The Root Keeps Growing


Originally Posted: January 1, 2017
Updated: April 15, 2018
Updated:  May 8, 2020

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 nearly 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. [143 and counting].  The businesses in italics are partnerships. The businesses in bold are currently operational.  Each one has been visited by success and failure.  One of these nights I’ll start filling in the stories.   The 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 enjoyable.

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
  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
  26. iWorld Shopping Center
  27. King Finley
  28. Lab to Beauty
  29. Leave It To Alison**
  30. Lifetime Service
  31. Love Pink & Green
  32. Luxuri Link
  33. Merwin & Payne
  34. Modern Luxuri
  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. Advantage Business Exchange
  3. Advantage Marketing & Incentives
  4. Advantage Systems Professionals [now iWorld Professionals]
  5. Advantage Woodshop
  6. American Wireless
  7. AP Charlotte
  8. AP Cincinnati
  9. AP Cleveland
  10. AP Denver
  11. APHQ [now Advantage Global Resources]
  12. AP Metro**
  13. AP Phoenix
  14. AP Rochester
  15. AP Solutions [now Capax Global]
  16. AP Syracuse
  17. AP Tampa
  18. AP Washington DC
  19. AP WNY
  20. At Your Service
  21. Aussie Outfitters
  22. Autonomic Resources**
  23. Bellus Development
  24. BizHop [support only]
  25. Butler Chemical
  26. Cascade Point**
  27. c1 Advantage
  28. c1 Secure
  29. Carolina Clothing Co
  30. Capax Alpha [now Capax Global]
  31. Capax Discovery
  32. Capax Global
  33. Capax India
  34. Capax Resource Management*
  36. Chiampou Travis & Kershner*
  37. Christeus
  38. Cleary & Sullivan
  39. Cleary Travel
  40. Consilium1 [now c1 Advantage]
  41. Cross Pointe**
  42. Data Detect
  43. Delta Road Properties
  44. Duke Fund**
  45. Free Trade Consultants
  46. Full Cloud
  47. Gauntlet Design
  48. Greenview Landscaping*
  49. Hudson Walker
  50. Images & Graphics
  51. Inspired Global Resources*
  52. Irwin Lazarus
  53. iWorld Professionals
  54. JALMAR Graphics
  55. JNorman & Co
  56. LD World Resources
  57. Manzella Productions [support only]
  58. My Personal Advisor
  59. Outback Paging [AdTel Worldwide]
  60. Phroket
  61. Pizza Shoppe
  62. PremCloud Services
  63. Real Properties Services
  64. Sceven
  65. SmartLink [Bailey & Kensington]
  66. SmartLink [Main Place Mall]
  67. Sozae
  68. Stereo Advantage [Phoenix]
  69. Stereo Shops [3 Rochester stores]**
  70. Strategic Finance
  71. Taplin Design
  72. Tony Walker Golf Club [4 locations nationally]
  73. Total Health & Fitness
  74. Trend Depot
  75. TW Charter Stores [92 Aussie Outfitter stores nationally]
  76. Unified Global Archiving
  77. Wellingtin Resources
  78. White & Co
  79. Wynnovation Labs

Coming Soon

  1. Advacovery
  2. Ana Blu Mediterranean Kitchen
  3. 2 Girls 1 Deal
  4. Advantage Legal & Fiduciary
  5. ApothoClean
  6. Balance Bra
  7. Bedtime Monster Spray
  8. Christian Coop
  9. Church of the Good
  10. Clean Your Closets For Kids
  11. College Rep Program
  12. The Fantasy League
  13. Fashion Resource Group
  14. FedDrop
  15. FedSecure Data Centers
  16. FedCloud Vault
  17. Giancarlo’s Boutique Hotel
  18. GoToCloud Express
  19. Greenskeeper Coop
  20. Grivani Golf
  21. iTech Protect
  22. iWorld Auto
  23. iWorld Banking
  24. iWolrd Accounting
  25. Le Cleanse
  26. Life Source Insurance
  27. OffShore Secure
  28. TW&Co Charter Fashion Labs
  29. Walker Global Mergers Acquisitions & Review
  30. 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.’

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