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Welcome Synergy Business Solutions as Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeepers, HR and Business Consultants.

The Trusted Saskatoon team are thrilled to welcome the dynamic team at Synergy Business Solutions to the Saskatoon Directory of Excellence! Their services allow busy Saskatoon small business owners to focus their energies on running their business. They have professional specialists on staff with decades of experience who can assist with everything from bookkeeping to HR consulting. Synergy Business Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeepers, HR and Business Consultants.

Are You A Small Business Owner in Saskatoon Looking to Get To The Next Level?

Chances are you are too busy doing things you shouldn't be and that is restricting your growth and potential! Business consulting or management consulting involves the use of an independent, objective professional as a problem solver and ambassador of lasting change...that's where Synergy Business Solutions comes in! 

Who Is Synergy Business Solutions and How Can They Help? 

Synergy Business Solutions is owned by Linda Henderson and Danielle Robson. If you are familiar with the Saskatoon business scene you may have already heard of these two dynamic ladies. When we heard they were getting together to start a business, we knew that it would result in something special. Read about their entrepreneurial journeys below to see why we were excited! . 

Linda Henderson- VP Operations 

Ironically Linda's journey as a serial entrepreneur started out the same time and the the same way as Sara the Trusted founders did! In 2011 Linda and Sara were both fired from their jobs. That awful moment in their lives ended up being the best thing that could have happened to them.

Linda's background was primarily in bookkeeping, with some sales and management that she had picked up on the way in her 25-year career. One of the shareholders of PetroTag ( a technology company serving the oil and gas sector) approached her to ask if she wanted to buy the company. After brushing many doubts aside she became the owner in the fall of 2011. Linda had a 5-year plan to pay it off and ended up paying it off in 1.5 years!  Riding the wave of success she decided to keep the momentum going and started another business in 2013, Crazy Cowboys Instrumentation, followed by a 3rd business in 2015! She was ( and still is ) one of the most successful and respected women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan's energy industry! 

In 2016 Linda thought it made sense to tap into her experience and start a bookkeeping company Synergy Bookkeeping, to take care of the financials of these companies. The lease on her rental space was coming up and she was a little tired of paying rent, so started shopping around for a building. In April of 2016, she ended up purchasing the very building she was fired in six years previously! 

" Renovating that building was one of the more empowering moments for me. All of the self-doubt went out with the boardroom walls to the Loraas bin."  Linda Henderson
Today life in Linda's world is more about supporting and empowering others in their business life. Synergy Bookkeeping has changed its name to Synergy Business Solutions and Linda is especially passionate about the Business Support Group that meets once a month at the Synergy offices ( in that board room!)

Sara had the opportunity to interview Linda for the WESK  - Shaken With A Twist Series a few years ago - see the full interview here.    

Danielle Robson- President

When Dani was just 18, a family friend who was a Tim Hortons franchisee saw she had a huge entrepreneurial spirit and he suggested she apply for a Tim Hortons Franchise in Saskatoon. Three weeks later, in June 2003, with support from her family, she decided to ditch her law school plans, and they had their first Tim Hortons store in Saskatoon, on Fairlight Drive.

Fast forward many years, and “Hurricane Dani” shows no signs of slowing down. They have ten Tim Hortons stores and two Mr Mikes restaurants. With over 300 employees and a young family at home with three kids under age 10. 

I thrive in chaos and if I wasn’t having a baby or opening a store, I would be bored. Danielle Robson

Danielle is driven to succeed and she is passionate about sharing her skills and helping other entrepreneurs reach their full potential! 


Synergy Business Solutions strive to create a supportive consulting environment for Saskatchewan-based business-owners seeking to improve their personal and professional growth

  Services Offered Include:

  • Bookkeeping/ Finance
  • HR ( Human Resources) 
  • Business Operation Consulting
  • Synergy Business Support Groups

'For Business Owners From Business Owners'

Synergy Business Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeepers, HR and Business Consultants.


Superior Auto Body Shares What To Do If You Have An Accident IN Saskatchewan

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Saskatoon Driving Tip.


SGI VEHICLE REPAIR ESTIMATE PROCESS

Oh no, you have been involved in a collision or auto accident in Saskatoon...now what? 

 

Getting into an auto accident is a scary experience and the moments following are stressful. Obtaining a trustworthy collision repair estimate is a necessary first step toward getting your vehicle fixed and back on the road. Once you do that you can get on with your life Superior is here to help! Monty Heiser, owner Superior AutoBody 

 

If you are an advocate for having the initial vehicle repair estimate done at a preferred auto body shop ( such as Superior Auto Body, an SGI Elite Bodyshop) to avoid any dispute, we recommend the following steps:

 

The insured or whoever was driving at the time of accident needs to call SGI first to report their claim.  See the process and follow the steps by clicking on the image below! 




 

 

Depending upon the circumstances (time of day, type of accident, type of damage), all of which are at SGI’s discretion, the insured can immediately request, while making the report, to have the appraisal done at a preferred auto body shop, whose name needs to be mentioned at the time of report e.g. Superior Auto Body.

Should the request be granted by the adjuster, SGI will email the auto body shop directly with the insured’s details and claim information.

The auto body shop will contact the insured directly to arrange a date and time to do the appraisal.

Generally, it is a better option for the insured to call SGI to make the report and request to have the estimate done at their preferred auto body. This way, they know immediately if that is an option or not. Filing an online claim leaves the insured at SGI’s discretion to determine where to book the appraisal for, which might be at one of SGI’s claim centres, most likely.



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Top IT Security Tips From Burnt Orange Solutions your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts

The Trusted team at Burnt Orange Solutions are located in the Saskatoon computers Category.

Honesty and respect are important factors in daily communication at Burnt Orange. Gareth and the team at Burnt Orange Solutions are YOUR Saskatoon IT stress solution. Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts. In their latest Saskatoon IT Tip, they share top tips to ensure IT security at your Saskatoon business! 


Top IT Security Tips 


Keeping passwords, financial, and other personal information safe and protected from intruders, scammers and stalkers have long been a priority of businesses. Besides,  it’s increasingly critical for consumers and individuals to heed data protection advice and use good practices to keep personal information safe from harm.  Gareth McKee- Owner Burnt Orange Solutions 
 

 

 


   1. Backup your data.

One of the most basic, yet often overlooked, data protection tips for individuals is backing up your data. Basically, this creates a duplicate copy of your data so that if a device is lost, stolen, or compromised, you don’t also lose your important information.  This is vital for businesses, no matter how small or large. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and insurance company Nationwide pointed out.

 

“According to Nationwide, 68% of small businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan. The problem with this is the longer it takes you to restore your data, the more money you’ll lose. Gartner found that this downtime can cost companies as much as $300,000 an hour.”

 

 2. Malware

 

Malware is a serious issue. Anti-malware protection is essential for laying a foundation of security for your devices. Malware is short for malicious software, and it’s software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer without your consent. Things that fall into this category sound scary – they include viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, scareware and more. Malware can attack you via websites and emails, or hidden in downloadable files, photos, videos,  The best way to avoid getting infected is to purchase and run a good anti-virus protection program, then do periodic scans for spyware. Also, be very vigilant when it comes to clickable links in emails or on websites you are unfamiliar with.

 

WARNING: 350,000 malware versions are identified every day. A new malware programme is released every seven seconds. Malware activity has increased by 61% over the last year. The cost of malware attacks is going up too, with companies and people losing around 11% more money in 2018 than in the previous year. Scammers are sneaky: sometimes malware is cleverly disguised as an email from a friend or client. Unfortunately, even the most cautious will likely pick up an infection at some point.  Gareth McKee

 

  3. Keep Up To Date

 

Operating system and software updates are a gigantic pain for users, but they’re a necessary evil! These updates contain critical security fixes and improvements twill protect you and your devices from newly discovered threats and glitches. Failing to install these updates means you are at risk. Operating systems and software updates may not be updated frequently or on a regular schedule so we suggest setting your systems to update automatically if possible.

 

   4. Secure Your Wireless Network.

 

A valuable IT tip for both small business owners and individuals, it’s always recommended to secure your wireless network with a password. This prevents unauthorized individuals within proximity to hijack your wireless network. Even if they’re merely attempting to get free Wi-Fi access, you don’t want to inadvertently share private information with other people who are using your network without permission. In addition, be sure to turn your computer off when you are finished using it. Leaving your computer connected to the Internet when it’s not in use gives scammers 24/7 access to install malware and commit cybercrimes. To be safe, turn off your computer when it’s not in use.

 


 






Contact Burnt Orange today for more information or to take advantage of your FREE initial consultation. View them on Facebook here. They are your Burnt Orange Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts!



Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning Share Local Client Google Reviews

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 25 Years, Gibbon is a "Total Service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their Saskatoon Heating & Air Conditioning and Plumbing related requirements! In their latest article, we share a selection of amazing client reviews about Gibbon and their awesome trusted team. Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning are Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers and Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning and Furnace Pros. 

  A History of Professionalism, A Foundation of Trust

Hear what real Gibbon clients have to say about their experience with Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning in Saskatoon. 


Review from clients who received a new furnace from Gibbon. 

I was so impressed with the service - right from the initial call to provide a quote, through the whole installation process, and the final return visit to check on the installation and functioning of our new furnace. Upon meeting Brent who provided the quote, I felt confidence in this company. He was courteous, professional and very knowledgeable. His crew that came to install the furnace, Aaron and David were awesome! They were friendly, professional and took great pride in their work. Their team work and work ethic are very admirable too. They cleaned up after their work was done and made sure to go over things with me. Brent returned several days later to see how things were working with the new furnace and reviewed everything with me again. I'm more than happy that we chose this company to replace our old furnace with a new one! Thank You! 
Trish McWatt

Review from clients who received a new water heater from Gibbon.


