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Planning A Grand Opening Event: Promotion, Gift Cards, And More

The grand opening of you new office, retail store, or any other business venture should be an exciting, busy day that brings you new customers and helps you reconnect with current clients. Whether the grand opening is for a new office building, a third retail store, or your first bakery, planning a great grand opening event can immediately boost your sales figures. There are several key elements to a kickoff event that will ensure its success.

Promotion

A public event doesn’t take place in a vacuum. You need to create anticipation for the opening and reach as many people as possible so that they’ll know when and where your grand opening will take place and what they can expect from the opening. There will need to be activities and special offers that are valuable enough for people to be willing to take the time to visit your business on the day of the event.

A multi-pronged approach is the best way to advertise your event. Television, radio, and newspaper ads are all excellent ways to reach people. At the same time, don’t neglect the newer venues of social media. Post an announcement on your website (if you don’t yet have one, get one!), tweet to your customers, friends, and associates so that they’ll help get the word out, and lure them in with the promise of good food and prizes.

Food And Drink

Once people arrive at your business, you want to keep them there long enough to really get to know the advantages of your new location and do some browsing or talk to you about their needs. Always serve some food and drinks. Finger foods, including appetizers and cookies, are easy for visitors to eat while mingling. Depending on your company policy, you can offer alcoholic drinks or a simple fruit punch.

Giveaways

Prizes are always big hits at kickoff celebrations. You can offer door prizes, have a raffle, or host a Chinese auction for gift baskets that contain anything from jewelry or accessories to a nice bottle of wine. When putting together these baskets, be sure the prizes complement whatever products or services your business offers. For instance, a car dealership might give away gift certificates for the local car wash or car accessories such as a portable navigation system, new car mats, or products for cleaning a car’s interior. A hair salon might give away gift certificates for a line of hair care products, hair dryers, flat irons, or make-up and hair accessories.

Buy gift cards online for several different stores or several gift cards from the same store and present them to the first 50 or 100 people to arrive at the grand opening. Be sure to prominently mention this incentive in all your advertising literature. You might say something like, ‘Today Only! Grand Opening Specials and Gift Cards for Our First Hundred Guests! Doors Open at 10:00 AM.’ This also encourages people to arrive earlier on the day in hopes of winning one of the cards.

Various contests can also be incorporated into your celebration. Trivia tests, spinning a raffle wheel, or simply drawing tickets handed out to guests lets you give away more prizes. If you buy gift cards online, be sure to select an assortment. Local restaurant cards are always nice, but sporting goods stores, shoe stores, and bookstores also offer great gift cards. They are nicer to give than cash prizes, because the winners are more likely to treat themselves than if they simply pocket some cash. The cards can be tucked into attractive note cards that mention the grand opening and thank the guests for coming. It’s a subtle reminder that your grand opening was where they won the prize, giving you an added bit of advertising.

Discounts

Be sure to let potential guests know that your grand opening event is about more than simply introducing your new location or building. Your advertising should also highlight discounts available only on the event day. This will encourage guests to purchase your products or sign up for your services while they are at the celebration, getting your business off to a strong start. Once they’ve tried your product or service at a discount, they will likely become repeat customers.

Discounts can also be handed out in the way of gift cards. If you don’t have your own company gift cards, consider a free ‘gift card with purchase’ promotion. For every $ 50 customers spend, they will receive a $ 5 or $ 10 gift card to one of several stores. Simply order a stack of gift cards online in advance of the grand opening and have them ready to slip into shoppers’ bags as they are leaving.

Chris Harmen is a writer for eBillme, a service that allows you to buy gift cards and other products while earning cash back rewards. eBillme’s gift cards online include restaurants, chain stores, and specialty shops.

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Mill Creek and Huttonsville, West Virginia
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Mill Creek is a town in Randolph County, West Virginia, United States, along the Tygart Valley River. The population was 724 at the 2010 census.

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The Tygart Valley River — also known as the Tygart River — is a principal tributary of the Monongahela River, approximately 135 miles (217 km) long, in east-central West Virginia, USA. Via the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 1,329 square miles (3,440 km2) in the Allegheny Mountains and the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau.

The Tygart Valley was first settled by Europeans in 1753 when David Tygart (for whom the valley and river are named) and Robert Files (or Foyle) located (separately) with their families in the vicinity of present-day Beverly. Although there had been no recent history of conflicts between whites and Indians in that immediate area, that summer a party of Indians traveling the Shawnee Trail discovered the Files cabin and killed seven members of the family. One son escaped and alerted the Tygart family, allowing all to escape. No other white settlement was attempted in present Randolph County until 1772. (It has been thought that Tygart was again among those settling then, but this is not certain).

The brothers John and Samuel Pringle, who had taken up residence along the Buckhannon tributary of the Tygart (in present Upshur County) in 1761, acted as their contemporary Daniel Boone was doing in Kentucky and guided numerous immigrant settlers into the main valley of the Tygart which at that time abounded in game and fertile bottomlands. Settlers of the 1770s and ’80s included the Connelly, Hadden, Jackson, Nelson, Riffle, Stalnaker, Warwick, Westfall, Whiteman and Wilson families.

Several minor actions occurred in the Valley during the American Civil War, including the Battle of Philippi, the Battle of Laurel Hill and the Battle of Cheat Mountain, all in 1861.

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Title: The story of the map of Europe, its making and its changing
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Bénézet, Louis Paul, 1878- [from old catalog]
Subjects: World War, 1914-1918
Publisher: Chicago, New York, Scott, Foresman and company
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ians and Russians.— Talleyrand the subtle.—Carving a new map.— The people are ignored.— Sowing theseeds of trouble.^ Unhappy Poland.— Divided Italy.—Revolts of the people.— The outbreaks of 1848. And now the kings and princes, with their ministers of state and diplomats, met at Vienna to decide what should be the map of Europe. In past years, there had been a great deal of suspicion and jealousy among these monarchs. Hardly five years had gone by without finding two of them flying at each others throats in some unjust war or other. Only their great fear of uprisings similar to the French Revolution had driven them to act together in crushing the French RepubHc, and the empire voted by the people, which had followed it. This famous J^^ CongressCongress of Vienna, which took place in of Vienna 1815, is a fair example of the way in which European lands have been cut up and parceled out to various monarchs without any regard for the wishes of the people. 127 128 The Story of

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The Map of Europe 129 Russia and Prussia, proud of the part thattheir migfity armies had had in crushing Napo-leon, were arrogantly intending to divide themap of Europe as suited them, and it was onlyby a great deal of diplomacy that they werebeaten. (The game of diplomacy is frequentlya polite name for some very cunning deception, at workinvolving lying and cheating, in which kings andtheir ministers take part.) The Austrians wereafraid of the Russian-Prussian combination,and they induced England to side with them.England did not love Austria, but fearedthe other two powers. The Enghsh minister,Lord Castlereagh, finally persuaded the Aus-trians, Prussians, and Russians, to allow theFrench diplomat, Talleyrand, to take part intheir final meetings. Now Talleyrand was probably the most slippery and tricky diplomat ^^^ master of all Europe. He had grown to power during diplomatthe troublous days of the latter part of theFrench Revolution, and had guessed whichparty would remain in power

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