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How Small Business Owners Use Self Storage Units

by Tony Gonzalez January 4, 2013 7:00 PM
Recently, Steve Wilson, managing partner of Hide-Away Storage based in Sarasota, Florida, participated in a business forum. He discussed ways that small business owners and entrepreneurs can use self storage. [More]

No Need to Go it Alone Where the Self Storage Industry is Concerned

by Tony Gonzalez September 28, 2012 6:56 PM
The concept of working together is one that is common throughout our society. Teachers like students to do group projects. Even individual sports like golf require a team effort to in competitions. Sometimes you’ll find people that will try to go it alone rather than work with the team. That is hardly the case when it comes to the self storage industry. [More]

Software Helps Make Self Storage Sharp

by Tony Gonzalez August 20, 2012 8:52 PM
The saying is as old as can be, worn out, and totally overused but it still rings entirely true whether you are a college student trying to work on a paper, a parent looking for a gluten-free macaroni and cheese recipe, or a self storage facility operator looking to improve security and operational efficiency. [More]

Hide-Away Storage in Florida Helps with Fundraiser

by Kim Kilpatrick July 30, 2012 6:00 PM
In 2009, 41% of the children born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers. Seventy-seven percent of these births were not intended – meaning they were not planned pregnancies. Statistics further show that the U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate of the Western industrialized world. Some people have observed that teens do a better job at planning to buy tickets to a concert than they do about when they will have children. [More]

The Mobile Self-Storage Association Elected New Directors

by Holly Robinson June 6, 2012 7:30 PM
Elections were recently held for positions on the board of directors for the Mobile-Self Storage Association (MS-SA). Robert Vespa and Nathan Petty were elected to a three-year position and Michael Umber was elected to finish a partial term. Meisha Wilson and Randy Weisman will continue filling their term on the board. [More]

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]

Happy Holidays Can Set Many Self Storage Facilities Up For a Happy New Year

by Winnie Hsiu December 16, 2010 12:34 PM
At Christmas time the country tends to believe more than ever in peace on earth and good will towards men. So when the holiday season comes around every year there are always a number of charities around the country that go into overdrive trying to help as many people as they can. Every year there are always a number of self storage facilities around the nation that get involved in a variety of charitable efforts. [More]

Self Storage Association Inducts New Honorees into its Hall of Fame

by Holly Robinson September 30, 2010 8:43 PM
This week the eyes of many members of the self storage industry have been on the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans. Earlier this month, though, another important self storage conclave took place -- the fall conference of the national Self Storage Association. At the Self Storage Association conference, the Self Storage Association Foundation (SSAF) met as well. The SSAF Board, among its other responsibilities, also nominates persons to be inducted into the Self Storage Association Hall of Fame. This year, the SSAF inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame: Steve Wilson of Hide-Away Storage in Sarasota, Florida, and Bill Kenney of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, California. [More]

FL Self Storage Operations Director Promoted to U.S. Navy Commander

by Kim Kilpatrick June 21, 2010 4:12 PM
A Florida self storage operations director who also serves in the U.S. Navy reserves has received a promotion to commander in his reserve. Paul Feikema, the operations director for Hide-Away Storage of southwest Florida, is a veteran who has spent a total of 17 years in the Navy. Some of his years have been spent on active duty and others on reserve duty. Feikema was promoted by Captain Lewis Harrison, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Deputy Engineer, at CENTCOM Headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. The promotion was effective as of June 1. [More]