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Each year, the arrival of Halloween brings spooky decorations, children running around in costumes… and opportunities for businesses to partner with the government.

Now it’s true that the last of those isn’t something commonly associated with October 31. But like on many other holidays, Halloween brings government contracting opportunities specific to that date, each and every year, which provides a unique opportunity for businesses to partner with state and local agencies.

Here are 5 public sector bids and RFPs from the last 12 months, sourced from Onvia’s comprehensive database of government contracts, that are associated with the scariest day of the year.

5 Government Contracting Opportunities for Halloween
  1. Cosumnes Community Services District, a special district local government agency in California’s Sacramento County, released a bid for screenprinting services for the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival. Local government agencies often partner with printing firms on contracts like this one for the production of clothing, banners or flyers.
  2. The City of Springfield, Missouri, put out an invitation to bid for pumpkins for carving. This bid was released in May of 2017, a sign that businesses looking for holiday-related government contracting opportunities should get ahead of the bid and start their search months in advance.
  3. Shawnee County in Kansas hosted a “Pumpkin Palooza” event in October, and awarded a contract for operating the event to the Easterseals-Capper Foundation. Events companies can use holidays as a good time to partner with governments, as many cities, towns and counties host events themed around holidays like Halloween or Christmas.
  4. The City of Altamonte Springs in Florida put out a Request for Quotation for purchasing “assorted wrapped candies” for the city’s annual Halloween event. Yes, even candy companies can find opportunities for selling to the government.
  5. The City of Danville in Virginia has put out a bid for a sanitary sewer extension along Pumpkin Creek. While not strictly Halloween-themed, this is a common type of project put out to bid by smaller cities and counties, and is a great way for small to midsize firms to break into public sector contracting.

These opportunities are just a small sampling of the types of projects that users of Onvia can find in our sales intelligence for the public sector. Clients with an Onvia subscription receive daily email notifications containing relevant bids and RFPs based on their individual search specifications, and save time by reviewing leads right from their inbox.

Whether your business is a provider of construction services, or even if you’re looking to produce a pumpkin-themed festival for a city or county, Onvia can help you find the opportunities you need. Click the link below to get a look at how our sales intelligence platform can help you act quickly and plan strategically to grow your sales to the public sector.

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