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Hawaii Self Storage Holds Garage Sale

by Winnie Hsiu September 20, 2013 11:28 PM
Every day, people face the decision to try meth. Many people think that there are benefits to using it but little risk. However, meth abuse costs the United States $23.4 billion annually.

Meth is the number one drug problem in Hawaii. Between 2005 to2007, meth use among tenth graders in Hawaii increased eighty-seven percent. Meth-related emergency room costs in Hawaii totaled $43 million in 2006. Hawaii ranks #3 nationally for meth-related treatment admissions. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup for June

by John Stevens June 12, 2013 8:19 PM
Extra Space Storage has recently expanded its holdings in Hawaii. They finalized the purchase of two self storage facilities. One is in Honolulu and one is in Central Oahu. These two facilities sold for $ 30 million and were purchased from Jupiter Holdings LLC, which is based in California. This increases Extra Space’s facilities to 7. Those facilities are on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island. [More]

Door to Door Partners with Transit Systems, Inc.

by Winnie Hsiu February 20, 2013 8:02 PM
The evolution of the self storage industry has been an interesting one. The industry began simply as a place for people to store personal belongings. The industry then morphed into one that also offered moving services. It changed again when it started offering storage in containers instead of various sized rooms in a facility. [More]

A Touch Paint Can Make a World of Difference

by Winnie Hsiu December 23, 2011 3:35 PM
Ask anyone that buys an old self storage facility (or any other previously owned business) what the first thing they plan on doing is and they will likely say that they will be throwing a new coat of paint on the old building to give a new, vibrant look; to make the building look nice. [More]

Self Storage Company Proves it has a Really, Really Big Heart

by John Stevens August 19, 2011 11:31 AM
A lesson that parents often try to get across to their children is that you should treat others the way you want to be treated. When you treat them with respect, they will (or at least should) treat you with the same kind of respect. [More]

Participation in Self Storage Charity Work Takes Strategy

by John Stevens July 13, 2011 10:54 AM
For a self storage operator, getting involved in community charity drives can be both rewarding for business and for the community. It can take some planning and time commitment, but the payoff most certainly means more rentals and a sense of satisfaction from helping out one’s community. There are some strategies for working with charities and community groups that can help smooth the planning process and bring the greatest reward. [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]

Sometimes Doing Nothing Can Be Doing a Whole Lot

by Tony Gonzalez February 3, 2011 9:40 AM
Every small business owner, self storage and otherwise, will tell you that one thing matters above all else when it comes to success in the business world—location, location, location. Picking the right location can make the difference between turning a respectable profit every year and just scraping by. [More]

Portland Provides a Small Number of Storage Lockers to the Homeless

by Holly Robinson September 7, 2010 6:50 PM
The City of Portland and the Portland Business Alliance have announced that they are working together to provide storage lockers to Portland’s homeless community. While many efforts to solve the problem of homelessness have focused on providing homeless shelters, in recent years a few policymakers have been turning to storage as a possible bandaid solution. The homeless population in Portland numbers approximately 1,600, and many of Portland's homeless currently carry all their possessions with them at all times in grocery carts or on trailers. [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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