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Louisiana Self Storage Facilities Doing Their Part for the Community

by Winnie Hsiu December 2, 2011 5:28 PM
Around this time of year many families find themselves in dire need of something most of us take for granted—holiday cheer. When you have trouble keeping warm, don’t know if you and your family are going to have a roof over head tomorrow night, or where your next meal is going to come from. A handful of self storage facilities in Louisiana are doing what they can to relieve one of those concerns for needy families. [More]

Self Storage Company Helps Find Solutions as New Orleans’ Small Businesses Face a Critical Blow

by John Stevens May 31, 2011 10:46 AM
Avondale Self Storage is among the 400 small businesses struggling to find a way to survive as New Orleans’ largest manufacturing employer prepares to close and leave the state with 5,000 jobless, a move that could cripple the city’s economy. [More]

SBOA Raises Money for Katrina Survivors

by John Stevens October 4, 2010 11:28 PM
During the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans last week, self storage owners, operators, developers, suppliers, and other self storage industry members did more than just network and attend workshops. One group of attendees busied themselves raising money for the St. Bernard Project, to help with the ongoing needs of victims of Hurricane Katrina. [More]

ISS World Expo Approaches

by Tony Gonzalez September 24, 2010 11:35 PM
It’s that time of year again -- time for the Inside Self-Storage World Expo, which will be held from Wednesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 1 in New Orleans. The ISS World Expo is a wonderful opportunity for self storage professionals to meet, network, and learn about issues ranging from everyday facility maintenance and management, to green building, to financing and legal issues. Dozens of self storage industry suppliers will also be present with product samples and information. [More]

Could “Cash for Crude” Save the Gulf Coast Fishing Industry, Boating Businesses, and Marinas?

by Kim Kilpatrick July 8, 2010 4:42 PM
Could the BP oil spill be cleaned up faster if BP buys back its own spilled oil from fishermen and other boat owners along the Gulf Coast? American Geographical Society President Jerome Dobson thinks so. Dobson has come up with a unique solution for the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup. Dobson’s plan, which some are calling “cash for crude,” calls for BP to buy back recovered oil, giving fishermen, recreational boaters, and other boat owners a chance to get involved in in the BP oil spill containment.

Dobson’s plan calls for BP to buy back its oil at a price that will encourage out-of-work fishermen, recreational boaters, and other boat owners to go out, skim oil off the surface of the sea, and bring it back to port -- safely contained. Such a plan could provide out-of-work fishermen, seasonal tourist industry workers, and other boat owners with much needed income to replace some of what they have lost to the oil spill. It would also have a spillover (no pun intended) effect on related businesses, such as boat storage facilities and marinas, and would stimulate local economies along the Gulf Coast. [More]

Self Storage Companies Offer Military Discounts to Relocating Families

by Tony Gonzalez May 12, 2010 1:00 PM
In 2005, Congress established BRAC, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, to make recommendations about the future of military bases all over the United States. BRAC's job was to evaluate the future needs of the Department of Defense, weighing the military value of bases against the human impact of changes that might be made. Having done that, the Commission made its recommendations.

Most of the recommendations made by BRAC are scheduled to be completed by late fall 2011. In some cases, the process of reorganizing the bases has already begun. In many communities, though, the changes are just beginning. Some communities, such as the Washington D.C. area, will experience a fairly massive relocation of military employees and their families. [More]

Self Storage Talk Participants Breaking Records

by Kim Kilpatrick May 3, 2010 10:37 AM
Inside Self-Storage announced today that its free online forum, Self-Storage Talk, has passed the 3,000 member mark. The 3,000th member, identified only by his user name, JakeChis, registered for the forum on Friday -- allowing Self-Storage Talk to meet its 3,000 member goal a full two months before its self-imposed deadline of July 4.

Inside Self-Storage had been hoping to meet the 3,000 members goal since mid-March, when it began a community expansion campaign. On March 17, the forum's Community Manager, John Carlisle, announced that Self-Storage Talk had set its goal as 3,000 members by Independence Day. At the time, Self-Storage Talk had around 2,650 registered members. [More]
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