The Root Keeps Growing

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Originally Posted: January 1, 2017
Last Updated:  December 22, 2021

From the very beginning in 1978, it has been my goal to provide the vision, resources, and confidence necessary for the development of the Advantage Co as a business experience for those willing to take the full measure of the challenge.  This approach has energized our Root Philosophy for over 40 years, and it has been our good fortune to build a number of world-class businesses.

Here is a short list of businesses we have started or helped to start over the years. [165 and counting].  The businesses in italics are partnerships. The businesses in bold are currently operational.  Each one has been visited by success and failure.  Some businesses never really got off the ground, while others have been thriving for decades.  One of these nights I’ll start filling in the stories.   The really good news is that over 50 of the businesses we have helped to launch are thriving enterprises.

All told, we estimate there have been over 8,000 participants in the building of these opportunities.  If you have a backstory for any of them, why not share it with us?  I’ll take the good with the bad [they all have their share].  It is never meant to be easy, but it is always meant to be rewarding.

A man who says he never had a chance is the man who never took one.  Be big, be a builder.

Advantage Co Businesses

  1. Advantage Brands Group
  2. Advantage Catalog
  3. Advantage Computer Co.
  4. Advantage Global Resources
  5. Advantage Home Theater
  6. Advantage Outlet
  7. Advantage Properties
  8. Advantage TI
  9. Advantage Trade Group
  10. Aussie T Co
  11. Bogavia
  12. Brinkley Builders
  13. Chuggs
  14. Computer Head Start
  15. Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse & Pizzeria
  16. Giancarlo’s Cafe & Patisserie
  17. Gift Giving Registry
  18. Grivani
  19. Grivani Wine Cellar
  20. Grivani Wine [Distributing]
  21. House of Cotton
  22. Forrestel Clothing Co
  23. iFul
  24. iSport
  25. iWorldFundraising.org
  26. iWorld Shopping Center
  27. King Finley
  28. Lab to Beauty
  29. Leave It To Alison**
  30. Lifetime Service & Solutions
  31. Love Pink & Green
  32. Luxuri Link
  33. Merwin & Payne
  34. Modern Luxuri
  35. MyWarehouse.org
  36. Nantucket Clothing
  37. Naples Properties
  38. Osaka Speakers
  39. PALM Investments
  40. Piece Apparel
  41. Pioneer Home Theater
  42. Pure + Fresh
  43. Scotch Boots of Holland
  44. Smart Car Store
  45. Smart House Cafe**
  46. Smart Squad Design
  47. Smart Squad Install
  48. SmartLinks
  49. Sneaker Advantage
  50. SONY Home Theater
  51. Stereo Advantage
  52. Stereo Advantage [Olean]
  53. JVC Home Theater
  54. Taplin Marketing
  55. Tiny Walker
  56. Touche’
  57. TW Outlet [Niagara Falls]**
  58. TW&Co
  59. Walker Center
  60. Walker Kids Trust
  61. Walker Global Parts
  62. Walker Global Solutions
  63. Wehrle Properties
  64. White Box Services

