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Apply Today – NeSSA Academic Scholarship

Applications for NeSSA’s 2019 Stephen Tranni Academic Scholarship are now due to the office by Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Eligibility

Applicants must be an employee of or related to a member of the Northeast Self Storage Association, and are enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education.

Scholarship

Scholarships will be chosen by a committee of volunteers from NeSSA and will be awarded each year at the Northeast Storage EXPO held every fall. If there is more than one applicant the committee deems worthy of a scholarship, the amount may be split into differing levels and presented to more than one individual.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are based on the applicant’s responses to the questions on the application.

Requirements

Completed applications must be received no later than August 31 for the current/upcoming academic year.

  1. The applicant must be an employee of, or related to, a member of NeSSA.
    1. Applicants cannot be related to scholarship committee members.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education, either full-time or part-time (technical college, 2- or 4-year college, graduate school, etc.), and able to provide proof of acceptance or attendance.
    1. Proof of acceptance or attendance can include your letter of acceptance, transcript, etc.
  3. The application will include questions and a 300-600 word essay which will provide a response to a posed question and demonstrate the applicant’s thoughts on the importance of higher education.
  4. The scholarship must be used for the current/upcoming academic school year.
  5. The applicant must submit a completed application with all required supporting documents by the noted deadline of August 31.
  6. The scholarship recipient(s) will be honored at the fall 2019 Northeast Storage EXPO. One need not be present to accept.

Please email the completed application to nessa@nessa.org or fax to (860) 228-1337.

It’s Dues Time!

All current members of the Northeast Self Storage Association should have received their 2019 dues renewal notices in the mail. If you didn’t, please contact us at nessa@nessa.org.

Dues can be paid in three different ways:

  1. Check via mail
  2. Online via electronic invoice
  3. By credit card over the phone

Be sure to double check your company and contact information and correct and/or update any mistakes or blanks. This will help your profile look more complete when possible customers search our facilities list for available storage.

Prospective members can join any time! Simply go to our Join Us tab and select the membership option that best matches you.

Rhode Island Facility Meet & Greet

Rhode Island self storage facilities now have a home! The Northeast Self Storage Association invites all Rhode Island facility owners and managers to join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and refreshments at the Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant in Warwick, RI. We’d love to get to know each other and introduce you to your new association.

NeSSA President Joe Victoria and Vice President Connie Neville will be in attendance and ready to chat with you about your business, what the association offers, and how we can help. The association solely exists to be of service to our members and to help them grow their business. We’ll talk about things like member resources including online PDFs, articles, forms, and archives webinars, member benefits like discounts to attend events and the quarterly newsletter, government relations efforts and successes within the individual states, and so much more.

Registration is FREE and includes all the hors d’oeuvres you can eat and a redeemable drink ticket.

Click on “Register Now” below and come get to know us! We can’t wait to meet you!

School’s Expensive: Let NeSSA Help

Applications for NeSSA’s 2018 Stephen M. Tranni Acadmemic Scholarship are due to the office by Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Eligibility

Applicants must be an employee of or related to a member of the Northeast Self Storage Association, and are enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education.

Scholarship

Scholarships will be chosen by a committee of volunteers from NeSSA and will be awarded each year at the Northeast Storage EXPO held every fall. If there is more than one applicant the committee deems worthy of a scholarship, the amount may be split into differing levels and presented to more than one individual.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are based on the applicant’s responses to the questions on the application.

Requirements

Completed applications must be received no later than September 15 for the current/upcoming academic year.

  1. The applicant must be an employee of, or related to, a member of NeSSA.
    1. Applicants cannot be related to scholarship committee members.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education, either full-time or part-time (technical college, 2- or 4-year college, graduate school, etc.), and able to provide proof of acceptance or attendance.
    1. Proof of acceptance or attendance can include your letter of acceptance, transcript, etc.
  3. The application will include questions and a 300-600 word essay which will provide a response to a posed question and demonstrate the applicant’s thoughts on the importance of higher education.
  4. The scholarship must be used for the current/upcoming academic school year.
  5. The applicant must submit a completed application with all required supporting documents by the noted deadline of September 15.
  6. The scholarship recipient(s) will be honored at the fall 2018 Northeast Storage EXPO. One need not be present to accept.

