About

Our Mission

Provide valued learning experiences to local business people

Our Vision

Work together to build a better Cochrane Business Community.

Our Values

Integrity, Learning, Communication and Networking.

What the Cochrane Business Network is all about?

The Beginning

Founded in 2005 by Jim Messner the Cochrane Business Network (CBN) grew in popularity to include the development of several Chapters in Calgary as well. Working with local business groups the CBN offers regular meetings, learning opportunities and networking.

Attendees include those thinking of starting a new home based type business all the way to others who already have a well established bricks & mortar location.

Our audience consists of

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Sales people
  • Managers
  • Business owners.

Meetings

Meetings include informative Guest Speakers, hands-on Workshops and last but not least Networking.

We encourage learning and the building of valuable, trusted relationships within the group, knowing that too can increase the bottom line.

Topics will cover learnable strategies with proven methods to increase knowledge. We understand that often you are too busy working in your business to work on your business!

There will be something of value for everyone and we do hope you will work on your business by joining us.

We Are Made of People

Jim Messner

Founder


A retired police officer turned businessman, Jim has been involved with several businesses over the years including starting three successful businesses of his own. He began to learn about marketing as a multi-championship racecar driver.

From working in the fast paced world at the top levels of NASCAR in the USA to owning his own real estate business Jim has gained a broad experience portfolio. Jim works as the Manager of Business Development at Royal LePage Integrity in Cochrane and he founded the CBN back in 2005.

Once rated by LinkedIn as the most connected person in Calgary, his passions include teaching, coaching and sharing proven effective strategies for business. He says that he loves to share coffee with like-minded individuals so be sure to connect with Jim on LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+

Shelly Kramer

Manager

403-804-5609


Shelly works as a licensed REALTOR® in the Cochrane and greater Calgary areas. Her personal ethics have boosted her reputation of honesty, while always putting the client’s best interests above her own.
Prior to her real estate career, banking was the platform from which her belief in the importance of customer service, privacy & confidentiality was based. Shelly is also a Certified Fitness Instructor and has been for close to 25 years. She states her greatest accomplishment was raising her three children!
Shelly continues to move forward in driving her business with genuine enthusiasm. She loves meeting new people, her background, fun & outgoing personality is why she was chosen to manage the CBN. She has a solid foundation of proven business practices and has seen the results in her own business. Feel free to connect with Shelly on LinkedIn, Facebook and Pinterest.

Vivian Cox

Assistant

587-225-7653


“Do what you love” is Vivian’s motto. As the owner of a Real Estate business in Cochrane Vivian simply loves her work.

She enjoys meeting people while discovering the many commonalities they often have. Her passion is sharing ideas in regards to business, marketing, and discovering other’s successes. Vivian states family is always number one and in her spare time she enjoys demanding physical workouts and “Boot-camps.” When it comes to community activities she likes to get involved either on a Board of Directors or as a volunteer.

Her “pet peeve” is the lack of follow up in customer service. Having been burned a few times herself she makes it a point to follow up with anyone who chooses to use her services. Like the others at CBN please feel free to connect with Vivian.