Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce—key people, events and award winners

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The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, home to the Visitor Information Centre, is located at 2279 Cranbrook Street North, Cranbrook, B.C — Photo by Kimberly Shellborn

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, home to the Visitor Information Centre, is located at 2279 Cranbrook Street North, in the city of Cranbrook, B.C. The office is staffed by Kristin Parsons, executive director; Laura Kennedy, office manager; Helen Barron, membership engagement co-ordinator and Michelle Doll, marketing and visitor services co-ordinator.

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce is a member-based business advocacy organization. With almost 500 members, the chamber of commerce is the business organization of choice in Cranbrook. As the voice of business, the chamber represents local businesses and advances the economy at the local, provincial, national and international level.

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Cranbrook chamber stats:

  • Executive Director: Kristin Parsons
  • President: Jason Fast
  • Members: 450
  • Established: 1910
  • Annual Membership: $220 - $785, depending on number of FTE employees
  • Website: cranbrookchamber.com
  • Contact: 250-426-5917 or [email protected] 
  • Hours of operation: 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday

Key events sponsored by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

  • Business Excellence Awards – Awards gala in April
  • December Turkey Drive – Supports the Salvation Army and Cranbrook food bank
  • Membership luncheons - Monthly except July and August
  • Good Morning Cranbrook – Breakfast meetings with topic-specific presenters.
  • Business After Hours networking events hosted by Chamber members: Network - Nosh - Sip

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Excellence Award winners

Cranbrook's chamber hold its Business Excellence Awards in the spring each year. The 2019 winners are:

  • Hospitality & Tourism Excellence: The Heidout and Fisher Peak Brewing Co.
  • Non-Profit Organization of the Year:  Arch Allure Microblading
  • Retailer Excellence: Huckleberry Books
  • Inclusive Employer Award: Leiman Homes
  • Business-to-Business Excellence: Genex Marketing
  • Customer Service Excellence: Bighorn Electric
  • Age Friendly Business: Auntie Barb’s Bakery
  • Business of the Year (1-15 employees): The Hearing Loss Clinic
  • Business of the Year (16+ employees):  New Dawn Developments
  • New Business of the Year: Kootenay Farm to Folk
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Tamara Mercandelli, Christel Hagn, Caitlin Berkheim – Kootenay Soulfood Company
  • Business Person of the Year: Chris Thom – Dunlop Truck Centres

Promoted Cranbrook businesses