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Webinar: NeSSA 101: How to Maximize Your Membership

Whether you’ve been a member since before the merge of Connecticut and Massachusetts or you just signed up this year, the benefits of membership with the NeSSA are always growing and evolving. Executive Director Courtney Kahler will take you on a guided tour of Northeast Self Storage Association’s website where together you can explore all that NeSSA has to offer, including leases, archived webinars and newsletters, state-specific resource pages, and more. Your online member benefits are just waiting at your fingertips!

2020 EXPO Update

The Northeast Self Storage Association has made the difficult decision to postpone the annual Northeast Storage EXPO until 2021. Both NeSSA and the MGM Springfield realized the event would be difficult – if not impossible – to hold amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty and regulations that follow it.

Originally scheduled for October 7th and 8th of this year, the event will now be held May 11th and 12th, 2021 at the MGM in Springfield, MA. All exhibitors have been informed and given the option of a full refund or a registration transfer, and speakers have been notified as well.

While we do not know what the future of our live events will look like, NeSSA remains dedicated to providing our members and all those within the Northeast storage industry with the highest quality of education and most accurate information possible. We will be exploring alternative online education options for this fall in the coming weeks and will keep you updated along the way.

Be sure to check back here and on our social media pages frequently for news and updates. State-specific information for Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island regarding the pandemic can be found in posts on our homepage. Additional federal, state, and industry resources are available to our members on our COVID-19 Resource page.

Like you, we are so disappointed that we will not get to meet in person this year. Know that we are here for you and that you can reach out to us with questions at any time.

Please stay safe, stay happy, and stay well.

Webinar: Contactless Rentals: How to Automate Your Facility

Contactless rentals has been an increasingly popular topic in self storage, and for good reason. There are many benefits to providing a fully automated customer experience and offering a no contact move-in process is more possible today than ever. In this webinar, industry expert Terry Bagley will offer insight and answer questions about the importance of full automation, improving the customer experience, the technology available for going contactless, and much more. You’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to provide a fully automated move-in experience to meet today’s storage customers where they are
  • How technology has improved the tenant onboarding experience and what that means to owner operators
  • The automation technology available today
  • How smart locks at the unit door allow for fully contact-less rentals and automate the overlock and lock check processes
  • Implementation considerations

Contactless Rentals: How to Automate Your Facility

Join NeSSA during our next webinar, Contactless Rentals: How to Automate the Move-In Process at Your Self Storage Facility, on Thursday, July 30th at 2:00 PM with Terry Bagley of Janus International.

Contactless rentals has been an increasingly popular topic in self storage, and for good reason. There are many benefits to providing a fully automated customer experience and offering a no contact move-in process is more possible today than ever. In this webinar, industry expert Terry Bagley will offer insight and answer questions about the importance of full automation, improving the customer experience, the technology available for going contactless, and much more. You’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to provide a fully automated move-in experience to meet today’s storage customers where they are
  • How technology has improved the tenant onboarding experience and what that means to owner operators
  • The automation technology available today
  • How smart locks at the unit door allow for fully contact-less rentals and automate the overlock and lock check processes
  • Implementation considerations

Don’t wait! This webinar is free to everyone!

NeSSA Donates to State COVID-19 Charities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Northeast Self Storage Association (NeSSA), comprised of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, has made donations to three different charities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since NeSSA serves the self storage industries of three different states, one charity was selected per state and each received a donation of $500 to help provide support throughout their communities.

Executive Director Courtney J. Kahler said, “I always say how lucky I am to work with such an amazing board, and this gesture is proof. The idea to donate to each state came directly from the board, was fully supported by all directors, and approved unanimously. In a time when everyone is struggling, NeSSA’s leadership is first and foremost thinking about others.”

The three charities chosen were selected because they are well-established within their states and supported by state leaders. They also each assess and provide aid based on the current needs within their communities, which is an ideal aspect when you consider the ever-changing climate of the virus. You can read more about the selected charities below.

