H.R.5078: Prison to Proprietorship Act


The Prison to Proprietorship Act (H.R. 5078) would require Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to offer entrepreneurship training services to incarcerated individuals set to leave federal prison within 18 months. The program would provide training on topics like starting and expanding a small business, creating a business plan, and identifying sources of capital.

Talking Points

  • A 2013 RAND Corporation report found that ex-convicts who participated in any type of educational program in prison were 43 percent less likely to return to prison after release.
  • The NHSA supports this bill because it would increase access to the educational tools needed for former felons to reintegrate and become productive members of their communities.

Our Stance




Bill Number


Date Introduced

November 13, 2019


Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee

Bill Status

Passed Original Chamber

Co Sponsors