Editor's note: Due to guidance implemented by the federal government and U.S. Army for social distancing and limitations on gathering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, advanced planning briefings to industry scheduled between March 16 and Sept. 30 are being conducted online through the beta.SAM.gov website. As a means for replacing the networking aspect between small businesses and Mission and Installation Contracting Command acquisition professionals, notices posted to beta.SAM.gov will include an opportunity to exchange capabilities statements with MICC small business professionals. MICC small business professionals may also be reached independently by email at www.micc.army.mil/contact-sbo.asp. Outreach efforts taking place after Sept. 30 are still under review and may be conducted virtually. Watch beta.SAM.gov for the latest information.JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Updated July 22, 2020) -- In an effort to expand outreach efforts to small businesses, officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command continue to conduct advanced planning briefings to industry at multiple locations throughout the nation.Acquisition forecast briefings take place at or near MICC contracting office locations in the coming months and are intended to serve as another avenue for informing small-business representatives of projected contracting opportunities with the Army."These events are important in providing transparency to industry in support of Army readiness efforts and continue to increase our Defense industrial base," said Mark Massie, the director of the MICC Office of Small Business Programs.Small-business representatives should be aware that additional information regarding the forecast briefings has transitioned from the Federal Business Opportunities website to beta.SAM.gov. The new site is the General Services Administration's next phase of streamlining and consolidating 10 legacy federal award systems into a single website offering a central entry point for those who make, receive and manage federal awards. Interested contractors may search for more information on MICC briefings to industry by selecting special notice under the type of notice on the site.MICC acquisition forecasts also provide an opportunity to meet one-on-one with contracting officials and network with other industry representatives for partnering opportunities. Visit beta.SAM.gov for detailed information. Recent virtual MICC advanced planning briefings to industry include:Fort Bliss Virtual Event, July 15, 2020Fort Belvoir Virtual Event, July 16, 2020Combined Fort Riley/Fort Leonard Wood/Fort Leavenworth Virtual Event, July 21, 2020In fiscal 2019, the MICC awarded approximately $2.5 billion in contracts to small businesses to achieve all five of its socioeconomic goals for the fifth consecutive year. Continuous engagement with small-business representatives ensures MICC contracts are awarded in each of the following small business categories:- Small disadvantaged business,- Service-disabled veteran-owned small business,- Woman-owned small business, and- Historically underutilized business zone small business.About the MICC:Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.Related Links:Mission and Installation Contracting CommandSAM.govRelated: MICC contracts underpin Army readiness effortsMICC Advanced Acquisition PlanVideo: beta.SAM.gov