What is a Chamber ribbon cutting?
A ribbon cutting is available to all new members, however it’s usually the ceremonial opening of a brand-new or newly renovated/relocated business that has opened within the last six months. It can inaugurate a business’s first day of business or it can take place weeks after the business’s soft opening.
Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in the business’s 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.
You must be a new or current Chamber member in good standing (including dues paid) for the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce to participate in your ribbon cutting.
Who qualifies for a ribbon cutting?
Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce is available to assist with your ceremony if your business has:
- Opened its doors within the past six months
- Moved to a new location due to expansion
- Has been remodeled or has expanded its current location
What are the benefits of holding a Chamber ribbon cutting?
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
Is there a cost to have the Chamber participate?
No, there is no cost to you, however if you want to supply and food or beverages at the event, these will be down to you.
Is the ribbon cutting my business’s event or a Chamber event?
- This is your event. The Chamber will gladly assist you with the following:
- Notify the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Ambassadors Committee members, encouraging their attendance.
- Invite local officials on your behalf (upon request only).
- List your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s Community Calendar and ribbon cutting page of our website
- Have a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Team provide congratulatory remarks.
- Provide a media list for you to send a press release to the local media.
- Provide a list of Chamber member caterers
- Bring the “giant scissors” and ribbon
- Take pictures at the event and publish a photo in our newsletter, The Chamber News.
- Provide you with copies of the photos for your use
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 opening. 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. Please understand that you should not rely solely on the Chamber to attract your audience.