It would probably be part of the debtor's bankruptcy estate. I'm guessing it wasn't disclosed in the petition because the debtor didn't know about it. This is something the debtor should talk to their attorney about because they probably need to disclose this to the Trustee and exempt it if there is any room left.
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There is something very disconcerting about this question.
Ultimately, this "business owner" would need to discuss the issue with his/her attorney. There are a few ways this situation can go and there is simply not enough in the description to even speculate on what would happen. To many "if this," "if that", scenarios are raised by this question.
You need to ask your lawyer this question. Who is reimbursing the expense? If the employer is doing it, you may have issues with your employer. I would say that this is an asset and must be disclosed and exempted for the bankruptcy.