A Benefit of Membership
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW BUSINESS!
Whether you’re honoring a new business or the remodeling of an existing business, a ribbon cutting is one festive way to mark the event. The symbolic gesture of cutting a ribbon will show the community the place is completed and ready for use. Businesses also can benefit from the added publicity these ceremonies bring. To host a ribbon cutting, include invitations to the event, refreshments and someone special to cut the ribbon.
CHAMBER’S ROLE AT LEAST 3 WEEKS IN ADVANCE
The Lynnwood Chamber will provide you with the large, ceremonial scissors and a long length of ribbon. You will receive support from the Chamber Board and members at your event, and to help facilitate the networking that will happen. The Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting service is a benefit of membership to current Chamber Members. Non-Members may request this service for a fee of $50 and should the non-member join within 30 days of their Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting the $50 fee will be applied to their membership dues. Please download, complete and email the application the Chamber Board to start the planning process.
The Chamber is happy to promote your event on our website www.thelynnwoodchamber.com and our Facebook account. You are welcome to post your own photos on our Facebook page after the event.
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT
1. DATE/TIME SELECTION
• Choose a date that avoids major conflict with community events or holidays.
• Give yourself plenty of preparation time. Three to four weeks is usually sufficient.
• Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are usually the best days. Morning events should start no earlier than 8 a.m.
• Avoid late evening functions where people might go home between the end of their work day and your event. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. is a generally good time
Who you invite to your event is as important as hosting the event. Your invitations may be as simple as an e-mail or as elaborate as a formal invitation. Be sure to include the: who, what, where, why, and when. It is helpful to request and RSVP to enable planning for food and beverage. The Chamber is happy to assist you with members that can help with your printing and public relations needs.
A reception normally follows a ribbon cutting, providing refreshments for guests that can include cake, cookies and punch, or it may be more elaborate with hors d’oeuvre. The reception provides an opportunity for the guests to mingle, ask any questions they may have about the building or the organization. If the building is large, set up tour guides to escort guests through the building. You may wish to offer a token gift to each guest as they leave to commemorate the event like pens, magnets, a note pad etc.
4. ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS
• Have plenty of brochures, business cards, and handouts available for your guests. It is always helpful to have employees to help with directions or to answer questions.
• Have a drawing for a gift certificate or product you provide. It builds excitement and offers business cards of all attendees when you want to follow-up.