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Top Seven Reasons Why Peyton Manning Should Invest in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez March 9, 2012 8:35 PM
If there is one name that the whole world has heard uttered at least once over the last few days it is that of now free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock or think that everything on the internet is a hoax, the 14-year veteran is going to be looking for a new home now that the team that he helped put on the map is done with him. Hmmm…sounds like he could use a self storage unit! [More]

What about the New ADA Federal Regulations?

by Winnie Hsiu March 9, 2012 4:08 PM
The American with Disabilities Act, created in 1981, protects the civil rights of people with disabilities. This act impacts everything from public bathrooms and transportation, restaurants, theaters, malls, libraries, schools, hotels, and day care centers. It even affects the self storage industry. These new regulations (that have taken 20 years to come to fruition) will go into effect March 15, 2012.

How does this affect the self storage industry? It depends. [More]

Evolution Vital to Success in Self Storage

by Holly Robinson March 8, 2012 8:01 PM
In the 1960s, when the self storage industry began, it was okay for a facility to be a collection of buildings with spaces the size of closets to as large as a two-car garage; pretty much as basic as can be. However, just like any good idea, in order to remain relevant and successful it must evolve over time and become much more than what the original idea was. [More]

Spotlight on Regional Manager for UK Self Storage Company

by John Stevens March 8, 2012 1:46 PM
It's a long way from South Africa to the UK. Just as Paul Cole, regional manager for Access Self Storage, one of the UK's largest self storage businesses. However, lessons learned in both South Africa and the UK have help Cole to rise to the position of a regional manager.

Cole feels that growing up in South Africa helped him to become the great businessman that he is. The political change and the huge uncertainly about getting a job in South America helped Cole focus on his studies at the university. He knew that if he were to get ahead he had to get a good education. He also knew that if he wanted to succeed in life he had to work harder than most people. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Thinking Outside the Box

by Kim Kilpatrick March 7, 2012 5:08 PM
Anyone involved in business will tell you that one of the many secrets to success is the ability to find the niche that you and only you can serve. In an industry like self storage that can be rather challenging with their being only so many options that are available, i.e. climate-controlled, recreational vehicle, document, wine, cigar, etc. [More]

Blood Drive and Merchant Day Event Hosted by Self Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez March 7, 2012 12:20 PM
A self storage unit. A blood drive. A Merchant Day Event. Chicago-based LifeStorage in its Hermosa location is bringing these three seemingly unconnected events together.

Many small businesses rent storage units for various reasons: document storage, storing extra inventory, business equipment. Entrepreneurs often use self storage facilities for their business, too. Yecy Morquecho and Mario Alequin, LifeStorage Hermosa store managers, came up with a good plan where they could spotlight these small businesses and do a community service at the same time. They combined a community blood drive with a Merchant Day Event. Participants can stop by the LifeStorage facility, see what the merchants have on display, donate blood, and also checkout the services that LifeStorage offers. [More]

Self Storage Company Gives Respect Where it is Due

by Winnie Hsiu March 6, 2012 8:38 PM
When most of us were kids there was likely a time when we wanted to be a fireman or policeman. There is just something about these men and women that give of themselves in order to make our lives a little safer. If there is anyone that deserves the respect of the public at large, the men and women that put their lives on the line to keep us safe and pull us out of fires do. [More]

Self Storage Owner Helps Out Tornado Victims

by Holly Robinson March 6, 2012 3:41 PM
Last Friday, around 100 tornadoes ripped through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Like tornadoes normally do, this one left a trail of damage and chaos. Homes crumpled. Windows shattered. Debris, broken lumber, twisted metal, mangled cars, shredded clothing, fallen trees, and downed power poles fill the area. Utility workers worked feverishly to supply power to area. [More]

Idaho Self Storage Controversy Likely to Result in New Legislation

by John Stevens March 5, 2012 6:57 PM
When the Idaho Land Board purchased Affordable Self Storage in 2010 with the idea being that it was a good investment that would benefit the beneficiaries of the endowment well (i.e. public schools). Little did they realize that it would result in a controversy that would continue on long after the purchase was finalized. [More]

Self Storage Facility Used to Train Canine Units

by Kim Kilpatrick March 5, 2012 5:00 PM
Self storage units are used for a variety of different things besides storing personal items or records and documents for businesses. Across the nation, self storage owners and managers have allowed charitable organizations to store non-perishable food, boxes of winter coats, hats and gloves, and toys. All of these things were designated to be given to the less fortunate in their communities. Recently, one self storage facility provided support in a very creative way. Local law enforcement agencies used it to train their canine units. [More]
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