Three veterans of the self-storage industry have formed Storage Business Owners Alliance LLC (SBOA), an organization that enables small to mid-size self-storage operators to take advantage of enhanced buying power. By leveraging the combined strength of numbers, SBOA members can take advantage of savings on expense items such as office supplies, credit card processing fees, payroll processing, and retail product for resale.
SBOA was founded by Morgan Hanlon, Ian Burnstein and David Levenfeld, owners and operators of multiple self-storage facilities. The organization already boasts more than 200 member facilities, including Sentry Self Storage, Planet Self Storage and the facilities managed by Investment Real Estate Management LLC. Enrollment is open to any self-storage facility owner or operator.
SBOA has established vendor relationships with prominent industry brands such as SiteLink (SMD Software), StorageClicks, Janus International and Michaels Wilder. Members also get significant discounts from nationally known merchants such as Staples, ADP, Sprint and Federal Express.
Although SBOA’s major focus is expense-savings, other revenue-generating benefits include a cooperative program with the U-Store-It Network and a pay-with-rent insurance program with Minico Inc. Future offerings will include savings on property/liability insurance annual premiums.
The company's newly launched website at TheSBOA.com allows members to join and sign up for specific vendor savings.