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

Everything you need to know about the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce on one handy page.

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.

Cranbrook chamber stats:

  • Executive Director: Helen Barron
  • President: Christine Hoeschmann
  • Members: 450
  • Established: 1910
  • Annual Membership:  $240 - $857, depending on number of employees
  • Website: cranbrookchamber.com
  • Address: 2279 Cranbrook St N, Cranbrook, BC  V1C 3T3
  • Contact: 250-426-5914  or [email protected] 
  • Hours of operation: 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday

The office is staffed by Helen Barron, Executive Director; Emma Inman, Marketing Coordinator and Visitor Services Manager; Jordan MacDonald, Membership Engagement Co-Ordinator and Laura Kennedy, Bookkeeper.

Key events sponsored by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

  • Business Excellence Awards – Awards gala in April
  • November Turkey Drive – Supports the Salvation Army and Cranbrook food bank
  • Membership luncheons - Monthly except July and August
  • Business After Hours networking events hosted by Chamber members: Network - Nosh - Sip
  • Grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business Excellence Award winners

The 2020 award recipients were: 

  • Business Person of the Year: Frank Sandor
  • New Business of the Year: Meraki Mechanical
  • Business of the Year, 1-15 employees: The Paw Shop
  • Business of the Year, 16+ employees: Carstar Cranbrook Signal Collision
  • Non-Profit Organization of the Year: ANKORS
  • Inclusive Employer of the Year: Hot Shots
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Sjaane Beattie (Kootenay Life Cycle) 
  • Age-Friendly Business of the Year: Save-On Foods
  • Hospitality & Tourism Excellence: Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo
  • Business to Business Excellence: Kootenay Computer 
  • Professional Services Excellence: The Hearing Loss Clinic
  • Retail Excellence: Sweet Gestures Chocolate Shoppe
  • Customer Service Excellence: Cranbrook Pest Control 

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Excellence Award winners

Cranbrook's chamber hold its Business Excellence Awards in the spring each year. The 2019 award recipients 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