This Iowa Small Business Helps You Open Your Doors With StyleAugust 31, 2017
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website FreeEnterprise.com
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The company: Golden Openings, Inc.
Who’s in charge: Kimberly Baeth
Where are they: Urbandale, Iowa
What they do: Create memorable ceremonial events through unique, customized products
It was the first business of its kind, specializing in Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, and unique business events. Although Ribbon Cuttings and Ground Breakings did exist, but Baeth’s mission was to bring them to life! New business owners were consumed with setting up their new facility, hiring staff, working with vendors, sourcing products, and more. There was no time for a new owner to plan and coordinate a Ground Breaking or Ribbon Cutting. Golden Openings became a one-stop-shop for all their needs: creating the invitations, coordinating with local VIPs, sending out marketing materials, connecting with the local Chamber of Commerce, organizing the food and drink, getting local media to attend, and more. With one successful event after another, business grew quickly for Golden Openings.
After a few short months, Kimberly was coordinating multiple events per week. Not even the unexpected 3-week early arrival of her daughter, Stephanie, on October 1st, 1997, put a halt in her busy schedule. When it was time for Baeth, and her family to leave the hospital, they had to stop at grand openings with hospital bands still on their wrists, before going home. As the years progressed, Kimberly found another opportunity; as businesses wanted to buy their “own” giant scissors and to customize them. She worked with a manufacturing company to produce the first giant 3-foot stainless steel scissors with different colored handles.
Eventually, these scissors would make their way to thousands of chambers, colleges & universities, hotels, professional sports teams and other businesses. Over the years, Golden Opening’s product set has expanded dramatically: gold & chrome plated ceremonial shovels, keys to the city, giant light switches, scissors of different sizes, custom printed ribbon, guide books, giant building bows and much more. Golden Openings has a design patent for their scissors and several of their products. They are the first and original Grand Opening Super Store. Their products and expertise provide a meaningful impact and foundation for long term success for their customers.
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