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Teri Lanza
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Not Too Late to Take It 'Easy,' Registration Still Open for ISS Expo

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Next week we head to New Orleans for the Inside Self-Storage World Expo, where hundreds of facility operators, investors and developers will congregate to enjoy the industry’s last national tradeshow of the year. Depending on your location, it may be several months before you again have access to live seminars, top-level experts and hands-on shopping opportunities. Registration for the show is still open, so come on down to the Big Easy and take advantage of education and networking while it’s hot.

The show kicks off on Wednesday with a hard-hitting education package. Join sales and marketing expert Brad North at 8 a.m. for an add-on workshop on how to excel in your self-storage operation, or jump in at 9 a.m. with three full tracks of concurrent seminars. Whether you’re a facility manager, owner, builder or investor, you’ll find information that’s timely and relevant to your segment of the business. (View the full agenda here.)

At 4 p.m., get your industry questions answered in our popular, interactive Q&A. Jim Chiswell and Mel Holsinger moderate this lively, candid session where just about anything goes; and they’ll be giving away great prizes as well. The day closes with an evening cocktail reception on the tradeshow floor from 5:30 to 7:30. Mingle with peers and vendors during this event.

Education resumes on Thursday morning with more top-quality seminars on a wide range of topics: Internet marketing, lien collections, due diligence, manager incentives, insurance and much, much more. Also at 8 a.m., get your hands on some of the industry’s best tech tools in the Technology Marketplace. Dozens of vendors will be available to answer questions and demo products in this friendly setting.

Those concerned with critical legal issues such as lien sales can be schooled by attorney Jeffrey Greenberger during Legal Learning Live at 10 a.m. There you’ll get info to protect your business and help you avoid pitfalls. The expo hall re-opens at noon for five final hours of product and service exhibits. You’ll have access to leading suppliers across every industry category.

The show culminates on Friday with roundtable discussions and several intensive workshops. From 9 to 10, take your pick of nearly 20 roundtable topics and speak with experts personally about the challenges you face in your facility operation. Attendees love this intimate event, which allows for face time with industry authorities. For specialized info in the areas of management, development and marketing, investigate these excellent practicums:

Once you’ve packed your brain with as much quality information as it can stand, kick back and enjoy N’Awlins, known for its exceptional cuisine and extraordinary music scene. You won’t be disappointed. The Crescent City has something for everyone to love.

Don’t forget to swing by the ISS booth, #122, to pick up free magazines, share feedback about the ISS brand, and learn about the all-new online curriculum we’re releasing for the Self-Storage Training Institute. You can take a tour of our new ISS website, investigate the Qualified Storage Manager training program, and chat with editors on site.

Have a restful weekend, and we’ll see you next week in New Orleans.

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