Please email the completed application to nessa@nessa.org or fax to (860) 228-1337.

The Birth of a New Association

Four score and 38 weeks ago, our Connecticut and Massachusetts Boards brought forth unto New England, the idea of a new association, conceived in cooperation and dedicated to the proposition that a merged organization would be larger, stronger, and provide more benefits to the self storage industry in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Now that we have engaged in a greater association, we can ensure that an organization so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met at the newly formed Northeast Self Storage Association’s EXPO to network, learn, and celebrate the merger.

But in a larger sense, the process of merging was complicated. Our members, however, came through with more than enough votes to approve this new larger and stronger organization. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but the self storage industry, from the SSA to other state associations, will never forget what we did here in 2017, forming the first-ever United States regional self storage association.

We here are highly resolved that we are done with the attorney who made this process difficult. For it is up to us, now that we’re done with the legal process, to be dedicated to the association and dedicate ourselves to the unfinished tasks before us.

We have given birth to a new association of the members, by the members, and for the members, and we shall not perish but thrive.

Speech given by Executive Director Lorna M. Bolduc, CAE at the September 27-28, 2017 Northeast Storage EXPO.

2017 Northeast Storage EXPO: Registration is Open

Join us at the Connecticut and Massachusetts Self Storage Associations’ annual self storage Conference and EXPO September 27-28, 2017 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

We continue to boast more and more education with another breakout added the day before, and we are incorporating the highly praised format of this year’s Spring Retreat into one of the main educational sessions. Speakers for 2017 include Jeffrey Greenberger, Jim Ross, Melissa Stiles, Lynn Sykes, and more. You can see the full lineup below and a growing list of exhibitors here.

Remember to book your overnight guest room early. With fantastic accommodations, $129/night room rates are a steal. You can book online here. The deadline to make your overnight hotel reservation is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2:00 PM   Registration

2:30 PM   Breakouts (attend one)
A Take on Financial Options, with Terry Campbell of Live Oak Bank and Daniel Longo of Farmington Bank

Ending the Battle Between Marketing and Operations: Working Together to Create a Seamless Tenant Experience, with Melissa Stiles and Lynn Sykes of Storage Asset Management, Inc.
Sales and marketing are often at odds with each other. This session will discuss how these two entities can work together to ensure completion of the “leads to leases” cycle. Learn how to connect marketing, sales, and operations for the best customer experience.

3:45 PM   Breakouts (attend one)
Overtime and Your Employees, with Jeffrey Greenberger of Greenberger & Brewer, LLP
Overtime is sticky business. Who is exempt, who is not, when you have to pay overtime, and how to avoid it are not simple questions. Join Jeff Greenberger for a to-the-minute update on the rules you have to follow and the newest regulation changes proposed by the labor department to define who is eligible for overtime.

Dominate Your Self Storage Market, with Jim Ross of 3 Mile Domination
Your self storage business has an opportunity to put into practice tools and procedures that will set yourself up for success NOW and in the FUTURE. The goal of this presentation is to give you access to everything you need to market, get rentals, and dominate your local self storage market.

5:00 PM   CTSSA Annual Business Meeting

5:00 PM   MASSA Annual Business Meeting

5:30 PM   Tradeshow and Reception
Join us in the tradeshow hall for mingling, exhibits, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and networking.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Wake up with breakfast and networking before a day of education and conversation. The schedule and education sessions are listed below.

