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October/November 2014

Education for the Modern Economy For Saskatoon Business College, a lot has changed in 100 years

Celebrating the Fourth Annual Huskie Tailgate Party

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Table of Contents

Featured Articles President’s View Pg. 4 Tearing down barriers to trade

Education for the Modern Economy Pg. 5 For Saskatoon Business College, a lot has changed in 100 years

Fourth Annual Huskie Tailgate Party Pg. 14

Promotional Features K+S Potash Canada Pg. 7 Supplier and contractor update

Celebrating Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs Pg. 9 Crash Course in Email Marketing Pg. 16 Selling your Business? Pg. 17 These common mistakes cost owners more than they realize On the Cover: Rich Chapman (Co-Owner), Marcia Whittaker (Principal) and Blair Chapman (Co-Owner) of Saskatoon Business College. Image by Grant Romancia Photography.

Showcase Your Business with Style Pg. 18 Highest and Best Use Pg. 21 REALTORS®, property, you, and the market

BUSINESS View­is a bimonthly publication of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce 104-202 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0K1 Phone: (306) 244-2151 Fax: (306) 244-8366 Email: chamber@saskatoonchamber.com Website: www.saskatoonchamber.com Twitter: @stoonchamber Reproduction of any material contained in Business View is permitted provided credit is given to the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Articles and criticisms are invited, but views expressed in Business View are those of contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by, or are policy of, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. We encourage you to support the business leaders whose names and products you see advertised in this issue as well as throughout our entire membership. The Board reserves the right to edit submissions.

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President’s View

Tearing down barriers to trade While access to international markets improve, lack of free trade within Canada needs to change “The world is shrinking.” “Globalization is here to stay”. How many times have you heard these and other similar statements? With the widespread use of the internet and other technological advances, few would disagree that the ability to do business worldwide is easier than ever. Because of these trends and the continuing evidence that enhanced access to markets everywhere is a key component of any strong economy, the Federal Conservative Government continues to enter into trade deals with other countries. The trade deal recently signed with Korea is just the latest example, bring the number of trade agreements Canada has with other countries up to 43. Image: oriontrail/Shutterstock.com

While our Federal Government has made great strides in improving access to international markets for all Canadians, access to markets within Canada remains restricted. According to the Government, this lack of free trade is costing the Canadian economy billions every year. We had heard complaints from a number of our local businesses who do not have the same access to markets in Ontario and Quebec as their competitors from those provinces have to our markets. This needs to change. We need full access to markets in the rest of Canada to sell our products and provide our services on a playing field that is as level as the Saskatchewan Prairie. At times like these it is tempting to take the protectionist approach by imposing trade restrictions on other provinces similar to those that have been imposed on us. Our Provincial Government recently formed a new entity called Priority Saskatchewan, which is “responsible for ensuring Saskatchewan businesses are treated fairly when bidding on government and Crown contracts.” This appears very close to the slippery slope of protectionism in Provincial Government contracting. The lack of free and fair trade across Canada is detrimental to Saskatchewan, as our export-driven economy (second per-capita in the country) is more dependent on trade than most provinces. The The lack of free and fair trade across Canada is detrimental strong economic and to Saskatchewan businesses and exporters. population growth we

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have recently experienced is owed largely to our exports of a variety of commodities that the world needs, a hard-working and educated workforce, and a Provincial Government focused on developing and maintaining a pro-business environment in which to operate. Let’s hope Priority Saskatchewan does not stray from that approach. So what is the solution to these interprovincial barriers? Clearly the provinces are unable (or unwilling) to solve the problem on their own. Wise parents let their children try to solve their own disagreements, but when no agreement is forthcoming, the parents step in. The time has come for the Federal Government to step in and act in the best interests of the entire country – that’s the job of any Central Government. I was encouraged to hear earlier this year the Conservative Government initiative to modernize the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) that was signed by all provinces in 1994. This was followed by the announcement at the First Ministers’ Meeting in August of the formation of a Steering Committee composed of four Premiers, who will undertake a detailed review of the AIT with the goal of making improvements in line with recent agreements with other countries. These initiatives represent a tremendous opportunity to bring down these internal trade barriers. We need to ensure that the changes ultimately made go far enough – numerous special interest groups will try to derail this process, and our Federal Government needs to have the courage to ignore these groups and improve the AIT. Let’s all push our MP’s to do the right thing and remove these barriers. There are many reasons (billions of reasons, in fact) why this is important to all Canadians. Tony Van Burgsteden President Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


