JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (June 3, 2015) Army officials recently recognized the Mission and Installation Contraction Command for its outreach and support efforts with the presentation of the Secretary of the Army Award for Small Business Utilization for 2014.George Cabaniss, the deputy to the MICC commanding general, was presented the award during a ceremony at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The award recognized the command's efforts in exceeding four of five small business goals for the first time since fiscal 2010 and the MICC outpacing all five categories from the preceding year.The MICC Small Business Program Office consists of personnel around the country who provide advice and counsel to small businesses as well as conduct outreach events to inform industry representatives of installation acquisition forecasts. In addition to providing advice to individual small businesses, MICC members advocate within the command's 32 contracting offices to ensure small businesses have the maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts awarded by those activities.MICC small business specialists from throughout the country who are responsible for helping earn the award are in San Antonio June 2-4 participating in a roundtable. As part of the MICC Small Business Roundtable, program associate and assistant directors will discuss a variety of topics including historically underutilized business zone strategy, surveillance reviews, small business coordination records, metrics and source selection participation as well as conduct case studies during breakout sessions.Mark Massie, the associate director for the MICC Small Business Program Office here, credits the command's outreach effort in fiscal 2014 as a primary contributor for the recognition. Small business specialists and contracting directors throughout the command teamed with supported military activities to conduct 27 acquisition forecast open house events, reaching more than 1,700 small-business vendors."The impact to the small-business community was immediate, particularly to areas that were hard-hit by sequestration," Massie said. "These no-cost events reinforce the complete transparency of Army requirements to industry. The events also allow small businesses to make sound decisions established through valid marketing plans and strategies while pursuing short- and long term-requirements."In fiscal 2014, the MICC achieved a total small business percentage of 48.3 percent, exceeding its 45.8 percent goal with $2.4 billion awarded to small businesses. It accounted for 13 percent of $19 billion small business dollars spent by the U.S. Army and 27 percent of $8.8 billion small business dollars spent by Army Materiel Command.The command achieved a small disadvantaged business percentage of 27 percent, besting its goal of 24 percent. With a target of 9 percent in its service-disabled veteran-owned small business and woman-owned small business socioeconomic categories, the command exceeded those goals with 9.6 and 9.4 percent, respectively.Although the MICC did not meet its HUB-zone small business goal of 8 percent, contract awards throughout the command increased by $40 million over the previous year contributing to the AMC and Army meeting their respective goals.Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 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.