The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) started in the back room of an old brick warehouse in Washington DC. In the early 1970s women weren't allowed to be members of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, or Jaycees, nor able to secure bank loans without a male cosigner. The NAWBO (now a national organization with 60 chapters) was a key proponent of the HR5050 bill. Today we celebrate the 28th anniversary of that bill becoming law. HR 5050 ensured that women entrepreneurs were being accurately counted for the economic contribution they were making.