The Pathway to Work program is a partnership between NH Employment Security and the NH Small Business Development Center. The program was identified as a solution for out-of-work NH residents who would like to start a business and create jobs for themselves and others. The program allows qualified unemployed residents to work on starting their own businesses while continuing to receive unemployment benefits. Pathway to Work participants are engaged full-time in establishing a business and becoming self-employed. SBDC advisors provide participants with business advising, entrepreneurial training, and technical assistance.
Pathway to Work Eligibility
NH Employment Security identifies eligible candidates and provides an orientation to the PTW program. An interested candidate must apply to NHES to participate. NHES and the NH SBDC review the application, and then NHES makes the final approval for the PTW program.
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.
For questions about eligibility status and benefits, contact your local NHES office.
Pathway to Work Accomplishments
Since 2013, NH SBDC has supported over 625 Pathway to Work clients, who have started 165 businesses, created 250 jobs, and raised $7.6M in capital infusion.