Most ribbon-cutting ceremonies involve having a business owner, chamber of commerce dignitaries and maybe some area politicians taking part in a ceremony to launch a new business. Before the actual ribbon-cutting, one or more of the politicians or chamber of commerce dignitaries delivers a short speeches about the good that the business will bring to the local economy.
In addition to participants, most ribbon-cutting ceremonies have invited guests. These guests usually include politicians, business owners in the area, chamber of commerce members and the media. The goal of a ribbon-cutting is to try to get publicity for a new business, a business move or a new business location.
It is important for business owners to have photographers on hand; photos of the ribbon-cutting can be sent to media who don't attend and used on a company website.
A ribbon-cutting is a good time for business owners to acquaint people in the existing business community with the employees and management of the business. Business owners should consider catering the event, so people can enjoy a snack and a beverage after the event and spend some time mingling.
Most chambers of commerce have the big scissors used in the ribbon cuttings. If a business is not a chamber member, it will have to provide its own scissors.