Capps’ bill promotes self employment
June 4, 2012
Congresswoman Lois Capps is pushing a new bill with a focus of helping job seekers move into self-employment. [ModestoBee]
Capps introduced the bill in late May. It is slated to make training available for would-be entrepreneurs through local Workforce Investment Boards.
In 2010, the Department of Labor assigned Workforce Investment Boards to provide self-employment training. But they have shied away from training because present Labor Department guidelines are geared toward traditional job creation and placement, Capps said.
“As we work to help small businesses grow and create jobs, we can’t overlook the importance of the smallest of businesses – our innovative entrepreneurs,” Capps said in a statement introducing the bill.
Today, the Entrepreneurial Training Improvement Act of 2012, which focuses new attention on job seekers who are looking to create their own jobs by starting their own businesses, is in committee.
California, which had 440 adults per 100,000 starting businesses in 2010, trails only Arizona in entrepreneurial activity. Nationwide, about 543,000 businesses were created each month in 2011, according to the Kauffman index.