We phoned Gibbon in the morning to have a water heater replaced. They were able to have an installer come that afternoon. Brett was the technician who came. He was very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. The first thing he did was to place a mat down the staircase to keep the carpet clean - impressive. When he encountered an unexpected problem, he did not get upset. When Brett needed a different model than what had been requested, Daniel brought it quickly and moved the items in and out of the house handily. Brett and Daniel worked efficiently and effectively to complete the job. Brett was professional in his advice, explanation of the billing and the operation of the heater. The cost was as had been quoted. Overall, we were quite impressed and we will use the services of Gibbon again if and when needed. Don and Marg S

Review from clients who received a new garage heater from Gibbon.


I had this company install a garage heater for me last winter and no words can express the level of happiness ! They did an amazing job installing everything and getting everything set up for me when I got home on the weekend. Their office staff is amazing at working around your schedule and will make sure you are taken care of. I recommend anyone who is looking at getting a garage heater installed to give them a call you will not be disappointed! 
Chris William 


Review from clients who received a new Lennox furnace from Gibbon. 

We recently purchased a SLP98V furnace from Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning . I cannot say enough good things about this company and the people I dealt with from the Owner to the gentlemen that did the installation. Brent came and gave us an estimate and 5 days later we were having our furnace installed.The workmanship on the job was top notch ! The guys were very professional and knowledgeable and as well were very friendly.I would and will be recommending this business to anyone that is looking to have any work done . Thanks again guys !!!!! Brent and Joely Loehndorf


Read more reviews on the Gibbon website here:                                

 



Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning -Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers and Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning and Furnace Pros. 



Trusted Saskatoon Furnace Experts At JOB Heating & Air Share Homeowner Safety Tips

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning’s wonderful staff will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. They also offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and they also offer home heating tune-ups. JOB are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace experts and they can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs! 

If your heating system is beyond repair,  or if you just want to upgrade or update, our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. We are an independent Lennox Dealer and we offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and home heating tune-ups. We can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs too! You can be assured that JOB Heating & Air Conditioning will be there to help. In this Saskatoon furnace article,  Jeff Bolton, owner of JOB, highlights how important it is to be aware of the threat of carbon monoxide and he shares some winter safety tips for your home. 

Winter Safety Tips For Your Home From JOB Heating & Air 

What does that do and why does it matter?

I was recently in two Saskatoon residences with gas inspections to investigate the source of carbon monoxide in the homes. Thank heavens both homeowners had carbon monoxide detectors,  that in my opinion, saved their lives. Both days I went home and checked my CO detector.

When was the last time that you checked your CO Detector?

Go do it now then come back and finish reading…
So how this works is usually the fire department or Sask Energy get a call,  then they visit the home with their carbon monoxide meters to assess the level and then, if reading show and issue they red tag the furnace unit and shut off the gas. The Red Tag program provides a consistent means for gas utilities, propane distributors, gas contractors or others deemed appropriate by the chief gas inspector to report unresolved gas-related deficiencies or identify reoccurring design flaws. The issuing of red tags is only done by a licensed gasfitter.

What to do when you have a red tag.


The homeowner should then call us to come to correct the problem. We will go through the furnace and water heater with a fine-tooth comb to attempt to find the source of the carbon monoxide.

Sometimes it is a crack in a heat exchanger, however, sometimes the furnace and water heater are working exactly as they should. It is then incumbent upon us to investigate why the carbon monoxide is present in the home. In these locations we often find that the homes are drawn into negative pressure, what that means is that the homes are exhausting more air than fresh air coming into the home. As you may remember from science class,  areas of high pressure always go to areas of low pressure. So what happens is the high pressure outside finds a way into the area of low pressure (inside the home) through any possible route. If the doors and windows are closed then the only other hole in the home is the chimney. Air begins to flow down the chimney to replace the air that’s being exhausted out of the home. So why is that an issue? This becomes a problem when the furnace or water heater begins to fire and there is no draft up the chimney. This then results in the products of combustion (carbon monoxide) being vented into the home.


What can homeowners do to prevent this from happening? 


There are items in your home to prevent this from happening. In most cases, the insulated vent that runs from the outside of your home into the furnace room brings what we call combustion air. The combustion air helps to regulate the pressure of your home preventing your home from getting into a negative air pressure situation. This is also the air that is used when the furnace or water heater are firing up and sometimes this air supply can become blocked. On occasion, we have found that homeowners will purposely block the intake because they don’t like the cold air coming in.

I need to stress how important this is and that by blocking this you are putting yourself and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. So please don’t block this or if you have, open it up immediately.

Another more common problem is that the air intakes themselves become blocked. These intakes appear from the outside like exhaust vents but when you bend over and look up inside them they are in fact air intakes with a screen that needs to be clear of all debris. A good rule of thumb is to walk around the perimeter of your home and look for these vent/intake hoods. Look up inside them and clean them up. This is a simple 10-minute job and this will help to protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Do your intakes look like this? 


  • Go outside today walk around your home and clean these intakes.
  • Check your carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check your smoke alarms. 
These 2 devices save lives every day you just don’t hear about it. If you don’t have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector buy them and put them in your home today. I promise you they save lives.

Then have us come out and do a furnace tune-up. We test the furnace and ensure it is functioning as it should be, in addition, we clean the parts of the furnace that you cannot.  

Contact Jeff and team at JOB Heating today. Jeff Bolton. Owner- JOB Heating and Air Conditioning


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