Join us on “From the Source” as we interview, Lloyd Chapman of the American Small Business League about unfair practices of the Small Business Administration.?
Lloyd Chapman brings a lifetime of innovation, business and political savvy to his position as President of the American Small Business League.?
Born and raised in Texas, as a young man Lloyd worked for legendary Texas political leader Bob Bullock, and later spent eight years in the Texas Controller?s office. In this capacity, he created a community outreach program and developed a successful employee suggestion system that has been used by every state in the country. ?They were going to hire a think tank to get recommendations on how to improve things,? Lloyd recalled. ?But I suggested we first ask our workers for ideas and pay them for any that saved money. We saved $1 million the first year with this system, and it soon became the standard for Texas and was later adopted by all fifty states.??
In 1986 Lloyd moved to California and entered the computer industry. At GC Micro, a leading supplier of computer hardware and software to government and corporate clients, he soon became an advocate for the technology industry. In his advocacy role, he closely monitored Federal ?set-aside? contracts for small businesses. His work triggered a 1991 Congressional investigation into the F-22 Stealth fighter that forced the Air Force and Lockheed Martin to allocate an additional $501 million to small and minority-owned firms.?
In his continuing role as a small business advocate, Lloyd led GC Micro?s litigation to release information on small business utilization in government contracts. In 1993, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of GC Micro forcing the Defense Logistics Agency to release vital information documenting small business contracting awards. This has paved the way for greater participation by small businesses in government contracting by exposing the lack of enforcement of the Congressionally mandated small business goals.?
In 2003, Lloyd prompted a GAO investigation that resulted in Federal Government confirmation that a significant number of small business contracts were being awarded to some of the world?s largest corporations.?
In order to promote fair policy in Federal small business contracting, Lloyd formed a trade group, the Micro Industry Suppliers Association, in 2003. As membership began to include businesses outside the computer industry, the name of the organization was changed to the American Small Business League in 2004.?? ?
A true crusader for the rights of small business, Lloyd is a familiar figure at the Small Business Administration and in Congress, where he has continued to work tirelessly during the last two presidential administrations.?
?I believe the American Small Business League will win the fight to uphold the Small Business Act of 1953,? states Lloyd. ?I look forward to the day that billions of dollars in Federal small business contracts, which have been diverted to large firms for years, are returned to legitimate small businesses as Congress intended.??
Lloyd lives in Novato in northern California.
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