Business Celebrations Frequently Asked Questions

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce conducts ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremonies as a complimentary service to our members, with an opportunity to upgrade your event for added exposure.

Ceremonies can be performed as a stand-alone event or as a part of an open house or grand opening. Holding a ribbon cutting is a great opportunity for you to create public awareness about your business and to celebrate your success and growth.

When would a business host a business celebration?

  • If you are within the first year of opening your business
  • If you moved to a new location within the past 6 months
  • If you have remodeled or expanded at your current location
  • If you are announcing a new development (groundbreaking)
  • If your business is celebrating a milestone anniversary (such as 5, 10, 20 year anniversaries)
    • Milestone anniversaries include a plaque presentation and recognition in Chamber e-news and social media)

What does the Quad Cities Chamber do to assist with my business celebration?

  • Sends out an emailed invitation to Chamber Ambassadors, Chamber staff, city dignitaries and local media to notify them of your event
  • Promotes the event on the Chamber’s online events calendar
  • Assists in putting together an agenda
  • Provides the giant scissors and ribbon to cut
  • Attends the event and takes a photo of the cutting

How can I get extra publicity for my business celebration?

Chamber members have the option to upgrade their business celebration for $400. (This service is complimentary to Lead and Partner investors.)

Upgrade includes the following:

  • Mickle Communications takes a video and photo of the event to promote on Chamber communications and will release rights of the video and photo to be used on your company promotions
  • Photo or video will be boosted on Social Media to increase visibility
  • Photo and signed ribbon is professionally matted and framed and hand-delivered by a Quad Cities Ambassador

What does my business need to do to prepare for our celebration?

  • Coordinate the date and time with the Chamber prior to advertising or making other arrangements
  • Must be between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Complete the form below
  • Prepare a press release or fact sheet about the celebration and send a copy to the Chamber
  • Send invitations to your contacts
  • Additional reach out to City dignitaries and media is recommended
  • Determine if you will have refreshments and/or food available
  • Decide who from your organization will have a speaking role on the agenda

Business Celebrations Form

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