The SEA program is an option for Unemployment Insurance claimants who have been identified as likely to run out of benefits before they return to work. Claimants are identified using a computerized mathematical formula called worker profiling.
SEA program participants may attend SEA counseling/training and can engage in self-employment activities on a full-time basis.
Participants must complete both a written business plan and a market feasibility study. The program operates as a collaborative effort between the Oregon Employment Department, and the Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC).