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Trusted Saskatoon Team Brags About Saskatoon Bag & Case, Your Trusted Saskatoon Speciality Bag & Case Store!

The Trusted Saskatoon team is thrilled to welcome Saskatoon Bag & Case to the Trusted Saskatoon community. They have joined our Saskatoon specialty retail category, and specialize in custom designs of high-quality and durable bag and case products. They work with any industry, including sports teams, work crews, company promotions, and music and audiovisuals. Saskatoon Bag & Case are your Trusted Saskatoon Custom Bag & Case Experts!

Have You Heard of Saskatoon Bag & Case?

If not we have some news for you! Did you know that Saskatoon Bag and Case is one of the very few case facilities in Canada that offer such a wide variety of cases and bags under a single roof? And this local, family-owned business has been providing its huge selection of products combined with exceptional service since 1984! 


Saskatoon Bag and Case carry a huge selection of Pelican branded products as well as standard cases and bags, but their specialty is designing custom, one-of-a-kind cases and bags of any shape and size, designed to meet your exact specifications. Whether it be high-quality, durable bags for sports teams, work crews, musicians or company promotions they are the experts in this industry in Canada.


Even if you have your own case, Trevor, the owner  will design custom foam inserts to protect your valuable equipment or musical instruments. Many of Trevor’s customers regularly ask for custom embroidery and screen printing for company logos or team names, and we are happy to share that yes, SBC will do that as well. 


You can check out their website to see all they offer https://sbccase.com or visit their showroom on Faithfull Avenue in Saskatoon. Go and talk to Trevor in person about what it is you’re looking for, he is happy to help you navigate through the options to find the one best suited to you! There is no better place to buy personal or business cases and bags in Saskatchewan than Saskatoon Bag & Case. Their service is exceptional and their products are the best!

Don’t take it from us - when surveying Trevor’s customers as part of the Unique Trusted verification process, we consistently heard great things. Read some of their first-hand experiences below. 


"Saskatoon Bag & Case has provided Team Power Solutions with custom cases for sensitive test equipment. They are very responsive to design cases that protect our equipment and stand up to the field use and shipping requirements." - Allen, Team Power Solutions

"Trevor at Saskatoon Bag & Case is very willing to help and open minded for any project. He has been a big plus to our team and product at Guardian Angel Auto Flagger Mfg." - Kim, Watrous SK

You can read more glowing client testimonials and see all Saskatoon Bag & Case offers by checking out their listing in the Saskatoon Specialty Retail Category.

“If you Need It Covered...They’ve Got It Cased!”  

Trusted Saskatoon 2020 Mystery Bag Contest. Supporting Local and GIVING back!



The Trusted Saskatoon Team LOVE a good contest!! 


We really like surprises and get so much joy from making other people happy. If that supports our Trusted Saskatoon Partners that we promote and partner with, heck, that's a WIN-WIN!

In our latest contest, we are dusting off our Mystery Bags and packing them with amazing goodies from our partners. 
Over 9 weeks we will be announcing 9 lucky Trusted Saskatoon fans as the weekly Winning Wednesday Winners. 
EXCITING!!! 

Each mystery bag prize will have a value of at LEAST $300.00 and all prizes are from our very own Trusted Saskatoon Partners! 

Unfortunately, we can't guarantee every one of our fans gets a prize, but we can guarantee that if you DON’T enter you definitely WON’T win! 

MYSTERY BAG 2020 - 9 Weeks of Winning


Starting Wednesday from Oct 28th EVERY week a lucky Trusted Saskatoon Facebook Page fan will win! 


All you have to do to be entered for the first 8 weeks is:

  • Pick a mystery bag number:  1, 2 or 3 

  • Comment on the weekly post with your chosen lucky number. 


Every Wednesday on Facebook we will reveal the mystery bag number of the week. 

At that time we will randomly select a winner from the correct entries on the Mystery Bag Facebook post that week. 
The weekly winner will be announced on Facebook and we will reveal the contents of the mystery bag they won! 

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...


On December 23rd's Winning Wednesday we have a special mystery prize.  

To enter that draw you must sign up on the website BEFORE December 22nd here:  

https://www.trustedsaskatoon.com/contest.aspx  


On Dec 23rd at noon we will randomly select a lucky winner from the website entries and they will win ALL 3 bags!! We will call the lucky winner and announce on Facebook live and reveal all the prizes.    


Remember it ALWAYS pays to be a fan of TrustedSaskatoon.com 

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


TRUSTED CONTEST RULES

  • 1 weekly Facebook entry per person  - any double entries will disqualify you that week. 
  • 1 grand prize website entry per person - any double entries will disqualify you.
  • Winners must pick up their prize IN Person and bring ID within 5 days of winning or they forfeit the prize. 

 

Winners and Prizes! 





WEEK 1 - Bag #1 

Winner was Anita Schrutek
Prize: $350.00






WEEK 2 - Bag #2 

Winner was Raelyn Dawn.
Prize: $350.00






WEEK 3 - Bag #3 

Winner was Holly Stasiuk.
Prize: $350.00






WEEK 4 - Bag #1

Winner was Heather Peters
Prize: $300.00






WEEK 5 - Bag #2

Winner was Fanterra Fisher- Belak 
Prize: $425.00







WEEK 6 - Bag #3

Winner was: Jaime Pitz 
Prize: $425









WEEK 7 - Bag #1

Winner was: Pearl Kapiniak
Prize: $300






WEEK 8 - Bag #2

Winner was: Cindy Radcliffe
Prize: $425






2020 GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS ...

Linda Gubbe

Prize: $1500



The last bag  - Community $2000 donation 


The following partners donated : 


Trusted matched the donations and rounded up to $2000.00 - this will be divided equally between 3 Trusted Saskatoon non -profits.




Trusted Saskatoon IT Pro’s at Burnt Orange Solutions Owner Shares 5 Tips To Secure Data

Gareth McKee and his Trusted Saskatoon IT team at Burnt Orange, promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to them. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients understand IT concerns by providing a straightforward and reliable solution with exceptional service. Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts and in their latest Saskatoon IT tip, Gareth provides 5 tips on how to safely secure data at your company. 


GARETH'S 5 TIPS TO SECURE DATA AT YOUR COMPANY

Secure Data with Gareth’s 5 Tips for Your Company

Owner of Burnt Orange IT Solutions, Gareth McKee, provides his top 5 tips on how to secure data safely and improve the security of your data at your company. Watch the video below or read on.

1. Secure Data with the Use of Strong Passwords

According to Forbes, in the last 6 months of 2019 over 4 billion records were exposed by data breaches. Included in these records were over 1 billion passwords retrieved.

The top 5 easiest passwords to hack are:

#1 – 12345

#2 – 123456

#3 – 123456789

#4 – Test1

#5 – Password

But they are not always the easy ones to crack by hackers, as shown here:

#21 – princess

#30 – monkey

#48 – chocolate

#97 – babygirl

So, what do we learn from this? There are ‘bots’ and phishing scams active every day on the internet, looking to gain access to your network, steal your data or encrypt it to extort money from you.

What Does a Strong Password Look Like?

Strong passwords need 2 things: length and complexity. Both are really easy to achieve with a little imagination. Let’s firstly achieve the length. Rather than think of a passWORD, think of passwords (plural) or a passPHRASE.

One solution is to think of 4 unrelated words such as:

#Potato plastiC either strong!

The above is 30 characters and notice I have added the # and ! to make it a little more complex.

Or, you can use a phrase such as:

!Theres a m00se 0n the 100se#

The above is 29 characters. Replacing letters with numbers can be a good way to achieve complexity (for example, changing O’s to zero’s).

The best solution is to use a password manager, which is a secure app that remembers all your complex and long passwords for you so all you have to remember is the 1 password to the manager.

2. Secure Data by Locking Your Computer

How easy would it be for someone to walk past an office, walk-in and steal data from an unlocked PC? This happens more often than you think, and whether it is a disgruntled employee or a stranger who has walked into your building, it is so easy to steal data in this way.

The solution is to have your PC lock itself after a certain amount of inactivity. This is easy to achieve, simply decide the length of inactivity before allowing your PC to lock. I recommend 5 minutes.

Looking after a network properly can be a difficult and time-consuming job so to make your life easy, engage with a local, professional IT Security company such as Burnt Orange IT Solutions. You will find that the money spent on network security is easily recovered by staff efficiencies.

3. Receive a Suspicious Email? Call the Sender Before You Click

Email spoofing costs businesses millions of dollars every year. I am sure you can remember Saskatoon City Council being duped in 2019 to the price of $1 million.

If even a known client emails you asking to transfer money, providing you with new banking details, large orders, or asking you to click anywhere, call the client to ensure the information has come from them directly. A quick phone call can save a lot of money, embarrassment, and is a way to secure data. This should be a standard practice in your office. If you don’t have an Acceptable Use Policy or User Best Practice Policy in your organization, contact your best local IT company. They can help you achieve the best practices in your business.

