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Changes in Store for Some State Self Storage Legislation

by Tony Gonzalez March 15, 2013 9:51 PM
Over the last few years the self storage industry has become pretty big business. Due to different circumstances people in the U.S. have found a need for self storage space and have been using it. However, as business began to boom so did the need for change to existing self storage related laws. While there has been significant progress there is still need for more. [More]

Florida Self Storage Association Mixes Business with Pleasure and Philanthropy

by John Stevens October 23, 2012 9:10 PM
Anyone in business be it the self storage industry or otherwise has heard the saying that you don’t mix business with pleasure. Of course it’s probably the piece of advice that is ignored the most! However, if done right it is not only possible to mix business with pleasure you can even throw in a healthy dose of philanthropy as well. [More]

Self Storage Industry Knows it Helps to Have Friends

by Winnie Hsiu August 16, 2012 8:09 PM
There are plenty of people that like to think they can do it—whatever ‘it’ may be—alone; that they don’t need any help or assistance from anyone. While they might be successful on occasion, the road is much tougher when it is travelled on solo. However, when you let your friends give you a helping hand along the way success can be achieved much, much easier. [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]

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]

Florida Seminar Focuses on the Ever-Popular Self Storage Auction

by John Stevens March 3, 2011 12:35 PM
It comes as no surprise that the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) will host a three-hour seminar on storage unit delinquencies, lien laws and the auction process on March 31. The hugely-popular TV show, “Storage Wars” has thrust the self storage industry into the limelight and attracted auction bidders in droves across the country – many of whom are novices. Self storage operators now face high numbers of auction attendees as well as a need to understand the legal process behind a lien sale and how to run a safe and secure auction. [More]

FSSA Opens Registration for 2010 Conference & Expo

by Holly Robinson February 19, 2010 10:30 AM
The Florida Self Storage Association announced yesterday that it has opened registration for its 2010 "New Horizons" Conference and Expo. Vendor exhibit applications are still being accepted as well. The conference will be held from May 5 to 7, at Disney's Contemporary Hotel, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Although the FSSA conference is held annually, this year several new events have been added to the schedule, including several pre-conference activities. This year's conference is being sponsored by U.S. Door & Building Components, MiniCo Publishing, Noah's Ark Development, Bader Company, Inside Self-Storage, and Phone Smart Sales Solutions.

One of the featured events at the FSSA conference will be panel discussion, called "The Storage Summit." Panelists will include Anne Ballard, from Universal Management Co.; Michael Haugh, from Absolute Management; Brenda Scarborough, from Accountable Management; Marc Smith, from Personal Mini Storage; Steve Wilson, from Hide-Away Storage; and Paul Martin, the keynote speaker. [More]

Florida Self-Storage Association Hosts Free Education Session

by John Stevens December 30, 2009 12:32 PM
It's not too late to register for the Florida Self-Storage Association's next free education session. The session will be held next Thursday, January 7, from 9 am to noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm. It will be held at the Miami Lakes Marriott Courtyard, at 15700 NW 77th Court.

The education session will feature three guest speakers. Matt Van Horn, from Cutting Edge Self Storage, will speak about how to turn your phone calls into rentals. Jack Ballentine, from Hammer Down Auction Services, will give a lecture entitled "Assuring Unit Foreclosure Compliance." And Rick Yonis, the owner of Sentry Self Storage, will moderate a free-wheeling open forum conversation on operating within the current economic conditions. [More]
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