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Trusted Saskatoon payment solution provider Choice Payment Solutions share details on the Clover Flex POS System

Choice Payment Solutions, led by Nelson Crowder, is your Trusted Saskatoon payment solution provider serving Saskatchewan. In their latest business and payment solutions tip, they share product information about the Cover Flex. 

Introducing the CLOVER FLEX - Not your average point of sale terminal!

We have many conversations with Saskatchewan business owners regarding the best point of sale solutions. Recently the conversation has turned towards the NEW CLOVER FLEX terminals we offer.

Nelson provides some high-level info on what these units do.

  • Operates on multiple platforms...WIFI and has a built-in SIM Card when no WIFI available
  • Accepts all forms of payment ...Contactless Credit/Debit, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Even track cash sales
  • Customize to your Business, Add your logo to receipts & info about your business
  • Customize TIP options
  • Real-time reporting
  • Integrates into your accounting software!!

Let list goes on! 

 

 Connect with us to arrange a demo and get yours today, You'll be glad you did!


Choice Payment Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers! 

Find them here in the Saskatoon Directory of excellence 

If you already accept credit cards, take advantage of a complimentary statement analysis to find out how Choice Payment Solutions compares to your current provider.


Trusted Saskatoon Partners Announced As SABEX Awards Finalists!

THE SABEX AWARDS - SASKATOON ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Saskatoon and area have many great businesses that have raised the standards for the community and industry at large. At Trusted Saskatoon we value businesses run with integrity and are proud to announce that FOUR of our Trusted Saskatoon Partners are Finalists for the 2019 SABEX Awards!

Customer Service (Sponsored by MNP LLP): Finalist - Glenwood Auto Service
Rob Scott (Owner) has always taken great pride in exceeding clients expectations when it comes to customer service. Glenwood Auto Service has a long history of delivering quality auto repair and service since 1973. Their motto from the beginning has been "fantastic service is our discount". Glenwood's commitment to superior customer service has remained consistent and because of this, the business continues to grow. 
Their customers are extremely loyal and Glenwood always listens to feedback to continue to grow. With over 2000 positive client reviews in an industry that is flooded with horror stories, we are proud to have Glenwood AutService as Trusted Saskatoon AutoRepair & Tire Specialists! 

Marketing (Sponsored by Handy Special Events): Finalist - Decora Homes Ltd.
Decora Homes specialize in building high-end custom homes. A multi-award winning home builder with over 10 years experience. When they unleash their creativity they excel and they love incorporating new ideas that make them truly unique. Decora Homes have always marketed their company to showcase the quality and uniqueness they are known for. Decora Homes have earned recognition for their distinctive design and spectacular detail. Decora Homes have been a Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder for over 5 years with no complaints.

New Business Venture (Sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic): Finalist - Wiebe Windows & More
Owner, Bradley Wiebe has been installing windows and doors in Saskatoon and area for over 10 years. When starting his own company in 2015 he knew that his focus would be on ensuring quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. Wiebe Windows & More has a 5-star rating and numerous customer testimonials and is on target to grow as a business by another 40% this year. Trusted Saskatoon is proud to have Wiebe Windows & More on our directory of excellence and to be able to promote their company with a new website, logo design and more through Trusted Marketing Services.



Entrepreneur of the Year (Sponsored by Conexus Credit Union): Finalist - Chelsey Harder (Passions Beauty Studio & Barber Corner)
Chelsey Harder is a hard working business owner who also believes in giving back to the community. Chelsey started Passions Beauty Studio in 2009 at the age of 20 and it has now evolved into a high-end salon, boutique, and barbershop. The Barber Shop is managed by her husband and has been open since 2017. Most recently she created, developed and is co-owner of her own hair brand, PRIME Hair Brand. Her motto is if you choose a career you love you won't have to work a day in your life. Passions Beauty Studio and The Barber Corner are a Trusted Saskatoon Salon!

Congrats to these amazing individuals and Trusted Saskatoon businesses on being named a 2019 SABEX Awards Finalist!


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Trusted Saskatoon Brags about Treeternity your Trusted Saskatoon & area Memorial Forest

The Trusted Saskatoon Directory Team are ecstatic to welcome Treeternity Memoria Forest to our directory of excellence and brag about what makes their services truly unique. Treeternity is your Trusted Saskatoon memorial forest.  

