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Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez has enjoyed a prosperous career in general contracting but has decided to complete his college degree in - of all things - sociology - and enjoys blogging about his daily observations of our "human society" and other musings about life and people. He has a particular interest around the shifting economy and how society reacts to downsizing changes, not only in the "contracting" world, but in the areas of moving/storage/rental, etc.

Photo viahttp://opentechalliance.com/ Twenty years ago, Steve O’Rourke purchased a piece of property in Ames, Iowa, intending to build a self storage facility on it. Recently that dream came true. He and his wife, Barbara, opened up Ames West Side Storage at 1515 Florida Avenue. This is the first fully automated mini-storage facility in the city. The facility has 90...

Success in business, self storage and otherwise, can be predicated off of any number of things, but some of the most successful ones will all say one thing. It’s the little things that really count. Everyone sees the big picture, but not everyone pays attention to the fine details; the little things that can make someone go from having a casual interest to something...

There are more than 50,000 self storage facilities in the United States. As for the rest of the world? The number isn’t even close, but people in a growing number of countries are discovering how a self storage unit can benefit them at work as well as at home. As a result, the industry is beginning to grow worldwide. In some cases, like in Hungary, the growth is slower...

When people need to move, they scrounge all over to find boxes. Many use boxes from the produce departments in local grocery stores. Oftentimes, the boxes are not sturdy enough. Because SpareFoot realizes the importance of good moving boxes, they teamed up with Uboxes to provide them to their customers. Customers can now access a website created just for SpareFoot customers:...

Amazing Spaces Storage Centers recently completed their “Starfish: Make a Difference” campaign. They have participated in this program for the last six years. Last year, the company raised more than $1,400. They always encourage their customers, associates, friends, families, and local community members to participate in this worthy endeavor. This year’s goal was...

On just about any given day, there is at least one self storage company conducting a toy, food, clothing, or some other kind of drive for charity. Another will be hosting a garage sale to raise money for a good cause and several will be donating the use of a storage unit for a charity in need as well. Philanthropic endeavors are nothing new or unique to the self storage...

Thanks to the hit TV show Storage Wars, storage unit auctions are now popular events. During most auctions, attendees bid on the contents of a storage unit when the rent is in arrears. STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is holding an auction that will have a twist. They are bringing things in to be auctioned off. STORE Self Storage &...

Location is one of the biggest buzz words in the self storage industry. Choose the right one and the chance of success is high for a facility. Choose the wrong one and failure is all but guaranteed. So when Southern Self Storage was thinking of opening a new facility it made sure it picked the right location. It decided to bank on the fastest growing metro area in the...

Access Self Storage in the UK is supporting the Children’s Adventure Farms Trust’s (CAFT) upcoming Christmas parties. Access Self Storage wants people to donate new or gently used Christmas decorations such as trees, tree ornaments, lights, bells, and stockings. Donations can be dropped off at special drop-off points at any of their 53 stores. The decorations will...

Before Sam Rosen founded MakeSpace, he had a bad experience trying to find something that he had recently put in a self storage unit. That frustration got him thinking. A person could look online in Dropbox to find a photo or a file or look online through Spotify to find a song or album. He wondered why people couldn’t do the same thing with the items stored in a storage...