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?
You must submit four items to the UI Special Programs Center within 45 days of being accepted into the program. The program approval email we send you will have details, forms, and links.
And, instead of completing the weekly certifications you are doing now, you will need to submit an SEA Weekly Claim Certification which we will provide to you. 5. I am receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. Am I eligible for SEA?
No, people receiving PEUC benefits do NOT qualify for SEA.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.