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The First SBOA Vendor-Member Marketplace to be Held in April

by Kim Kilpatrick January 17, 2012 1:00 PM
Conferences and tradeshows provide an opportunity for people in the self storage industry to get to know others, network, learn more about the business, and keep up with trends and legislation. There are two upcoming events that you should be aware of. [More]

Hide-Away Storage in Florida Launched a Mobile Website

by Holly Robinson December 23, 2011 10:27 AM
Technology is increasingly part of everyday life. In the past ten years, computers have become smaller and more powerful; companies conduct business over the Internet; and people expect their cell phones to have access to the Internet, to take pictures, to give weather conditions, and to make financial transactions.

We have become a mobile society that expects access and connection through smart phones. Because of this expectation, companies are developing applications that extend a smart phone’s capabilities. Some self storage business owners recognize people’s expectations for connectivity on their phone and are stepping up to meet those expectations. [More]

Important Genealogical Records Found in Abandoned Storage Unit

by Winnie Hsiu December 12, 2011 9:41 AM
A couple purchased the contents of an abandoned storage unit in Brandon, Florida, hoping to find treasure. They did find treasure -- but not of the gold and silver or jewels type of treasure. Instead, they found boxes and boxes of an extensive collection of family records and photographs. [More]

STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage to Host Monthly Networking Event

by John Stevens October 19, 2011 1:22 PM
STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage will host their monthly Networking in the Gardens this coming Friday, October 21. It will be held in the storage facility's board room at 11010 N. Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude at 9:00 a.m. so that participants can then go to their place of employment. [More]

Extra Space Storage Busy Celebrating Opening of New Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens June 10, 2011 11:43 AM
Extra Space Storage celebrates the opening of two new facilities this month, spanning the country. Yesterday, the company held its grand opening for its Carson, Calif., facility and tomorrow, June 11, it will be celebrating the opening of a new facility in Miami, Fla. [More]

Self Storage Lien Law Legislation Moves Along in Ten States With Latest Victory in Illinois

by John Stevens June 2, 2011 8:44 AM
The Self Storage Association’s (SSA) aggressive efforts to update archaic lien laws throughout the country is slowly paying off. The latest victory is Senate Bill 1394 (SB 1394) that will modernize the Illinois Self Service Storage Facility Act. It has passed both houses and currently awaits the signature of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. [More]

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 Lien Law Legislation Making Headway in Florida and Nevada

by John Stevens April 22, 2011 12:02 PM
Two states, Florida and Nevada, are making steady progress with self storage lien law legislation as other states are gearing up for or finalizing bills. Illinois and Tennessee all have lien law legislation in progress and just last week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 11-039, which includes improvements to the state’s lien law for self storage operators. [More]

Popularity of Self Storage Auctions Spurs Change in Tennessee Lien laws

by John Stevens March 11, 2011 7:51 AM
Self storage auctions are getting swamped with attendees in recent months as popularity has grown, causing many states to look at streamlining their lien laws. Earlier this week, both Nevada and Florida legislators reviewed proposed changes to their states’ self storage lien laws. Now Tennessee has joined the ranks by introducing legislation that would lift the newspaper advertising requirement for self storage lien sales. [More]

Two States Tackle Proposed Changes to Lien Laws

by John Stevens March 8, 2011 7:09 AM
Both Nevada and Florida are considering changes to their states’ self storage lien laws. The Self Storage Association and the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) are gearing up to discuss improvements in lien laws with the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and at a hearing in Tallahassee, Fla., tomorrow. Nevada state lawmakers are reviewing Senate Bill 150, which would amend the state statutes governing self storage and make several changes to existing self storage lien laws. [More]
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