The Importance of Cutting a Ribbon

Published: 7/28/2016

“So, what’s the big deal with cutting a ribbon?” One of my sons asked me this question the other day when I was telling him about the great ribbon cuttings the Chamber’s had recently (yes, I do talk about ribbon cuttings, mixers, luncheons and events all the time at home). Of course, that started my wheels turning about the significance of actually cutting a ribbon.

Now, and this might come as a surprise to you, but you can find a bunch of different takes on the history of ribbon cuttings if you look online. What all of my research showed was that ribbon cuttings have a European origin, having been a tradition at wedding ceremonies where it symbolizes new beginnings.  That’s exactly how I look at it every time we help celebrate a new business’ opening. There’s nothing like that surge of joy when that ribbon is cut – smiles all around. I don’t know how many ribbon cuttings we’ve had here at the Chamber in our over 50 years, but the historical photos I’ve found always show those same smiles. The Chamber always celebrates the risk and reward of opening a new business or location – so we applaud all of the businesses who’ve take that step.

Welcome to the “dog days” of summer. It’s heating up and school will be back in session in a matter of weeks. Be sure to visit our events page to see what’s happening at the Chamber or just read below. Don’t forget, we are only a few months away from the 2016 Taste of the Region & Business Expo. Keep up with all the sponsors and restaurants attending at

Have a great weekend – stay cool!




Scott Smith 
Executive Director 

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