The Chamber of Commerce will provide a Ribbon Cutting ceremony
for any member business that has opened, moved
or extensively remodeled within the previous 6 months.
This is a free service available only to chamber members in good standing.
Advantages of Hosting a Ribbon Cutting or Grand Opening:
*The ability to make potential customers aware of your new business or location.
* Opportunities to attract potential clients or customers into your place of business.
* The potential to build face-to-face relationships with area businesspeople.
The Chamber Staff’s Responsibilities:
* Advertise your Ribbon Cutting or Grand Opening through our social media networks.
* Send an e-mail blast to chamber members promoting the event.
* Attend the event, take photos and produce a short video for posting on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and on the chamber’s own website (www.theisle.org).
To Make the Event More Successful, We Suggest You Take the Following Steps:
* Choose a date that avoids major conflict with community events or holidays. Weekdays work better than weekends. Remember, this is a photo opportunity that will be sent to the newspapers so the actual day of the week does not matter so much.
* Give yourself plenty of preparation time; three to four weeks is sufficient.
* Morning events should start no earlier than 9:30 a.m. as a general rule.
* Avoid late evening functions where people will have to go home between the end of their work day and your event.
Who you invite to your event is as important as hosting the event. Your invitations, if you have them, may be as simple as an e-mail or as elaborate as a formal invitation. Be sure to include the who, what, where, why, and when as well as a RSVP method to help plan accordingly for food and beverage. The following are suggestions of people to consider when creating your invitation list:
~ Current and potential customers
~ Family and Friends
~ Your employees and their guests
~ Those that helped you get started: The banker, accountant, builder, etc.
~ Neighboring business people
~ Fellow Chamber of Commerce members
** Note the Chamber will contact the appropriate government officials and the newspapers.
Providing time-appropriate refreshments is well received. For example, during a morning event it is nice to offer coffee, juice, bagels or some sort of pastries. You may have as much or a little refreshments as you wish as this is your event! If you need assistance with a caterer, the Chamber will provide assistance.
* Create an event agenda. A brief program adds focus to the event. It provides not only valuable recognition for you and your key people, but it makes the event more purposeful and permits you the opportunity to explain more about your business. The Chamber’s staff will guide you through this process.
* You may want to give the attendees a tour of your facility as well as have key people speak for a moment. County or town officials may want to say a few words of welcome to you and your new business.
* The ribbon cutting ceremony is usually conducted at the beginning of the program; after all of the officials have arrived. This is a good photo opportunity for you so think ahead as to whom you would like to have in the photo. Work with the photographer afterwards to clearly give everyone’s name.
* Have plenty of information handy on your business if your business cards and brochures are ready. It would also be appropriate to have “give aways” if you wish but this is optional.
* You might also consider some sort of drawing, especially if your business is service oriented. Winning a sample of your product or services can add to the festivities.