Ribbon Cuttings and Groundbreakings

Get Your Business Noticed with a Ribbon Cutting or Groundbreaking

While we can organize our resources around your celebration with 48-72 hours notice, a more thought out event will maximize this celebration of your business success. 

The Chamber will provides ribbon cuttings at no charge to our members. This includes:

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Notification: the Chamber notifies our Ambassador’s members of our membership committee, board of directors and the La Crosse and Onalaska mayor’s offices (they attend as available).
  • One or more Chamber staff will attend
  • Facebook photo of event, highlighted on Facebook
  • Announcement in the Chamber e-newsletter

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Tips for a Successful Ribbon Cutting

Invite the Chamber + Your Friends & Neighbors

While the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce invites Chamber Ambassadors, membership committee, board members, and La Crosse and Onalaska mayors, we encourage businesses to invite clients, vendors, neighboring businesses, family and friends to ribbon cuttings. People want to celebrate with you!

The large crowd looks great in photos, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to get people into the business you’re trying to showcase!


Festive décor makes everyone feel celebratory– even after the event. Balloons and company signage not only draw attention to your business, but also brings a celebratory spirit to the ceremony and makes it easier on attendees to locate your business.

Chips, Dip and Everything In-between

If you are inviting more individuals than our Chamber team and Ambassadors, we encourage you to have refreshments, snacks, cake, etc. for attending guests. This also adds to the flair of the event!

Open Up

Give guests a brief tour of your company and explain its function. You may never know what this can do for making business contacts in the future.

Don’t assume your guests are experts in your field. After the presentation take some time to interact with the people who have spent time supporting your business and explain in detail what exactly your business will provide.



  • Weekday events are easier to draw attendance
  • Make the La Crosse Tribune aware. They do not typically cover ribbon cutting events themselves, but their business reporter may still write something in a column: stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com
  • Send out mailed invitations at least two to three weeks in advance and follow up with an email reminder the week of the event
  • Contact the La Crosse Area Chamber at least two weeks in advance of the event to arrange for a speaker or to discuss any questions or concerns regarding the event
  • We recommend that you reach out to elected officials to invite them to your event