Cover Story

Education for the modern economy For Saskatoon Business College, a lot has changed in 100 years Article by Jeff Davis Saskatoon Business College graduated its first class of young ladies back before the First World War began, when Saskatoon’s 3rd Ave North was still just a dirt track. The Traffic Bridge, now being torn down, was just taking shape across the river in 1907. Saskatoon only had a population of 4,000 people or so, and there was plenty of work to be done. Over more than a hundred years, this little secretarial college on the prairie has grown up as part of Saskatoon’s business life. It has trained scores of clerical staff over the years, and now offers specialized business, medical and computer programs. Along with huge changes in technology, the college also sees a very different type of student. They’re a little older, a lot more culturally diverse, and hungry for the skills that pay in this economy. The second oldest privately-owned career college in Canada, the Saskatoon Business College is owned by brothers Blair and Richard Chapman. Their grandfather bought the place in 1951, moving to the current location in 1960. “Our demographics have changed dramatically from when my dad ran this business,” Blair Chapman says. “About 90 per cent of students were directly out of high school.” Nowadays, instead of learning shorthand and Dictaphone, students at the Saskatoon Business College take courses like the 12-month Mining Industry Business Specialist program. Chapman says the course was developed with input from industry to satisfy the specific needs of the mining world. “It’s the only program of its kind in Canada,” he says. “It focuses entirely on Saskatchewan resources: potash, uranium and a bit on oil and gas.” While they don’t go underground, the college’s graduates can hit the ground running with knowledge of the sector. “They learn mining terminology and how things are brought to port,” he says. “Upon

Saskatoon Business College has been preparing students for the workforce for over 100 years. L-R: Blair Chapman (Co-Owner), Marcia Whittaker (Principal) and Rich Chapman (Co-Owner). Image: Grant Romancia. graduation students look for work in the mining supply chain, and we’ve identified about 60 companies looking for graduates.” Saskatoon Business College’s health care programs are similarly plugged into the local economy. “Our Medical Administrative Assistant, that’s the go-to program for the Saskatoon Health Region,” Chapman says. “They hire about three quarters of my grads every year.” Many of these graduates work in medical office support roles, while Personal Care Aides find employment as home care and long term care aids. Walking through the College’s hallways you can see from the graduating class portraits on the wall that the student body remained almost uniformly female until the mid1980s. Back then fewer women attended university, but now claim nearly 60 per

cent of university enrollment. As they’ve left more men have begun attending Saskatoon Business College, and entering into some less traditional roles. “Now we see more men in paralegal or in the health care fields,” Chapman says. These days only about 10 per cent of the college’s students come straight out of high school, Chapman says. What he’s seeing now is more students coming from the working world, with a few years’ experience, who want to escape low paying jobs and unpredictable hours in the service industry. “The typical student here is paying for the program themselves, so they are financially independent,” he says. “And they’ve got a lot at stake often times. They might be a single parent or have left work for a year to go to Continued page 10

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K+S Potash Canada – Supplier and Contractor Update This advertisement is to provide Saskatchewan suppliers and contractors with a follow-up on where K+S and AMEC stand today, in their efforts to work with First Nations and Métis people, and Local Firms. We also want to ensure that we don’t miss an opportunity to involve First Nations and Métis people, or Local Firms. Hence in this advertisement, we outline the process again and re-emphasize key criteria. There is still a large amount of work to be awarded to subcontractors and suppliers. Since the “LYP” will be used for ongoing operations, and quite a few submitted One Pagers were not suitable for the explained purpose, the following is a re-iteration of the process so that suppliers and contractors have a higher chance of making it into the “LYP” [upcoming revision] and have a high chance of getting work: If your previously submitted One Pager does not look like the below guidelines, or if you have not submitted your One Pager but you would like to join us, which we encourage you to do, then please email your (revised or first) One Pager to Andrew.Gajadhar@ ks-potashcanada.com;

