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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
Editorial Director
tlanza@vpico.com

01/25/2013

Self-Storage REITs Flex Muscles, But Mom-and-Pops Are Up for a Fight

Slow growth of new, independent self-storage facilities coupled with heavy consolidation driven by the REITs has many wondering about the future viability of mom-and-pop operations. While wariness is a natural byproduct of market conditions, recent industry activity and the feisty nature of independents indicates mom-and-pops are ready to fight.
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01/14/2013

Self-Storage Tax Woes: How Are 2013 Changes Affecting Your Paycheck, Your Investment and Your Customers?

Recent changes tax laws are affecting self-storage professionals of all levels, from the facility manager whose paycheck is diminished by the increase in Social Security tax to the owner/investor whose investment profitability is affected by a higher capital gains tax rate. The question all facility operators should be asking is how these changes are going to impact the industry's critical income element: the self-storage customer.
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12/26/2012

Self-Storage Insurance Fail = Bad News … Don’t Risk Your Business!

Self-storage operators never know when a crisis may hit, whether it is a natural disaster or an injury to an employee or a customer. Implementing a risk-management plan should be among every operator’s most important business investments. Failure to carry coverages to protect your property and yourself from risks and liability is not a gamble worth taking.
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12/07/2012

A New Year Means New Developments at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo

As domestic and international self-storage markets have evolved, so too has the Inside Self-Storage World Expo. The 2013 show is no different, with more than 50 education sessions on tap, along with new in-depth workshops, networking events and much more. With the new year fast approaching, it’s time for attendees to begin planning their expo experience.
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11/29/2012

Relieve Holiday Stress with the Lighter Side of Self-Storage Talk

As work and holiday stress mounts, Self-Storage Talk members have humorous and helpful ways of releasing tension. But even during their silliest moments, members often apply their creativity to real-world self-storage ideas and facility issues. More than business networking and advice, SST is a support system that can help you exhale and regain your business focus.
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11/16/2012

A Storage Operator Worth His Salt Never Stops Learning

In a recent episode of HBO TV series "Treme," expert trombonist Antoine Batiste emphasizes the importance of continued learning to excel in one's craft. Today, successful self-storage operation takes talent and skill, which is why training and ongoing education are paramount. Is it time you had some professional guidance or maybe just a refresher? ...
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11/07/2012

Holiday Giving Opens Self-Storage Facilities to Rewarding Possibilities

Guest blogger Gina Six Kudo rings in the holiday season with a discussion about charitable work and the intrinsic rewards holiday fundraisers can provide self-storage facilities. Although there are many ways operators can make a difference in their communities, they first have to open themselves up to the possibilities.
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