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SSAM Annual Conference
SSAM is excited to announce this year’s annual conference is sure to be crowd pleaser! You don’t want to miss it! Meet us at Greektown Casino in Detroit on October 27-28, 2015. For the first time ever the conference will be a day and a half event including a U-Haul facility tour and cocktail reception at Greektown on the evening of October 27th. We’re happy to announce that some of our featured speakers for the full day conference on October 28th include: M. Anne Ballard “Hat Lady” from Universal Storage Group, Sue Haviland from Self Storage 101, and Jamie Lindau from Trachte. The conference will also feature the ever popular “Legally Speaking,” session with SSAM attorney Bill Perrone. SSAM and SSA board member Jon Hutto will briefly share industry statistics and trends from a national perspective, and Public Affairs Associates will discuss legislative issues.

Download and complete the interactive registration form. You may e-mail, mail, or fax your completed registration form with payment to the Association office.
E-mail—bnelson@mmhrvca.org
Fax—517-349-3543
Mail—2222 Association Dr., Okemos, MI 48864
Thank you for joining us for the 20th annual HARVEST Golf Tournament!

86 golfers registered for the HARVEST Foundation golf outing raising $6,620.00.

Tournament photos
Visit the Shutterfly website to view and download photos from the 2012 - 2015 HARVEST golf tournaments.


First Place Team with a score of 1300: Andy Blank, Ron Blank, Jim Lashbrook, and Wade Lyle
Sponsors helped raise $12,598.00
Mulligan dollars raised $435.00
50/50 raised $300.00

Congratulations Winners!
  • Men's Longest Drive: Steve Berra
  • Women's Longest Drive: Viktoria Basso
  • Closest to the Pin: Eric Fairman
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!
  • Adventure Homes
  • AJR Home Sales/AJR Communities
  • All Seasons Communications
  • AmRent
  • ArtCraft Display
  • Barrett & Associates
  • Blevins
  • Cambria Suites-Traverse City
  • Capitol Supply S& Service
  • Champion Home Builders
  • Clayton Wakarusa
  • DeWitt Family
  • Dykema
  • FirstMerit Bank
  • Franklin Companies
  • General RV
  • Grand Hotel
  • Greektown Casino
  • Greenman's Printing
  • Gunners Meters
  • International Bancard
  • LBF Group PLLC – CPAs & Advisors
  • M. Shapiro Real Estate Group
  • Manufactured Housing Insurance Services
  • McCamly Plaza Hotel-Battle Creek
  • MHG Group, LLC
  • Michigan International Speedway
  • MotorCity Casino
  • Mystic Creek Golf Course
  • Otsego Club & Resort
  • Public Affairs Associates
  • Quality Homes
  • Self Storage Association of Michigan
  • Statistical Surveys
  • Strategic Operational Solutions
  • Sun Communities
  • Traverse City CVB
  • Triad Financial
Bar Host Sponsored by International Bancard
Golf Balls Sponsored by Sun Communities
Golf prizes Sponsored by Champion Home Builders
Golf gifts Sponsored by Clayton Wakarusa
Hole-in-One Contest Sponsored by Barrett and Associates
Golf awards Sponsored by Adventure Homes

Thank you golfers and sponsors for your support of the HARVEST Foundation!
Know the laws!
Order the 2014 Michigan Lien Law Booklet today

Michigan first enacted a lien law for self storage in 1985. However, it was substantially amended and procedures simplified in 2001, 2009, and most recently in March of 2014. Any statute that affects your business is worth a very close read; a lien statute which you plan to utilize to sell a customer's stored property to collect a debt is worthy of a very close read indeed.

Michigan's self storage law is not all that different from laws in other states, but because every difference is significant in such laws, don't assume that forms or checklists or procedures followed in other states will be safe to use in Michigan. The booklet includes the provisions of the Michigan statute, followed by observations and comments designed to help you understand and follow the law. As you go through this statute, remember the first rule of statute reading: Read it again!

The Michigan Self-Service Storage Facility Act, which can be found at Michigan Compiled Statutes 570.521 to 570.527, grants self storage operators a lien on tenant property and outlines the procedures that must be followed to foreclose on delinquent tenant property. It sets out in relatively clear language the steps a facility owner must follow to enforce his or her lien rights. If there is a problem with the law, it is that it may encourage storage operators to sell delinquent tenant property too quickly. From default to sale, a storage operator could follow all the required steps and sell a tenant's goods in less than 45 days. We do not recommend that storage operators act so rapidly. A slower pace is recommended and the storage operator should make a real effort to resolve the payment problem without sale.

The Michigan law is broken down in to five basic areas:
  • Definitions
  • Required rental agreement provisions
  • Lien rights
  • Notice requirements
  • Enforcement procedures
The booklet is a section by section analysis of the statutory language. There have been few court decisions interpreting the language of the law, so the comments that follow are based upon general interpretations of the law.

SSAM member cost: $75
Non-member cost: $250*
*Includes one year of SSAM membership
The Self-Storage Collections and Lien Sale Handbook available to order
The complete handbook of operating a self-storage facility in Michigan. Your state association has partnered with our national association (SSA) to provide you with the necessary information and forms to be in compliance with Michigan Law.

