TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL RIBBON CUTTING

The Chamber Ambassadors are known as the “Welcoming Arm” of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. They consist of a group of over 100 volunteers selected from the business community. These volunteers conduct complimentary groundbreakings or ribbon cutting ceremonies for any Chamber business grand opening, expansion, moving to a new location or joining the Chamber. The service includes a group of Ambassadors coming to your place of business or event, providing the official Ambassador ribbon, the use of the official large scissors and taking photographs at the event. For a brand new business, a First Dollar of Profit plaque is presented at the ceremony as well.

There is no charge for the Chamber Ambassadors’ ribbon cutting; it is a value added benefit of being a Chamber member. Our Ambassadors generally anticipate spending approximately 15-30 minutes at your event, so we suggest having take-away pieces about your company. The ribbon cutting you schedule is YOUR event and there are no set rules on what to do.

  • Schedule your event at least two weeks in advance. Ribbon cuttings can be scheduled Monday-Friday from 7AM-6PM.
  • Determine who will cut the ribbon. The owners, top managers or executives most frequently do the honors, but each business is different and can pick whomever they like.
  • Determine who will be in the photo. Some business will take multiple photos at the event to include staff, guests, Ambassadors, etc.
  • Plan out your remarks or a speech. This is usually done when everyone is gathered before the ribbon cutting. This is a great time to give a short “commercial” and share what it is you do and what sets you apart. The Chamber Ambassadors love hearing from businesses and they that share information with fellow Chamber members.
  • Invite everyone you know! Invite clients, prospects, friends, family, business neighbors, associates, government officials, etc.
  • Food and beverage is not required, but for open house events it can make a nice touch.

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All ribbon cutting requests will be reviewed and approved by the Ambassador Chair

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  • All ribbon cutting requests will be reviewed and approved by the Ambassador Chair. Ribbon cuttings requests will be granted between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. Ambassadors are not hosting ribbon cuttings on Saturday or Sunday.
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    Generally the best attendance occurs around noon or between 4-6 pm
  • Please note, ribbon cuttings are a service we offer to Chamber members only, potential exceptions are given in the case of non-profit non-members, on a situational basis only
  • Grand Opening, Anniversary, New Location, etc
  • If applicable, include approximate length of the program.
  • refreshments, tours, promotions, etc.