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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.

Many universities have entrepreneurship courses that encourage students to create an idea for a business and then do a pilot test to see if it is viable. At the University of Michigan, an innovative self storage business model was borne from just such a program. Brett Mecham and Mikey Shen co-founded Vaultd, a startup that provides self storage for college students. Their...

via Shutterstock Tears silently slide down Mary Constantas cheeks. She stands outside the Napa Self Storage building that was damaged in an earthquake last month in California. Her unit contained heirlooms that belonged to her grandmother and great-grandmother. She fears that bulldozers will demolish the building with everything inside. The corrugated steel building has...

A-1 Self Storage has a long history of donating to a vast array of charitable causes, and they recently made another donation to Youth and Leaders Living Actively San Diego. Like many youth-based programs, YALLA tries to motivate the 200 boys and girls that they work with to go to college, but they do it in a rather unique way: They use soccer as their educational medium. With...

Metro Self Storage is finally ready to build a new self storage facility in Sheepshead Bay, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The facility will have more than 100,00 square feet. It has been a rocky road to get to this point, and they have had to overcome many concerns from local residents. There was a 28-year-old restriction that controlled what could and couldn’t be built...

Amazing Spaces Storage Centers kicked off their annual Make a Difference campaign to raise money for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas. They are encouraging their storage facility owners, customers, and the local communities to be generous in their giving. Amazing Spaces will accept donations through October 31, 2014. To encourage everyone to make...

via MiniCo website  MiniCo Insurance Agency is currently celebrating the big 4-0 — its 40th anniversary of being in business. Forty years is no small feat. The Small Business Administration says that around 10 percent of new companies go out of business within their first year. Only about half of them are still in operation after five years, and just one-third are in...

Many members of the self storage community have been known to assist people in the community with their educational pursuits. Storage.com, a site that works as a self storage aggregator, has now become one of them.   via Shutterstock Storage.com is aware of how much it can cost to attend college as well as how important a good education is in order to get life started...

The popularity of television shows like Storage Wars has made America curious about what treasures could possibly lie inside of a self storage unit. via SCP Auctions More often than not, there is nothing of real value inside storage units. People tend to use them to store things that hold sentimental value. However, over the years all sorts of things have been discovered...

It’s become difficult to turn on your computer without seeing at least one video of a celebrity or friend taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The concept is simple: A person is nominated to dump a bucket of ice water over their head. After they do so, they nominate three more people to do it. Those people will then have 24 hours to accept the challenge, or they...

When people watch sports their attention is riveted to the contest—which is exactly what sponsors want. For the self storage industry this kind of devotion is a real boon. One of the toughest things about being in business for a self storage facility is the need to get the word out. You can run commercials on a local radio station, but there is little to no guarantee...