Nebraska Business Development Center
Business Success & Economic Impact
NEBRASKA BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Vol. 2 Issue 8


Omaha company wins Offutt AFB contract

Founded in the 1980s, Batten Trailer Leasing has nearly 500 trailers for rent or lease throughout Omaha and the region. In 2016, t he company was contacted by Offutt when a major renovation at the Bellevue air base created an immediate demand for temporary storage.

"We had worked with Offutt in the past, supplying a trailer for two weeks during the annual air show," Ashley Batten, general manager, says. "This time, because it was for such an extended period, they said we needed to apply for the contract. They recommended we get in touch with NBDC."

"It was our very first government contract, and Mary set us on the right path," she says. "Without her, we'd have been completely lost. I would have had no idea what to do or what was required."


Mary Graff, CCAS, EDFP, is a government contracting consultant. A longtime employee of NBDC, she started and managed a venture capital club as well as an international trade program. She was an assistant state director for outreach programs prior to her current position. Graff was selected for the Reflective Practitioner Award in 2016. She has helped hundreds of Nebraska businesses contract with government agencies.

Read Mary's whitepaper: Is the Woman-Owned Federal Contracting Program a Good Choice for your Business?


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October 19, 1:00-5:00 P.M., Chadron State College Student Center
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November 3, 8:15-3:45 P.M., UNO College of Business Administration
Keynote speaker, breakout sessions, networking. 
Agencies attending include: Ellsworth Air Force Base, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha Public Schools, City of Lincoln, Lancaster County, GSA, National Park Service, Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps, City of Omaha, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security | Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
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