The Root Keeps Growing

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Originally Posted: January 1, 2017
Last Updated:  April 3, 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. Bogavia
  13. Brinkley Builders
  14. Chuggs
  15. Computer Head Start
  16. Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse & Pizzeria
  17. Giancarlo’s Cafe & Patisserie
  18. Gift Giving Registry
  19. Grivani
  20. Grivani Wine Cellar
  21. Grivani Wine [Distributing]
  22. House of Cotton
  23. Forrestel Clothing Co
  24. iFul
  25. iSport
  26. iWorldFundraising.org
  27. iWorld Shopping Center
  28. King Finley
  29. Lab to Beauty
  30. Leave It To Alison**
  31. Lifetime Service Trust
  32. Love Pink & Green
  33. Luxuri Link
  34. Merwin & Payne
  35. Modern Luxuri
  36. MyWarehouse.org
  37. Nantucket Clothing
  38. Naples Properties
  39. Osaka Speakers
  40. PALM Investments
  41. Piece Apparel
  42. Pioneer Home Theater
  43. Pure + Fresh
  44. Scotch Boots of Holland
  45. Smart Car Store
  46. Smart House Cafe**
  47. Smart Squad Design
  48. Smart Squad Install
  49. SmartLinks
  50. Sneaker Advantage
  51. SONY Home Theater
  52. Stereo Advantage
  53. Stereo Advantage [Olean]
  54. JVC Home Theater
  55. Taplin Marketing
  56. Tiny Walker
  57. Touche’
  58. TW Outlet [Niagara Falls]**
  59. TW&Co
  60. Walker Center
  61. Walker Kids Trust
  62. Walker Global Parts
  63. Walker Global Solutions
  64. Wehrle Properties
  65. 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 Resources
  30. BP Executive Staffing
  31. BPM Minority-Owned Business Incubator
  32. BP College Advisors
  33. BP Executive Networking
  34. Butler Chemical
  35. Cascade Point**
  36. c1 Advantage
  37. c1 Secure
  38. Carolina Clothing Co
  39. Capax Alpha 
  40. Capax Discovery [Zantaz EAS]
  41. Capax Global [sold to Hitachi Data Systems]
  42. Capax India
  43. Capax Resource Management*
  44. CARES Act ADVISORY
  45. Chiampou Travis & Kershner*
  46. Christeus
  47. Cleary & Sullivan
  48. Cleary Travel
  49. Coco by CeCe
  50. Consilium1 
  51. Cross Pointe**
  52. DACKS
  53. Data Detect
  54. Delta Road Properties
  55. Duke Fund**
  56. Fortified Law Data
  57. Free Trade Consultants
  58. Gauntlet Design
  59. Greenview Landscaping*
  60. GRW For Hair
  61. Hudson Walker
  62. Images & Graphics
  63. Inspired Global Resources*
  64. Irwin Lazarus
  65. iWorld Professionals
  66. JALMAR Graphics
  67. JNorman & Co
  68. KATINI Skin
  69. King Finley
  70. Kizer Data Solutions
  71. LeCleanse Officiel
  72. LD World Resources
  73. Manzella Productions [support only]
  74. My Personal Advisor
  75. Mode
  76. One Global Culture
  77. Outback Paging [AdTel Worldwide]
  78. Pacific Data Resources
  79. Panther Data Solutions
  80. Phroket
  81. Pizza Shoppe
  82. PremCloud Resources
  83. Real Properties Services
  84. Sceven
  85. SmartLink [Bailey & Kensington]
  86. SmartLink [Main Place Mall]
  87. Sozae
  88. State of Clean
  89. Stereo Advantage [Phoenix]
  90. Stereo Shops [3 Rochester stores]**
  91. Strategic Finance
  92. Taplin Design
  93. Tony Walker Golf Club [4 locations nationally]
  94. Total Health & Fitness
  95. Trend Depot
  96. TW Charter Stores [92 Aussie Outfitter stores nationally]
  97. UnBiasIt
  98. UnCarbonIt
  99. UGA Capital Ventures
  100. Walker Sports Audit
  101. Wellingtin Resources
  102. White & Co
  103. Wynnovation Labs
  104. Zantaz EAS
  105. 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. Christian Coop
  11. Church of the Good
  12. Clean Your Closets For Kids
  13. College Rep Program
  14. CopDrop
  15. The Fantasy League
  16. Fashion Resource Group
  17. FedCloud Resources
  18. FedDrop
  19. FedSecure Data Centers
  20. FedCloud Vault
  21. Franjordalli Gift Giving Registry
  22. Giancarlo’s Boutique Hotel
  23. GoToCloud Express
  24. Greenskeeper Coop
  25. Grivani Golf
  26. iTech Protect
  27. iWorld Auto
  28. iWorld Banking
  29. iWolrd Accounting
  30. Life Source Insurance
  31. Merci 6
  32. Meta Data Stack
  33. OffShore Secure
  34. Scrubs
  35. Walker Global Mergers Acquisitions & Review

* 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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