With the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP), you can collect the Unemployment Insurance benefits you need to pay your bills while you work on that dream!
You must receive a written acceptance into the SEAP before you can start your own business while collecting benefits.
"It's very liberating to be my own boss. The only way to start my business was with Unemployment Insurance standing behind me. It's wonderful that New York State wants people to succeed at their own businesses and create jobs for other people once their businesses grow." — Elena Carey, Folkloric
See a video about Elena
"I always dreamed of opening up my business. Now, I have three part-time people. It makes a bigger impact on the community, as everybody needs a job. The SEAP helped with benchmarks and let me focus on my business."— Mina Marsow, Prospect Gymnastics
See a video about Mina
"I was directed by the SEAP to SCORE, where I found a business mentor. He took this mess of ideas and helped me create a 501(c)-3. Without that help, it couldn't have happened."— Timothy Giordiani, Hope 607 Project
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You can apply to Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) if you are:
For SEAP approval, your proposed business must also meet five basic criteria. You must be:
For more information about program eligibility, see our Eligibility for the Self-Employment Assistance Program fact sheet and review the Frequently Asked Questions.
You must watch the SEAP orientation videos (below) before you apply to the SEAP. After you have completed the orientation videos, log in to your NY.gov account and click on the "Self-Employment Assistance Program" link under "Employment Services."
See the SEAP log in instructions.
You must watch the SEAP orientation videos (below) before you apply to the SEAP. Before you do complete the video orientation, here are some things about the SEAP to consider:
You are required to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the SEAP video orientation before you apply to the program. When you apply to the SEAP, you must certify that you viewed these videos in their entirety:
The SEAP requires you to take at least 20 hours of entrepreneurial training and have at least two meetings with a business counselor. See our Resources for Entrepreneurs for a list of organizations that can provide training and other helpful assistance as you work on your business.
If you have any questions regarding the SEAP, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you still have questions, please call the Special Programs Unit at (518) 485-1597, or contact the SEAP coordinator for your region.
|Region||County||SEAP Coordinator||Email address|
|North Country||Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton||Meaghan Lamica||SEAP.NorthCountry@labor.ny.gov|
|St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis||Mike Doyle|
|Capital||Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Columbia, Greene||Andrea Howard||SEAP.Capital@labor.ny.gov|
|Mid-Hudson||Rockland, Putnam, Westchester||Sandra Bandes||SEAP.MidHudson@labor.ny.gov|
|Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Orange||Howard Schertzer|
|New York City||New York, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Bronx||Makie Sanchez||SEAP.NYC@labor.ny.gov|
|Long Island||Nassau||Elisa Long||SEAP.LongIsland@labor.ny.gov|
|Mohawk Valley||Oneida, Herkimer, Madison||Stephanie Madia||SEAP.MohawkValley@labor.ny.gov|
|Fulton, Schoharie, Montgomery||Darlene Slater|
|Southern Tier||Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Tompkins, Schuyler, Chemung, Otsego, Steuben||Greg Nagle||SEAP.SouthernTier@labor.ny.gov|
|Central||Oswego, Onondaga, Cortland, Cayuga||Peter Naughton||SEAP.Central@labor.ny.gov|
|Finger Lakes||Livingston, Monroe, Wayne, Seneca, Yates, Ontario||John Stracuzzi||SEAP.FingerLakes@labor.ny.gov|
|Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans||Amy Riter|
|Western||Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany||Michael Farkas||SEAP.Western@labor.ny.gov|
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