Advantage Co Partnerships

  1. ABX Professionals
  2. Advacovery
  3. Advantage Business Exchange
  4. Advantage Investment, Development & Oversight
  5. Advantage Legal & Fiduciary
  6. Advantage Marketing & Incentives
  7. Advantage Systems Professionals [now iWorld Professionals]
  8. Advantage Woodshop
  9. American Wireless
  10. AP Charlotte
  11. AP Cincinnati
  12. AP Cleveland
  13. AP Denver
  14. APHQ [now Advantage Global Resources]
  15. AP Metro**
  16. AP Phoenix
  17. AP Rochester
  18. AP Solutions [now Capax Global]
  19. AP Syracuse
  20. AP Tampa
  21. AP Washington DC
  22. AP WNY
  23. At Your Service
  24. Aussie Outfitters
  25. Autonomic Resources**
  26. Beacon Global Resources
  27. Bellus Development
  28. BizHop [support only]
  29. Black Progress Matters
  30. Black Progress Staffing
  31. BPM Minority-Owned Business Incubator
  32. Butler Chemical
  33. Cascade Point**
  34. c1 Advantage
  35. c1 Secure
  36. Carolina Clothing Co
  37. Capax Alpha [now Capax Global]
  38. Capax Discovery
  39. Capax Global
  40. Capax India
  41. Capax Resource Management*
  42. CARES Act ADVISORY
  43. Chiampou Travis & Kershner*
  44. Christeus
  45. Cleary & Sullivan
  46. Cleary Travel
  47. Coco by CeCe
  48. Consilium1 [now c1 Advantage]
  49. Cross Pointe**
  50. DACKS
  51. Darmax Development
  52. Data Detect
  53. Delta Road Properties
  54. Duke Fund**
  55. Free Trade Consultants
  56. Gauntlet Design
  57. Greenview Landscaping*
  58. GRW For Hair
  59. Hudson Walker
  60. Images & Graphics
  61. Inspired Global Resources*
  62. Irwin Lazarus
  63. iWorld Professionals
  64. JALMAR Graphics
  65. JNorman & Co
  66. KATINI Skin
  67. King Finley
  68. Kizer Data Solutions
  69. LeCleanse Officiel
  70. LD World Resources
  71. Manzella Productions [support only]
  72. My Personal Advisor
  73. Mode
  74. Outback Paging [AdTel Worldwide]
  75. Pacific Data Resources
  76. Panther Data Solutions
  77. Phroket
  78. Pizza Shoppe
  79. PremCloud Services
  80. Real Properties Services
  81. Sceven
  82. SmartLink [Bailey & Kensington]
  83. SmartLink [Main Place Mall]
  84. Sozae
  85. State of Clean
  86. Stereo Advantage [Phoenix]
  87. Stereo Shops [3 Rochester stores]**
  88. Strategic Finance
  89. Taplin Design
  90. Tony Walker Golf Club [4 locations nationally]
  91. Total Health & Fitness
  92. Trend Depot
  93. TW Charter Stores [92 Aussie Outfitter stores nationally]
  94. UnBiasIt
  95. UnCarbonIt
  96. UGA Capital Ventures
  97. Wellingtin Resources
  98. White & Co
  99. Wynnovation Labs
  100. Zantaz EAS
  101. Zovy Cloud

Coming Sooner or Later or Never

  1. Ana Blu Mediterranean Kitchen
  2. Arcivium for Azure
  3. 2 Girls 1 Deal
  4. 2×4 Office Anywhere
  5. ApothoClean
  6. Bambini Beauty
  7. Balance Bra
  8. Beach to Beauty
  9. Bedtime Monster Spray
  10. BPM College Advisors
  11. Black Progess Resources
  12. Christian Coop
  13. Church of the Good
  14. Clean Your Closets For Kids
  15. College Rep Program
  16. CopDrop
  17. The Fantasy League
  18. Fashion Resource Group
  19. FedDrop
  20. FedSecure Data Centers
  21. FedCloud Vault
  22. Franjordalli Gift Giving Registry
  23. Giancarlo’s Boutique Hotel
  24. GoToCloud Express
  25. Greenskeeper Coop
  26. Grivani Golf
  27. iTech Protect
  28. iWorld Auto
  29. iWorld Banking
  30. iWolrd Accounting
  31. Life Source Insurance
  32. Merci 6
  33. Meta Data Stack
  34. OffShore Secure
  35. Scrubs
  36. Walker Global Mergers Acquisitions & Review
  37. Walker Sports Audit

* No longer involved in this partnership.
**Ended successfully.

There are three worlds: the one we are given, the one we are stuck with, and the one we bend to our will.

Theodore Roosevelt’s famous Man in the Arena speech.  ‘It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, if he fails, at least fails while bearing greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.’