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Flash Fresh - Supporting Trusted Saskatoon Partners In Most Need Due To Covid 19 Lockdown

The Trusted Saskatoon community and our team believe giving back is always in style. We are proud members of the Saskatoon business community. We love our city and do what we can to support local events, non-profits and to help individuals in need. In our latest community project, we have partnered with Trusted Saskatoon Electrician Brodie Johnston, owner of Flash Electrical Contracting and his friends Cavrin, Kim & Tim Karchut at Hudson Bay Distillers to launch Flash Fresh - Supporting Trusted Saskatoon Partners In Need Campaign.


Flash Fresh


In April 2020, Brodie Johnston, owner of Flash reached out to The Trusted Saskatoon team with an idea. He had been approached by good friends at Hudson Bay Distilleries to see if he wanted to buy or distribute hand sanitizer. In this time of Covid, it was a pretty rare commodity and Hudson Bay Distillers was one of the handful of distilleries around the province that had been approved by the Saskatchewan Government to shift their focus from selling alcohol to making and distributing hand sanitizer.  
Brodie is an entrepreneur and saw the opportunity to do well, but being the community-spirited guy he is, he immediately thought about how he could help instead of profit from this opportunity! 

A Fundraising Campaign


Knowing the massive negative impact on small local business in our community due to the pandemic, but also recognizing he can't help every small business in need in Saskatoon,  he decided the best thing was to support the Trusted Saskatoon partners in the community he belongs to that have been hardest hit financially from the Covid Pandemic lockdowns in Saskatoon. Once he shared the idea with Sara Wheelwright, the owner of Trusted Saskatoon, she was thrilled to be able to step up and help. 

How To Buy? 


Send Order To Flash Electrical By Email To  

Subject Line: Hand Sanitizer

Weekly orders- Order by Wednesday for pick up Monday or delivery by the following Tuesday. 

E-transfers best way to accept money due to Covid. 

Your purchase not only helps you protect those most important to you, but you can also feel good that your purchase is supporting your community and businesses who are working hard to come back to serve us all! 



 See the Hudson Bay Distillers Facebook Announcement below! 


Which Partners Will Be Recipients Of The Campaign Funds Raised?


The following Trusted Saskatoon Partners were forced to close their doors completely and had zero income  in the lockdown:

  1. Hairstyle Inn Salons at Lawson and Centre Malls 
  2. Saskatoon Pilates
  3. Made In The Shade 
  4. Fitness Focus
  5. Imagery Photography 

Had To Close Their Location To Public & Lay Off Most (If Not All) Staff & Were Severely Financially Impacted: 
 
  1. Bateman Jewellers
  2. HomeQuarter Coffee House & Bakery
    Quarter
  3. PickNic's Catering
  4. Chef De Partie
Non Profit- Had To Cancel Major Events and This Has Severely Affected Their Operations  

  1. SCAT - Saskatoon Street Cat Rescue (Charity) 

Once we gather everything from the campaign and assess where things are at with Covid restrictions in early 2021 we will announce the $amount raised and the recipients. 

Fresh Fresh Hand Sanitizer Prices & Sizes:

    $25.53 /1.89 litre 
   $216.79 / 19 litres 
   $8545.00 /1000 litres 


Reminder- How To Buy

Send Order To Flash Electrical By Email To  

Subject Line: Hand Sanitizer

Weekly orders- Order by Wednesday for pick up Monday or delivery by the following Tuesday. 

E-transfers best way to accept money due to Covid. 

Soon it will be available at the following locations when they can open:

Hairstyle Inn at Centre Mall - (306) 683-2222
Hairstyle Inn at Lawson Mall - (306) 242-4222

How Much Will Be Donated To The Trusted Saskatoon Partners Support Fund?


Amount of Donation Per Unit Purchased:

Size (Litres)Donation $Amount
1.89
$5.00
19
$25.00
1000$1000.00


Trusted has offered as much support as possible and we have contributed to the campaign by:

1. Creating the Flash Fresh logo and brand for free- thanks to graphic designers at Trusted Marketing Services  
2. Paying for printing all the labels ( thanks to our good friends at Future Print in Regina, who turned them around and had them delivered to Hudson Bay in less than 3 days!)
3. Buying $500 of the hand sanitizers to donate to folk in need of it in Saskatoon
4. Donating all the marketing and creating everything required for the 3-month campaign. 
5. Advising on which partners had been hardest hit and needed the most support.   




