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Silver Lining

Unemployment benefits could be your passport to entrepreneurship.

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This story appears in the July 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Lost your job? Then use your unemployment benefits to start your dream . This option is a reality, not a fantasy, if you live in , Delaware, Maine, Maryland, , , or .

These eight states took advantage of new federal legislation authorizing the creation of self-employment assistance (SEA) programs, which last as long as each state's unemployment benefits program. But don't get too excited--SEA programs are very selective about whom they recruit. They look for people who are likely to exhaust their unemployment benefits and who are willing to work full time to develop their businesses.

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