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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Vote on favorite business ribbon cutting videos

virtual ribbon cutting

The city featured 101 local Surprise businesses in short, 3-5 second videos where owners or staff cut a ribbon to celebrate reopening after closing temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Surprise Economic Development Department is now asking residents to vote on their favorite clips and answer questions about them to win prizes.

Residents of Surprise will be able to vote on their favorite restaurant or retail business after watching videos posted each Monday to social media. A new selection of videos will be added and voted on once a week for five weeks, beginning the week of June 22, to determine the top five videos. Those videos will go head-to-head for a final round to pick Surprise’s favorite. The business with the top votes will be awarded a trophy.

Residents will also be able to win prizes by answering fun questions related to the weekly videos. Each person who guesses correctly will be entered into that week’s drawing to win a $30 gift card to spend at a local Surprise restaurant or retail business. Winners will be announced in the following Monday’s social post and contacted by email.

You can follow the Economic Development Department’s Facebook and Twitter to vote and play along!

The City of Surprise Economic Development Department started the virtual ribbon cutting celebrations as businesses began to reopen after COVID-19 to help get the word out to customers that they were open for business. This video competition is one more opportunity to demonstrate the city’s appreciation for our businesses. The virtual ribbon cutting program has concluded, as the department is now able to provide in-person ribbon cutting celebrations with safe social distancing measures.

All the individual videos can be found at

For more information about the Surprise Economic Development Department, please visit, or for information about business, workforce or customer resources during COVID-19, visit

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