Please help us help these small business and SCAT in Saskatoon - we appreciate you sharing this news AND purchasing Local to support LOCAL!! - Sara Wheelwright 



"If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody." ~ Malcolm Bane 

Meet ALL the Trusted Saskatoon Partners in this video we made in March 2020



Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate Agent Kari Calder Supports Camp Easter Seals

The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life! Kari Calder a Saskatoon Realtor with Century 21 Fusion is there to help you through the process, and provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a realtor working with your best interests in mind.  Kari Calder is a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor

Kari Calder Supports Camp Easter Seals

As a real estate agent in Saskatoon, Kari Calder can proudly say that she donates a portion of each and every sale to send kids to Camp Easter Seals. Easter Seals has been supported by Century 21 since 1979...well before Kari became a REALTOR® in Saskatoon! She has always been a proud supporter since becoming a Saskatoon REALTOR® in 2007 but since having a child of her own in 2014 she has stepped up her contributions.


To date, Century 21 REALTORS across Canada have raised approximately $12 Million to send kids to camp. In 2018 they had an astounding year and raised over $704,000 for Easter Seals through the C21 Kids to Camp Program: enough to enable over 330 kids who are living with disabilities to enjoy and benefit from the transformative experience of a lifetime at an Easter Seals summer camp in 2019.
As Tomany likely are unaware, we have an amazing spot in Watrous for local kids. Kari had the pleasure of visiting here in previous years and was blown away by the facility but also by the kids she met and all of the loving souls who work here and dedicate their time and energy to such a rewarding place. Century 21 agents from across Saskatchewan dedicate time each year to do a “camp clean up” before the season begins.

As a national company, Century 21 is a long standing partner and donor. Each year they have a variety of fundraisers including golf tournaments and events to help raise money to send kids living with disabilities to Easter Seals’ accessible summer camps across the country so that they can have fun, learn new skills, cultivate lifelong friends, and develop their confidence and abilities.

In 2018 our local Century 21 brokerage in Saskatoon was #3 in Canada and #7 in North America for funds raised. Amazingly, Century 21 Saskatoon was right behind Regina who held the #2 spot for Century 21 Canada with money raised.
Each home sold by Kari and each buyer represented by Kari in purchasing a home in Saskatoon (and surrounding communities) allows her to donate to this great cause and she has personally been raising above and beyond the amount to be recognized as a “Golden Heart” with the company. She can’t do this without her loyal Saskatoon real estate clients and those who refer their friends and family to her. So she wants to say thank you...we know the kids thank you as well!

Please consider Kari as your Trusted Saskatoon REALTOR® with a golden heart when it comes time for your or your family’s next real estate needs.

Kari Calder is one Saskatoon's top Century 21 Fusion real estate agents. Kari can assist with all of your Saskatoon buying and selling real estate needs and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR

 

Kari Calder

Saskatoon Real Estate Agent

Century 21 Fusion

kari@saskatoonrealestate.net


TrustedSaskatoon.com Celebrates Huge Milestone - as over 350,000 visitors visit Saskatoon's Number 1 Online Directory

The Trusted Saskatoon team are excited to share we have had over 350,000 people visit Trustedsaskatoon.com since we launched in 2011!! This is a monumental milestone for our small Saskatoon women-owned business and we are so proud of our dedicated local team. Of course huge kudos must go to the amazing locally owned and accountable community of Trusted Saskatoon businesses. They are run with integrity and  we are proud to promote and support their efforts. They are our product!! 


Many of the Trusted Saskatoon partners bought into the Trusted directories concept nearly 8 years ago - with ZERO results - look at the community we have now! I will be forever grateful for their trust and their investment in the concept and my dream to create a 'better option' for consumers looking for local businesses! Sara Wheelwright, Trusted Founder
 

Local Buyers With Local Needs Supporting Local Businesses!  

