Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting

Whether you’re celebrating a new business or the remodeling of an existing one, a ribbon cutting is a festive way to mark the event. The symbolic gesture of cutting a ribbon will show the community you’re ready to do business. Businesses can also benefit from the added publicity these ceremonies bring. The Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to assist their members with these events, from planning and promotion all the way through to the celebration!

Chamber’s Role

The Lynnwood Chamber will promote your event and bring the ceremonial scissors and ribbon. The Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting service is a benefit of membership for chamber members, give us a call if you have not yet joined the Chamber.

Here are Some Helpful Tips for a Successful Event


  • Choose a date that avoids conflict with other community events or holidays.
  • Give yourself plenty of preparation time. Three to four weeks is usually sufficient.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are usually the best days.
  • Select a time when people can come at the beginning or end of their work day.
  • INVITATIONS Your invitations may be as simple as an e-mail or as elaborate as a formal printed invitation. The Chamber will list your event on the community calendar and request responses to help in your planning. The Chamber is happy to assist you with members that can help with your planning needs.

    REFRESHMENTS A reception sometimes follows a ribbon cutting. The reception provides an opportunity for the guests to mingle and ask any questions they may have about your organization. If the building is large, set up tour guides to escort guests throughout the building. Refreshments are appreciated by your guests, and you may wish to offer a token gift as they leave to commemorate the event like pens, magnets, a note pad etc.


    • Have plenty of brochures, business cards and handouts available for your guests. It is always helpful to have employees help answer questions.
    • Offer a drawing for a gift certificate or other prize. It builds excitement and increases attendance.