Self-Employment Assistance Program: SEAP
Unemployed workers can create new businesses and job opportunities for other workers through self-employment.
While participating in the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP), you can create a job in an occupation that interests you and stimulate the local economy. Each new business can provide employment for you and for people you hire. SEAP offers a valuable option to eligible people who wish to run their own business. This program can give you the flexibility and income opportunity unavailable through traditional employment.
SEAP is a unique opportunity for you to enter into self-employment entrepreneurial training and receive business counseling while you collect unemployment benefits. If you qualify and enroll in an approved training program, you do not have to look for other work while in this program.
See more information about the Self-Employment Assistance Program.
To be eligible for the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP), you must:
Approved training programs
All approved self-employment training programs include:
To apply for the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP), you must:
Submitting Your Application
Mail or fax your completed application to:
Employment Security Department
Attn: Training Benefits Unit
PO Box 19019
Olympia, WA 98507-0019
Fax to 800-301-1796
Your local WorkSource can assist with faxing your completed application. The Employment Security Department will send you a denial letter if you fail to meet any of the eligibility requirements. Please refer to Disagree with ESD's decision to learn how to appeal a denial of benefits. For questions about SEAP, please call the toll-free Training Benefits/SEAP hotline at 877-600-7701