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Greater Houston LGBT Chamber Ribbon Cutting Events

Ribbon cuttings are a great way to celebrate your grand opening or a significant anniversary. Events like these are an opportunity to welcome Chamber members, community leaders and the public to your business or organization. A ribbon cutting ceremony can be an important part of your overall marketing plan, as it creates awareness of the products or services that you offer.

Supporting members that are undergoing change or growth is a traditional component of the chamber of commerce experience and something the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to champion.

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Members eligible for a ribbon cutting event are:

  • Opening a new brand, location, or franchise (within the past six months)
  • Moving into a new building
  • Celebrating a milestone business anniversary or event (e.g., millionth customer designation)
  • Reopening a business under new management or after a devastating event (e.g., fire)
  • Ground breaking
  • Other circumstances on a case-by-case basis

To ensure successful ribbon cutting events, the Chamber will:

  • Promote the event to all members via website, social media and email communication.
  • Work through the channels above to get a reasonable crowd to the event, including board members and committee chairs.
  • Bring the ribbon and the giant scissors (very important!)
  • Offer remarks from the Chamber Board Chair or other Chamber official*.
  • Provide a photographer and the actual photos of the event. Photos are posted to Chamber Facebook and are approved to be used by the member business.
  • Highlight the ribbon cutting event in Chamber emails and via social media.

To ensure a successful ribbon cutting event, the member business will commit to:

  • Plan ahead! Make sure you are planning well in advance of the event to ensure a successful ribbon cutting.
  • Promote the event to your customers and others through your business website, social media and email communication.
  • Provide important talking points about the business to the Chamber for its remarks and marketing of the event.
  • Consider door prizes or other giveaways to promote your brand.
*varies based on type of ribbon cutting

Check out the Chamber's 7 Tips on How to Make Your Ribbon Cutting A Success.

Questions about Ribbon Cuttings?  See the Chamber’s Ribbon Cutting FAQ.

Please note that while the Chamber will do everything possible to bring attendees to the ribbon cutting event, we cannot guarantee a specific crowd size.

The Chamber offers various ribbon cutting options to members. Pre-registration with the Chamber is required at least 90 days in advance.

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Ribbon Cutting Options

Type of Ribbon Cutting

Member Commitment

Event Commitments

OPTION 1 - Existing Chamber Event

Ribbon Cutting as part of a Chamber monthly event.(i)

Event sponsorship is required.

 

Note: This option is subject to Chamber event availability based on the Chamber's event calendar. The Chamber will confirm event availability.

President’s Circle & Executive Level: No ribbon cutting fee + cost of event sponsorship.*

 

Business Premium, Business Plus & Business Connect levels:  $350.00 ribbon cutting fee + cost of event sponsorship.

The Chamber will organize the event and promote the ribbon cutting as part of the promotion of the monthly event.  Member business will receive event sponsorship recognition and advertisement of ribbon cutting. In addition, the Chamber will provide an event photographer. The Chamber will share ribbon cutting photos via Facebook photo album.

Member businesses will invite guests to participate and promote the event.

OPTION 2 - Stand-Alone Ribbon Cutting Event

The Ribbon Cutting Event will be a stand-alone event with the member business that is not associated with an existing Chamber event. This option can be combined with a member business planned event.

President’s Circle & Executive Level: No ribbon cutting fee.*

 

Business Premium, Business Plus & Business Connect levels:  $500.00 ribbon cutting fee.

 

The member business will incur the event costs for stand-alone ribbon cuttings including food & beverage.

The Chamber will promote the ribbon cutting event to members through the event calendar, newsletter and social media and prepare the ribbon cutting program. In addition, the Chamber will provide an event photographer. The Chamber will share ribbon cutting photos via Facebook photo album.

The member business will handle all event logistics/coordination, food & beverage, graphics/invitation and provide information necessary for the Chamber to promote the event to members.

OPTION 3 - "Side Event"

The Ribbon Cutting Event will be held as a “side-event” to a Chamber event.

This is a good option for members that do not have a physical office (e.g., home-based business).

 

Note: This option is subject to Chamber event availability based on the Chamber's event calendar. The Chamber will confirm event availability.

President’s Circle & Executive Level: No ribbon cutting fee.*

 

Business Premium, Business Plus & Business Connect levels:  $350.00 ribbon cutting fee.

The Chamber will provide the member business the opportunity for a ribbon cutting at a monthly event before or after the event program.  The Chamber will provide an event photographer.

Chamber may promote event as part of the existing event*.  The Chamber will share ribbon cutting photos via Facebook photo album.

(i)Based on event availability. (ii)At Chamber’s discretion

*See Chamber Business Level benefits or Corporate Partner benefits for more details.

The Chamber charges a fee (depending on membership level) to help organize a ribbon cutting ceremony. This is in addition to any hospitality costs incurred by the member company such as food and beverage. Fees are based on ribbon cuttings within a 50-mile radius of the Chamber mailing address. Additional fees may be required beyond a 50-mile radius. Please contact the Chamber office to inquire.