 

Nearly 60% or just over 215,000 of the visits 350,000 + visitors to TrustedSaskatoon.com were from people in Saskatoon, 85.25% from Saskatchewan and 98% from Canada!  

How do we know this? 


The website analytics tracks each IP address that visits the site. IP is short for (Internet Protocol) address, a numerical label assigned to every device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet. We can also see what kind of device the site was accessed on, what browser they used, what pages each visitor looked at on the directory, how long they spent choosing and reading the information, and even how they got to Trusedsaskatoon.com (EG: Google Searches, Google Ads, Facebook or Trusted Partners websites!)  

 

Tougher Times May Be Over in Saskatoon as Directory Visitor Numbers Trend UP in 2019. 

You can clearly see in the data above, 2017 and half of 2018 were tougher and visitor numbers were down. Although we still invested the same $ in marketing and had well over 35,000 people visit in our slowest calendar year.  We believe this effect was due to the ‘boom' ending. It seems most consumers were nervous to spend their hard earned money on anything but the products and services they actually needed at that time. 

Just look at the upturn in visitors that begin in the fall of 2018 and is really taking off in 2019 - over 18500 visitors ALREADY this year!! A record year may be in store for Trusted in 2019! 


Trusted Saskatoon Trivia


Wonder what the Top 5 categories have been since we launched? 


What about the last 12months? 


As a local online DIRECTORY, Trusted Saskatoon's primary role is to connect consumers who are actively looking for products and services, to local businesses they can trust. The directory listings are extremely comprehensive - including verified customer reviews, images, and video. We also have a HUGE library of nearly 1000 articles right here in our Trusted Tips Section - these helpful articles (blog posts) are mostly supplied by our local Trusted Saskatoon partners, who are the local experts in their industries. They are extremely well read and provide a unique local resource of information. 

Top 5 most read blogs in the Trusted Saskatoon Tip library over the last 12 month?


We are excited to continue our growth, as we welcome diverse and new Trusted Saskatoon partners every month to our community. In 2019 so far we have welcomed:

Occasionally we do part ways with businesses and sometimes we are asked why they leave. Some retire, close their business, move, change their business ownership or they simply choose to go in a different direction with their marketing. Occasionally we do have to make the tough decision to end the partnership.  We do this if we feel that the fit is not right and that they are no longer in line with our overall mission,  or that they are not committed to upholding the 5 Trusted Guarantees. 

We like to view this as an opportunity, as it allows us to meet new prospects, nominated business and also follow up with those on the waiting list of companies who are interested in joining the community. We have a maximum of 3 policy - This means we only allow  3 businesses in competition at any time in each of the 40 categories we provide. Also in 2019, we added Non - Profits to the directory and gifted 4 Saskatoon Non - Profits listings and free promotion

2019 is destined to be an amazing year, we have SO many amazing things coming your way Saskatoon! So watch this space! Thank you for your continued support of our Trusted Directories concept and our community Saskatoon!! 

Supporting Saskatoon businesses, consumers, and the community is what we do BEST!


Want More Information on Trusted Saskatoon?  


If you want more information on what it takes to join Trusted Saskatoon and if there is room for your company check out the JOIN TRUSTED page here and contact us to arrange a meeting. We can show you how we can help you grow your business alongside ours in 2019 and beyond! 

Trusted Saskatoon New Category Announced - Trusted Saskatoon Non-Profits

The Trusted Saskatoon team ran a contest on the Trusted Saskatoon Facebook page at the end of 2018 to find a new category for the Trusted Saskatoon directory. We received 100's of nominations, from children's activities to fencing, however, there was a clear winner, with over 200 nominations, we are pleased to announce the new category will be Trusted Saskatoon NON-PROFITS! 

  



Trusted Saskatoon Non-Profits.

As a small business in Saskatchewan, Trusted has prioritized community support as part of what we do from day 1. In 2017 we were recognized for our efforts as the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber Of Commerce ABEX Award for community support, so we were thrilled that this was the category that people in Saskatoon most wanted to see on our directory.   


There is no ME in Community…Just WE.


So What's The Plan for Trusted Saskatoon Non-Profits Category? 

