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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 believes 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 have had zero income since Mid March:

  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) 

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.   
6.  1 of the 9 For Profit Trusted Saskatoon Partners who are the recipients of the fund will also receive a years membership to Trusted Saskatoon for Free - (value $4000.00) - The recipient will be drawn at the end of the campaign.    



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 

Campaign runs until August 31st 2020


"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 Mortgage Broker: Tammy Wandzura explains the Mortgage Approval Process

Purchasing your home is one of the biggest and most important decisions that you can make. Tammy Wandzura is a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker and the team at Elite Mortgage Choice, Saskatoon believes that buying a home should also be an exciting experience with little to NO stress. By trusting your Saskatoon mortgage broker, you are ensuring that any stress you may have had in previous encounters can be eliminated! 

Mortgage Approval Process

Being READY, ORGANIZED and ENGAGED are the keys to a successful Mortgage Approval process.

We are here to walk you through the steps from PREAPPROVAL to POSSESSION date so that you have the information you need to make big decisions in a timely manner.


  • As your Mortgage Broker, we are here to do a full pre-qualification.
  • We ensure you have ALL of the information you need to make informed decisions about the largest purchase and investment you will ever make.
  • We are Provincially legislated to work in your best interests.
  • There is no cost to using our services.
  • We are knowledgeable about everything related to mortgages, including any new mortgage rules or requirements that may impact your decisions.
  • We review your file and find the best lenders, rates, terms and conditions that meet your current and future financial goals.
  • We are speedy.  Our response times include evenings and weekends when necessary to keep your file moving in a timely manner.
  • We walk you through every step of the process in an easy to understand manner.
  • We organize the process for you so that the entire experience is exciting and well understood.
  • We really care.  Although most of our process is over the phone and email, we are located locally and we are here for you every single step of the way.

Each applicant will have different information that has to be collected depending on their employment status, length of time at employer, where the downpayment funds are coming from and overall credit health.

We collect ALL of the needed supporting documentation along with a FULL application at the time of pre-approval request.

This ensures that the information we have on file will match what the lender will accept and support once you have an accepted offer in on a home you wish to purchase.


We are here to walk you through each step of ‘the process’.  We are not the bank. We are here to ensure that we structure the application and the mortgage approval request in a way that the lender will support and easily/quickly approve, all while setting up a mortgage that meets your future needs and financial goals.

We make the process as simple as possible.

Our motto is: Mortgages. Simplified.

In saying that there is information you must disclose and paperwork that must be provided in order for us to present the best lender options and rates available on the market.

Unfortunately, we cannot run hypothetical figures based on the information we gather from you over the phone.  We do need a full application and supporting documentation.

We are here to create a success story for you.  The more organized we are in communicating solid information to you; the simpler the process for you. 

Why do we check your credit when you are only asking for a PRE-APPROVAL?

Your credit score is a huge key to the entire mortgage approval process.

The new mortgage rules outlined by the Federal Government in October 2016 made your credit score more important than ever.

Your score and the overall health of your credit will determine what lenders may consider your application, your total maximum purchase price and rate in some cases.

Your credit is important to us!

Our goal is to ensure your credit is healthy and stays healthy through the life of your mortgage (25 years), to ensure we can assist you with your renewal options in the future.

We are happy to provide tips and suggestions to build stronger credit throughout the pre-approval process.

We have a 5-star review on GOOGLE because we treat each transaction like our very own mortgage approval.

Our database has been built from amazingly happy clients that refer our services to their friends, family and colleagues.

We are speedy, knowledgeable in everything related to mortgages and we are able to provide same-day pre-approvals.  

Communication is the single most important part of the entire transaction.  We explain things thoroughly and clearly, in a way that you can understand.

Most important we are always here with you through the process to answer any questions that may come up.

What is the process?

We are dedicated to amazing communication – which includes speedy reply time.

For that reason, we have an amazing process that allows us to move fast even if you have tight timelines to meet.

  • APPLY ONLINE at www.elitemortgagechoice.com
  • This information comes directly to us and allows us to start a file for you
  • We will be in touch with you to fill in any gaps that are unique to your situation
  • We will provide you with a list of paperwork we need to review and add to your file
  • Documents should be sent to us electronically when at all possible
  • We will then provide you with the numbers of your mortgage pre-qualification for your full review
  • We are able to provide referrals to Realtors, Lawyers, Home Inspectors etc (if needed)
Most of our process is done over email, online, phone and fax.  

We are always available via email OR phone 306.933.3386 to answer any questions.

You will be hearing from Tammy (Mortgage Broker), Marie (Tammy’s Executive Assistant) or Brydon (Mortgage Associate) throughout the process of your application.

We can review your information now to prepare you for the future.

Thank you for taking the time to read and educate yourself on what steps you may need to take to consider homeownership.

I am here to work with you every step of the way!


Tammy Wandzura is a Trusted SASKATOON MORTGAGE BROKER  





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! 

Western Carpet One, a Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Expert Shares WELCOME-A-CURE

Western Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned and operated Trusted Saskatoon Flooring retail store servicing Saskatoon and area since 1974. They are a full-service store offering no charge estimates and full installation on all flooring products. A newly expanded stunning showroom offers a comfortable shopping experience for every type of flooring. Whether it is Carpet, Hardwood, Ceramic Tile, Laminate flooring, Cork, Sheet vinyl or area rugs, you will find it at Western Carpet One Floor & Home.

Welcome-A-Cure

Western Carpet One is proud to support breast cancer research through sales of exclusive pink ribbon welcome mats.

Each year, it is expected that over 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 of those women will die. Improvements and funds for breast cancer research are essential to preventing deaths, finding a cure and eradicating the disease for good. 25% of the purchase price of each pink ribbon welcome mat sold through the Carpet One Floor & Home Welcome-A-Cure initiative is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. So far, the campaign has raised nearly 1 million dollars for a variety of breast cancer research charities. Purchasing a welcome mat contributes directly to raising funds for breast cancer research and hopes for finding a cure.

Love Your Style and Shop This Year's Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats


Farmhouse Collection

 Home is where the heart is and should be warm and welcoming. The Farmhouse collection combines old comforts with new design ideas creating a perfectly balanced look for your comfortable, inviting home.

 To view the Farmhouse collection click HERE:


Bohemian Collection

If the home is your sanctuary, it should be filled with things that inspire you. The Bohemian collection combines colourful, expressive, and unconventional elements that free your spirit and energize your decor. 

To view the Bohemian collection click HERE:


Classic Collection   


A home with classic elements remains timeless. The Classic collection draws upon simplicity and structure for a style that will stand the test of time and provides the perfect complement to traditional decor.

To view the Classic collection click HERE:



Modern Collection

Your home represents your personal style. With bold colours and clean lines, the Modern collection makes a statement right in your entryway. Impress your guests with a display that's equal parts elegant and edgy.

To view the Modern collection click HERE





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. 

 

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