The Root Keeps Growing

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Originally Posted: January 1, 2017
Last Updated:  August 4, 2022

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

Advantage Co Partnerships

  1. ABX Professionals
  2. Advantage Business Exchange
  3. Advantage Investment, Development & Oversight
  4. Advantage Legal & Fiduciary
  5. Advantage Marketing & Incentives
  6. Advantage Systems Professionals [now iWorld Professionals]
  7. Advantage Woodshop
  8. American Wireless
  9. AP Charlotte
  10. AP Cincinnati
  11. AP Cleveland
  12. AP Denver
  13. APHQ 
  14. AP Metro**
  15. AP Phoenix
  16. AP Rochester
  17. AP Solutions
  18. AP Syracuse
  19. AP Tampa
  20. AP Washington DC
  21. AP WNY
  22. At Your Service
  23. Aussie Outfitters
  24. Autonomic Resources [sold to CSC]
  25. Beacon Global Resources
  26. Bellus Development
  27. BizHop [support only]
  28. Black Progress Matters
  29. Black Progess Executive Resources
  30. BP Executive Staffing
  31. BPM Minority-Owned Business Incubator
  32. BP College Advisors
  33. BP Alliance
  34. Butler Chemical
  35. Cascade Point**
  36. c1 Advantage
  37. c1 Secure
  38. Carolina Clothing Co
  39. Capax Alpha 
  40. Capax Global [sold to Hitachi Data Systems]*
  41. Capax India
  42. Capax Resource Management*
  43. CARES Act ADVISORY
  44. Chiampou Travis & Kershner*
  45. Christeus
  46. Cleary & Sullivan
  47. Cleary Travel
  48. Coco by CeCe
  49. Consilium1 
  50. Cross Pointe**
  51. DACKS
  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. One Global Culture
  75. Outback Paging [AdTel Worldwide]
  76. Pacific Data Resources
  77. Panther Data Solutions
  78. Phroket
  79. Pizza Shoppe
  80. PremCloud Resources
  81. Real Properties Services
  82. Sceven
  83. SmartLink [Bailey & Kensington]
  84. SmartLink [Main Place Mall]
  85. Sozae
  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. Walker Sports Audit
  98. Watch Commander Data Resources
  99. Wellingtin Resources
  100. White & Co
  101. Wynnovation Labs
  102. Zantaz EAS [formerly Capax Discovery LLC]
  103. Zovy Cloud

Coming Sooner or Later or Never

  1. Ana Blu Mediterranean Kitchen
  2. Arcivium for Azure
  3. Aussie T Co
  4. 2 Girls 1 Deal
  5. 2×4 Office Anywhere
  6. ApothoClean
  7. Bambini Beauty
  8. Balance Bra
  9. Beach to Beauty
  10. Bedtime Monster Spray
  11. Christian Coop
  12. Church of the Good
  13. Clean Your Closets For Kids
  14. College Rep Program
  15. CopDrop
  16. The Fantasy League
  17. Fashion Resource Group
  18. FedCloud Resources
  19. FedDrop
  20. FedSecure Data Centers
  21. FedCloud Vault
  22. Forrestel Clothing Co
  23. Franjordalli Gift Giving Registry
  24. Giancarlo’s Boutique Hotel
  25. GoToCloud Express
  26. Greenskeeper Coop
  27. Grivani Golf
  28. International Transfer Pricing
  29. iTech Protect
  30. iWorld Auto
  31. iWorld Banking
  32. iWolrd Accounting
  33. Life Source Insurance
  34. Merci 6
  35. Meta Data Stack
  36. OffShore Secure
  37. Scrubs
  38. State of Clean
  39. Walker Global Mergers Acquisitions & Review
  40. Walker University

* 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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