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Letter: Valuable program for entrepreneurs

Consuelo Gomez works in her office at facilities

Consuelo Gomez works in her office at facilities management company Marty K in Bellevue, Wash., on April 15, 2013. Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States rose by 68 percent, according to an American Express analysis of Census Bureau figures. Photo Credit: AP / Ted S. Warren

"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.

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