Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Congratulations on your new business!  The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce is proud to support your upcoming event.  The following information will help you plan your company's ribbon cutting and/or ground breaking ceremony.  Please note: these services are available to Chamber member only.


Ribbon cuttings are included at the Builder and higher levels and $200 for Partner level members.  Ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are for businesses that have opened in the last six (6) months, remodeled, moved locations, or are breaking ground on a new business.

You must be a Chamber member in good standing for the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce to engage in a ribbon cutting.

Chamber's Role

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce will provide you with large, ceremonial scissors and a long length of ribbon. Chamber staff and executive committee members will attend your event. Once your event is confirmed, it will be listed on the Chamber's website and in the ChamberGram (e-newsletter). An email notification will be also be sent to Chamber Ambassadors and local elected officials. Please note: The Chamber cannot guarantee that local elected officials will be able to attend. A Chamber staff member will arrive 30 minutes prior to your event.

Helpful Planning Tips

Because your ribbon cutting is your event, there are no set guidelines.  What follows is an assembly of steps to help you plan a successful event.

Date Selection:

  • Choose a date that avoids major conflicts with community events or holidays.
  • Give yourself plenty of preparation time. Three to four weeks is sufficient.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are usually best days during the week for business people.


  • Careful consideration of the time of your event determines the atmosphere of the celebration.
  • We have determined the best times for increased attendance are 11:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m.
  • Morning events should start no earlier than 8:00 a.m. as a general rule.
  • Avoid late evening functions where people will have to go home between the end of their work day and your event (unless your business is suited for this type of event).


On the day of your event, the Chamber typically likes to follow the agenda below.  You can make changes to the agenda, but it is encouraged that you make the Chamber aware of what changes you would like well in advance of your scheduled event.

  1. Welcome/Opening Remarks: The Chamber's Chairman will welcome everyone and provide brief remarks.
  2. Elected Officials Remarks: Any elected officials present who would like to speak can provide brief remarks.
  3. Business/Organization Remarks: You or a representative from your business/organization speaks.  Introduction of key people that helped make this milestone possible.
  4. Photo Opportunity & Ribbon Cutting
  5. Refreshments/Tour: Providing time-appropriate refreshments is very well received and include a tour of your facility if time permits.


Contact Aileen Peacock or call 252.752.4101 ext. 2223.