Northwest Business Training Center


Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)

WA State Employment Security Department Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)
If you have decided to start your own business, the Northwest Business Training Center is here to help. Our 4-week business training program called 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's Business BootCamp program (live classes and the Distance Learning program) is approved by the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) as an Approved Provider. This means that once approved by Employment Security Dept., you will continue to collect unemployment benefits while you receive entrepreneurial training (the 4-session Business BootCamp course) 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 WIA / 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 course is offered as a Distance Learning and is approved by ESD as a SEAP program.

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

  • Business BootCamp - four business training classes
  • 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: [email protected] 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 bottom of the page.

Once Approved for the SEAP Program
When you have been approved by ESD to participate in the Business BootCamp, 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 session.

During this 6 month period, Employment Security Department will send you "Progress Reports" (approximately) every 6 weeks for you to complete, sign and have your instructor sign, and fax in to their office. This Progress Report continues to be sent to you until the end of the 6-month program at which point you send them the final Letter of Completion.

Extension of the Business BootCamp program

Once you have completed the 6-month Business BootCamp program, which includes the 4-sessions workshop, technical assistance and business consulting services, you are welcome to enjoy an additional 6 months service for only $185.You will get the following:

  • Business Counseling - ten 1-hour sessions
  • Technical Assistance - five 1-hour sessions (12) (13)

Business BootCamp Program extension


Pay for the extension of the Business BootCamp.

What Clients are Saying (18)


"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

For more information:
Customers having questions, please email or call during normal working hours.

Contact Us

For more information on the SEAP program, contact us.
Northwest Business Training Center
403 Madison Ave North, Suite 240, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

[email protected]
(206) 930-5323