businesses in New York. SEAP participants receive their unemployment benefits while getting their new enterprise off the ground, even if they earn money through their self-employment. To help make their undertaking a success, participants are required to take part in state-approved entrepreneurial training and business counseling.

“The success of this program is evident,” said Schimminger. “Thousands of jobs have been created since the program’s inception.”

Qualified individuals participate in a rigorous program that consists of specific benchmarks they must comply with in order to stay in the program. A participant must complete a minimum of 20 hours of entrepreneurial training, meet a minimum of two times with a certified business counselor, create a business plan and send periodic reports to his or her Department of Labor coordinator.

“The success stories of individuals who participated in the Self Employment Assistance Program are numerous,” said Assemblyman Schimminger. “Individuals who qualify for the program are assisted in achieving their goal of becoming entrepreneurs who contribute to the economy and job growth of the state.”