8:00 AM   Registration, Tradeshow, and Breakfast

8:30 AM   Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 AM   Roundtables (attend three)
How Google is Affecting the Self Storage Industry with Jimmy Sorenson, Easy Storage Solutions
How Small Operators Can Compete with Big Operators through Operations and Marketing with Melissa Stiles and Lynn Sykes, Storage Asset Management, Inc.
Late2Lien: The Turnkey Solution to Automating Late End Lien Sale Notices with Jeffrey Greenberger, Greenberger& Brewer, LLP
Phone Sales Presentations that Convert with Jim Ross, 3 Mile Domination
R3: Restore, Rebuild, Replace with Roc Hughes, Janus International
What’s the Difference Between a Market Study vs. a Feasibility Study with Nick Malagisi, Sperry Van Ness

10:00 AM  Words with Friends is No Way to Write Your Rental Agreement, Jeffrey Greenberger, Greenberger & Brewer, LLP
Many of you have mastered the game “Words with Friends,” learning how to pick just the right alternative of a word or synonym to fit the space provided and win the game. However, this selection of synonyms or optional words is no way to prepare and enforce a Rental Agreement. Our presenter will not only take you through his thought process in reviewing a lease and looking for the “wrong words,” but also share some examples he has found over the years, of which a simple selection of one or two wrong words can unintentionally change the whole meaning of a lease provision. We are excited to present a fun, fresh presentation that will leave you flipping through your own Rental Agreement to ensure you have not made these same mistakes yourself.

11:00 AM  Exhibits

12:30 PM  Lunch, Exhibits

1:15 PM   Reconvene and Scholarship Award Presentation

1:30 PM   No B.S. – How to Maximize Your Self Storage Revenue Management Systems, Jim Ross, 3 Mile Domination
In this presentation, Jim will get into some simple but effective revenue management strategies that you can easily implement right away to start seeing financial benefits.
If you think about it, you’ll realize that everything you’ve done to increase profits has fallen under one of these three categories:
-Get Rentals
-Increase the Value of Each Customer
-Lower Operating Expenses and Increase Margins

2:30 PM   From Development to Opening Day
Growing off the success of May’s Spring Retreat, we are pleased to hold another interactive educational session, this time focused on all aspects of developing, building, opening, and running your self storage facility. Whether you are thinking of breaking ground on a new location, expanding and renovating your current facility, need tips on effective management, or anything in between, this is your opportunity to voice your opinions and concerns and really be a part of the learning.
Group Leaders include Dick Bettencourt of The Rabco Corporation on Feasibility, Tak Lay of U-Haul on Management, David McCormack of SiteLink on Technology, Connie Neville of Sperry Van Ness on Real Estate, and Bob Pouliot of Boardwalk Storage Solutions on Building & Construction.

3:45 PM   Closing Remarks, Adjourn

Register orange

Member Registration: $149 ($169 after September 5)
Nonmember Registration: $175 ($195 after September 5)

CTSSA and MASSA Merger Takes First Major Step

As announced late in 2016, a potential merger of CTSSA and MASSA has been in the planning stages. Work with an attorney who has experience working with business nonprofits began in January of this year. The goal is that CTSSA and MASSA will become one organization by fall 2017 and we are pleased to report that significant progress to that end has been made.

On May 10, 2017 the CTSSA Board and the MASSA Board held a joint Board meeting in Sturbridge, MA, to review the associations’ plan for a merger of CTSSA and MASSA. The merger is taking place under the auspices of the State of Massachusetts and in order to move ahead, several documents required by the State needed Board approval. Both Boards reviewed and discussed the attorney-generated documents. Each Board had to approve the merger for their organization, they both then had to approve an agreement to merge, and two other State-required forms. Additionally, a new set of bylaws based on the very similar bylaws each organization already had in place, were considered by the joint Boards.

It is exciting to report that both Boards approved all documents unanimously. The unanimous approval is testament to the fact that this merger is good for both Connecticut and Massachusetts members as well as the self storage industry in general.

While the merger is between the two active state associations, the goal of the merger is to expand our geographical reach by also including the Rhode Island self storage industry. Rhode Island has been inactive for many years and there have been requests from many of the facilities there to become active. The steps necessary to include Rhode Island are also being addressed so that Rhode Island facilities will now also have an association they can call their own.

