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Ribbon Cuttings

A ribbon cutting is the ceremonial opening of a new or relocated business. Your ribbon cutting is an important part of your overall marketing plan and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help!

What does the chamber do for my ribbon cutting?

  • The chamber will include your ribbon cutting in the online events calendar and announce it in the weekly newsletter.
  • Based on your preference, the chamber will invite ambassadors, chamber members, local
    officials, and/or press outlets.
  • The chamber will provide the big scissors, bow, and ribbon for the event.
  • At least one chamber staff representative will attend the ribbon cutting and provide remarks if requested by the host.
  • After the event, the chamber will share a folder of photos and/or video from the ribbon cutting. Photos are taken by Chamber staff. If you would like to hire a professional photographer for your event, please consider using a Chamber member business.

What do I do for my ribbon cutting?

  • Ribbon cuttings are a complementary service for our members. If you're not a member yet,
    start by completing your online application here.
  • Confirm your date and time with chamber staff at least 2 weeks prior. We will do our best to accommodate your preference depending on our availability.
  • Invite your friends, family, fans, and customers to join in the celebration by attending your ribbon cutting. You could do this through an email invitation, Facebook event, letter, etc.
  • Prepare to say a few words to your guests at the event. You may choose to introduce your staff, offer a facility tour, or simply thank the attendees for celebrating with you and your team.
  • Prepare a place for the photo opportunity and ribbon cutting to take place. Typically, the best place is at your front door or in front of a logo inside your facility.

Best Practices

  • The best times to schedule are on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10-3.
  • Make it a party! Small decorations like balloons or signage and light refreshments can make a big impact.
  • Encourage people to attend by offering door prizes, exclusive coupons, etc. for your guests.
  • Market the event on your social media pages and other channels.
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