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How to Throw a Grand Opening Party for Your Business

A grand opening party is a great way to get the word out about your new business.


  • Step 1: Budget Make a budget for the party, and spend wisely. A grand opening party is important, but you don't want it to precede a "going bankrupt" party.
  • Step 2: Plan ahead Plan the party a year ahead, and organize a timeline that includes when to start sending invitations. Schedule a staff for the party as far in advance as possible.
  • TIP: Begin operation of the business before the grand opening to get the employees in the swing of working at the business.
  • Step 3: Provide food and drinks Provide food and drinks. Look into getting other businesses to co-sponsor the party and provide food or entertainment.
  • Step 4: Get creative Get creative with the space and the party -- offer games, contests, and a celebrity appearance. Give people a reason to attend, but make sure the party is compatible with your business.
  • Step 5: Send invitations Invite your target audience, which includes the suppliers your business will use, potential customers, and the media.
  • FACT: According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 627,200 new businesses opened in 2008.

You Will Need

  • A budget
  • A timeline
  • Staff
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Creativity
  • A guest list

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