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A ribbon cutting is a ceremonial opening of a brand-new or newly renovated/relocated business that wants to celebrate a recent accomplishment. It can inaugurate the first day of business or it can take place weeks after a soft opening.
Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in the business’ history, this is a great photo opportunity. The ceremony gives the business owner/manager a chance to say a few words to those gathered. This time is typically used to thank financial backers, employees, friends, family and business partners. This is also a great time to talk about what your business does.
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The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is available to assist with your ribbon cutting if your business:
Please note, you must be a current Chamber member in good standing for the Winston-Salem Chamber to participate in your ribbon cutting.
By hosting a ribbon cutting you can:
There is no additional cost for the Chamber to participate in your event.
This is your event. The Chamber will gladly assist you with the following:
We strongly encourage you to conduct your own PR campaign for your ribbon cutting to increase attendance and awareness. You should consider inviting your business partners, financiers, contractors, employees, customers, friends and family. Please understand that you should not rely solely on the Chamber to attract attendees.
Your ribbon cutting is totally YOUR event, there are no set rules. To make the event successful, carefully consider the following:
Send your press release to the media via email. It is helpful to send the release 3-4 days before the event. Please know that it is very difficult to get the media to a ribbon cutting. They may not confirm that they are coming.
It will be your responsibility to contact the Mayor’s Office and the City Secretary’s Office to schedule elected officials.
Mayor Allen Joines
Suite 150, City Hall
101 North Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102-2511
Phone: (336) 727-2058
Click here for contact info and a ward map for the City Council. It is most appropriate to invite the council member from the ward within which your business is located. If you need help determining your ward, please contact the City Secretary’s office at (336) 727-2224.
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