We are pleased to announce that we will be GIFTING listings and annual Trusted partnerships in the new category to 4 Saskatoon Non- Profits. Each Year in January we will renew the category and we will rely on the public and the existing Trusted Saskatoon partners to help us find new Saskatoon and area non-profits to promote. Over the course of the year, we will volunteer our time and resources to help spread awareness of the 4 Trusted Saskatoon Non- profits organization activities, events and goals! 

This is an in-kind donation worth $4000 per non-profit, and being a Trusted Saskatoon partner means they will receive promotion in so many areas including:  

 1. 2 weeks of free radio ads. 
 2. Video interview and promotion of video.
 3. Regular Trusted partner promotion on our social media channels - including our Feature Partner Of the Week posts. 
 4. Free Marketing Training sessions.
 5. Networking  Opportunities. 


The 4 Trusted Saskatoon Non -Profits for 2019-2020:


1. Mending Little Hearts Fund of Saskatchewan 

This is a non- profit close to our heart, literally! 
Anna Maton, a Trusted Saskatoon Consultant is heavily involved in supporting this wonderful Saskatoon-based organization. Anna's youngest son William was born with a heart defect and went through open heart surgery a few years ago. We will share more about this Saskatoon Non-Profit once their listing has been added to the category.

2. TLC@Home  

This is a non-profit founded and run by a Trusted Saskatoon Partner - Hairstyles Inn.
First started in 2006 by Shelley James of The Hairstyle Inn, TLC@Home started off small distributing shoeboxes of gifts to one Saskatoon community school ( Princess Alexandra). Now 12 years later shoeboxes filled with holiday cheer are distributed to more than 800 students at Saskatoon schools which have included; Princess Alexandra Community School, St. Michael Community School, King George Community School and Pleasant Hill Community School.  We will share more about this Saskatoon Non-Profit once their listing has been added to the category.

3 & 4 ?????? - TO BE DECIDED...BY YOU! 

We are relying on our FANTASTIC Facebook fans to help us fill these 2 spots. A nomination process will begin Monday 7th Jan and run until Jan 31st. At that time votes will be counted and the top 2 most nominated non- profits will be recipients of the 2 remaining annual 2019-2020 Trusted Saskatoon Non- Profits gifted listings. 

**Please note Non- Profits MUST be registered to qualify**   


CLICK ON OUR FACEBOOK POST BELOW AND TAG TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE NON-PROFIT. 

 

Trusted Saskatoon Partners Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon

The Trusted Saskatoon Directory team  is proud to support many different community initiatives including this event that two of our Trusted Saskatoon Partners supported! Ricky Iula, Decora Homes Ltd. and Kari Calder, Century 21 Fusion both participated in the Celebrity Bartending Challenge on April 11th at Congress Beer House in Saskatoon in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Local Bartending Challenge in Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon

On April 11th at Congress Beer House in Saskatoon Ricky Iula and Kari Calder showcased their bartending skills and sold their signature cocktail to raise money for this great cause! It was a wonderful evening raising awareness of the importance of positive mentors and supporting youth in our community.

Ricky Iula from Decora Homes Ltd. stepped up in a HUGE for Big Brothers Big Sisters and raised $21,825 earning him the top fundraiser award and bragging rights! Ricky set a goal and exceeded it by reaching out to his amazing team, suppliers, family and friends for support! Ricky puts a 110% into everything he does including the stunning custom homes they build for their clients.



Kari Calder, Trusted Saskatoon Realtor showed off her bartending skills at the Local Bartending Challenge and earned herself the best cocktail award for her Dirty Flamingo! She also raised money for STARS ambulance with every flamingo cup sold and donated hundreds of dollars to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon! Kari is a multi-award winning realtor and she truly cares about the Saskatoon community!



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area's mission is  "Every Child in Canada Who Needs a Mentor, Has a Mentor." This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon will change lives for more than 600 children and youth in Saskatoon helping to support them to be more confident, feel secure and become leaders. Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives. This organization is there to support them by providing positive mentors and experiences. Thank you both for your contributions at the event to support this great organization!



Whether you are looking at custom building or buying/selling these two amazing Trusted Saskatoon Partners have you covered! See client testimonials and more by clicking links below!