Hannibal Chamber Ribbon Cuttings

January 3, 2024

Most people have some idea about what a ribbon cutting is – you’ve seen the pictures on social media and in the newspaper, the giant scissors, the crowd celebrating – but do you know why we host ribbon cuttings?

Like most Chambers of Commerce, the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts dozens of ribbon cuttings each year. Ribbon cuttings are ceremonial events that marks the official opening of a new business, project, or event. Sometimes ribbon cuttings are held to celebrate a remodel, addition, move, or change in ownership. Regardless of the reason for the ribbon cutting, they all include the symbolic act of cutting a ribbon stretched across the entrance. This signifies the removal of an obstacle and the commencement of something new and exciting.

Every ribbon cutting looks a little bit different, but they generally all have the following in common:

  • Who: Usually, the business owner cuts the ribbon. Chamber Ambassadors, board members and staff attend, as well as friends, family and colleagues of the business owner, those involved in the project, such as contractors, and government officials and fellow business owners. Sometimes even Tom and Becky make an appearance!
  • When: Ribbon cuttings are commonly held for the grand opening of a new business, school, park, or any significant project completion – or a remodel, addition, relocation, or new ownership of a business. The Hannibal Chamber typically schedules ribbon cuttings during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
  • What: Typically, a ribbon cutting ceremony includes a brief speech, photo opportunities, and occasionally refreshments.
  • Why: Beyond the symbolic gesture and celebration, ribbon cuttings also serve as a publicity event to generate awareness, attract customers, and build community relations.

So, the next time you see a grand opening with a ribbon stretched across the entrance and giant scissors waiting, remember the rich tradition and symbolism behind the simple act of cutting the ribbon. It’s a celebration of something new and promising and a chance for the community to come together.

If you would like to schedule a ribbon cutting, please call the Chamber office at (573) 221-1101.