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NEWS | Dec. 22, 2023

MICC sets dates for 2024 virtual industry outreach

By Daniel P. Elkins Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs

Small business representatives from across the socioeconomic spectrum can gain valuable insight on forecasted contract opportunities with the Army April 22-25, 2024, as part of a national virtual outreach effort.

Officials with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Office of Small Business Programs at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, announced the 2024 dates as part of the command's advanced planning briefings for industry, or APBI.

“Army small business outreach is vital and contributes to the overall success and effectiveness of our mission partners’ ability to successfully execute their operations and training,” said Luis Trinidad, director for MICC small business programs at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. “Maintaining open communications also helps to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for small businesses, while strengthening our supply chains, increasing competition and promoting economic growth and stability in our communities.”

Ambre Wallitsch, an assistant director for the MICC Office of Small Business Programs with the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, added the 2024 APBI continues annual outreach efforts aimed at maintaining government acquisition transparency as well as increasing small business competition.

“In addition to removing barriers to small business competition that are essential in fostering economic growth, the MICC APBI ensures fair access to government contracting opportunities,” Wallitsch said. “Furthermore, directly briefing government contract requirements to our small business partners provides an excellent opportunity to answer questions submitted from small and large industry representatives navigating government contracts.”

Wallitsch anticipates registration for the 2024 APBI to begin approximately 30 days before the event start date. An announcement on open registration will be posted to the System for Award Management website, located at, where small business representatives may register.

Contract opportunities will be briefed by each of the MICC’s two contracting support brigades and two field directorate offices by contracting staff and include the North American Industry Classification System code providing participants with a more efficient framework for gathering information. NAICS codes are used by federal agencies to classify business establishments offering goods and services into similar industries.

During fiscal 2023, which ended Sept. 30, the MICC executed more than 24,000 contract actions valued at more than $5.64 billion, including more than $2.98 billion to small businesses supporting the Army’s installation readiness requirements.

As planners for the 2024 APBI continue to finalize the agenda for the industry outreach event, small and large industry representatives can follow any updates posted to and register when available.

Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,300 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.

As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitating 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.