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Awards of Distinction Given to Self Storage Businesses in U.S. and Canada

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 7:21 AM
Three self storage facilities have recently won notable awards for excellence in their industry. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Education Foundation recently named the Houston-based Proguard Self Storage a Winner of Distinction. Extra Space Storage of Estero, Fla., just accepted the David Graham Memorial Award for Excellence in Development. And Convey-All Industries Inc., a manufacturer of conveyor systems for a wide range of industrial uses and owner of Winkler Mini Storage in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, received the Award for Business Excellence at the Winkler and District Chamber of Commerce 2011 P.W. Enns Business Awards. [More]

Self Storage Businesses Find Ways to Help Victims of Southern U.S. Storms

by John Stevens May 11, 2011 7:11 AM
Many businesses, self storage among them, are stepping up to help victims of the widespread, destructive tornadoes that ripped through the south recently. There are so many people affected over such a widespread area, these donations will potentially impact thousands of people in several states. Gracious acts of charity by businesses are much-appreciated by those affected and gives the businesses some well-deserved public recognition. [More]

As More People Rent Than Buy, Apartment and Self Storage REITs Enjoy Market Strength

by John Stevens April 28, 2011 6:25 AM
The stellar growth of both apartment and self storage real estate investment trusts (REITs) translates into a sure sign that the U.S. housing market is still in a slump. Analysts are noting a strong historical correlation between revenue growth with storage REITs like Public Storage and revenue growth with the apartment REITs. [More]

Self Storage Hangs Tough Through Recession, With Industry REITS Surpassing General REIT Sector

by John Stevens April 14, 2011 12:57 PM
As many industries have been battling to survive through the recession, self storage has made impressive, steady gains that investors are getting excited about. Once mostly fueled by lifestyle changes such as divorce, death or moving, self storage is being used by a much broader range of people and for a wider range of circumstances. As a result, the four publicly traded self storage REITs generated total returns of about 30 percent last year, with the first quarter of 2011 exhibiting similar strength at about 10 percent. [More]

Proof that the Self Storage Industry has its Priorities Right

by Winnie Hsiu April 11, 2011 1:08 PM
Unless you have an infinite amount of time on your hands and only one thing to do with your entire day, from waking to sleeping, you have to prioritize your activities. Most people will do so in order of importance, i.e. going to work, spending time with family, hanging out with the guys. As important as priorities are in our personal lives, they are just as important professionally. [More]

Hawaii’s Un-Conference Promises Unconventional Seminars and Networking

by John Stevens February 16, 2011 7:59 AM
Some of the biggest names in the storage business, including Extra Space Storage, MiniCo, Storitz, and Mini-Storage Messenger, will be converging in Hawaii this summer to take part in PhoneSmart’s “un-conference.” While enjoying the unbelievable sights and sea of Kohala Coast, attendees will be given a unique opportunity to network with some of the top names in the business while attending custom-designed seminars. [More]

MiniCo Hands Out Top Awards and Announces Survey Winner

by John Stevens December 8, 2010 11:55 AM
MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC, which publishes the leading trade magazine Mini-Storage Messenger, makes recognizing leaders in the storage industry a significant part of its undertakings. The company just released the winners of the 2010 Self Storage Facility of the Year awards, as well as announced the “2011 Self-Storage Almanac” survey drawing winner. [More]

Self Storage Proving to be Dependable Business

by Holly Robinson November 30, 2010 2:02 PM
In tough economic times it can be very difficult trying to figure out how to make ends meet. With unemployment still hovering just under 10 percent and five state higher than 11, there are many people which have tried becoming entrepreneurs in order to make a living. However, according to the Small Business Administration at least one third of all new business fail within the first two years and over half of them by four years. [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]

Small Businesses Making More Use of Self Storage

by John Stevens July 9, 2010 9:01 AM
Over the last few months, entrepreneurs all over the world have reported that they see no reason to pass up a business opportunity, or business opportunities, simply because they have no space in which to house a small business. More and more small business owners, especially those who just started a new business or who are running a home business, have chosen to turn to self storage to provide the space they need at an affordable price. Many self storage companies, catering to small businesses and home-based business owners, are now offering more than just space -- they also provide conference rooms, Internet access, and other business-friendly features. [More]
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