|Set a Date - Give the Chamber at
least two-weeks notice. Attendance will
vary based on the day. Please be aware
of major holidays and community events.
The Chamber can be helpful in this area.
We recommend Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays. Weekends are not recommended
since elected officials and Chamber
Ambassadors may not attend. Also, keep
in mind that City Council meets on
Tuesday beginning at approximately 3
Select a Time – Pick a time convenient
for your guests. Mornings and late
afternoon work well. The Chamber
recommends 4-6 p.m. Please let us know
the specific time the ribbon cutting is
to take place. Please be considerate –
Chamber Ambassadors are volunteers who
have their own time obligations.
Develop Invitation List – Invite your
potential and current customers,
suppliers, and employees. Is the public
invited? If so, try to send a press
release to the local media two weeks
prior to the event. As an option, we
will provide you with a list of free VIP
labels for key city officials, including
City Council, City Manager, and Fire and
Plan a Menu – If expenses allow, try to
have some refreshments on hand.
Suggested menus include light hors
d’oeuvres, finger foods and beverages.
Plan the Photo – Try to designate in
advance the location where the actual
ribbon cutting photo will take place and
who will be in the picture.
- Have a brief 10-minute program.
Program can include opening remarks,
welcome message or a brief description
of your business.
- Include a guided tour of your
- Display or give away gifts or
promotional items with your logo or
company name (a retail store may want to
offer special discounts on that day).
- Display literature/brochures and
- Have a door prize and collect business
cards of visitors. Door prize could be a
sample of your product.
- Decorate your facility. Be creative
and find ways to tie your product or
service into the ceremony.