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Supporting Causes and Community Makes Good Business Sense for Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens April 6, 2011 11:50 AM
Sometimes the best advertising campaign comes from the heart. When a self storage facility reaches out to a community or embraces a cause, it sends a message that it cares, a message that resonates deeply with many people. And when those people someday need self storage, a familiar name will pop into their head. A name they will associate with a good feeling of caring and giving. [More]

Self Storage Facility Helps Out the Local YMCA

by Tony Gonzalez March 30, 2011 12:58 PM
The children of today are the future. If that future is going to look bright for all of us than it is necessary to make sure that anything and everything that can possibly be done to prepare them to be the future leaders of their communities, titans of industry, politicians, and whatever else they may wish to become. The only problem is that while the children are being molded and guided into young adults, they may need some help to avoid the temptations that can lead them down the path to destruction. [More]

Education is Important to the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 22, 2011 1:12 PM
Knowledge is power. That statement has been uttered by more politicians, teachers, coaches, etc. and has been used in more movies than many other common platitudes. As overused as the statement may be it is exactly true. Without sufficient knowledge (of any kind) it can be incredibly difficult to do even the simplest of things in modern society which is precisely why receiving a good, quality education is the key to survival. [More]

Philanthropic Endeavors Continue for a California Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick March 7, 2011 8:27 PM
There are some businesses that are only concerned with their bottom line; with filling their own pockets and making sure that they make as much profit as possible. There are others that take the privilege of having a successful business as an honor and express their gratitude by giving back to the community that makes their very existence possible. [More]

Self Storage Facility Helps Prepare Kids for a Better Tomorrow

by Holly Robinson March 2, 2011 2:42 PM
One thing that kids don’t really think too much about is where things come from that they need or use on a daily basis. The vast majority of things of course are provided by Mom and Dad, but what about all the things that the community provides (parks, library, etc) or what if Mom and Dad are not able to do all the things they would like to for their kids? [More]

Self Storage Companies Support Education

by Tony Gonzalez February 16, 2011 10:53 AM
A person would be hard pressed to find anyone that would disagree with the phrase ‘education is key.’ Whether it is at your job, playing a new sport, or in the classroom the more learning opportunities that a person can take advantage of in life the better. However, sometimes people are not able to take care of the opportunities that are available for no other reason than lack of funds. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Lends a Helping Hand beyond Christmas

by John Stevens December 27, 2010 10:14 AM
Around the holidays there is a lot of press generated about how many self storage facilities around the country lend a helping hand to those that are less fortunate acting as donation drops for toy, clothing, and food drives for a number of organizations. For many self storage companies the helping hand does not end there. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Target E-waste in New Recycling Programs

by John Stevens August 24, 2010 7:13 AM
Self storage facilities interested in “greening” their properties have begun to offer e-waste recycling, in addition to ordinary recycling of paper products, glass, and aluminum cans. E-waste refers to electronic waste. It can include computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, printers, laptop computers, fax machines, copiers, VCRS and DVD players, stereos, or any other electronic device. [More]

What Can You Do With That Old Kaypro?

by Tony Gonzalez July 9, 2010 10:38 PM
If you have an old Kaypro, hang onto it -- it’s part of computer history. Pack it carefully and put it into your self storage unit. But if you have computer or electronic equipment to get rid of that is not quite so old, you may want to take it to your local self storage facility for a different reason -- to recycle it. Many self storage facilities are beginning to offer e-waste recycling -- recycling of electronic waste. Items that can be dropped off at e-waste collection centers include computers (both laptop and desktop), monitors, cell phones, printers, camcorders, CD/DVD/cassette players, fax machines, photocopiers, radios, stereos, landline telephones, VCRs, televisions, batteries and power packs, etc. [More]

Too Bad The Tonight Show Didn’t Use Self Storage

by Holly Robinson June 2, 2010 4:36 PM
Had the producers of The Tonight Show opted to store the show’s wardrobes in self storage they could have had their pick of security features offered by self storage facilities near Universal Studios in Burbank where the show is filmed. There are at least nine self storage facilities near the studio, including Kiss Keep It Self Storage and A-1 Self Storage, which are less than one mile away. Self storage facilities fit two of The Tonight Show’s needs nicely. First, self storage companies maintain customer confidentiality -- self storage operators do not tell anyone who rents units at a facility. Second, self storage facilities are secure. These days, most self storage facilities have 24-hour security camera surveillance and security fences. Many also offer biometric security features.

Unfortunately, the Tonight Show did not store its wardrobes in a self storage facility. Instead, it rented space in a warehouse that does not seem to have the state-of-the-art security devices that are standard in the self storage industry. It is unfortunate that the show did not have the benefit of security fences, cameras, and the like, because on Monday a Tonight Show employee discovered that the show’s chosen storage facility had been burglarized. [More]
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