The Root Keeps Growing


Originally Posted: January 1, 2017
Updated: April 15, 2018
Updated:  October 20, 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. [152 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 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 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 Investment, Development & Oversight
  4. Advantage Marketing & Incentives
  5. Advantage Systems Professionals [now iWorld Professionals]
  6. Advantage Woodshop
  7. American Wireless
  8. AP Charlotte
  9. AP Cincinnati
  10. AP Cleveland
  11. AP Denver
  12. APHQ [now Advantage Global Resources]
  13. AP Metro**
  14. AP Phoenix
  15. AP Rochester
  16. AP Solutions [now Capax Global]
  17. AP Syracuse
  18. AP Tampa
  19. AP Washington DC
  20. AP WNY
  21. At Your Service
  22. Aussie Outfitters
  23. Autonomic Resources**
  24. Beacon Global Resources
  25. Bellus Development
  26. BizHop [support only]
  27. Black Progress Matters
  28. Butler Chemical
  29. Cascade Point**
  30. c1 Advantage
  31. c1 Secure
  32. Carolina Clothing Co
  33. Capax Alpha [now Capax Global]
  34. Capax Discovery
  35. Capax Global
  36. Capax India
  37. Capax Resource Management*
  39. Chiampou Travis & Kershner*
  40. Christeus
  41. Cleary & Sullivan
  42. Cleary Travel
  43. Consilium1 [now c1 Advantage]
  44. Cross Pointe**
  45. Darmax Development
  46. Data Detect
  47. Delta Road Properties
  48. Duke Fund**
  49. Free Trade Consultants
  50. Gauntlet Design
  51. Greenview Landscaping*
  52. GRW For Hair
  53. Hudson Walker
  54. Images & Graphics
  55. Inspired Global Resources*
  56. Irwin Lazarus
  57. iWorld Professionals
  58. JALMAR Graphics
  59. JNorman & Co
  60. KATINI Skin
  61. King Finley
  62. LeCleanse Officiel
  63. LD World Resources
  64. Manzella Productions [support only]
  65. My Personal Advisor
  66. Outback Paging [AdTel Worldwide]
  67. Panther Data Solutions
  68. Phroket
  69. Pizza Shoppe
  70. PremCloud Services
  71. Real Properties Services
  72. Sceven
  73. SmartLink [Bailey & Kensington]
  74. SmartLink [Main Place Mall]
  75. Sozae
  76. Stereo Advantage [Phoenix]
  77. Stereo Shops [3 Rochester stores]**
  78. Strategic Finance
  79. Taplin Design
  80. Tony Walker Golf Club [4 locations nationally]
  81. Total Health & Fitness
  82. Trend Depot
  83. TW Charter Stores [92 Aussie Outfitter stores nationally]
  84. Unified Global Archiving
  85. Wellingtin Resources
  86. White & Co
  87. Wynnovation Labs
  88. Zovy Cloud

Coming Sooner or Later or Never

  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. Clean Your Closets For Kids
  10. College Rep Program
  11. The Fantasy League
  12. Fashion Resource Group
  13. FedDrop
  14. FedSecure Data Centers
  15. FedCloud Vault
  16. Giancarlo’s Boutique Hotel
  17. GoToCloud Express
  18. Greenskeeper Coop
  19. Grivani Golf
  20. iTech Protect
  21. iWorld Auto
  22. iWorld Banking
  23. iWolrd Accounting
  24. Life Source Insurance
  25. OffShore Secure
  26. TW&Co Charter Fashion Labs
  27. Walker Global Mergers Acquisitions & Review
  28. 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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