JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (July 2, 2014) -- More than $505 million in contracts were awarded to small businesses throughout the nation during the third quarter of this fiscal year by contracting officials with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.Through June 30, MICC contracting officers have awarded more than $1.1 billion in contracts for fiscal 2014 to small businesses representing 41.7 percent of total small business eligible dollars awarded by the command. In fiscal 2013, the command executed more than $2.1 billion to American small businesses. Historically, the number of contract awards increase in the fourth quarter as organizations supported by the MICC refine and finalize their mission sustainment requirements in the final quarter of the government fiscal year."The importance of the fourth quarter of the fiscal year cannot be overstated, not only to the command as it achieves its small-business goals, but also to the thousands of American small businesses that will find, compete for and win new Army contracts during that period," said Mark Massie, associate director for the MICC Office of Small Business Programs at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.The MICC Office of Small Business Programs consists of personnel around the country who provide guidance to small businesses on the contracting process. In addition to providing advice to individual small businesses, the program also advocates within the command's 33 contracting offices to ensure small businesses have the maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts awarded by those activities.MICC officials and small business specialists across the command conducted several acquisition forecast open house events at installations throughout the country in June. Massie said these outreach events were vital in helping communicate projected MICC contracting opportunities to the small-business community looking to do business with the Army.Dollars awarded to small-business contractors help support the achievement of annual government-wide goals required by the Small Business Act. Small-business directors at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston monitor each small business category throughout the fiscal year to ensure contracts are awarded in each of the following small business categories:- Small disadvantaged business - Service-disabled veteran-owned small business - Woman-owned small business - Historically underutilized business zone small businessThe MICC is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter at Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2013, the command executed more than 43,000 contract actions worth more than $5.3 billion across the Army. The command has also managed more than 780,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions this fiscal year valued at an additional $880 million.