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Self Storage Companies are Getting into the Holiday Spirit

by Holly Robinson November 14, 2011 7:24 PM
According to the popular holiday song, the world is on the verge of entering the most wonderful time of the year as the holiday season approaches. To make sure that as many people as possible get to experience some holiday cheer, self storage companies in the United States and elsewhere are getting into the holiday spirit. [More]

Chicago Self Storage Company Enlists Help to Improve Its Branding

by Tony Gonzalez October 31, 2011 4:52 PM
Branding is a marketing term that creates distinctive features for a company or a product that makes it easily identifiable from its competition. Branding can include features such as logos, color combinations, fonts, symbols, or catch phrases. It establishes qualities or characteristics that make a company different or special and makes it stand out in the market place.

LifeStorage in Chicago understands the benefits of establishing strong branding and has enlisted Smbolic to develop their brand. Symbolic is a strategic design and innovation firm with offices in Chicago, Atlanta, and Vancouver. [More]

Trick or Self Storage?

by Winnie Hsiu October 27, 2011 5:54 PM
Halloween is just days away. It’s a time where kids get to dress up as their favorite cartoon characters and heroes, and Mom and Dad can take a break from the working world and have a little fun dressing up as someone else. Of course, the most important aspect of Halloween goes without saying—free candy. [More]

LifeStorage in Mokena, IL, Holds First Event

by Kim Kilpatrick October 13, 2011 9:17 AM
LifeStorage-Self Storage in Mokena, IL, is sponsoring a community garage sale and Move-In Special October 14th and 15th. It will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is the first event that the facility has sponsored since merging with LifeStorage. [More]

Extreme Makeover: the Self Storage Edition

by Winnie Hsiu September 28, 2011 5:10 PM
In a world undergoing strenuous economic times, finding funding for new projects can be difficult. With all the uncertainty, there is not much safety in making such a large investment. That has forced entrepreneurs to become creative and make use of existing structures, especially in the self storage industry. [More]

Self Storage Company Knows How to do a Job Right

by John Stevens September 27, 2011 7:09 PM
If there is one thing that any supervisor will tell you he/she hates is someone that does not see a task through to completion. For some reason there are people that seem to think that just getting something started or putting in a half-hearted effort is enough. In the self storage industry that kind of person would not survive. [More]

Recognition Makes the Heart Grow Fonder for Self Storage Facilities

by Holly Robinson August 30, 2011 1:34 PM
There is an old saying that everyone has heard whenever a family member, girlfriend, or boyfriend moves away—absence makes the heart grow fonder. A similar concept applies in the business world, but it is more like recognition and not absence that makes the heart (of tenants) grow fonder. [More]

Manager of the Month Exhibits Stellar Qualities

by Tony Gonzalez August 17, 2011 3:01 PM
Owners of self storage units know that hiring the right person to manage the facility is crucial to business success. A manager can literally make or break the business. When you have a good manager, you have peace of mind and confidence that the business is in capable hands. Recently, Susan Powers, district trainer and manager of the Carpentersville LifeStorage facility, received the Self Storage Manager of the Month award by SpareFoot. It's easy to see why. [More]

Chicagoland Self Storage Facility Going the Extra Mile for the Community

by Tony Gonzalez June 22, 2011 5:03 PM
In a down economy it is easy for people not to donate much to charity; they are too busy trying to take care of their own families. Thankfully, many people still find a way to give back to the community whether it is through monetary donations or some other method. [More]

LifeStorage Makes Rundown Building Shine and Wins MiniCo Award for Efforts

by John Stevens December 20, 2010 11:35 AM
It is hard to imagine that a dilapidated building nearly 100 years old that once housed drug addicts and homeless persons has been converted into a solidly built, attractive storage facility. And that’s not all! It just had the honor of winning the 2010 Facility of the Year Conversion Category by Mini-Storage Messenger, the leading international self storage trade magazine published by MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC. [More]
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