Winter Park Welcomes You!
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is always proud to welcome new businesses into our community! We celebrate each of our newcomers with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to commemorate what we are sure will be a successful new storefront in Winter Park.
- 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 six months. It can inaugurate a business’ first day of business or it can take place weeks after the business’ soft opening. A ribbon cutting is not an automatic event to mark a new membership.
Furthermore, the ceremony gives the business owner/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 all who have attended for support. They may 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 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce to endorse and help you coordinate the event.
2. What are the benfits of holding a ribbon cutting ceremony?
By hosting a ribbon cutting, you can:
- Introduce your business to both the public and other Chamber members
- Announce your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s website’s calendar of events
- Familiarize your public and Chamber members with your location, products and services
- Increase your customer base and generate possible leads and sales from attendees and those who have heard about it
- Publicize your ribbon cutting photo by being published in local publications, social media outlets and the Chamber website
3. What is the fee to conduct a ribbon cutting?
There is no fee for your ribbon cutting if you are a Winter Park Chamber of Commerce member. For non-members, we will do your ribbon cutting for a $250 fee. Please be aware that Members get preference as to scheduling.
4. When can I hold a ribbon cutting?
Our ribbon cuttings are done the afternoon of the second Wednesday of the month. If that does not work for you, we do try to accommodate special requests if a Chamber Representative is available, but you must speak with your Membership Representative.
5. What does the Chamber do for my ribbon cutting?
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce will gladly:
- List your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s website calendar of events
- Provide you with the Official Chamber plaque, scissors and ribbon
- Welcome attendees and speak at your ceremony if requested
- Publish your photos on the Chamber Facebook page
- Publish your photos in our bi-weekly newsletter
*Number of attendees is not guaranteed by the Chamber
6. What do I do for my ribbon cutting?
We ask that you carefully consider and determine:
- Your date and time. We ask that you submit your paperwork at least two (2) weeks in advance to your Membership Representative
- Who will cut the ribbon. The owners or top executive most frequently do the honors, but each business is different and can pick whomever they like. If you choose to invite any elected officials to attend, he or she often cuts or assists in the cutting of the ribbon.
- 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.
- Your remarks or speech.
- Other details to enhance your event. Refreshments, light hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, and decorations are all optional. Many businesses add these extra touches when conducting a public grand opening in conjunction with the ribbon cutting
- Marketing Opportunities. Coupons/discount cards are a great way to track impact. Giving away something with your name is a great way to make a lasting impression as well.
- Organize a separate PR campaign. If you would like to invite the general public, you should explore other advertising avenues or consider sending a press release to the local media.
- Complete and return the Chamber Ribbon Cutting form. In order to officially get your ribbon cutting scheduled, the attached form must be returned to the chamber completed in full by the last day of the month prior to your ribbon cutting.
7. Who will attend my ribbon cutting?
The Chamber will automatically invite the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Staff and Ambassadors. Between four to ten people from this group typically attend.
While we’ll list your ribbon cutting on our website calendar of events, we strongly encourage you to conduct your own PR campaign to increase the attendance and awareness of your business’ opening. You should also consider inviting your business partners, financiers, contractors, employees, clientele, friends and family to be with you to celebrate this momentous occasion in your business’ history. Please understand that you should not rely solely on the Chamber to attract your audience. The Chamber does not request reservations and does not keep track of attendance on your behalf.
8. What have other businesses done to make their ribbon cutting and/or grand opening unique?
- Sent a special invitation to the whole Chamber membership (email blast provided for a fee)
- Sent a special direct mail piece to area residents and/or non-member businesses
- Invited clients, employees and board of directors from their organization
- Offered complimentary appetizers and beverages and gave free samples of their products/services
- Hosted an on-site remote radio broadcast
- Decorated with balloons, banners, etc.
- Attended Chamber events leading up to their Ribbon Cutting to personally invite members to their Ribbon Cutting
- Did the ribbon cutting after their soft opening to build up customers to invite prior to the official opening
Complete this form:
- Chamber ribbon cuttings must be scheduled at least two (2) weeks in advance
- Requests will be taken on a first-come basis and will not be considered without this form
- The Chamber is unable to assist with events scheduled on weekends or holidays
- Membership mailing labels will not be distributed until payment is received
- Ribbon cuttings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month