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5 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Inside Self-Storage World Expo: Learning Abounds, Inspiration Imminent


With a new year comes new goals and focus. For many business owners, it’s a time to reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year and make adjustments for the coming months. There’s no better place to set strategy and gather information than the industry’s biggest conference and tradeshow of the year, the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas. This year's show, April 3-5, at the Paris Hotel & Resort, will feature a wealth of learning and networking opportunities for operators, developers, managers and investors. Here are five reasons you should attend.

1. A Superb Education Program

Year after year, one of the biggest draws to the ISS Expo is the outstanding education program. Led by an impressive array of speakers working in the self-storage industry today, the curriculum includes quality information for attendees of all professional levels. This year’s agenda includes topics such as:

  • Creating a facility budget
  • Motivating and enriching staff
  • Lien sales and other legal issues
  • Mobile marketing
  • Today’s financial landscape
  • The real cost of building a self-storage facility

The event will also include four add-on workshops: Legal Learning Live, Marketing Workshop, Management Workshop, and the Owner/Operator Executive Workshop.

2. Peer-to-Peer Learning and Community-Building

Another benefit of attending the ISS Expo is the chance to learn, grow and make friends through interaction with your colleagues and peers. Whether it’s sharing a cup of coffee with another storage owner before a seminar or exchanging sales tips with a fellow facility manager, professionals have ample opportunity to mingle during the three days of the event.

And don't forget about the Self-Storage Talk booth on the show floor, where members of the industry's largest online community meet in person and put faces to names. Not yet a member? You can do so now or live at the show!

3. Business Networking

The ISS Expo is the place for professional self-storage networking. In addition to having access to speakers and exhibitors, you can make all sorts of connections with company executives, regional managers, consultants and others with the power to help you and your business. The expo includes several interactive events:

  • Self-Storage Q&A: Ask candid questions and get honest answers from experts and colleagues. Several prizes will be given away during this lively exchange.
  • Roundtable Discussions: The intimate setting allows you to talk one-on-one. Topics cover the range of industry issues.
  • Evening Cocktail Reception: Have a drink and enjoy hors d'oeuvres while chatting with other professionals in this relaxed setting.

4. Product and Service Sampling

With two days of exhibits, the ISS Expo offers the ultimate “try before you buy” experience. Whether you’re shopping for new software, looking for a broker or need info about retail products, you’ll find it all in the exhibit hall.

More than 100 suppliers will be present to showcase their products and services. Categories include but are not limited to building components, security components, management software, marketing services, loan products, consulting services, retail merchandise, brokerage services, and much more.

Inside Self-Storage World Expo***5. International Presence

With self-storage growing by leaps and bounds worldwide, international attendees are turning to the ISS Expo to learn about development and operation both stateside and abroad. The show features a dedicated education track that will provide insight to the global market. It highlights investment and development, business operation and marketing. The seminars are led by self-storage professionals from regions including Asia, Australia, England, Japan, Spain, and Latin America.

For the complete agenda and details regarding events, exhibits, seminars, speakers, workshops and more, visit

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