Congratulations! If you are reading this, you must be celebrating the
opening of a new business, an anniversary, or the expansion/relocation of an existing business in Kerr County. We are excited for your success and appreciate the opportunity to help you mark this momentous occasion.
What is a Chamber Ribbon Cutting?
A ribbon-cutting is the ceremonial opening of a brand-new, newly-renovated, or relocated business. It can inaugurate a business's first day upon many other things, or it can take place weeks after the business's soft opening. The Chamber also considers ribbon cutting requests for renovation/expansion and anniversary celebrations. We provide these services free of charge to Chamber members.
Yes, you cut a ribbon. The most common location is the main entrance of the building, but it can also be stretched across another important location within the business, especially during inclement weather.
If you do not have a Brick and Mortar Business, we will host your ribbon cutting at the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Building.
THE TYPICAL RIBBON-CUTTING EVENT WILL LAST ONLY 15-30 MINUTES. Refreshments, drinks, door prizes, and decorations are optional and up to you. Keep in mind that ribbon cuttings are typically short and sweet.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOLDING A CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTING?
Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in the business’s history, this is also a great photo opportunity. Each business chooses the group of people they want to be assembled for their photos. Furthermore, the ribbon-cutting 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 for the Kerrville Area Chamber to endorse and help coordinate your ribbon cutting.
WHAT DOES THE CHAMBER DO FOR MY RIBBON CUTTING?
The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce will gladly invite the Chamber Board of Directors and Chamber Ambassadors, promote your event through our online calendar, Facebook page, and electronic newsletter, arrive at your location with blue ribbon and official ribbon-cutting scissors, welcome attendees, and introduce you at your ribbon cutting, and take photos and share them with you and to local media representatives following the event. Your ribbon cutting will also be featured in our monthly Business Link Magazine, on our website, and posted on our Facebook; your Facebook will be tagged in each post.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
WHO: Who will cut the ribbon? The owners or top executives most frequently do the honors, but each business is different and can pick whomever they like.
WHEN: When will you hold your event? We find that Tuesday – Thursday, mid-day over the lunch hour, late afternoon, or early evenings draw the largest crowds. We cannot assist with events scheduled on weekends or holidays.
WHAT: What do you wish to share after the ribbon is cut? You can thank those who helped along the process, how you came about owning/updating/moving, and share any specials or upcoming events. Please limit your speech to 3 minutes.
HOW: How you can maximize this program. Consider sending a special invitation to your clients, offering a drawing or raffle to collect business cards to build your database.