Whether you are opening a new business, or re-branding an established business, the Chamber can assist you with planning and publicizing a ribbon cutting. In the information below you will see a sample agenda as well as some important phone numbers.
Click here to download our Ribbon Cutting guidebook.
Sample Ribbon Cutting Agenda
The following sequence of events describes a typical Ribbon Cutting. Approximate timing is provided to give you an understanding of how the day should progress. We have found a successful length of time for this event is between 1 and 2 hours.
It is important to get the Ribbon Cutting started quickly out of respect for the busy schedules of your attendees (especially city and state representatives). Ribbon Cuttings are best done during the work week (Monday-Friday); you have a higher success rate of dignitaries being able to attend along with members of the Chamber. Those who can will then stay around for refreshments and a possible tour (it is up to you to decide if you want to provide a tour of your new facility). Having your Ribbon cutting later in the day also assures higher attendance as people are more flexible at the end of the work day.
Brief words by Company Representative
Brief words by Mayor/Town Manager and/or Chamber President
Ribbon is cut
Networking and Refreshments
Important Phone Numbers
Important Phone Numbers
Chamber Office: (603) 666-6600
Chamber Membership Director (603) 792- 4105
Mayor’s Office – Manchester: (603) 624 – 6500
Town Manager Bedford (603) 472-5242
Town Administrator Hooksett (603) 485-8472
NH Business Review: (603) 624-1442
NH Magazine: (603) 882-2000
The Union Leader: (603) 668- 4321
Hippo Press: (603) 625-1855
WMUR: (603) 669-9999
*The Chamber also has contact information for member caterers; for refreshments, and florists. Contact Customer Service by email, or call us at 603.792.4122.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Do List:
□ Choose a date
□ Have invitations designed and printed
□ Mail invitations out approximately three weeks in advance (The chamber sells mailing labels of the membership)
□ Who to invite!! City Officials, Bankers, Insurance, Contractors, Customers, Neighboring Businesses, Vendors, Employees, Friends, Family, and Chamber of Commerce Members
□ Prepare and submit press release – Click here to submit your press releases to the Chamber Report.
□ Call Mayor or City Manager and invite them to your Ribbon Cutting to cut the ribbon
□ Call media a few days in advance to remind & personally invite them
□ Call Mayor Or City Manager a few days in advance to confirm they are coming
□ Do not forget to provide refreshments
□ Arrange for people to assist you to give tours of your facility – YOU do not want to be tied up in doing this
□ Have an email sign up form for E-Newsletter (if your company provides E-Newsletters)
□ Provide a raffle opportunity (optional)