FORT LEE, Virginia (April 1, 2015) -- The Mission and Installation Contracting Command contracting office staff at Fort Lee, Virginia, conducted its second acquisition forecast event March 17 at the Fort Lee Playhouse.MICC-Fort Lee's contracting officers discussed a variety of topics that were presented to more than 85 registered attendees representing small-business concerns throughout the area and as far away as New York."The outreach event provided the contracting office an opportunity to re-establish a foundation with its small business program by developing new relationships and providing training material to further assist small businesses with the knowledge and opportunities to become more effective as they continue to learn how to do business with the Army," said Maj. Jessica Sexton, the acting director for MICC-Fort Lee. "One of the great takeaways of the event was that each business was afforded the opportunity to share a little bit about who they are and what they do. They were able to also network within each other, cultivating future opportunities for themselves."Planning and coordination for this event started in late 2014, with the MICC-Fort Lee leaders spearheading the preparation. The event began with a brief introduction and welcome from MICC-Fort Lee leadership and was followed by presentations from contracting officers Patsy Simmons, Randy Saunders and Peyton Rowley, and contracting specialist Donald Randles.Large and small businesses were able to connect with each other as well as connect with MICC-Fort Lee contracting officers and specialists.Attendees provided feedback wanting the contracting office to conduct more acquisition forecast open houses and provide more consistent updates on upcoming requirements. Attendees praised MICC-Fort Lee officials for hosting the event and allowing them a sufficient amount of time to network.The next acquisition forecast outreach event for Fort Lee is June 17.Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the 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 2014, the command executed more than 37,000 contract actions worth more than $5.6 billion across the Army. The command also managed more than 633,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2014 valued at an additional $783 million.