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Why Join the Chamber?

Learn about the benefits of membership today!


Ribbon Cutting

Is your company planning a grand opening, ribbon cutting, groundbreaking, or other event? Are you aware that the Chamber can help?

As supporters of a pro-business environment, we are pleased to see thriving commerce in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. We would like to help make this moment special and successful for you and your business.

For more information on scheduling a Ribbon Cutting or Groundbreaking, please contact RaeLynda Merry at (706) 867-3762 or complete a Ribbon Cutting & Groundbreaking Reservation Form.

What is a 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 an organization’s first day of business or it can take place weeks after the business’ soft opening.

Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in the business’ history, this is also a great photo opportunity. The 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.

What are the benefits of holding a ribbon cutting or groundbreaking?


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 Community 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 leads and sales from attendees
  • Publish a photo of your ribbon cutting in the Chamber’s e-newsletter and local newspaper

Who qualifies for a ribbon cutting?

The Chamber is available to assist with your ribbon cutting ceremony if your business has:

  • Opened its doors within the past six months
  • Moved to a new location due to expansion
  • Has been remodeled or has expanded its current location
  • Celebrating a milestone anniversary
  • Performing a groundbreaking

Is there a cost to have a ribbon cutting ceremony?

No! Ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are available all new or current Chamber members in good standing.

What can I expect from the Chamber for my ribbon cutting?

The Chamber will gladly assist you with the following:

  • Notify the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Chamber members, and Ambassadors Committee members of your ribbon cutting, encouraging their attendance
  • Invite local officials on your behalf
  • List your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s Community Calendar
  • Have a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Team provide congratulatory remarks
  • Bring the “giant scissors” and ribbon
  • Take pictures at the event and publish a photo in our social media and broadcast emails
  • Provide you with copies of the photos for your use

While the Chamber will extend the above mentioned invitations and list your ribbon cutting on our Community Calendar, we strongly encourage you to also market your ribbon cutting to increase the attendance and awareness of your business’s opening. You should also consider inviting your business partners, financiers, contractors, employees, customers, friends, and family to be with you to celebrate this momentous occasion in your business’s history. Please understand that you should not rely solely on the Chamber to attract your audience.

What does my business need to do?

Because your ribbon cutting is your event, there are no set rules. To make your event successful, you may carefully consider the following:

  • Schedule your event using our Ribbon Cutting & Groundbreaking Reservation Form at least two weeks in advance. We have found that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are usually the best days during the week for attendance. Consider hosting your ribbon cutting ceremony no earlier than 10:00 am, and avoid later evening functions unless this is the type business you have. We’re sorry, but the Chamber cannot assist with ribbon cuttings on weekends and holidays.
  • Determine 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.
  • Who will be in the photos? Some businesses will take multiple photos with various groups of people before actually cutting the ribbon. Photos might include employees, family, Chamber members, business partners, and Ambassadors, for example.
  • Your remarks or speech. This is usually done when everyone is gathered before cutting the ribbon.
  • Invite everyone you know! Invite your family, friends, past, current and potential customers, business associates (including your accountant, banker, and landlord/property owner), suppliers, your employees, the media, neighboring businesses, and government officials.
  • Consider having giveaways, especially logo items that guests can take back to their offices. The Chamber is happy to provide you with members who can help you create gifts.
  • Food and beverage is not required, but for open house events, it makes a nice touch.
  • Be sure to have plenty of brochures/flyers/information available!


For more information on scheduling a Ribbon Cutting or Groundbreaking, please contact RaeLynda Merry at (706) 867-3762 or complete a Ribbon Cutting & Groundbreaking Reservation Form.

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