The new merged organization’s name will be the Northeast Self Storage Association, or NeSSA. This name continues the branding we have already established for the Northeast Storage EXPO and the Northeast EDGE (our joint, quarterly newsletter). The tagline under the name of the association will list the three states that the newly formed association will serve.

The next step is for voting members of both CTSSA and MASSA to approve the merger. A ballot is being developed under the guidance of the attorney and will be distributed to members with voting rights. It is of the utmost importance that members vote and return their ballots to the office. We will notify you when the ballots are distributed and will stay in close contact with you about this critical component of the merger.

All members and potential members are invited to call or e-mail the office if you have questions, concerns, or discussion about the merger. Contact information is below. Additional information on the merger is available at: Merger Details.

The national Self Storage association (SSA) is very supportive and is behind our efforts to unite three small northeastern states into one larger, unified association. One regional association is more likely to increase the number of members, the number of attendees at events, and give our vendor members more visibility with their primary audience.

Contact us with any questions, concerns, or further discussion. We’d be happy to chat with you about the merger.

Contact MASSA: 617-600-4481; massa@maselfstorage.org
Contact CTSSA: 860-228-3624; ctssa@ctssa.org

CTSSA & MASSA 2017 Academic Scholarship

To Apply                                                                                                              To Sponsor

The Connecticut and Massachusetts Self Storage Associations are proud to support an annual academic scholarship fund made eligible to family members and employees of the associations’ members.

In addition to being related to or employed by a member of the Connecticut or Massachusetts Self Storage Associations, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education, either full-time or part-time (includes technical college, 2- or 4-year college, graduate school, etc.),
  • Must provide proof of acceptance or attendance,
  • Must complete the required application, including a 300-600 word essay,
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation, and
  • Must complete and submit all forms and required supporting documents by August 15, 2017.

Recipients will be selected by a committee made up of volunteers from both CTSSA and MASSA. (Note: Applicants cannot be related to scholarship committee members.)

In order to make this scholarship possible, CTSSA and MASSA are offering varying levels of sponsorships that include differing types of visibility. The sponsorship opportunities are as follows:

  • Platinum Sponsor – $1,000
    • Includes one full-page ad in the Northeast EDGE, a six-month ad on both CTSSA and MASSA websites with a link to the sponsor’s website, named in a listing on the websites and in the newsletter, recognition at the EXPO, and one sponsor representative at the awards ceremony to congratulate all scholarship recipients and present one scholarship to a recipient.
  • Gold Sponsor – $500
    • Includes one half-page ad in the Northeast EDGE, named in a listing on the websites and in the newsletter, recognition at the EXPO, and one sponsor representative at the awards ceremony to congratulate all scholarship recipients and present one scholarship to a recipient.
  • Silver Sponsor – $200
    • Includes one quarter-page ad in the Northeast EDGE, named in a listing on the websites and in the newsletter, and recognition at the EXPO.
  • Donations of any amount are welcomed and will be recognized at the 2017 Northeast Storage EXPO.

If you have any additional questions about applying or sponsoring, please contact Courtney Long.

New Membership Available for Large Owners and Operators

Good news if you are part of a large self storage operation in the state of Connecticut! We have put together a membership level option that is affordable, viable, and still allows all of your Connecticut facilities to receive benefits throughout the year.

To meet the criteria for the Large Operator Membership, you must have at least 7 facilities in the state of Connecticut. Instead of charging the typical $300 for the first facility and $50 for each additional facility, you can have all of your locations and employees join CTSSA for a flat rate of $600 a year for tier one of 7-12 facilities, or $900 a year for teir two of 13 or more facilities.

Benefits to membership are endless. You receive discounts to attend our annual events such the Northeast Storage EXPO and the Spring Retreat, have access to free webinars and the Member Resource section of the website, be listed under the storage facility search section of the website, receive quarterly newsletters, and much, much more. For more information on membership, check out our Join page.

To sign up as a Large Operator Member, you can do so online here. Be sure to email Courtney with a list of all of your Connecticut facilities (include names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers).

Let us know if you have any questions!