"Let A Tree Tell Your Story"


When you lose a loved one or have a big occasion in your life you often think of ways to remember or celebrate these moments. What the Trusted Saskatoon Team loves about Treeternity, is that they have a created a beautiful space specifically for this purpose. When asked how the concept of Treeternity was founded this is what Mia had to say.

Well I could never really decide exactly what I want my loved ones to do when the time inevitably comes.  I always thought I would like to donate every organ I possibly can to help in any way but then what would my family do, what would they be left with?  If I were cremated and wanted my ashes spread someplace random would that be it?  My family would not have anywhere to go to remember me if I did that.  I feel like I want to have a memorial place which provides a point of focus for remembrance and I would like that place to be a beautiful, happy, modern place...and with that Treeternity Memorial Forest was born...  I want to be a tree and love the thought of having a tree leave my mark here on Earth. - Mia Hollinger (Owner of Treeternity)


When you purchase a memorial tree...

1. You will have a choice of 4 tree types from which you will choose one. Oak, Maple, Linden or an ornamental flowering crab apple tree.

2. When you purchase a memorial you will choose where you would like to plant your tree from the available 12’x12’ spaces.

3. You will receive a standard 9"x5" FusionCast TM Plaque which will be placed flat in the ground in front of the tree. You will choose your own personal message to be inscribed on the plaque.

4. Planting starts as soon as possible in the spring once the ground is no longer frozen and will plant throughout the season as the weather allows.  On your planting day, you and your loved ones will receive your tree and we will show you to the space you have previously chosen. The plaque will be in place and the area will be ready for you to plant your tree. You are left to do your planting and enjoy the day.  There is a beautiful gazebo on location for you to enjoy.


We spoke to quite a few of Treeternity's clients and we're excited to hear their experiences and what this has meant to them. This is what one of their client's Maureen had to say:


"When Gord's mom passed away ( May 25, 2018) we planted a tree for his parents, giving their wedding date and each of their birth and passing dates. Then I decided to plant a tree for my parents in the same way. We have reserved a spot to plant a tree for ourselves on our 50th which is December 2020...so we will plant it early. That prompted my daughter to think about one for their 20th which is in 2025. We fancy having an entire corner of forest for our family trees. The grandchildren already feel it is their forest. I have recommended Treeternity to others and have found comfort and beauty in this place," - Maureen Haddock 


Treeternity is truly a special place. Whether it is finding a way to remember a loved one or pet after they have passed and the funeral is over or celebrating an anniversary, birthday or another milestone Treeternity is a perfect place. These trees are truly a unique way to cope with difficult times in your life and provide closure for your family. They also are a way to celebrate milestones in your life and watch the tree grow for years to come. 

We are thrilled to give the thumbs up to Mia and Treeternity your Trusted Saskatoon Memorial Forest! See all they do and read client testimonials on Treeternity listing here on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory 


Suncatcher Solar and Electric Trusted Saskatoon Electricians Share Information About Electric Vehicles

A family company based in Saskatoon Suncatcher Solar Systems has been supplying and installing solar energy systems since 2003; they are Saskatoon's most established solar provider. Their Solar and electrical team designs, supplies and installs solar power systems and designs passive solar homes, they shared this article about electric vehicles as a viable option with our Saskatchewan winters.

Suncatcher Solar & Electric Your Trusted Saskatoon Electricians and Solar Experts.


Are electric vehicles a viable option with Saskatchewan winters?


Suncatcher install electric vehicle chargers and solar power systems to charge electric vehicles - an increasingly popular option!

Contact them today for a quote!


Electric vehicle owners Pat Keyser and Jason Cruickshank dispel some of the popular myths in this article. With the numerous financial and environmental benefits of driving an electric vehicle (EV) becoming increasingly apparent, more people are opting to make the switch — but some consumers are still worried about how cold temperatures affect the vehicles' performance.



THE BATTERY IS UNRELIABLE


As with a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE), it does take more energy to run an EV in the colder months, although Keyser noted that the battery powering her Tesla Model S is much more reliable in winter than the battery needed to start an ICE vehicle.

Cruickshank added that the engine in his Chevrolet Bolt kicks in automatically to keep the battery warm. Another plus is the fact that the 12-volt starter battery will never die because it's constantly being charged — whether plugged in or not, he said.

