By: Steven Falitico
“Have I ever told you my scissor story?”
This is an opening I’ve heard over 30 times in the past two years.
Tom Turnbull’s famous scissor story- you know, the one about the old pair of wooden scissors that wouldn’t cut? Well, safe to say, our new pair of shiny scissors cut, and they cut well.
“Alright, everyone line up. Ready? 1-2-3”
A smiling face and a flex of the arm. *snip*
A cheer from the crowd and the shutter of a camera.
The newly severed ribbon flows down to the ground, and an almost relieved laugh gushes from the new business owner.
All that stress and work capped off by the cut of a ribbon and the clip of scissors. What a celebration to behold.
Now, what exactly is it about ribbon-cutting ceremonies that make them just so darn enjoyable?
Perhaps the excitement over a new business in our county?
Or is it the celebratory food and drink?
No, its gotta be the childish feeling you get holding those extremely large pair of scissors.
Nope. In my eyes it’s not any of those things that make these events so special.
What makes them special is the community of people surrounding them. That is what makes them fun and memorable.
Friends, family, co-workers, supporters, politicians, community members: they all have their piece of the celebratory pie that is a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Never have I seen such a simple event bring smiles and joy to so many.
Lucky for me I have become somewhat of a “professional” in this realm and I get to experience them quite frequently.
Maybe you could say I am just ‘cut’ out for this job.
“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” —Rob Kalin, Etsy founder
Do you have something you want to celebrate? A new business? A new building? How about an addition, or an expansion? A new partnership, a new department?
We want to help! And if you can’t tell by this blog, we know the perfect way!
Contact us at The Chamber and we will help you coordinate your very own Ribbon Cutting Celebration!