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Potential Mini-Storage Facility Gets Approval from Planning Commission

by Tony Gonzalez October 24, 2013 9:58 PM
Monday night, the New Kent County Planning Commission (in Virginia) approved to forward a conditional use permit (CUP) for a mini-storage facility to the Board of Supervisors. Monte Brown was the person applying for the CUP. The planning commission voted 9-0 in favor of the permit. [More]

University Self Storage Receives Excellent Customer Service Award

by Tony Gonzalez October 21, 2013 2:57 PM
If a student in school receives a 100% on an assignment, that means that the student got every single question right. If a business gets a 100% on a customer survey, that means that they, too, got everything right according to their female customers’ expectations.

University Self Storage in Sarasota, Florida, received the Women’s Choice Award® given out by WomenCertified ®. The award was based on a customer satisfaction survey recently conducted by WomenCertified using the University Self Storage’s customer database. And ultimately, they got 100% on the survey. [More]

Self Storage Company Finds Unique Way to Make a Difference

by Tony Gonzalez October 16, 2013 12:10 AM
In the world that we live in there are certain things that we can count on: the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to lose, politicians are going to disagree, and gas prices are going to be ridiculously high to name a few. We can also count on people being in need, and people wanting to do something to help them out. [More]

SmartStop (TM) Sponsors BMX Camp for Kids with Diabetes

by Tony Gonzalez October 14, 2013 2:34 PM
I know a family that has two children under the age of six-years-old who have sugar diabetes. It’s rather sad that they have to prick their fingers daily to check their blood sugar level – and then give themselves insulin shots to manage their diabetes. The family is working with doctors to see about getting an insulin pump for their oldest one with diabetes.

Each year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Almost everyone knows someone (whether child or adult) affected by this disease. [More]

History is Made in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez October 8, 2013 9:58 PM
One of the largest portfolio sales in recent self storage industry history was just finalized. Morningstar Properties sold 43 of their facilities for $315 million to Public Storage. The sale included over 2.9 million square feet in properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Georgia. This sale is the largest portfolio sale in recent industry history and has the highest valuation for storage outside of New York City. That’s quite an accomplishment. [More]

Self Storage Businesses Reflect Economic Trends

by Tony Gonzalez October 7, 2013 9:02 PM
You don’t need a crystal ball to tell what is in store in the future. All you have to do is look at the self storage industry because it accurately reflects current economic trends. Look at Central Self Storage in Meridian, Idaho.

Currently, there’s a big demand for large storage units in Meridian. Susan Franden, manager of Central Self Storage, believes there are four reasons why there is an increase of demand for storage in Meridian. [More]

Kickstarter is Not the Only Way to Kick Start a Self Storage Project

by Tony Gonzalez October 3, 2013 11:50 PM
Social media has become a great tool for people looking for a little help getting started. Thanks to it people are able to contact people that they never would get in front of before. In some cases they actually received the kick start they needed to get their business on track. [More]

Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Energy Rates

by Tony Gonzalez October 2, 2013 8:02 PM
Over the years, people have promoted solar panels as the way to save on energy costs. Installing solar panels have been touted as being eco-friendly and a way to be nice to Mother Earth. Now, another side to that story is starting to emerge.

Utility companies are afraid that they will lose so many customers (and therefore revenue) that they won’t be able to maintain their power grid or be able to afford to add on to the grid or build new power plants. So, they want to add fees and charges to businesses (and homes) that have solar power. [More]

A New Self Storage Facility Opens in Glenrock Wyoming

by Tony Gonzalez September 26, 2013 8:29 PM
Rod Christianson, of Glenrock, Wyoming, recently opened a new storage facility with 65 units on the north side of town. He has named it A Big Storage.

Christianson is putting on the finishing touches to his new facility. He is installing a new gate at the front of the property, is sprucing things up, and is generally cleaning up after all of the construction. [More]

The 2013 SSA Fall Conference and Tradeshow Is Now Being Held in Vegas

by Tony Gonzalez September 24, 2013 7:18 PM
The 2013 Fall Conference & Trade Show is going strong in Las Vegas. Today is the second day of the four-day event.

Yesterday, David Meerman Scott, a marketing strategist, taught a social media marketing master class. He taught how to harness the power of online marketing. Using his step-by-step framework, he showed how to use blogs, viral marketing, podcasts, online video, and search engine marketing. He helped attendees learn how to build an online marketing strategy and create an action plan to reach the self storage audiences directly. [More]
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