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Some Certainly Like to Go Big in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 8, 2014 11:26 PM
Go big or go home. That saying is something that many of us have heard at one time or another—if not said. It’s all about being noticed and not just succeeding, but excelling. What it takes to do it is up to the person or person’s involved and why they feel the need to do it. Are they trying to win a tournament? Are they looking to become titans of industry? [More]

The Self-Storage Almanac is Now a Joint Venture

by Tony Gonzalez January 6, 2014 8:37 PM
Two giants in the self storage industry have joined hands to create a cooperative relationship. The Self Storage Association (SSA) and MiniCo Publishing combined efforts to create the 22nd edition of the Self-Storage Almanac. The Almanac is a trusted source of research for self storage professionals and investors. [More]

You Have to Strike While the Iron is Hot in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez December 31, 2013 11:39 PM
There is a process for every kind of decision that needs to be made. For investors the hard part can be in figuring out just what kind of approach to take. There is something to be said for careful planning and deliberation, but there is also something to be said for striking while it’s hot. [More]

Century-Old Cremains Abandoned in Self Storage Unit

by Tony Gonzalez December 26, 2013 7:38 PM
Having a customer default on payments for a rental unit isn’t unusual in the self storage business. Typically, items left behind in those units consist of things such as furniture, household appliances, and clothing. Occasionally something unusual or intriguing turns up. Such is the case at Derrel’s Mini Storage in Modesto, California. [More]

Growth Occurs at all Levels in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez December 20, 2013 11:11 PM
Around the holidays it is not unusual for people to grow. Some will do it literally thanks to all the delicious food at parties while others will do it on more of a metaphysical or spiritual level. However it is done, it can occur to a large extent or something on a much smaller level. The same could be said for the self storage industry as well. [More]

Self Storage Industry Gets Along Well With Santa Claus

by Tony Gonzalez December 13, 2013 11:45 PM
There are certain industries that each of the holidays could easily be aligned with.The Easter Bunny must love Hershey for all the chocolate eggs (among other things) the candy company makes year in and year out. Halloween ghouls and goblins must appreciate Hershey as well. Santa Claus could go with Hershey as well, but there is another industry that should hold a place in his heart instead—the self storage industry. [More]

Guardian Self Storage in New York Participates in Successful Coat Drive

by Tony Gonzalez December 10, 2013 9:50 PM
During this past week, the United States has been hit with severe winter weather – ice storms, record amounts of snowfall, below zero temperatures. While this weather is miserable, if you own winter clothing, it is bearable. But, what about those that aren’t so lucky? What about those who do not have a coat or gloves or a winter hat?

Guardian Self Storage in New York state participated in the annual Dutchess Outreach Susan DeKeukelaere Annual Coat Drive. During October, people dropped of winter wear at the Guardian Self Storage locations throughout Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. [More]

STORE Self Storage Participates in Storage Wars Activity

by Tony Gonzalez December 5, 2013 9:09 PM
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries partnered with STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage recently and hosted their version of Storage Wars. STORE donated their large storage bays that were lavishly decorated to resemble an upscale hotel instead of a storage facility. This event netted almost $14,000 in one evening. [More]

California Self Storage Association Gets Creative to Celebrate the Holidays

by Tony Gonzalez December 3, 2013 12:19 AM
Merchants start ‘celebrating’ Christmas earlier and earlier every year. They just know that even though you are looking for that elusive turkey baster or can of cranberry that you’ll see the bright lights in the Christmas section and be drawn to it like a moth to a flame; we can fight it, but it’s a losing battle. However, now that the holiday is here there is no reason to hold back anymore. [More]

Are You Ready for Small Business Saturday?

by Tony Gonzalez November 27, 2013 10:05 AM
Everybody knows about Black Friday. Everybody knows about Cyber Monday. But between those two dates is another date that I dare say that very few people are aware of. That date is Small Business Saturday. Ever heard of it? Me neither.

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in the United States. They provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s. Since 1990, big businesses have eliminated 4 million jobs. During that same time frame, small businesses added 8 million new jobs. [More]
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