Golden Openings, Inc. is a nationwide one-stop shop specializing in ribbon cuttings, grand openings, ground breakings, keys to the city, and any kind of special event, helping over 8,000 chambers over the past 20 years with products and services. While working at the North Hennepin Chamber 20 years ago, founder and president, Kimberly Baeth recognized the need for, and invented, the very first pair of giant ceremonial scissors that really cut. Since starting Golden Openings in 1997, the original “Grand Opening Super Store”, Baeth and her team have developed hundreds of ceremonial products that help businesses get out of the starting gate in style, while helping chambers generate non-dues revenue with their ribbon cuttings and special events. In addition to giant scissors, Golden Openings features custom imprinted wide ribbon, large bows, keys to the city, gold colored and chrome shovels, ground breaking items and keepsakes, unique awards and gifts for special events and occasions.
Golden Openings also offers a unique referral program specifically for chambers of commerce. When a chamber refers a member (or even a non-member) celebrating a special event and an order is placed for any of our 10,000 products or services, the chamber will receive 15% back in a check made out to the chamber, generating a valuable source of non-dues revenue.
In 2016, Baeth was named among the top 100 Small Businesses by the US Chamber. She is the author of three books and her products and services are sold all over the world. Golden Openings ships out hundreds of packages each day to businesses and has shipped to six of the seven continents and their client list includes: The White House, Oprah, Disney, Facebook, Lady Gaga, Apple, Google, Microsoft, many colleges, universities, professional sports team, movies, fortune 500 companies, restaurants, TV shows, and more. Golden Openings has also helped orchestrate and set a world record for the longest ribbon cutting (4.5 miles of continuous ribbon) in Cutler Bay, FL, Dec. 2011. The event is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. The record was recently broken at a Joplin (MO) School ribbon cutting last year.
Over 5,000 chambers own scissors, ribbons, bows, and other products from Golden Openings to help their members open their doors in grand style! Baeth takes time out from her schedule to speak to at least one group a week and especially enjoys speaking to local schools, clubs & organizations, universities, and at conventions on entrepreneurship, inspiring women to start and thrive in their own businesses. She was a speaker at the “National Association of Woman Business Owners - Women Mean Business Summit”, National – Special Event Show, a panelist speaker at GenYP Up & Coming Young Leaders Convention, DMACC’s Entrepreneur Fest and was on the Great Day Show in February, with the Focus On business segment.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Golden Openings from Urbandale, Iowa as the 2017 winner of the $25,000 prize for its annual Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, presented by MetLife. The annual award celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America's economic growth.
Selected through online public voting, in 2017 Golden Openings was recognized with the Community Excellence Award. The special events business received significant support for its outstanding commitment to community engagement and public leadership.
Baeth and Golden Openings have received several entrepreneur and business awards, including:
Golden Openings looks forward to making your events even more memorable, while generating a valuable source of non-dues revenue for your chamber.