FORT KNOX, Kentucky (March 20, 2020) -- More than 90 representatives from small and large businesses took part in an advance planning briefing for industry outreach event March 12 to learn about contract opportunities with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Contracting personnel from the MICC-Fort Knox contracting office teamed with several small business representatives, the local procurement technical assistance center and Elizabethtown Small Business Development Center to conduct the outreach event at the Palma Hall classroom facility located on Fort Knox.
“It was good to have such a large turnout of supportive local businesses that are willing to provide critical services to the Fort Knox community,” said Charles Trumpfheller, the MICC-Fort Knox contracting office director. “MICC-Fort Knox has contracts that support Soldiers throughout all facets of their military career, from the beginning at a recruiting station and through mid-career with financial support services to end-of-career support with the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program. The Army would not be able to operate without the support of local businesses dedicated to serving those who serve us.”
James Hurt, the MICC-Fort Knox small business professional, said the outreach events are mutually beneficial for both the government and small business.
“Events such as these not only provide information on upcoming contracting opportunities but also insight into the various small business programs available for aspiring businesses that are looking to grow or enter the federal government market,” Hurt said. “It also provides and fosters networking opportunities for businesses that may want to partner or subcontract with each other.
“It’s important to host these outreach events and make a connection with the local small businesses,” Hurt continued. “Helping them maximize their business opportunities is as important for them as it is for the federal government.”
The outreach event included briefings by Hurt, Cherie Guilford from the Small Business Administration, Darrall Henderson from the PTAC, and Patricia Krausman from the Small Business Development Center-Elizabethtown. All representatives spoke to local businesses about resources their organizations offered to small businesses that will help them maximize their business opportunities, not only with the federal government, but in the private sector as well.
Small business representatives had the opportunity to ask questions during a question and answer panel session and to network with the MICC-Fort Knox staff and small business professionals to discuss upcoming contracting and other business opportunities.
The MICC-Fort Knox contracting office is subordinate to the Field Directorate Office-Fort Sam Houston at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. It is responsible for supporting contract requirements for the Human Resources Command, Army Recruiting Command, Army Marketing and Research Group, Civilian Human Resources Agency, Army G-1/3/5/7, Army Military Entrance Processing Command, Fort Knox Garrison, Army Medical Department Activity, Army Cadet Command, 1st Army East, logistics readiness center, network enterprise center and U.S. Finance Command. In fiscal 2019, the MICC-Fort Knox executed more than 2,622 contracts valued at $700 million to include more than $235 million to small businesses.
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.