Ribbon Cutting Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a Chamber ribbon cutting?
- Who qualifies for a ribbon cutting?
- What are the benefits of holding a Chamber ribbon cutting?
- Is there a cost to have the Chamber participate?
- Is the ribbon cutting my business’ event or a Chamber event?
- What is our responsibility?
- Other details to enhance your event…
- Online Request Form Below or Download the Ribbon Cutting Request Form here
A ribbon cutting is the ceremonial opening of a brand-new, newly-renovated/relocated business or a change in ownership of a business. It can inaugurate an organization’s first day of business or it can take place weeks after the business’ soft opening.
Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in the business’ history, this is also a great photo opportunity. The ceremony gives the business owner or manager a chance to say a few words to those gathered. Business owners have used this time to publicly thank their financial backers, their employees, their friends and family, and/or their business partners. They also take the opportunity to talk about what their business does.
Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce is available to assist with your ceremony if your business has:
- Opened its doors for the first time
- Moved to a new location
- Has been remodeled or has expanded its current location
- Is celebrating a milestone anniversary
- New ownership
By hosting a ribbon cutting, you can:
- Introduce both the public and Chamber members to your business
- Announce your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s Community Calendar
- Familiarize the public and Chamber members with your product/services
- Familiarize the public and Chamber members with your physical location
- Begin a customer base
- Generate leads and sales from attendees
- Publish a photo of your ribbon cutting in the Chamber’s newsletter with a distribution list
A ribbon cutting is a Kosciusko Chamber member benefit. The investment for a non-member ribbon cutting is $25.
This is your event. The Chamber will gladly assist you with the following:
- Notify the Chamber's Board of Directors, Ambassadors, local media, and local officials to your ribbon cutting, encouraging their attendance
- List your ribbon cutting on the Chamber's Community Calendar
- Take pictures at the event and publish a photo on our site as well as our weekly e-newsletter
- Submit a press release with photo to the local media
- Bring the "giant scissors" and ribbon
While the Chamber will extend the above mentioned invitations and list your ribbon cutting on our Community Calendar, we strongly encourage you to conduct your own PR campaign to increase the attendance and awareness of your business's event. You should also consider inviting your business partners, financiers, contractors, employees, customers, friends, and family to be with you to celebrate this momentous occasion in your business's history.
Because your ribbon cutting is your event, there are no set rules. To make your event successful, carefully consider the following:
- Schedule your event using our Ribbon Cutting Reservation Form at least two weeks in advance. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are usually best days during the week for business people, not earlier than 8:00 a.m. and avoiding later evening functions unless this is the type of business you have. The Chamber cannot assist with ribbon cuttings on weekends and holidays.
- Determine who will cut the ribbon. The owners or top executives most frequently do the honors, but each business is different and can pick whomever they like.
- Who will be in the photo(s). Some businesses will take multiple photos with various groups of people before actually cutting the ribbon. Photos might include employees, family, Chamber members, business partners, and Ambassadors for example.
- Your remarks or speech. This is usually done when everyone is gathered before cutting the ribbon.
- Invite everyone you know! Invite your family, friends, past, current, and potential customers, business associates (including your accountant, banker, and property owner), suppliers, your employees, and neighboring businesses.
- Consider having giveaways, especially logo items that guests can take back to their offices. The Chamber is happy to provide you with members who can help you create gifts.
- Food and beverage is not required, but for open house events, it makes a nice touch. The Chamber is happy to provide you with members who can help you with catering.
- Prepare a quick speech and be sure to have plenty of brochures available.
Refreshments, drinks, door prizes, and decorations are optional and up to you. Many businesses add these extra touches when conducting a public grand opening in conjunction with the ribbon cutting.
A special invitation. The Chamber can sell you a member mailing list if you would like to mail an optional special invitation to the entire membership. This is especially encouraged if you are conducting a grand opening with prizes, business specials, and refreshments.
Organize a separate PR campaign. If you would like to invite the general public, you should explore other advertising avenues and/or consider sending a press release to the local media.
Complete and return the Chamber's Ribbon Cutting Reservation Form by email, fax at 574.267.7762, or mail to 523 South Buffalo Street, Warsaw, IN 46580. Please note: Pre-registration with the Chamber for Ribbon Cuttings is ideal two weeks in advance of your event. Events are scheduled based upon availability during business hours only (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)