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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 on the right foot. So to help people cover the costs associated with pursuing a college education, the company decided to hold a contest. To enter the contest, interested...

StorageMart of Columbia, Missouri, won the Better Business Bureau TORCH Award along with nine other businesses and two charities. Winners will receive their award at a luncheon on Oct. 14 in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. Businesses and charities that were nominated for the TORCH Award were evaluated for their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices. One key element of the award concerns the actions taken by the business that demonstrate service “beyond the...

Westy Self Storage, like many self storage companies, does what it can to help the community so when one facility was approached by someone looking to do the same the company was glad to lend a hand. That someone was a young man by the name of Brendan Leddy, a member of Boy Scout Troop #120 based out of Norwood, New Jersey. Brendan is in the process of working on becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts. Part of the process is completing a service project, but in order for him to do so he needed some help. Brendan...

Technology has changed the landscape of how entrepreneurs do business. Many times, if a business has a presence on the Internet, they do not need a physical store or office space. But if they sell products, they still need a place to store their inventory. Sunnyside Self Storage in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, is adapting their business model to accommodate these types of businesses. Sunnyside recently opened a suite of storage options that meet these new types of needs. Businesses wanting to store inventory can rent various sizes...

The job of a self storage facility is pretty cut and dry. People want to store things so they rent a self storage unit and do just that. However, if you look at a self storage facilities purpose in a metaphorical sense it is not just to store stuff. Everything inside a self storage unit says something about the person renting it from their clothes to their toys, and even the framed poster of dogs playing poker. They speak of where a person’s been, how they lived, and what they did for fun. A self storage facility does more than just...

via SurePoint website SurePoint Self Storage has been busily increasing its self storage portfolio. The company recently broke ground for a new facility in Schertz, Texas. Located at Interstate Highway 35 and FM 1103, the facility will have 113,000 square feet of rentable space and is scheduled to open in January 2015. It will be branded under the SurePoint Self Storage name. Jeff Bailey, Robert Loeb, and Brian Cisarik are the developers behind this new endeavor. They have been active in the self storage industry since 2001. Their first...

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 inside abandoned units sold at auction. From vintage comics and cars to gold bars, the canoe from Deliverance, and various pieces of sports memorabilia the list of interesting...

via Shutterstock Many self storage companies participate in charitable, non-profit activities that benefit their communities—activities such as Toys for Tots, donating food to shelters for the homeless, or raising money to donate to cancer research. For storage businesses that are looking for a new charitable activity to participate in and for those that are willing to think outside the box, providing a transitional storage center might be something to consider. A transitional storage center is a secure facility where homeless people...

When it comes to making money in the self storage industry, some companies will do anything they can in order to increase the bottom line. via TheRealDeal.com Most facilities will sell complimentary products like packing supplies and locks, but those items do not generate significant revenue. Many facilities have engaged in deals with telecom companies to rent space for cell towers. Some have installed solar panels and generated enough power to sell it back to their local municipality. But how many self storage facilities have restaurants...

via Self Storage Centers of America website To be competitive in today’s market place, businesses need an appealing and effective website. With that in mind, Self Storage Centers of America decided to revamp theirs. They worked with Lizardwebs, a company that creates web design, supplies e-mail services, and provides webhosting. After spending considerable time together evaluating the old site, they determined the necessary features for the new one. The work is now complete and they have launched their improved site. Returning visitors...