The American Small Business League
was formed in 2004. It was founded by small business owners who
were increasingly frustrated by abuses and loopholes, which have
allowed large corporations to receive billions of dollars in federal
small business contracts.
The ASBL's roots are based in an association of computer software and equipment
re-sellers seeking proper implementation of the Small Business Act. With
the futures of their small businesses in mind, these small business owners
formed the Microcomputer Industry Suppliers Association.
Throughout the late 1990s, MISA worked hard to address this issue in Washington
and around the country. Their efforts attracted media attention, and were
responsible for pressuring members of Congress for a remedy. Additionally,
while working for a solution MISA dealt directly with the Small Business
Administration under both Democratic and Republican presidencies. Despite
their efforts, little measurable change took place.
In 2003, Representative Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), ranking member of the House
Committee on Small Business, issued the fourth annual scorecard report evaluating
21 federal agencies, accounting for 96 percent of federal procurement. She
was highly critical of their inability to reach the mandated small business
procurement goal. "Even though the government bought more last year,
it still failed to meet a single one of its small business goals for the
third straight year, " the report said.
As a result of missing the small business procurement goal -- 23 percent of
the total value of all prime contracts -- small businesses missed out on
an estimated $13.8 billion in federal contracting opportunities.
In July 2003 Representative Velazquez stated, "Small businesses just need
a chance - a foot in the door so they can show federal agencies what they can
do. After all, small businesses are the lifeline of the American economy. I
know that, you know that. Now we just need the federal government to figure
In 2004, the Microcomputer Industry Suppliers Association realized that companies
in every industry shared the problems of its members. As a means of serving
the needs of all small businesses competing for federal contracts the members
of MISA formed the American Small Business League.