Lloyd Chapman President ASBL (American Small Business League)
For more than 20 years, Lloyd Chapman has worked to protect the interests of our nation’s 27 million small businesses. In 2002, Mr. Chapman founded the American Small Business League (ASBL) with the goal of stopping the diversion of federal small business contracts to large corporations. Mr. Chapman has been credited with prompting the first federal investigation and congressional hearing looking into the diversion of small business contracts to large corporations. During the last seven years, Mr. Chapman and the ASBL have been instrumental in prompting the removal of 600 large firms from federal small business databases, more than 25 federal investigations, and nearly 1000 stories in various media outlets across the nation. Additionally, on six separate occasions, Mr. Chapman has filed suit against the federal government and won. As a result of Chapman’s work, small businesses across the country are doing more business with the federal government, and business owners are more aware of the challenges facing their small businesses. A relentless champion and vocal crusader for the rights of small businesses, Mr. Chapman is a familiar figure at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and on Capitol Hill where he has continued to work tirelessly during the last two presidential administrations to prevent widespread fraud and abuse.
Mr. Chapman began his career working for legendary Texas political leader Bob Bullock. He spent eight years in the Texas Controller’s office, before moving to California in 1986 to enter the computer industry. It was at this time that he first became aware of major problems in federal small business contracting programs, and soon became an advocate for small technology firms. In this role, he closely monitored federal “set-aside” contracts for small businesses. In 1991, his work triggered a Congressional investigation into the F-22 Stealth fighter program, which forced the Air Force and Lockheed Martin to allocate an additional $501 million to small and minority-owned firms.
By law, the federal government is obligated to award a fair portion (currently 23%) of its contracts to small businesses. That said, a series of federal investigations and private studies have found that the government is reporting billions of dollars in contracts to large companies as federal small business awards.
In his continuing role as a small business advocate, Mr. Chapman spearheaded litigation to acquire information on small business utilization in government contracts. In 1993, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled against the Defense Logistics Agency, forcing it to release vital information documenting small business contracting awards. This has paved the way for greater participation by small businesses in federal contracting by exposing the lack of enforcement of congressionally mandated small business goals.