"Supplier gains with certified status" illuminated the fast growth of a woman-owned business. I formed my labor law poster business in November 2013 after being laid off from a job I had held for eight years. The difficult job market played a large part in my decision.

What proved invaluable was the New York State Self-Employment Assistance Program, which enabled me to start my business while still receiving unemployment benefits. There was no reduction in the unemployment checks.

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The program's training and mentoring helped tremendously in educating me on every single thing I needed to do to start a business. More people should know about this program.

Patricia Schaefer, South Setauket