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Self Storage Asia Expo to be Held in March 2013 in Hong Kong

by Winnie Hsiu January 25, 2013 1:34 PM
More and more of Asia's four billion inhabitants are entering the middle-income class. This means they purchase more items which then impact the small living spaces that are typical in Asia. And all of those possessions create a growing need for self storage.

In 1999, Steel Storage established the first self storage industry tradeshow in the United Kingdom. Now, they are launching the first tradeshow in the Asian markets. It will be held March 20-21, 2013 in the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong. [More]

Upcoming State Self Storage Association Trade Shows for 2012

by Winnie Hsiu January 30, 2012 10:42 AM
In the next few months, several self storage state associations will hold conferences and trade shows. Here is some information on ones held in Connecticut, Florida, Arizona, and Canada. [More]

The First SBOA Vendor-Member Marketplace to be Held in April

by Kim Kilpatrick January 17, 2012 1:00 PM
Conferences and tradeshows provide an opportunity for people in the self storage industry to get to know others, network, learn more about the business, and keep up with trends and legislation. There are two upcoming events that you should be aware of. [More]

ISS World Expo Serves Up Education With a Helping of Vendor Exhibits

by John Stevens March 9, 2011 8:31 AM
The industry’s largest trade show is about to begin in Las Vegas from March 14th through the 16th. The ISS World Expo not only offers seminars, workshops and peer-to-peer networking as part of its education program, but also provides an opportunity for more than 150 vendors to exhibit their self storage products and services. [More]

AZ SSA to Hold Annual Conference in Tempe, May 17 to 19

by Holly Robinson February 5, 2010 1:25 PM
The Arizona Self Storage Association announced this morning that it will hold its 12th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Tempe, Arizona, from May 17 to 19, at the Marriott Buttes Hotel. The conference's theme, "Survivor: Self Storage", was inspired by the television program, "Survivor." The AZ SSA website notes that "Often times, in light of today's economy, operating in the self-storage industry can feel like you are...struggling every day to stay on the island and not get voted off." The conference will focus on giving self-storage owners and managers a set of tools and strategies they can use to navigate their businesses during an economic recession. [More]

National SSA to Host Spring Convention in Colorado Springs

by Kim Kilpatrick January 26, 2010 10:34 AM
The national Self Storage Association (SSA) has announced that it will hold its spring convention and trade show from April 18 to 20 at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado is a state with a lot of sentimental value for the Self Storage Association, which was founded in Denver 35 years ago, in 1975. This year's convention, therefore, will also be a celebration of the SSA's 35th anniversary.

About 1,000 self storage owners, operators, investors, developers, executives, and industry vendors are expected to attend the convention and participate in the trade show. Important leaders in the self storage industry will also be present, and will give talks and participate in educational panel sessions. [More]

Investors Gear Up for Inside Self-Storage World Expo 2010

by Tony Gonzalez December 16, 2009 2:36 AM
Inside Self-Storage has announced that its 2010 World Expo will be held March 1-3, in Las Vegas, at the Paris Hotel and Resort. The Inside Self-Storage Expo is the self-storage industry's largest convention and trade show. It provides a four-track education program and development seminars, and gives self-storage owners, entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and suppliers a chance to meet each other and network. It will also include product and service exhibits. All in all, the 2010 ISS Expo will provide 36 seminars, four workshops, two days of product and service exhibits, five networking events, and a Self-Storage Q&A roundtable discussion. A new feature this year will be the Technology Marketplace, where Expo exhibitors can show off the newest security, software, and other technology-related products.

One of the most popular seminars at the Inside Self-Storage Expo every year is the intensive, six-hour Developers Seminar. This year, the Developers Seminar will be hosted by RK Kliebenstein, the president of Coast-to-Coast Storage, and will take place on March 3, from noon until 6 p.m. Kliebenstein will provide potential investors with tools and information they need to evaluate whether self-storage is a good business fit for them, explaining the how to develop a self-storage site, how to find financing for a self-storage venture, and focusing on how the economic recession has affected the self-storage business. Kliebenstein's workshop will also be helpful for small self-storage facility owners who are looking for ideas to help them expand their businesses. [More]