Ribbon cutting ceremonies are a benefit for Chamber Member businesses. Members requesting a ribbon cutting event must be in good st和ing 和 have a qualifying reason for having the event, 比如纪念日, 新的地点, 最近重新装修, 盛大的开幕式或类似的场合. 新会员, there must be a commitment to a three-year Chamber membership agreement for the ribbon cutting event to be scheduled. A fee of $300 will be charged for the ribbon cutting services prior to the planning 和 promotion of the event if the three-year commitment is not agreed upon.

联系 马克麦吉尔 at 574.400.4044 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a ribbon cutting.




You should allow yourself plenty of time to organize the details of the event. For instance, don't plan a ribbon cutting with only a week's notice 和 expect people to attend. 考虑你的听众和他们的日程安排. Before choosing a date, here are important things to consider:

  • Be aware of major holidays 和 avoid planning your event for those days. 
  • Try to avoid a conflict with major community 和/or sports events. 
  • 咨询商会的 事件日历 to assure you aren’t selecting a date that conflicts with an established Chamber event.
  • Consider the audience you are trying to attract 当 selecting the day of the week. Typically, Tuesdays through Thursdays are best for non-retail establishments. 
  • 避免在周末举办活动. Most people have their own personal or recreational plans on Saturdays 和 Sundays.



The time of day you choose to hold your event is also important to its success. 早上的功能, 例如, will have an entirely different atmosphere 和 style than an evening cocktail reception. Luncheon gatherings will naturally require more food 和 beverages. 如果媒体报道对你很重要, give serious consideration to their deadlines before selecting a time for your event. 联系 the individual media outlets to determine deadlines.


When developing the list of who you will invite, consider the following groups of people:

  • 潜在客户/电流
  • 供应商/供应商
  • 员工/志愿者 
  • 分庭代表/大使
  • 主要民选官员. 如果你的目标是有一个政府官员在场, you may want to schedule that person first 和 build your event around his/her availability. The Chamber may be able to assist with that connection. Also, consult the elected officials list on the website. 
  • 媒体
  • 邻近的企业
  • 朋友和家人
  • 商业伙伴

食物 & 饮料

  • Hors d’oeuvres 和 beverages are typically served, if an evening reception, but it is your decision. When planning for food, it is important to make time-appropriate selections. You absolutely do not need to provide food, especially if your event is a simple ribbon cutting. If you are making the event bigger, including tours, etc., you may choose to offers some refreshments for guests. If your ribbon cutting is in the morning, it is always a good idea to offer coffee. 


Whether you’re staging a groundbreaking or a ribbon cutting for your company, it adds a nice touch to an event to have a brief program of some kind. It provides not only valuable recognition for you 和 your key people but also makes the event more purposeful, 和 allows you to explain more about your business. Consider these suggestions 当 planning your program or formal ceremony:

  • People generally anticipate spending no more than about a half hour at a ribbon cutting or gr和 opening ceremony, 因此,请相应地计划您的活动日程.
  • Limit the number of speakers 和 the length of their speeches. Overall 10 minutes total is long enough for the speech portion of the ceremony. 以帮助保持程序的顺利进行, set a time limit for everyone asked to participate in the program. 
  • Consider having some kind of door prize or drawing as part of your program. 赢得你的产品样品, a free trip for two or dinner at a nice restaurant can add to your guests’ enjoyment 和 builds attendance.


Do not rely on the media to give coverage to your special event. 有许多剪彩和奠基仪式. 他们不能覆盖所有的. The media may not find a ribbon cutting "newsworthy" enough to cover. The following are some concrete things you can do to increase the chances of getting more media coverage for your event:

  • Send a press release to the news directors or business editors at least 10 days ahead of your event. 在活动前一两天, 然后向媒体发出警告,列出是谁, 什么, 在哪里, 当, 为什么会发生这样的事件. Always remember to include the address of 在哪里 the event is taking place 和 be specific on the time.
  • 手边有照相机和摄影师吗, 如果媒体不能参加你的活动, you can email a follow-up press release (with photo) stating that your event took place. It is also good to use for your internal 和 trade/industry communications. The Chamber, if invited, can take a photo as well 和 send to you.


  • 活动前后对会员的公关, 使用室内通信车辆, 包括社交媒体. Event will also be placed on Chamber 事件日历 for added visibility.
  • 会员 list, upon request, if you wish to invite Chamber member businesses.
  • Chamber representation, including Chamber Ambassadors. 至少提前两周通知分庭. 通知会员关系总监 马克麦吉尔, 574.400.4044. If you would like a Chamber representative to speak at your event, 请提供更多提前通知.
  • Oversized presentation scissors to use during the ribbon cutting ceremony along with ribbon.
  • If arrangements have been made to have a Chamber representative present at your event, 他/她也将有一个相机. Digital photos will be taken 和 emailed to you for your purposes, upon request.
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