The 1988 law that changed women's history

Seattle District Office  - Oct. 24, 2018

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SBA Honors the 30th Anniversary of H.R. 5050 Establishing Resources for Women Entrepreneurs U.S. Small Business Administration

4 Ways H.R. 5050 Continues to Support Women Small Business Owners

This month the SBA celebrates National Women's Small Business Month and the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Women's Business Ownership Act (H.R. 5050).

H.R. 5050 had several key impacts including the following:

  1. Mandated that a woman can apply for a business loan without a male co-signer
  2. Established the SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) 
  3. Created the SBA Women’s Business Center (WBC) program
  4. Launched the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)

In celebration of this important moment in women's history, connect with the WBC near you to start or grow your business:

Find your WBC

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