2017-03-16 / Business News

When it’s time for a fresh start, it’s time to cut the ribbon

President & CEO, Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce

If you’re a Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce member, community member, or you keep up with local events, you might have noticed that we host a lot of ribbon cuttings around here. Maybe you’ve asked yourself (or maybe not) what a ribbon cutting has to do with a new business.

Ribbon cuttings historically have been used to celebrate special occasions. For example, some European wedding traditions have the bride-to-be cut through white ribbons on her way to the wedding ceremony, to represent overcoming obstacles for a fresh start.

Ribbon cuttings for businesses and infrastructure projects may have begun in 1898, with the opening of a railroad in northeastern Louisiana, according to the U.S. Genealogy Web Project. A ribbon was cut to demonstrate that the railroad was now open for use, and steak and light bread were served.

Modern ribbon cuttings don’t necessarily include “steak and light bread,” but the symbolism is the same _a barrier that once separated the business from the community, due to construction or changes with the business, is removed. A ribbon cutting means the business is open to the public.

We often host ribbon cuttings for chamber members when they open new storefronts, expand, or are celebrating an anniversary or event launch. You can find a schedule of upcoming ribbon cuttings on our events page at www.BonitaSpringsChamber.com. These events are open to the public, free to attend, and are a great way for members to show the world that their business is open and ready for a fresh start.

If your business is a member of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and is looking to make a big announcement or open a location, give us a call at 992-2943. We’d love to help you celebrate the occasion the old-fashioned way _with the cutting of the ribbon. ¦

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