FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- More than $326 million in contracts were awarded to small businesses throughout the nation for the month of July by contracting officials with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.Through July, MICC contracting officers have awarded more than $1.6 billion in contracts to small businesses representing 44.7 percent of total small business eligible dollars awarded by the command this fiscal year. The MICC's small business goal is 47.5 percent.A revision to small business goals by the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology in April 2012 led to a goal increase for the MICC from 47 percent to 47.5 percent."The goal increase is welcomed news by small business owners," said Sandy Spiess, the MICC Small Business Program associate director. "A half percentage point increase in the fiscal 2012 small business goal equates to approximately $32.5 million more in small business awards."The command's small business program consists of directors here and specialists at 40 sites around the country who work closely with small business representatives to ensure maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts is afforded across all small business categories.Small business directors here monitor each small business category throughout the fiscal year to ensure they are on track to achieve award goals established by Army Contracting Command officials. The amount of contract dollars awarded, percentage achieved and goal in each small business category through July include:- Small disadvantaged business: $834 million awarded to achieve 22.8 percent toward a goal of 24 percent. - Service-disabled veteran owned small business: $314 million awarded to achieve 8.6 percent toward a goal of 6 percent. - Woman-owned small business: $310 million awarded to achieve 8.5 percent toward a goal of 10 percent. - Historically underutilized business zone: $306 million awarded to achieve 8.4 percent toward a goal of 10 percent.The MICC is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter across Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States, Alaska and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2011, the command executed more than 63,000 contract actions worth almost $7 billion across the Army, including $2.8 billion to small businesses throughout the country.