Congratulations!

If you are reading this, you must be celebrating the opening of a new business or the expansion/relocation of an existing business in Bowie or surrounding area. We are excited for your success and appreciate the opportunity to help you mark this momentous occasion! We hope the following information is helpful to you. Please contact the Chamber office at 940-872-1173 with questions.

Way to grow!

Your friends at the Bowie Chamber of Commerce

What is a Chamber ribbon cutting?

A ribbon cutting is the ceremonial opening of a brand-new or newly-renovated/relocated business that has opened within the last 12 months. It can inaugurate a business’s first day of business or it can take place weeks after the business’s soft opening. And, yes, you actually cut a ribbon! Each business decides where they would like to cut their ribbon. The most common location is across the main entrance of the building but it can also be stretched across another important location within the business, especially during inclement weather.

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, or groups, of people they want 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 (including dues paid) for the Bowie Chamber to endorse and help coordinate your ribbon cutting.

What are the benefits of holding a Chamber ribbon cutting?

By hosting a ribbon cutting, you can:

  • Introduce both the public and Chamber members to your business
  • Announce your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s website calendar
  • Familiarize the public and Chamber members with your product/services
  • Familiarize the public and Chamber members with your physical location
  • Begin a customer base
  • Generate possible leads and sales from attendees and those who heard about it
  • Publish a photo of your ribbon cutting

What is the fee to conduct a ribbon cutting?

We provide all of the following services absolutely free to Bowie Chamber members as part of your member benefits!

What does the Chamber do for my ribbon cutting?

The Bowie Chamber of Commerce will gladly:

  • Invite the Chamber Board of Directors to attend
  • List your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s website calendar
  • Provide you with the ribbon
  • Bring the official ribbon-cutting scissors
  • Provide you with a list of local media contacts.
  • Arrive at your location early to deliver your ribbon, scissors.
  • Welcome attendees and speak at your ribbon cutting if requested
  • Take a photo of your ribbon cutting for the media.
  • Publish a photo of your ribbon cutting on our website

What do I do for my ribbon cutting?

We ask you to carefully consider and determine:

1. Your date and time. After hundreds of ribbon cuttings, the Chamber has discovered that mid-day ribbon cuttings draw the largest crowds and that attendance at evening ribbon cuttings is a toss-up unless drinks are served and/or a PR campaign is conducted. We have also discovered that week days, work best for attendance. We’re sorry; the Chamber cannot assist with ribbon cuttings on weekends and holidays.

2. 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! If the Mayor attends, he often cuts or helps to cut the ribbon.

3. Who you’d like in the photo(s). Some businesses will take multiple photos with various groups of people before the ribbon is actually cut. They conduct staged cuttings to incorporate more groups of people like employees, family, Chamber members, business partners, etc.

4. Your remarks or speech. This is usually done when everyone is gathered around the ribbon and before it is cut.

5. Other details to enhance your event. Refreshments, drinks, door prizes, and decorations are all optional and up to you. Many businesses add these extra touches when conducting a public grand opening in conjunction with the ribbon cutting.

6. A special invitation. The Chamber can sell you a Chamber member mailing list if you would like to mail an optional special invitation to the entire membership. This is especially encouraged if you are conducting a grand opening with prizes, business specials, and refreshments.

7. Organize a separate PR campaign: If you would like to invite the general public, you should explore other advertising avenues and/or consider sending a press release to the local media. You can do this yourself or hire a marketing company to help you with this. The Chamber can provide you with a list of the local media contacts and a membership directory to locate a marketing firm.