To-date, the vast majority of suppliers and contractors working or which have worked for the Legacy Project, are medium sized or small, local companies. In this context, “majority” means by head count rather than by volume because, as explained in the town hall meetings held in Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon during the winter of 2014, it would be impossible to implement a CAD 4.1 Billion dollar project via thousands of small work packages. Still, K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) and AMEC found a way to involve medium and small sized local companies through what we refer to as “Legacy Yellow Pages” [“LYP”]: At the town hall meetings we asked Local Firms to email us an efficient “One Pager” which many did. We have meanwhile created the “LYP” and updates thereto out of the received data.

We have been using the “LYP” by asking our large, general contractors/suppliers to prioritize the use of “LYP” firms. We also have, as suggested by Local Firms during the town hall meetings, added the “LYP” to our bid documents so that bidders are encouraged to involve interested suppliers and contractors at this early stage. The “LYP” will not only be used during construction of the Legacy Project but will also be the basis from which suppliers and contractors will be sourced directly by KSPC rather than via sub-supplier/subcontractor involvement, during the operation of our mine for decades, and for the further development of our well field. Also, we are proud to report that we were able to give approx. CAD $200 Million dollars of work to firms with First Nation or Métis equity.

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Celebrating Saskatchewan entrepreneurs November 18th, 2014 marks the W. Brett Wilson Centre’s 7th annual Pitch Party. Not only is Pitch Party the largest celebration of entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan, it also ties in with the largest celebration of entrepreneurs in the world: Global Entrepreneurship Week. From November 1724, 2014, thousands of events and activities across the globe will be recognizing innovators that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. With a theme of “Innovation & Creative Thinking”, this year’s Pitch Party aims to connect creators, innovators and entrepreneurs from across different backgrounds, showcase local startups, and get attendees thinking creatively and building ideas. The Pitch Party 2014 program will include rapid fire pitches with live audience voting, updates from past winners of the i3 Idea Challenge, and a speaker panel on “Innovation & Creative Thinking” facilitated by W. Brett Wilson. Following the program, the celebrations continue with booths showcasing local entrepreneurs, and interactive networking spaces including a Little Bits Prototyping station. VIP Corporate Tables to Pitch Party can be purchased for $700. This Corporate Table package includes six tickets to the event with reserved, VIP seating, sponsorship recognition on all tables and seating maps, your company logo displayed on your table, two complimentary bottles of wine, and a premium appetizer platter. Individual tickets are also available for $75 each. For more information on Pitch Party, visit www.usask.ca/pitchparty.

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school and better themselves.” Most students make a lot of sacrifices – living on a shoestring budget and working up to 40 hours per week – to get through the program. “There is no silver spoon,” he says. “They are serious, and as a result they make for good employees.” The college runs classes from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm from Monday to Thursday, leaving Friday off for students to attend to their jobs and families. “The vast majority of students are working and can save on a day of daycare,” he says. “So they really appreciate that.” Chapman says due to recent trends in the global economy, students are being more strategic about how they spend their education dollars. The appeal of a four year humanities degree at a university – with unclear job prospects on the other side – is becoming less attractive to many, he says. “Since the economic downtown of 20082009, people are forced to be more realistic about what’s the best value for their tuition dollars,” Chapman says. “They want to see their investment pay off, and we can in a 10 or 12 months program get them working

Saskatoon Business College has diversified not only their program offerings, but their student base as well, with applicants from around the world. Image: Grant Romancia. very quickly.” Over the years as more immigrants chose to move to Saskatchewan, the ethnic makeup of the school has change dramatically. Many of these students came to the province because of its economic prospects, and are eager to skill up and start working. There is also a growing interest from abroad. “We’re getting a flood of inquiries from not only new Canadians but also international students,” Chapman says. “We just got designated this spring to host international students, and we’re the first private college in Saskatchewan to get this designation.” Over the long sweep of Saskatoon Business

College’s history, Chapman says that integrating new technologies as they come out has been the key to survival. “We’ve had to continually try to stay ahead of the curve in terms of technology,” he says. With healthy enrollment and solid links to major economic players in the local job market, Chapman says the private college route is a compelling offering for thrifty students. “For students who attend private career colleges, it’s their first choice,” he says. “We don’t play second fiddle to universities.”