You have the ability to purchase and download this entire handbook and customize the contents with your company logo. The cost to have an attorney prepare the documents included would be thousands of dollars. As a member of SSAM, you can purchase this for a fraction of the cost.

SSAM member cost: $120
Non-member cost: $290*
*Includes one year of SSAM membership
Protect your business with the SSAM Rental Agreement
This standard rental agreement form is specifically for our Michigan members to use in their self-storage businesses. The SSAM Rental Agreement was created by Attorney William Perrone of Dykema, with input from SSAM members and the SSAM Board of Directors. The agreement was designed to protect you and your business, and limit liabilities. The SSAM Rental Agreement is available to purchase in two formats.
Printed—Forms are legal size (8 ½" x 14"), 2-part NCR forms (carbonless duplicate) and shrink wrapped in packages of 100.
SSAM member cost: $50
Non-member cost: $220*
*Includes one year of SSAM membership

Electronic—File is an interactive PDF file (fields may be completed on-screen), shipped on CD-Rom for unlimited usage (forms may be printed as needed).
SSAM member cost: $150
Non-member cost: $320*
*Includes one year of SSAM membership
Upcoming Events

September 3
SSAM Board Meeting
Association Office
Okemos, Mich.

September 7
Labor Day
Office Closed

September 8-11
SSA Fall Conference & Trade Show
Las Vegas, Nev.

September 10th
MSAE Diamond Awards
Troy, Mich., 5:30 p.m.

October 15
SSAM Board Meeting
Association Office, 9:00 a.m.
Okemos, Mich.

Industry Insights
Member Classifieds
FOR SALE
33 Self Storage Rollup Doors
48" x 96"
$2,500 or best offer
Contact David Klein
Phone: 517-937-8899
Self-Storage Industry Facts
  • The self storage industry has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the United States commercial real estate industry over the period of the last 35 years
  • There are now approximately 46,000 "primary" self storage facilities in the United States as of year end 2009; another 4,000 are "secondary" facilities ("primary" means that self storage is the "primary" source of business revenue – US Census Bureau)
  • There are approximately 58,000 self storage facilities worldwide as of Q4 – 2009; there are more than 3,000 in Canada and more than 1,000 in Australia.
  • Fewer than 250 new self storage facilities came on line in the U.S. during 2009; the trend in new construction is down significantly the last four years.

Survey reveals technology and websites most important to ssam members
SSAM members were surveyed on how their businesses are using technology. According to the survey, despite the challenge posed by keeping up with the rapid pace of change in technology, 78 percent of respondents think it is important to keep up with new technology.
Have you reviewed your web site listing?
As an SSAM member, your business is listed for FREE in the membership directory of www.selfstoragemichigan.org. Your listing includes a searchable checklist of features, as well as a brief paragraph that lists your hours, directions, and additional features.
Member/NET program provides discounted Internet services for SSAM members
Nearly 75% of the North American population has Internet access. Having a presence on the web is more important today than ever. 47% of local searchers visit a local merchant as a result of their search, and 37% will make a contact online. These stats are growing every day. The Self-Storage Association of Michigan has recently partnered with a professional web agency to bring members Internet services at a discounted rate. Member/NET services include Web site design and construction, search engine optimization, social media, maintenance, consulting, and education.
Interested in SSAM Sponsorship Opportunities?
The Self-Storage Association of Michigan offers two sponsorship opportunities designed to build name recognition, brand loyalty, reach new customers and sell your products and services to other SSAM members. Whether you are looking to boost sales, bolster awareness or increase client loyalty, SSAM provides the context and credibility for effective business-to-business relationship marketing. Download information sheet here.
Web site advertising opportunities now available
As an SSAM member, you have the opportunity to advertise your business on the SSAM web site. Depending on your type of business and your desired customer, you may choose to advertise to consumers with an ad on the main section of the site, or you may reach member businesses by placing an ad within the member section of the site. If desired, you may advertise within both sections. Rates are just $50 per month! Download information sheet here.
Charging extra for credit cards?
By John Mayleben, Michigan Retailers Association


I have spoken recently to a number of merchants about the various ways that someone might pass along the cost of processing an electronic transaction to the end-user. While I am sure that most of us, as consumers, have seen signs at a merchant location or on a website or been told that there is an up-charge for using a credit card to purchase goods or services, this issue is a very complex one.
MRA credit card processing program
Michigan Retailers Association is excited to be partnering with SSAM as the credit card processor for the association. As the largest and most established independent processor in Michigan, MRA provides one of the lowest discount rates and service all major credit and debit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. MRA are the processing experts! To send in your statement and receive a free quote to see how much your business can save, download a "Quick Quote" form or contact Darcy Clark at (800)366-3699.
Attention members!
We need your help, and are willing to pay for it!

As recently approved by the SSAM Board of Directors … for each company that becomes an SSAM member that was referred by you, SSAM will send you $50 for your assistance in helping to make SSAM grow. These members can be fellow self storage owners, your suppliers (locks, doors, building materials, builders, and computer software) or your insurance person, your accountant or your broker/banker. Download the referral form today!