4. Take a Breath

We all have 10 hours of work to complete in an 8 hour day, but just by taking 1 second to look at an email can save a lot of heartache. Hovering over an email address or a web link can show you where it is actually directing the click. Just because the link reads www.rbc.com, this does not mean it will direct you there.

Also, hackers often send a link which looks real, but is slightly misspelt, for example:

https://www.saskatoononliinetrucks.com/saskatoon/cheapestdeals/buytoday

if you look closely there are two ‘i’s in online. In a busy day that may be easy to miss, you navigate to a website with a virus, allowing it to download, the virus waits a day and ultimately encrypts all the data on your server. Not a good day for you or your company.

The accepted solution here is to put DNS protection in place. This service scours the internet all day, looking for dangerous websites, whether they are legit or not, and if a dangerous website is found, the service will stop you from accessing the website. If you can’t access the website, you cannot download the virus. Simple as that! Professional IT companies offer this service for a fraction of the cost of the downtime experienced should a virus be download by accident. Contact your local IT company for help.

5. Back Up Your Data

Even in a small office where there is no ‘real’ server, it is always a good idea to treat one of the PCs as a file server. Have all the data held there, back up that PC, and only that PC. This makes the backup and recovery activity simple and easy. Impose a rule that all data must be held on that PC. Configure each PC to share to that PC. Complete this task and you have just saved yourself days of non-productivity in a recovery situation.

The best backup solutions today backup to the cloud. They will:

Encrypt your data before it leaves your PC,

Be password protected,

Be automated,

and YOU will test it, at least once per month to ensure the data can be recovered.


A backup that does not work when you need it is as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Test it before you need it. As with all the problems discussed, your local professional IT security firm can help you with all these tasks, and for much less than you think.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Burnt Orange IT Solutions.

We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and we can take IT worries off your plate.

Burnt Orange IT Solutions Products & Services:

  1. Managed Networks

  2. Backup and Recovery

  3. Data and Network Security

  4. Hosted Services

  5. Telephone Systems

  6. Secure WiFi Networks

"IT Support You Can Trust and Understand"

Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts

Trusted Saskatoon Mystery Shop The Carpet Guys - Trusted Saskatoon Carpet Cleaners

Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 

Why Choose a Business From The Trusted Saskatoon Directory? 

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses who we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. 


We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! The Trusted Saskatoon Team are thrilled to share our latest mystery shop report about The Carpet Guys!



Mystery Shop The Carpet Guys 


Name of Shopper: Darren G.


1. How was the greeting/welcome/call answered?

Professional and courteous, both on the phone and in person. 


2. Product industry knowledge of staff?

Service was explained with detail. The knowledge base exceeded my expectations. 


3. If a quote is required is it well laid out / clear?

Yes


4. Did they ask where you found them?

I told him.

 

5. Overall experience 1-10

9.5 out of 10


6. Would you return/recommend?

Absolutely.


7. Did anyone stand out as exceptional?

Hal - Owner and Operator


8. If you made a purchase or booked a job, how was the process?

 See below


Did they uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees? 

  1. Provide the service and quality promised - Yes
  2. Complete the job on time - Yes
  3. Change the price quoted with no surprises - Yes
  4. Communicate.honestly and be responsive to customer needs - Yes
  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind - Yes
There are no negatives!


Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 


 "As an owner of two condos, it is important to refresh the carpets to "as close as new" as possible. My experience has been very positive and rewarding. Not only for me, but for new tenants moving in. I would recommend Hal and The Carpet Guys without any hesitation."
CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop Hal and the rest of The Carpet Guys team! 

Don't take a risk anywhere else! Contact them for an estimate today 

SERVICES - For fast service call or TEXT (306)-222-2561

DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL SASKATOON CARPET CLEANING

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Scotch Guarding, Spot & Stain Removal
  • Pet Odour & Flood Clean-up

Saskatoon Carpet Guy is a Trusted Saskatoon Carpet Cleaning Company


Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Featured In Star Phoenix Chefs At Home Series

Chef de Partie Catering is a private catering company with commercial kitchens in the heart of the downtown Saskatoon business district.  Owned by Chef Heather Bekar-Schulte and specializing in creating high-quality dishes with fresh, local ingredients and uncommon flair. Heather and her passionate team cater to local events, corporate parties and weddings, they also produce amazing pastries and build one-of-a-kind wedding cakes. In their latest article Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Chef de Partie Catering & Events share their unique tasting room experience!! In this article we share an interview with Heather about how she has responded to the hardships facing her business in 2020. 

Chef De Partie- Featured in YXE Chefs at Home Feature

In April of 2020 Heather, owner of Chef De Partie , was interviewed by Saskatoon Star Phoenix . 2020 has been a tough year for Heather and all caterers around the globe as Covid 19 shut down events and gatherings - in this interview that took place in a Friday Heather shares her experience. 

