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Memorial Day Movers Prepare for Traffic Snarls

by Tony Gonzalez May 28, 2010 8:58 AM
People who are moving and relocating over the weekend in order to take advantage of the long weekend for unpacking should plan for long travel times on congested roads. A recent survey done by AAA shows that 32.1 million Americans plan to be on the road this weekend -- if accurate, AAA’s figures mean that about 5.4 percent more people will be traveling over Memorial Day weekend this year than did last year. If gas prices continue to drop, though, AAA’s estimates may prove low.

“Travel decisions are made at the last minute more than in the past,” AAA Carolinas president and CEO David Parsons said in The Lexington Dispatch yesterday afternoon. “With gas prices dropping daily, abundant hotel weekend deals and warm weather, staycations are losing their appeal.” [More]

24 Beloit College Students Trained in Storage and Conservation

by Holly Robinson May 28, 2010 8:20 AM
Thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 24 students at the Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology have been trained in how environmental conditions affect the storage of anthropological and archival materials. Students learned about how temperature, humidity, and pollutants in the air can affect collections in storage. IMLS provided a $3,000 grant to pay for an April 22 workshop on how environmental conditions affect the storage of collections.

The workshop was conducted by conservator Neil Cockerline, of the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was attended not only by Beloit College students, but also by professors and by Michael Brady, the college’s Physical Plant Director. Beloit College is installing heating, cooling, and ventilation devices in its anthropology research labs this summer, so the workshop was viewed as particularly apropos. [More]

Will an iPad Make Your Small Business More Productive?

by John Stevens May 28, 2010 1:18 AM
The iPad is Apple’s latest gadget, intended to revolutionize the future of mobile computing. Released in the United States on April 3, the iPad allows users to browse the Internet, answer email, display an extensive photo collection, watch videos, listen to music, read e-books, use global positioning software to get directions, take notes, keep track of a calendar and contacts, and use iWork productivity applications such as Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. It retails for $599. And now other manufacturers are coming up with iPad knock-offs that do many of the same things that an iPad will do. But -- is the iPad (or some other iPad-inspired computer tablet) really a revolutionary development in computing, and does your small business need one?

The answer is yes only if the iPad allows you to accomplish more in less time: the essence of productivity. The iPad offers certain advantages and disadvantages to small business owners, depending on your particular business and your particular needs. Self storage owners who own just one facility are not likely to need an iPad. But operators who travel back and forth between several facilities, and small businesspeople who travel frequently and who use self storage units to hold inventory and archives, may find an iPad to be a useful tool that enables them to be more productive while traveling. [More]

National Small Business Week Recognized with Educational and Networking Opportunities

by Winnie Hsiu May 25, 2010 4:29 PM
Following in the tradition of every U.S. President since 1963, President Barack Obama has proclaimed this week to be National Small Business Week -- a week to honor America’s approximately 27.2 million small businesses. Of those small businesses, about 27,650 are self storage operators who own and operate a one-facility self storage business.

In Washington D.C., and around the country, communities are celebrating National Small Business Week with seminars and workshops for small business owners: [More]

PA Self Storage Owner Recognized for Preserving Historic Coca Cola Plant

by Kim Kilpatrick May 25, 2010 2:28 PM
Historic York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic architecture in York County, Pennsylvania, has given Ken Snyder, the owner of Capital Self Storage of Springettsbury Township, an award for preserving the building that used to house the Coca-Cola Bottling Works. Snyder converted the building to use it as a self storage facility. The Capital Self Storage conversion was one of four building projects to be honored with a 2010 Historic Preservation Award by Historic York. [More]

Families Put Valuables in Storage to Prepare for Hurricane Season

by John Stevens May 25, 2010 12:14 PM
National Hurricane Preparedness Week begins today, and a storm that could become a hurricane has already been spotted, 500 miles (804 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is not yet strong enough to have been given a name, and it has only a 30 percent, or medium, chance of starting to rotate. The first Atlantic storm that begins to rotate will be called Alex. The tropical storms and hurricanes that follow it will be named as follows: Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie, and Walter.

The storm is not expected to pass over the Gulf of Mexico oil leak.

Although this week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, meteorologists do not really expect any severe storms to develop until the end of July. Hurricane season itself officially starts on June 1. [More]

Organized Storage Improves Hospital Care by 40%

by Tony Gonzalez May 21, 2010 6:07 PM
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has discovered that when medicines and medical equipment are stored in an organized way, nurses end up with 40 percent more time to spend on patient care. The organized storage approach, spearheaded by organizing specialists from Releasing Time to Care, a pilot project of NHS’s The Productive Ward program, was tested at Lanarkshire’s Hairmyres Hospital, in Scotland. It was paid for the NHS’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Linda King, Hairmyres’ senior cardiac ward charge nurse, told the BBC that the project was difficult in the beginning. Now, King says proudly, “Our motto in here is ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’” She explained that the time saved through organization had allowed the nurses to start a hand washing campaign to improve hygiene and to set up an early warning system to alert the staff to patients who were at risk for becoming seriously ill. [More]

Texas Self Storage Owner Honors WWII Vets

by Holly Robinson May 21, 2010 4:58 PM
World War II ended 65 years ago. But the 16 million American veterans who served in the war did not receive a national memorial until 2004. The youngest of those veterans are now in their 80s. Many are living on fixed incomes, and, especially in the middle of a national recession, cannot afford a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the new memorial.

To honor those veterans, self storage owner Jack McClanahan decided to get involved in the Montgomery County, Texas branch of the Honor Flight Network, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to flying veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. On the honor flights, every veteran flies free and spends the day in Washington. [More]

Hair and Storage Space Donated to Oil Spill Cleanup in Gulf

by Kim Kilpatrick May 20, 2010 12:04 PM
Matter of Trust is making hair booms and mats in temporarily donated storage spaces and warehouses all along the Gulf Coast. So far 25,000 square feet of space have been donated. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of hair has been sent to 13 locations along the Gulf Coast. Matter of Trust is not picky about what kind of hair it uses -- it will take human hair from salons, dog and cat hair from pet grooming salons, fleece sheered from alpacas, and any other kind of hair or fur that you can think of. Volunteers in warehouses, storage spaces, and in some cases, garages, are stuffing the hair into nylon pantyhose to contain it. [More]

Where Will Your Children Work? The Job Forecast for 2030

by Tony Gonzalez May 19, 2010 10:53 AM
People who have made the decision to relocate to another city in search of work, but who have not yet made a decision about where to relocate, may want to consult Mint.com’s list of the 10 cities that are forecast to have the most job growth by the year 2030. Another good list to consult is Mint.com’s list of the top ten cities for annual job growth. The only city to appear on both lists is Las Vegas. [More]
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