- Grand Openings, Anniversaries, Ribbon Cuttings, & Grand Breakings
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Grand Opening, Anniversaries, Ribbon Cutting, and Ground Breakings:
Public ceremonies are conducted to inaugurate the opening or groundbreaking event to the general public of a new building or business. Ceremonies can also be for new management, a major re-model or a special anniversary or milestone. Some events are even virtual, with a picture or video podcast being done on-line, in-lieu of an actual on-site event.
Often, the ceremony is conducted in just the manner the name suggests: by tying a ceremonial ribbon across the main entrance of the building, which is then cut in a ritual manner by a dignitary to declare the building open for business. Similarly , a shovel is used to scoop the first load of dirt from a construction site.
The events are planned and executed by the business. Friends, invited guests, local community leaders, contractors, suppliers, are invited by the business to witness the event. Large ceremonial scissors and ribbon or ceremonial shovels are used for the event. The ribbon is frequently signed by the guests and preserved by the business as a keepsake. Many of the events also include tours of the business, the opportunity to meet the owner, and food and drink.
Because ceremonial events managed by the owner, there are no set rules. The events range from very simple, low-cost events to extravagant productions utilizing the services of professional event planners. A business should consider inviting business partners, financiers, vendors, contractors, employees, customers, friends, near-by businesses, and family to maximize attendance and to help celebrate this momentous occasion in a business’s history.
How the Chamber Can Help You With Your Event
The following items are available at no cost to members:
Types of Activities that Lend Themselves to Ribbon Cuttings:
The Chamber does not provide
Because ceremonial events are events planned by the business, there are no set rules. To make your event successful, you may carefully consider the following:
- We strongly encourage you to market and promote your event to increase the attendance and awareness of your business’s opening.
- Invite everyone you know! Invite your family, friends, past, current, and potential customers, business associates (including your accountant, banker, and landlord/property owner), suppliers, your employees, the media, neighboring businesses, and government officials. Remember this is you event, if possible assign an employee this event as a project.
- Take pictures at the event and publish a photo in your social media, website or broadcast emails
- Schedule your event on the Chamber’s community calendar, preferably 30 days prior to the event.
- We have found Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are usually the best days during the week for attendance.
- Please check out the ceremonial Scissors and ribbon a day early if you event is after 5 pm, weekends and holidays.
- Determine who will cut the ribbon or shovel the first dirt. The owners or top executives most frequently do the honors, but each business is different and can pick whomever they like.
- Take photos. Some businesses will take multiple photos with various groups of people before actually cutting the ribbon. Photos might include employees, family, dignitaries, Chamber members, business partners, and Ambassadors, for example.
- Your remarks or speech. This is usually done when everyone is gathered before cutting the ribbon.
- Consider having giveaways, especially logo items that guests can take back to their offices.
- Utilize the Chamber on-line directory to find event planners, media companies, promotional vendors, party rental supplies, or digital marketing consultants.
- Food and beverage is not required, but it makes a nice touch, and may improve your turn-out
- Be sure to have plenty of brochures/flyers/information available!