self employment assistance program (SEAP)


WA State Employment Security Department (ESD) Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)

If you have decided to start your own business, the Northwest Business Training Center is here to help. As a SEAP approved provider, our 4-week online  Business BootCamp can provide you with a strong business foundation and practical training.
(For details on the business training series, see "Business BootCamp" page) 

Northwest Business Training Center

Northwest Business Training Center's Business BootCamp program (online classes) is approved by the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) as a SEAP Approved Provider. This means that once approved by Employment Security Dept., you will continue to collect unemployment benefits (and no longer have to do the weekly job searches) while you receive entrepreneurial training and business counseling during the full 6 months. 

The Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) does not pay for class fees. You are responsible for any financial planning needed to complete the training program. (Ask ESD about the WIOA program.) 

Business BootCamp Online Course Study

The Business BootCamp training is considered a full-time (35 hour per week) course which is expected that you put in 35 hours or more towards training and building your business. You will have homework that does take time to complete. The homework consists of research, completing a business plan, and the building of your business. As an entrepreneur "in training," you will learn marketing, finance, and business operations and management. This Online course is approved by ESD as a SEAP program. 

As an Approved SEAP Provider, our program features three components:

  • Business BootCamp - four online business training modules
  • Business Counseling - ten 1-hour sessions
  • Technical Assistance - five 1-hour sessions

Business Consulting & Technical Assistance for SEAP Students

NW Business Training Center consulting service is available to you at no additional cost for the full 6 months you are in the program. As you move through the Business BootCamp program building your business, we will provide general business counseling and coaching that includes not only how to succeed professionally, but also available to discuss personal budgeting, discussing how to fund your business venture, and other related business issues.

A Business BootCamp Certificate of Completion and a "Letter of Completion" is awarded by the instructor and is based on student’s completion of the course with a completed (or a good start) business plan.

Process for ESD approval into the SEAP program
Please complete the ESD SEAP application. To obtain a signature from a NW Business Training Center instructor, scan in the completed and signed SEAP application and email it to: We will complete our portion, sign it and send in the form to ESD.

If you do not have a scanner, you can mail the completed application to the address at the Contact Us page.

Once Approved for the SEAP Program
When you have received your approval letter from ESD to participate in the Business BootCamp series, you will pay for the course by going to the Business BootCamp page, scroll down until you see the "buy now" button.

The process will begin at that point. The instructor will send you the first module.

ESD Progress Reports

During this 6 month period, Employment Security Department (ESD) will send you "Progress Reports" (approximately) every 6 weeks for you to complete, sign and send it to your instructor to sign. If you do not send it in, you will be required to pay back your UI benefits.

What Clients are Saying



"Just to let you know: I have had very few that are interested in self-employment right now. However, your program is the one that I will refer any future clients for the SEAP Entrepreneurial program. I feel that your course offering is very thorough and hits the mark for someone starting out. Thank you for providing this training. You are doing a great service to help others."

Stephanie Walsh
Employment Counselor
Dislocated Worker Unit @ WorkSource Yakima


 “Thank you so much, Rebecca, for your generous time on the phone with me earlier this afternoon. Thank you for answering my questions and concerns. I now feel comfortable taking the next step in the program. I'm excited about working with you on building my business.”

–Ben G.


 "Hi Rebecca—I talked to someone at the ESD this week and gave your program high marks. They said they’ve heard that from others as well. They were happy to hear that the folks in your class have taken SEAP seriously and made good progress. This appears to be a program that works!"

–Gary Gesellchen, Vanatoo