JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (March 9, 2016) More than 150 business representatives from the San Antonio metropolitan area met with Army contracting officials March 2 to hear about upcoming contracting opportunities during the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Sam Houston acquisition forecasting open house for fiscal 2016.

MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting officers and the small business specialist briefed their upcoming acquisition needs of Army units assigned to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston for the fiscal year.

This open house is one of many events the command conducts each year to support small businesses throughout the United States.

"By sharing the Army's acquisition needs, we assist our customers in acquiring what they need while informing small businesses of every upcoming requirement we have available," said Ray Harris, the MICC-Fort Sam Houston director.

"While we have a business relationship, what we do together is much bigger than just a business relationship. There is a Soldier or Soldier's family member at the end of each of our transactions. Everyone in this room knows a Soldier, was a Soldier or has a relative who is a Soldier," Harris said. "By making small-business owners aware of what our needs are and being completely transparent, we will continue to acquire the best possible equipment and services for our Soldiers."

The MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting office purchases range from professional consulting, advertising, food, and communication services. In fiscal 2015, the MICC-Fort Sam Houston obligated more than $551 million on more than 1,300 contracting actions for the installation. Of that amount, $211.9 million on more than 900 contracting actions went to small businesses. Last year, the office awarded 69 percent of its contracting actions to small businesses. Of that percentage, 46.9 percent went to small disadvantaged businesses, 8.9 percent went to service disabled veteran owned small businesses, 16.7 percent to women owned small business and 10.1 percent went to HUBZone small businesses. The average award was $397,000.

"Events like this open house allow small businesses to plan and strategize for requirements for which they would like to compete," said Deanna Ochoa, the MICC-Fort Sam Houston small business specialist. "Small businesses can market themselves as prime contractors, subcontractors or look for teaming arrangements depending on the complexity of requirements. It is an opportunity for us to meet face-to-face. They hear firsthand from us about those requirements we plan for procurement."

The MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting office is subordinate to the 412th Contracting Support Brigade, that along with two other brigades and a field directorate office form the MICC. In fiscal 2015, the MICC, headquartered on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, executed more than 36,000 contract actions valued at $5.2 billion in support of Soldiers and their families with approximately $2.25 billion of that being awarded to American small business in one of five socioeconomic categories. Fiscal 2015 marked the first time the command exceeded its small business socioeconomic goals.