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  • Simply Self Storage Named No. 1 in Fast Business Growth by Entrepreneur Mag
    From a database of nearly 21 million companies reviewed by Entrepreneur magazine and research provider CentrisPoint, Simply Self Storage was distinguished as one of the nation’s “Hot 100, The Fastest Growing Businesses in America” for 2008. ...More
    April 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Self-Storage Use on the Rise in Ireland
    The use of self-storage is on the rise in Ireland, according to The Irish Independent. ...More
    April 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Lok’n Store Half-Year Profit Drops
    U.K. self-storage company Lok’n Store reported a drop in pre-tax profit for the six months ending January 31, 2008, but the company says it has made good progress in strengthening the operating performance of the business. ...More
    April 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Storage Still Strong
    The need for self-storage remains strong despite economy woes. Last week, we featured an update on the steel crisis on the ISS homepage. In case you haven’t had a chance to read the article, I interviewed several leading builders, developers and steel suppliers about ...More
    April 28, 2008 Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • A Storage Pro in Action and Other Thoughts From the Road
    During a recent meeting in Phoenix, I had a chance to witness firsthand how a self-storage professional handles a crisis. Knowing just how busy everyone at this meeting was, we all had agreed to keep our telephones on so we could deal with important issues. Little did any ...More
    April 28, 2008 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles, Management
  • Breeding the Best Advertising: Loyal Customers!
    As my quest to improve our company’s client service, I came across the book, Customer Satisfaction Is Worthless; Customer Loyalty Is Priceless, by Jeffrey Gitomer, a sales guru I have long admired. The premise of the book is that clients who are only satisfied will ...More
    April 27, 2008 Sue Weinman Posted in Articles, Marketing
  • Finding Financing for Self-Storage
    All projects need a thorough business plan to entice the lender to provide financing. The self-storage industry, however, has one unique difference that may impede obtaining financing. Some financial institutions shy away from lending on a single-purpose facility, such as ...More
    April 26, 2008 Dan Cardinal Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Delivering the Hard Message: Employee Termination
    We entrust the care and management of our multimillion-dollar facilities to what we hope are competent, honest, well-intended employees, but sometimes there is a gap between what we expect from them and what we get. We then experience the emotional turmoil of what to do ...More
    April 26, 2008 Linnea Appleby Posted in Articles, Management
  • One-on-One With Caesar Wright, President of Mako Steel Inc.
    In 1993, Michael Branon, owner and chairman of the board of Mako Steel Inc., began a niche company focusing on the self-storage construction market. He was joined a year later by construction veteran Caesar Wright. Since Mako’s specialty is self-storage, 80 percent of ...More
    April 25, 2008 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles, Construction
  • eBay ... One Way or Another
    As a self-storage manager, you should consistently seek out sources of new rentals. That's a given. Gone are the days of passive facility management.The marketing experts will tell you that one of the best ways to accomplish this is to reach out to businesses in your local ...More
    April 24, 2008 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs