FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- (Feb. 24, 2015) More than 225 business owners from throughout the southeastern United States turned out during a recent biannual acquisition forecast open house to learn about contract opportunities installation officials here expect to solicit in the coming months.Officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command here led the event conducted at the Fayetteville Technical Community College. As MICC-Fort Bragg continues to grow over the next couple of years as part of MICC reshaping efforts, one result of that growth is a rising interest in business opportunities across Fort Bragg and the 419th Contracting Support Brigade footprint. In attendance was State Sen. Ron Rabin of North Carolina District 12, who echoed the impact MICC-Fort Bragg has on the local economy.The event also served as an opportunity for small-business owners to network and learn about requirements for the acquisition process, which may be overwhelming for small businesses lacking expertise or just beginning the process. Representatives from the Small Business Administration Charlotte District, General Services Administration, North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center and North Carolina Military Business Center were among several agencies providing presentations and answering questions."This venue served as a great opportunity to interact with the small-business community and means for early exchanges of information about future opportunities. Our intent was to attract small-business owners and educate them on government business practices," said Lt. Col. Amanda Flint, the military deputy for MICC-Fort Bragg. "We want to provide as much transparency as possible to promote competition."Small businesses play a vital role at Fort Bragg. According to Umetria Thomas, small business specialist, MICC-Fort Bragg awarded approximately 700 contract actions valued at an estimated $123.5 million in fiscal 2014."Events like the MICC-Fort Bragg open house are excellent opportunities for collaboration between the government and contractors to help support our mission," Thomas said. "Not only do they afford us an opportunity to provide training and forecast opportunities to small business, they also provide small businesses with a forum to present valuable feedback and suggestions on ways that we can better support our customers and the small business community."