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Fourth annual Huskie Tailgate party Supporting Huskie football and a salute to our soldiers

On Friday, September 19th, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce proudly presented the Huskie Tailgate Party and BBQ in support of Huskie football with a salute to our soldiers, sponsored by Conexus Credit Union. In what has become an annual tradition, the event featured a BBQ (Sponsored by the Concorde Group) with proceeds to the “Soldier On” Fund – a charity which provides financial aid to injured and disabled individuals from the armed forces. Award winning country music star Jess Moskaluke entertained guests throughout the evening on the Conexus Free Stage. A special thanks goes out to our other sponsors: Sheraton Hotel, Great Western Brewing Company and the Saskatoon Media Group.

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Crash course in email marketing By Mouneeb Shahid, CEO, 2 Web Design Ever since Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came in to effect, online marketers have become very cautious in how they conduct their email marketing campaigns. The stakes are high and penalties can be very severe for unauthorized commercial emails. The transition has been a nightmare for most organizations and some would argue if it was even necessary considering the amount of spam we already receive. For those of us who have been faced with the challenge of refreshing our pool of subscribers, good luck! We know because that response rates are pathetically low, getting subscribers to renew their interest can be taxing. All that said, email is still one of the most powerful means of communication. It costs almost nothing, is quick to send, can be easily monitored and keeps our legal departments happy. Heck, it is one of the best inventions on the Internet even to this day. To use this power of email under the CASL umbrella of governance, it is therefore necessary to take measures to grow our lists responsibly and get better at sending messages that result in higher response rates. The following three steps will get you started in the right direction.

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Selling your business? These common mistakes cost owners more than they realize By Travis Kellett, Owner & Broker, Bridgepoint Business Brokers As a business broker in Saskatoon for several years, I’ve helped a lot of great businesses and owners move on to the next phase of their life through the selling of their business. But I’ve also seen a lot of clients that Travis Kellett is the owner need help fixing of Bridgepoint Business their business Brokers in Saskatoon. before they can sell, saying to me “why didn’t I plan for this sooner?” Business owners spend years carefully crafting their own empires literally through blood, sweat, and tears (not to mention money). Despite the work that goes into running a small to medium sized business, I’ll often find that even the most prudent owner overlooks what to do when it finally comes down to retiring and hanging up the work boots (or maybe powering down the laptop) one last time. The following are the most common mistakes that I see which can derail a lifetime of work and guarantee not getting full value for your business:

Your Books are Disorganized or Incomplete Like many owner-managers, you worry about what’s important to get the job done and think about the details after. Don’t let this happen with your bookkeeping though, as any reasonable buyer is going to look long and hard at those records before they make you an offer. Records that are a little dicey won’t cut it and can devalue your actual worth

25-50%. Get a good accountant.

Bad Management or Structure Maybe your nephew manages the shop because he needed a job, but really isn’t effective. Maybe you still do most of the sales because nobody else is capable or knows your ordering methods. Many businesses limp along for years with the owner doing most of the day-to-day work and not delegating a manager to take over as the owner wants to retire. An owner-run business isn’t nearly as appealing to a buyer as one with full management in place to run the show in your absence.

No Owner’s Manual Is everything in your business learned on the job, or procedures in someone’s head rather than down on paper? If you don’t have controls or systems in place like training manuals, sales guides, and ordering instructions so that you could leave tomorrow and the place won’t fall apart, you need to get this done at least one to two years away from selling.

