Here's how we handpick
great services

Roughly 5% of the businesses referred to us earn our ‘handpicked’ endorsement. We spend 9-12 hours on average vetting each handpicked service to save you time.

Step 1

1

REFERRALS

We get referrals from our business community, nonprofits and readers like you.

Step 2

2

RESEARCH

We check each company for proper licensing, pricing, history of complaints and reputation in the community.

Step 3

3

CONTACT

We check with the business owners to see if they’re ready for growth. Selected services pay a membership fee to join and benefit from our community efforts.

Step 4

4

REFERENCES

We talk to at least six of each company’s customers to make sure they had great experiences.

Step 5

5

INTERVIEW

We interview each business owner to find out if they take pride in their work and care about their customers.

And this is just the beginning.

We use your feedback to let business owners know how they’re doing. Praise tells them they’re on the right track, while complaints help them improve their service. Your input also helps us make sure businesses are still a good match for our directory.

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Who should we handpick?

We donate to local nonprofits every time you refer services that you love.

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