The Storage Business Owners Alliance LLC (SBOA), a buying group for the U.S. self-storage industry, announced it will no longer charge membership fees to facility owners who join. SBOA started in 2010 and has more than 3,000 members. The group enables smaller self-storage businesses to enjoy the benefits of bulk buying power.
We wanted to eliminate the membership fee so that self-storage owners would not feel inhibited from using the SBOA vendors and the terrific deals they offer, said Ian Burnstein, SBOAs president and co-founder. Our size of membership and strength of vendor partnerships have strengthened our business model to the point where we can waive the membership fee and continue to provide outstanding service and pricing to our members.
SBOA members can take advantage of pre-negotiated discounts on goods and services from more than 30 preferred vendors, including SBOA Merchant Services and SBOA Tenant Insurance. Members also save on items such as packing and moving supplies, marketing services, payroll services, UPS shipping and more. Savings range from 10 to 60 percent.
We enjoyed tremendous value from the SBOA with the membership fees in place, said Chris Potash of Self Storage Zone, a Virginia-based operator with 10 locations in Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C . The removal of the fee will open up opportunities for others to enjoy the same benefits that we have enjoyed for more than three years.