“A lot of people compare these batteries to their cellphones. But those batteries are designed for different operating conditions — it's not designed for cooler temperatures; there is nothing in there to try to keep the battery warm or conditioned."


COLD REDUCES THE EV'S RANGE

Keyser admits her Model S doesn't make it quite as far in the winter months as it does in the summer — about 25 percent less, according to her observations — but ICE vehicles also consume more fuel when idling or powering heaters and other electronics. For her, it's simply a matter of shifting her thinking to how she can drive to better extend the battery's range.

When she has used her car on a long road trip, the charging stops gave her a chance to discover different communities where she would never have stopped otherwise, she added.


CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE IS LACKING

While there is some truth to this, Keyser said it's simply a downfall of being a pioneer of the continuously growing industry. Both Keyser and Cruickshank admit Saskatchewan is significantly behind the rest of Canada in this aspect.

“When motorized vehicles first came along, there weren't gas stations everywhere," Keyser noted.

Most EV owners don't use public charging stations for full charges, opting instead to plug into a regular wall outlet overnight or at work, Cruickshank said. As long as they aren't on a long trip, finding a public charger isn't required unless they want to top up their battery while out and about.  


CHARGING TAKES TOO LONG

When it's cold, no one wants to have to stop for hours to recharge a vehicle — But unless you are travelling a long distance, you generally don't tend to completely drain the battery.

Cruickshank said it can take about eight hours to fully charge his Bolt using a standard plug — fine for an overnight charge, but he admits it's not ideal when travelling long distances.

However, the technology is advancing quickly and more quick charge stations are popping up that can take a battery from zero to 80 percent in less than 45 minutes.


EV IS SIMILAR IN EFFICIENCY TO AN ICE VEHICLE

Even in Saskatchewan, where the majority of electricity comes from burning coal, EVs are about twice as efficient compared to their gas-burning counterparts.

Plugndrive.ca estimates every 20,000 kilometres Keyser drives her Model S in Saskatchewan costs roughly $570 and outputs 2,495 kg of carbon dioxide. Those numbers jump significantly, to $2,490 and 4,880 kg of carbon dioxide, when calculated for an ICE vehicle. 

Cruickshank's Bolt performs even better, costing only $490 and outputting only 2,160 kg of carbon dioxide. 

In provinces like Quebec and Manitoba, where electricity is mainly created at hydroelectric generating stations, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted drops to roughly 30 to40 kg for every 20,000 kilometres driven.

Suncatcher Solar and electric are your TRUSTED SASKATOON SOLAR AND ELECTRICAL EXPERTS!

Original Artcicle - Star Phoenix https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/five-misconceptions-about-driving-an-electric-car-in-winter

Prairie Laser Ink and Toner Trusted Saskatoon Printer Ink & Toner Suppliers Tip About Colors Role In Everyday Life.

 Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are a locally owned and operated family run business in Saskatoon. Owner/operator Anton Schouten and his daughter Maya Schouten have been running the business for over 17 years.   They are truly your printer, inkjet cartridge and laserjet toner guru’s in Saskatoon! Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are your Trusted Saskatoon Printer Ink & toner suppliers

RGB vs. CMYK: A Guide to Color Systems for Designers

Colour plays an important role in everyday life. It can affect your mood, your impression of a brand, and even influence your buying choices. Getting the color right in your designs is crucial if you want to convey the right message.

But as a designer, you should also know which colour system to use if you want your design to look as intended. Knowing which colour system to use will be a lot easier when you know how your design will be used.

There are two major colour systems in the digital and print design industries: the RGB colour system and the CMYK colour system. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between the two and show you how you can easily switch between them in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.


In short:

  • RGB = Red, Green, Blue. Use for digital designs.
  • CMYK = Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key. Use for anything printed.


What is RGB?

    

 

RGB stands for Red, Green, and Blue. It’s used exclusively in the digital design industry because it represents the same colors used in computer screens, TV screens, as well as mobile device screens.

It’s an additive colour system which means that the primary colours are added together in various combinations to produce a much wider spectrum of colours. These colours are produced by blending light itself by superimposing the red, green, and blue light beam. Without any intensity, each of those colours will be perceived as black, while full intensity will make them appear white.

