Did a former colleague, a client, or someone you know professionally open a new business? Sending a congratulations email is a nice touch. Not only are you acknowledging a significant accomplishment, but your congratulations email is also a networking opportunity. After all, your note could potentially remind a business owner that you could be of service.
What Information to Include in Your Congratulations Email
First and foremost, you'll want to make sure to congratulate the new business owner. That's the most important part of the letter! If you want, you can also mention how you found out about the new business. For example, "Congratulations on your new life coach business. I was so pleased to see your post about the website launch and your offerings on LinkedIn."
Then, extend your best wishes and hopes for the new business' success. If you know the person well, you can talk about how their work experience or innate skills have led them to this point.
You can close the note by reiterating your hopes for the new business' success and your congratulations to the person. Optionally, you can also use this space to offer your help.
The formality of the email will vary based on your relationship with the person. In general, regardless of formality, it's best to keep your letter succinct.
Here are congratulations message examples you can review. Use them as inspiration before you send email congratulations of your own to someone who has started a new business.
New Business Congratulations Email Message Example 1
Subject: Congratulations on Max's Accounting Services
Congratulations on opening your own firm. I saw the news on LinkedIn earlier today. When we worked together at ABC Accounting Firm, I always admired your leadership and so I'm not surprised to see you strike out on your own as a small business owner.
Max's Accounting Services is sure to be a success due to your down-to-earth manner and sharp skills. Your client base is dedicated and sure to grow as you become even more well known for your abilities.
If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. I wish you every possible success as you grow this business.
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New Business Congratulations Email Message Example 2
Dear Ms. Barkley,
Congratulations on opening your restaurant. Mabel's Quick Lunch is a great addition to the neighborhood and your menu is sure to please hungry diners.
I feel certain that all the many people who enjoyed meals at your last establishment will become regulars at Mabel's as word spreads. You can certainly count on me to let all my co-workers know about your location.
I'll be following you on social media so please do not hesitate to let me know of any hashtags or social media handles you would like to see promoted for upcoming events and your grand opening.
If there is any way I can help in the success of your new business, please let me know.
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Why You Should Send Congratulations for Opening a New Business
Besides simple courtesy, congratulating a new business can bring you bonuses.
If you are seeking a job or clients, a new business means new opportunities. If you provide services they are likely to need, it pays to get your name and contact info into their hands.
Include your email address, phone, website, and social media handles in your message to make it easy to contact you.
If you had applied for a job with the company before they opened but didn't get hired, this note will keep you in mind in case of openings. While they may have filled their initial positions, they may realize they don't have the right mix or there may be some early departures.
Your well-wishes will show you support their operation and will put you in good stead for future opportunities. Be a supporter in getting out the word about their launch or grand opening. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms. Note the hashtags and handles used and repost them.
Even if you don't get their business or aren't hired, your support may lead to more leads on jobs or clients. Plus, it's always nice to mark big moments, like the opening of a new business, with a positive note.