YXE Chefs at Home: Heather Bekar-Schulte

Normally on a Friday morning, the space would be bustling with cooks prepping food for a busy weekend. The dishwasher would be swishing along, knives would be chopping, and cooks would be bantering. But all one hears on this late March day is the unmistakable hum of the walk-in cooler kicking in.

Chef Heather Bekar-Schulte is here in her new business, which had its grand opening on March 7, right before everything changed so abruptly. Like so many others in the hospitality industry, Heather has had to lay off her staff. The sadness in her voice is unmistakable as she takes us back to that day earlier in the month when she got news that everything had to be shut down indefinitely. Weddings and other jobs that were booked have all cancelled or rebooked for next year.

Heather has pivoted her business to doing only pickup and delivery of healthy, chef-prepared frozen meals. She’s also offering a Fish and Chips special every Friday. What was just supposed to be for Good Friday is now a regular feature due to the overwhelming response. Saskatonians love good fish and chips. No doubt she will continue to come up with creative culinary offerings as this season of uncertainty continues.




Heather proudly shows us around the storefront of her business — a charming tasting room for private parties of up to 12 people. The shelves are stocked with local products that can also be ordered online. Honey, jam, coffee, tea, flour, lentils, eggs, meat, fish, baking and more are available for those of us who want to avoid the grocery store lineups.

The beautiful wooden table is tastefully set with ceramic plates and wine goblets. She can’t wait to see it full of happy diners once again. This part of her business is also a love letter to her family, with heirloom pieces decorating the bright space. Woven baskets, egg crates, butter churns and honey cans all tell the story of Heather’s Ukrainian heritage. 

Find out more about the tasting room in the article we wrote about the grand opening in Feb 2020 


Heather is so proud of this history, and for this reason alone she just can’t give up her business during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. Hard work, determination, and perseverance run through her veins. She’s got no choice but to keep going.

Normally we would visit Chef Heather at home, but her new business is like her home away from home; she’s still here an awful lot, working on marketing and planning for the future as much as she can. She’s preparing two Italian flatbreads for us today — a family favourite. As Heather works the dough and tops the flatbreads with sliced purple potato, herbs, and spices, we chat a little about this and that.

R: What is your favourite Saskatchewan ingredient to cook with?

H: Berries. Highbush cranberries, Saskatoon berries, tiny elusive wild blueberries, sea buckthorn berries. I love them all and I use them everywhere — sweet, savoury, sauces, baking, dressings. It’s all great!

R: What is your guilty pleasure grocery store item?

H: Dark chocolate bars. I usually grab two in the checkout line. I eat a square or two every night when I’m making my tea.

R: If you only have 15 minutes to eat, what do you cook for yourself?

H: Eggs and toast. Good, hot food ready and eaten in 10 minutes — it’s my go to. Some butter and salt and tons of pepper and I’m happy.

R: If you could cook for anyone famous, who would it be?

H: If I could cook for anyone out at that harvest table in our tasting room, it would be my dad. I want to show him how my culinary career has come full circle. When I started out I craved adventure and worldly flavours, and now all I want is great local food and a taste of home. I want to feed him a wonderful Saskatchewan supper in that tasting room surrounded by our farm heritage.

R: Did anyone inspire you to become a professional chef? How/why did you enter the culinary arts?

H: My dad; he was a farmer, so he was always home, and was a Ukrainian, so he did a lot of the interesting, traditional cooking bringing down the food traditions from my Baba. He was also very proud of producing nearly everything our family ate growing up on the farm, our own beef and our huge garden. Also I watched a lot of the Urban Peasant growing up. James Barber’s comfortable, down to earth style was very inviting to me. I entered the culinary program immediately out of high school in 1994 here in Saskatoon at SIAST when I was 17 and thoroughly enjoyed it, soaking it all in, and haven’t left the field since. It was also a great sense of pride to me that my daughter Maggie entered the Culinary Arts program exactly 25 years later at the same school last fall.

R: Anything you want to say to other chefs and business owners who are in the same boat as you?

H: Reach out to your support system. Call your friends, family — anyone. Let your emotions out — then take a long bath or shower and take care of yourself, sleep and eat. Try not to mentally isolate or self-medicate. This too shall pass, and remember, chefs are flipping resilient.


Article written by Renee Kohlman  •  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The Chef de Partie family is committed to the collaborative growth of local partnerships in the food, farming and artisan community of Saskatchewan. 

Chef de Partie Catering & Events is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer 


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