4-CT: Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection is a private, independent charity that has the support of Governor Lamont. They partner with other philanthropies in the state to provide aid across of a range of issues including meals, mental health, school closures, financial aid to those in need, support for families of frontline workers, and more. They evaluate their requests and prioritize their current projects based on those most affected by COVID-19 at the time. For more information, visit www.4-CT.org.

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund was launched by First Lady Lauren Baker and the One8 Foundation. They work with regional foundations and non-profit leaders to assess where there are needs and provide grants. 100% of all donations go to those most in need, including essential frontline workers like healthcare professionals and first responders as well as vulnerable populations such as the homeless, those with disabilities, the food insecure, and immigrant populations. You can find more information at www.MACovid19ReliefFund.org.

Established over 100 years ago, the Rhode Island Foundation is the largest funder of the state’s non-profit organizations. Their COVID-19 Response Fund is awarded to those providing direct assistance to those with financial needs or hardships resulting from the pandemic including food, rent and expense relief, access to healthcare, and more. They also provide grants to support non-profit organizations that are in financial distress due to meeting the current overwhelming community needs. You can learn more about this organization at www.RIFoundation.org.

For more information about what NeSSA is doing to help during the pandemic, you can visit www.NeSSA.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at NeSSA@NeSSA.org.

A PDF version of this press release can be found here.

Grassroots Marketing to Digital Marketing

NeSSA’s next webinar, Grassroots Marketing to Digital Marketing: Why It All Matters, will be held on Wednesday, June 24th at 2:00 PM.

Gone are the days of advertising your facility on your local high school’s billboard. In today’s world, the grassroots of marketing is located at the heart of Google. The self storage industry has grown leaps and bounds over the past five years, and trying to keep up can be difficult. Join the presenter of our webinar, Jason Barreto of The Storage Group, where he walks you through it all!

You’ll learn:

  • How to market your facility in 2020
  • Understanding the importance of the online presence
  • Realistic tips for growing your business

Don’t wait! This webinar is free to everyone!

Virtual Spring Retreat Webinar Series #5

This is the fifth webinar in a series of five replacing the canceled live Spring Retreat.

Let’s Talk: How COVID-19 is Affecting Your Business
Panelists Christina Alvino of FineView Marketing, Charlie Fritts of SIMI, Scot Vayo of iStorage, and moderator Steve Tranni of Stor-U-Self

This unprecedented time is sure to bring up a lot of questions and new, unfamiliar situations. The panelists of NeSSA’s final installment of the Virtual Spring Retreat Webinar Series will discuss what they are doing to effectively run their facilities during a pandemic and answer questions from the audience. For the first time, we also invite our attendees to speak during the session and share their ideas and experiences with the group.

Registration Fees

Due to the current pandemic, the Board of Directors recently agreed that all future webinars – including the Virtual Spring Retreat Webinar Series – will be offered to everyone for free until further notice. Recordings will remain available to members only. Of course, anyone is welcome to join NeSSA in order to access these recordings along with the rest of our extensive resource library.

Virtual Spring Retreat Webinar Series #4

This is the fourth webinar in a series of five replacing the canceled live Spring Retreat.

Best Money Management Practices & How to Cope in a Crisis
Scot Vayo, iStorage

Self storage owners, operators, and managers alike are constantly looking for ways to increase their revenue and reduce their expenses. In this session, we’ll review some of the must-have best practices that can be used to help maximize your revenue. From managing your street rates and occupied room rates to driving ancillary revenue, you’re sure to walk away with some great ideas to add money to your top line. Don’t spend it all in one place though! We’ll also share some ideas that will get you thinking about ways to save money on the expense line as well. Lastly, how are you addressing these issues during the COVID-19 pandemic? We’ll share some thoughts on making sure we tread carefully during these unprecedented times.

Registration Fees

Due to the current pandemic, the Board of Directors recently agreed that all future webinars – including the Virtual Spring Retreat Webinar Series – will be offered to everyone for free until further notice. Recordings will remain available to members only. Of course, anyone is welcome to join NeSSA in order to access these recordings along with the rest of our extensive resource library.

Apply Today for NeSSA’s Scholarship

Applications for NeSSA’s 2020 Stephen Tranni Academic Scholarship are due to the office by Monday, August 31, 2020.

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 2020 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.