We invite you to attend our FREE seminars!

When properly developed, a self storage facility is a great investment. But it’s not the same industry that it was 10 years ago. Developing a site today requires the right location, the right management strategy, and the right marketing. Whether you are considering building your first facility, adding on to your existing one, or looking for ideas to maximize revenue from your existing site; Trachte’s FREE seminar will provide you with insight ideas that you can implement in your project.

More than a discussion about buildings, the seminar draws from experiences, observations and lessons learned from thousands of facilities throughout North America. Our free seminars don’t just introduce you to the self storage industry. They prepare you to become a part of it with practical advice, industry trends, and the most up-to-date information.

Learn how to determine your market’s potential. Talk about budgets and building materials. Every convenient, info-packed Trachte seminar is a unique opportunity for you to gain real insights from the people who know self storage best. All without ever hearing a single, solitary sales pitch.

Without a doubt this was by far the best presentation I have seen on self storage business. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

Don Woods, Toronto, ON.
October 2014 attendee

Seminar Dates & Times

See upcoming FREE seminars and click to learn more and register!

Pittsburgh, PA

Sep 18, 2018

Doubletree Pittsburgh Green Tree


Kansas City, MO

Sep 20, 2018

Courtyard KC at Briarcliff


Renton, WA

Oct 9, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton


Knoxville, TN

Jan 17, 2019

Holiday Inn Knoxville West


Dallas/Irving, TX

Feb 19, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South


Cincinnati / Mason, OH

Feb 21, 2019

Cincinnati Marriott Northeast


West Des Moines, IA

Mar 5, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines


Ann Arbor / Detroit, MI

Mar 7, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor


Minneapolis, MN

Apr 23, 2019

To be determined


Philadelphia, PA

May 7, 2019

To be determined


Toronto, ON

May 9, 2019

To be determined


St. Louis, MO

Sep 17, 2019

To be determined


Spokane, WA

Sep 19, 2019

To be determined


Boston, MA

Oct 8, 2019

To be determined


What You’ll Learn

Uncover the building blocks of a successful self-storage business.

  • Identify demographics and learn what drives demand
  • Measure your local market and the competition
  • Locate and plot the perfect self-storage site
  • Learn about the building process
  • Find out how to navigate permits and zoning boards
  • Project your profits, costs and long-term cash flow
  • Explore construction options and unit optimization
  • Discuss maintenance, security and staffing needs
  • Discover common pitfalls and learn how to avoid them

Who Should Attend

Entrepreneurs searching for a solid real estate investment
Couples who want to start a business where they can work together
Families seeking a more dynamic retirement plan
Business owners looking to build a reliable second income
Self-storage owners ready to fine-tune their expansion project


9:00 AM
  • Welcome
  • Self Storage Overview
  • Self Storage Demand
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM
  • Determining Feasibility
  • Finding Land
  • Laying Out a Site
  • Navigating the Building Permit Process
NOON Complimentary Lunch
1:00 PM
  • Understanding Construction
  • Managing a Facility
  • Maintaining Security
  • Marketing
3:30 PM Closing

Meet Our Speakers

Jamie Lindau

Jamie Lindau

Director of Marketing and Product Development

Twenty-three years in self storage. Jamie has crisscrossed the United States and Canada helping people plan, develop, build, and profit from self storage. Drawing from his own experiences as a former self-storage business owner, Jamie has led more than 200 interesting, educational Trachte seminars since 1988.

Mike Larson

Mike Larson

Trachte Regional/Assistant Sales Manager

Mike helps entrepreneurs build and run successful self-storage facilities every day throughout North America. An active member of the New York and New Jersey Self-Storage Associations, Mike uses his extensive knowledge of the concrete construction industry to bring a unique perspective to his seminars.