13 businesses and entrepreneurs were recognized by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.
The 28th annual Business Excellence Awards sought to honour the very best that Cranbrook's economy has to offer.
"At the Chamber, we are very proud of our diverse and entrepreneurial business community," says Chamber President Jason Fast. "The Business Excellence Awards celebrates the 'best of the best' as it relates to service, professionalism, and ingenuity in Cranbrook's community and it is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of our members."
119 nominations were received for this year's competition, encompassing 80 total businesses.
A panel of Chamber judges narrowed it down to and chose who they thought were the most deserving.
The award winners are as follows:
- Accredited Professional Services Excellence – Winner: Arch Allure Microblading
- Business of the Year 1-15 Employees – Winner: The Hearing Loss Clinic
- Business of the Year 16+ Employees – Winner: New Dawn Developments Ltd
- Business Person of the Year – Winner: Chris Thom
- Business to Business Excellence – Winner: Genex Marketing
- Customer Service Excellence – Winner: Bighorn Electric Ltd
- Hospitality & Tourism Excellence – Winner: The Heidout & Fisher Peak Brewing Co.
- Inclusive Employer Award – Winner: Leiman Homes
- New Business of the Year – Winner: Kootenay Farm to Folk
- Non-Profit of the Year – Winner: East Kootenay MS Support Group
- Retailer Excellence – Winner: Huckleberry Books
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Winner: Tamara Mercandelli, Christel Hagn, Caitlin Berkhiem
- Age-Friendly Business Award – Winner: Auntie Barb’s Bakery
"On behalf of the Board of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, I would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards, and we wish you continued success in the future," says Fast.
The category of "Age-Friendly Business Award" is a new one this year.