Get it in Writing Strong business relationships are great, but make sure your contracts and agreements are in writing rather than sealed with a handshake. Buyers want to see that your suppliers have agreements in place on pricing, or long-term contracts have been

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Highest and best use REALTORS®, property, you, and the market By Jason Yochim, Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® The home you own could well be the largest single asset on your personal balance sheet. In business, your retail store is the vital interface with your customers, and your shop or office and other physical assets are fundamentals in your operations and financial flexibility. Real property – real estate – is a huge, and sometimes overlooked, factor in our lives. The life of a house is probably 75-100 years. Over its century of service, it will be home to many families, have multiple owners and diverse uses. Likewise business buildings: as we see in Saskatoon’s core, what began years ago as a warehouse or industrial plant may now have migrated across the spectrum and morphed into high-end housing. Property uses change with times and lifestyles. In real estate, this evolution and re-purposing is called moving a property to its highest and best use. You might think this process would be a specialized job for city planners or economists. In real life, it’s about thousands of individual owners, buyers and renters, with their many personal hopes, values, knowledge, needs, resources and priorities. Choices get made on the front lines by people who live or work in the properties. The market is actually an economic democracy where you can vote with your feet to find what best fits our own situation. Individual buyers and sellers usually have no prior connection to each other. REALTORS® provide the connective tissue. The web of relationships among REALTORS® creates a market, something like the interplay on the trading floor of a stock exchange. When a REALTOR® “knows the market”, it means being in touch with other REALTORS® and what their clients are selling or offering–

and what prices, terms and timing are most likely to work best to create a sale. Saskatoon’s REALTORS® conducted a study of how people see the market and what they value in it. The Praxis organization sampled a cross-section of 605 Saskatoon citizens to research perceptions, attitudes, behaviour and opinion on property-related issues. Both buyers and sellers put the highest value on REALTOR® market knowledge. Three out of four (75% or more) rated “market knowledge” at a 5 on the 1-5 scale. 80.0 70.0 60.0

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could give. On the flip side, only 5.2% were negative: a favourable ratio of 14:1. How satisfied were you with the service of the REALTOR® you used? 50.0

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Buyers and sellers were satisfied with their REALTORS® because they paid attention to needs, cited by a third, and market knowledge, cited by more than a quarter – in short, personal service in tapping the market. 40.0 35.0

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Asked if they would call on a REALTOR® if they were thinking of selling or buying, three out of four (74.4%) said Yes, they would. Interestingly, among the approximately 20% of people who said they actually had bought or sold in the last three years, the number who called on a REALTOR® turned out to be even higher, four in five (80%). In other words, when it’s time to do a deal, more people – the vast majority – brought in a professional. And, people who chose a real estate professional showed an overall strong level of satisfaction. The average rating on the 1-5 scale is a very positive 4.08, with the largest group (44.7%) rating the service they received at 5, the highest rating they

0.0 Attention paid to Knowledge of the my needs market

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Saskatoon’s market is hugely diverse, full of opportunity, and growing. It’s one of the reasons our city is a great place to live. Visit SRAR.ca for information on REALTORS® services you can rely on.

BUSINESS VIEW SASKATOON OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2014

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CHAMBER VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES COMMITTEE CHAIRS Agribusiness Opportunities Bert Sutherland - BERTradioonline.com Loran Forer - BMO

Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm

Business Growth Elise Hildebrandt - The Mortgage Centre

Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month - 8:00 am

Business of Science & Technology Sanj Singh - AdeTheraputics Inc. Meetings: TBA

Celebrate Success! Lynn Nastiuk - Sask. Health Research Foundation Meetings: Depending on need - closer to event

Environmental Sustainability Colleen Yates - Equinox3 Consulting Ltd.

Meetings: Last Monday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm

First Nations and Métis Opportunities Chris Sicotte - Affinity Credit Union

Agribusiness Committee Every month a guest speaker embedded in the agricultural sector presents on informative and best practices within the agricultural industry. The Committee is focused on connecting and learning about new and innovative measures taking place in the agricultural industry. Business Growth Committee ‘Shaken with a Twist’, sponsored by S&E Trusted Online Directories, is back in the swing of things. Come join us the third Thursday of the month for a cocktail and appetizers at Cut Casual Steak and Tap and enjoy listening to prominent women in the business community sharing their story. The committee will also be hosting its ‘Business by Design’ workshop series in October, please visit www.saskatoonchamber.com for more information. Business of Science & Technology Committee The Business of Science & Technology aims to promote our City’s science and technology-based businesses and to bridge the gap between the science, technology, and business communities. The committee has recently launched a sub-committee focusing in the field of information and communications technology.

Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month - 9:00-10:30 am

Going Global Ken Ziegler - Robertson Stromberg Pedersen LLP Monica Kreuger - Global Infobrokers Meetings: Last Thursday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm

Government Affairs Michael Chudoba - Innovative Residential

Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month - 4:00-5:30 pm

Health Opportunities Dave Dutchak - MD Ambulance Care Ltd. Debby Criddle - Synergos Capital Management Inc. Meetings: TBA

Knowledge & Youth Development Jeff Wandzura - Phenomenome Discoveries Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month - 5:00 pm

Membership Development Evan Drisner - Nu-Fab Building Products

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of the month - 11:45-1:30 pm

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7shifts Employee Scheduling Software Computers - Custom Software 3330 College Ave, Regina Phone: (877) 640-2340 Andrée Carpentier

Franklin by Revera, The Retirement Facilities AND Health Care - Services / Supplies 220 24th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 664-6366 Kelli Baxter / Jillianne Nagy

A.R.M. Holdings Ltd. Transportation Industry PO Box 367, Eston Phone: (306) 962-7421 A. Rick Milton

Howden Construction Construction AND Concrete Products / Supplies 821 46th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-5880 Isabelle Howden

Antheny B O’Niry Custom Building Contractors AND Home-Based Business 411 25th ST W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 227-2723 Benjamin Mason Cobra Industries Ltd. Metal Fabrication - Equipment / Supplies 101 Elevator Rd, Delisle Phone: (306) 493-3238 Michael Brown CQ Flooring Ltd. (Central Quality Flooring Ltd.) Carpet / Flooring - Sales / Service AND Retail - Builders Supplies 7-805 Circle Dr E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 931-8080 Donna Brown / Louis Chiesa Dr. Nael Shoman Medical Professional Corporation Health Care - Services / Supplies Room 15, Ellis Hall, RUH, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 655-2425 Nael Shoman Dress for Success Saskatoon Non-Profit Organizations 215 103rd St, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 343-7377 Roberta Campbell-Chudoba Emergency Response Mgmt. Consulting Consultants - Business 13127 156 St NW, Edmonton Phone: (780) 483-9168 Bruce Hertz

Just For You Day Spa Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies AND Massage Therapy 2414D 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-7546 Jessica Tetu / Jessica White Le, Guong Zhou Si Home-Based Business Medallion Pipe Supply Metal Fabrication - Equipment / Supplies 821 45th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 934-8800 Gerald Guinan Mike’s Hydraulics Sales and Service Machine Shops AND Equipment Maintenance 1725B Ontario Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 683-1960 Abbas Eazadi Pinnacle Distribution Saskatoon Distributors 3255B Miners Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 651-1255 Dean Chappell / Randy Gerritse Rock Creek Tap and Grill Restaurants 160-220 Betts Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 974-7392 Jim Beck Sparkle N Shine Cleaning Services Janitorial / House Cleaning Services 936 Glenview Cove, Martensville Phone: (306) 361-7217 Tanya Brittain

Sterling Homes Ltd. Home Builders / Renovations AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 227-5423 Diane Bussiere Sunrise Foods International Inc. Agricultural AND Food Processors / Distributors 2162 Airport Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 931-4576 Nicole Mackisey / Jake Neufeld Text2Car Telecommunications / Wireless 201-302 Pacific Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 979-8900 Vince Hardy Trafco Canada Transportation Industry 238 Brookmore Lane, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 934-2055 Kevin Shoults Trinity Excavating Ltd. Construction 840 47th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 280-7803 Lee Arens Twisted Goods Retail AND Retail - Gift & Novelty Phone: (306) 374-3221 Angelica Fehr Two Fifty Two Boutique Retail - Clothing / Costumes AND Retail - Jewellery / Accessories 134-1824 McOrmond Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-2502 Mackenzie Firby Vemax Management Canada Inc. Consultants - Engineering PO Box 25047 RPO River Heights, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 374-3487 Terri Feltham


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