The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Kimberly Morford Baeth a winner of a dream Big Small Business Award, recognizing her business, Golden Openings Inc., in Urbandale, Iowa, as one of the 100 successful U.S. companies contributing to America's economic growth and vitality. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. in June 2017.
Winners were selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation. They were judged in four key categories: strategic planning, employee development, customer service, and community involvement.
It was while working for a Chamber of Commerce that Kimberly discovered a need for giant working scissors and wide ribbon. Seeing none were available to purchase, she set out to create her own.
In 1997, she started her business - the first and original grand opening superstore - and invented the original giant scissors that really cut, wide ribbon, big bows, keys to the city, gold shovels, chrome shovels, ground-breaking items and keepsakes, unique awards and gifts, and more for special events.
Today, more than 8,000 Chambers of Commerce own Kimberly's scissors. Golden Openings, Inc. daily ships hundreds of packages around the world and coordinates an average of five grand openings/ground breaking each week.Clients have included The White House, Oprah, Disney, Lady Gaga, Apple, Gooogle, Microsoft, many colleges, universities, professional sports teams, movies, Fortune 500 companies, restaurants, and TV shows. Kimberly also helped orchestrate and set a world record in 2015 for the longest ribbon cutting (6.5 miles of continuous ribbon) for a new school in Joplin, Missouri.
Kimberly, who has authored three books, owns three franchise locations, and makes ground presentations on entrepreneurship, is an initiate of Eta Beta/ Iowa State, where she was 1993's Greek Woman of the Year.
Kimberly's daughter, Stephanie, is a new member of Psi Beta/Iowa.