The old "rules of thumb" in the self storage industry are taking quite a hammering. It's a whole new industry out there – much more competitive than ever. Ground-up development is giving way to renovations, conversions, expansions, diversifications and consolidation. It takes an educated and up-to-date owner-operator and facility managers to keep up with all the changes. And that's what current members will tell you that SSA does best: educate its members as to what is current and what is next. Watch this movie to learn more about the benefits of joining.
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So much is going on in the self storage industry these days, that if you are not a Direct Member of the Self Storage Association (SSA), you're simply not getting all that you can -- and should -- be getting in terms of critical information that you need to be viable, competitive and profitable.
SSA members receive the benefits they need to keep their business running efficiently and successfully. There's no other place in the industry where you can receive a list of benefits as expansive. The national SSA is making a positive difference to the industry these days; and by becoming a direct member now, you and your staff will start to realize the benefits right away. Your company's SSA membership extends to your staff. Like you, your employees receive discounted member rates for all conferences, seminars, and publications. Also, they have access to the Member-Only section of the Web
site, using your SSA Member ID number.
Gain market insights from this survey of more than 10,000 participants on occupancy and historical rental rates in the top 30 U.S. markets and 120 sub-markets. Direct members receive first notice on all future data releases, and receive substantial discounts on all studies. These studies are revolutionizing the way owner/operators and managers look at this industry and how they market to their residential and commercial customer base.
The SSA, in partnership with MiniCo Insurance Agency, offers a wide range of health insurance coverage options to association members. The SSA Health Insurance Marketplace is a private healthcare exchange that includes a variety of programs to meet a wide range of insurance needs. SSA members and their employees and families are eligible including full-time, part-time, seasonal, temporary and contractors. The Marketplace is an expansion of the existing CoreHealth Insurance guaranteed acceptance, limited indemnity medical insurance program, which was introduced last fall. New coverage
options include high-deductible, major medical insurance; a free prescription savings program; dental, vision and hearing insurance; and short term temporary medical insurance. Click here for more information or to get a quote.
Well-informed owners and an educated workforce are vital to success in today’s self storage industry—and the SSA is your one-stop source of first class, self storage-specific learning opportunities on key topics. The SSA Online University offers convenient multimedia online education and training that saves time and travel expense. Participate in live monthly webcasts (free to SSA members), plus download valuable training content. SSA also offers the acclaimed SSA Manager Certification Program, an intensive course that provides a solid foundation for self storage managers, and
an opportunity for self storage professionals to attain the prestigious SSACertified Self Storage Manager (CSSM©) designation.
Network with high-level peers during the Annual SSA Executive Ski Workshop. This educational getaway boasts some of the industry’s top speakers. Combined with industry roundtables and skiing fun, you can understand why this event is sold out every year. Members receive reduced registration rates.
Be the first to see the latest products, technology, and services at the SSA Spring or Fall Conference and Trade Show. Vendor members can exhibit and attend at discounted rates. These two events, offer industry education, networking, and one-on-one roundtable discussions on industry topics that are important to you, your business, and your bottom line.
SSA offers numerous sales and marketing tools, management materials, resources, safety programs and legislative resources at discounts to members.
StorageChat.com allows self storage professionals to engage with their peers. Membership in the community is free and provides access to post topics, the ability to comment on others’ posts, upload content, and many other useful functions. Visit www.StorageChat.com and begin networking today.
All members receive the industry’s leading monthly magazine, the SSA Globe, by mail. It’s also accessible online at SSAGlobe.org in an easily readable digital format. The publication keeps you up to date with the SSA’s latest news and activities, providing features about owners, operators and employees that make the industry what it is today.
Each week, the Monday Morning Globe brings timely industry news and information directly into your email inbox.
By joining the Self Storage Association, you become part of the largest community of self storage facility owners, operators, and managers in the world. Benefits of the association include:
SSA’s most valuable publication, the bimonthly Self Storage Legal Review is one of the industry’s top publications, giving you timely information on legal developments in the industry. It monitors emerging trends and legal issues that you need to know for your individual business. If purchased separately, this publication is valued at $240 per year.
SSA offers a series of “Declutterfy” radio commercials, message-on-hold recordings, and print ads. SSA members can use the spots for their stores’ on-hold messages or to promote their businesses locally. Two of the commercials focus on consumer use of self storage, and two others promote self storage in business. These productions encourage the public to “Declutterfy – Your Home, Your Office – Your Life!” and include blank air space for information about the member’s facility. These great new radio commercials, message-on-hold recordings, and
Declutterfy print ads are available to SSA Members at a fraction of the typical production costs. For more information, visit our website or call SSA.
SSA regularly lobbies around the country to represent members on self storage issues at the local and state levels. In addition, SSA Government Relations staff represents the industry before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory bodies through in-person meetings and testimony.
Members are listed in SSA’s online facility locator (we have 20,000 unique visitors per month) and may use the SSA member logo in marketing and outreach materials. Additionally, SSA prints the SSA Globe Yearbook & Membership Directory, a “who’s who” guide to the self storage industry. Additionally, SSA provides an “SSA Member” window decal that displays the Association’s logo.
The SSA Foundation Scholarship Program provides scholarship awards of $2,500 to $5,000 toward postsecondary education tuition and fees. This is a needs-based scholarship program for students with at least a “C” cumulative average or 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 point scale. Recipients must be employees (or employees’ children/grandchildren) of companies that are direct members of the Self Storage Association. Eligibility requirements also include a demonstration of integrity within the applicant’s school and/or workplace, plus documented pursuit of meaningful
education at an accredited postsecondary education institution.
How much do you spend per year on legal fees? The number one most important benefit of being a direct SSA member is access to the Self Storage Legal Network. This legal hotline service, only available to direct SSA members, provides one of the best sources available for obtaining industry-related legal information. SSA attorneys Carlos Kaslow and Scott Zucker bring more than 50 years of combined self storage industry experience. An SSLN subscription begins at $500 yearly (prices based on facility count). When you or your employees have a legal question concerning self storage operations,
you can simply login to the SSLN online and ask your question. The SSLN is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and provides a response to your inquiry by the next business day. Do you have lien law questions, rental agreements, or partial payment questions? Just ask the attorneys. The SSLN is a legal and operations information service and does not provide subscribers with legal services. For more information, please contact SSA at (513) 843-6943.