1. How does SEA help me start or expand my business?
2. Do I have to have my business plan completed before I am accepted to SEA?
- When you make money from your business, you keep the proceeds AND get your full weekly benefit payment.
- Your work-search requirements for claiming benefits are waived while working on your self-employment activities.
No, we only require your SEA application and feasibility study at the time you apply. Your business plan is due to the UI Special Programs Center within 45 days of being accepted into the program. 3. What kinds of businesses are prohibited?
The Oregon Employment Department Special Programs Center staff approves applications for businesses that are legal in Oregon, appropriate for government sponsorship, and fit within their particular neighborhood. Some businesses that are legal in bordering states (Idaho, Nevada, for example) are NOT legal in Oregon.4. What am I required to do after I am approved for the SEA program?
Within 45 days of acceptance into the SEA program, you will be required to provide your Business Registry Number, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), and a Business Plan. The program approval notification will include the applicable details, forms and links.
Additionally, instead of completing the weekly certifications you are doing now, you will need to transition to submitting SEA Weekly Claim Certifications which are located on the SEA website.5. How long will my SEA benefits last?
Your SEA benefits are tied directly to your existing Regular UI claim. Once your Maximum Benefit Amount is exhausted, your SEA claim will expire. Please refer to Oregon Revised Statute ORS 657.158 for further information.6. How can I check to see what my benefits balance is?
Call the Special Programs Center at 503-947-1800 to find out what remaining balance you have available.