It’s also worth mentioning that different intensities of each colour will produce the hue of a particular colour. The resulting colour will also appear more or less saturated depending on the difference between the most and the least intensive colour.


When should you use the RGB colour system?

As a general rule of thumb, the RGB colour system should be used only in digital designs, most commonly when designing for the web. This includes designing websites and imagery and graphics for use on websites and social media.

If you want to use those designs in print, you will have to convert it to the CMYK colour system.


What is CMYK?

    


CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (Black). Black, in this case, is referred to as key because it is used in the key plate which is responsible for adding the contrast and the detail for the final image.

The CMYK colour system is most commonly referred to as the four-colour process because it uses four different colours to produce different hues. The black colour here is used because the other three colours combined cannot produce a fully saturated black.

Unlike the RGB color system, CMYK is a subtractive color model because the printed ink reduces the light that would normally be reflected. The inks used subtract the brightness from a white background from those four colors. The CMYK colors are mixed during the printing process which can sometimes cause minor inconsistencies. For that reason, you should always look at the printed proof of a given project before going through with the full print run.

When should you use CMYK?

As hinted in the previous section, CMYK is the recommended colour system for any material that will be printed. This includes business cards, brochures, letterheads, and any other business collateral.

Since this colour model is the only one that can produce the greatest accuracy when printing colour photography, it should be your primary choice for any print job that uses more than four colours.


How to convert RGB to CMYK in Adobe programs and keep your colours vivid

Nowadays, most design software is set to the RGB colour system. If you’re designing for the web, that’s fine, but if your project is intended for print, you need to switch from RGB to CMYK.

Here’s how to do it in the Adobe programs which are considered the industry standard.

  • In Photoshop, click Image > Mode > CMYK Color.
  • In Illustrator, click File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color.
  • In InDesign, click Window > Color, then click the dropdown button in the upper right corner and select CMYK.

But what happens if you need to design for both print and web for the same project? In that case, it’s recommended to start with the CMYK model and design all the print assets first. Then, switch to the RGB model and design the assets for the web. Doing so will give you a closer match in colors as RGB has a wider range of colors which may turn out quite pale when you convert them to CMYK.

Watch: RGB vs. CMYK explainer

  

Where to find CMYK and RGB templates and resources?

Knowing the difference between RGB and CMYK is crucial if you’re a designer. However, designing from scratch may not always be feasible. That’s where various templates and resource packs come in handy.

But, even if you’re using a graphics pack or stock item, you still need to make sure they were designed in the correct colour system unless you want to spend time converting them and correcting possible mistakes yourself.

Thankfully, marketplaces such as GraphicRiver and Envato Elements have plenty of stock items that utilize the corresponding colour systems. Below are a few examples that might just save you a few hours on your next project.

Ultimate Mega Branding Pack

    


Designing a complete branding identity is no small undertaking but you can save yourself a few hours getting the dimensions and guides right by using a set of pre-made templates. Then, all you have to worry about is translating the brand vision onto the printed material. This pack includes the most important brand collaterals designed in CMYK color mode which makes them ready for print.




Facebook Post Banners

   

 

Social media networks are notorious for changing the recommended images all the time. Instead of recreating the template each time, your time would be better spent adding the visual image of the brand to a premade template. This set of banners comes in two sizes, each of them designed in the RGB color mode so they can look great on the web

 


Cetho Business Proposal

     
 

This business proposal template is perfect when you need to design a business proposal for a client. The dimensions and the CMYK color mode is already in place so all you have to do is replace the visual elements with those used by your client’s brand.






Mixed Flat Icons Bundle

 

Icons are always useful in a variety of designs. This bundle has more than a thousand icons and they are all designed using RGB. The set also comes in AI, EPS, PSD (Vector Shapes), SVG & PNG formats and includes 42 different categories of icons such as transport, food and drinks, weather, clothes, holidays, and more.

 

Final thoughts

Using the correct colour mode for your projects saves you time and it also helps your final project to look as intended whether you use it on the web or in print. You’ll also be able to spot any potential issues with your design and correct them before sending them off to the client.

Remember to always check the color mode in your design software and adjust it accordingly as well as asking your client for the intended use of the final product. And if you need graphic resources, don’t forget to stop by our marketplace and search for templates that can help you cut back on design time dramatically.

  





     



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