What Is the Pathway to Work program?
Pathway to Work was identified as a solution for out-of-work NH residents who are not likely to find jobs in their fields, but would like to start a business and create jobs for themselves and others. NH State Senator Sylvia Larsen sponsored the bill that was signed by Governor Maggie Hassan in July 2013.
Pathway to Work is a partnership between NH Employment Security and the NH Small Business Development Center. It allows qualified unemployed residents to start their own businesses while continuing to receive unemployment benefits. NH Employment Security identifies eligible candidates, provides orientation and accepts people into the program. The SBDC helps screen applicants to determine if their business ideas are feasible. SBDC then provides participants with business advising, entrepreneurial training, and technical assistance.
To participate in Pathway to Work, an unemployed worker must be eligible to receive regular unemployment compensation, be identified as likely to exhaust regular unemployment compensation, and have at least 18 weeks of unemployment benefits remaining. Pathway to Work participants are engaged full-time in establishing a business and becoming self-employed.