About Tony Walker Today

Graduate of Canisius High School '71 and Boston College '75. Proprietor of the Advantage Co.

My Favorite Things 010

Vintage Nike Waffle Racers

I was born with an extra appendage on my left foot [i.e. polydactyly]. It was removed when I was young, and fortunately, other than inhibiting skating on my left edge, it hasn’t been a problem – but it does make me quite particular about the shoes I wear.

Over the years, I have tried on hundreds of pairs of shoes, sneakers, boots, and slides, looking for the perfect fit.

The most comfortable shoes for me were always from Ecco, or the Onitsuka Tiger, Adidas Dragon, and the driving shoes from Johnston & Murphy, but a few years ago I happened across a pair of vintage Nike Waffle Racers – and my lifelong quest for the perfect fit had come to an end.

The Nike Waffle Racer US 10, UK 9, EU 44 is the perfect fit.

Nike made a special edition Waffle Racer for J Crew several years ago, and it was the first Waffle Racer I ever tried. From the moment I laced them up, it was perfect. And from there, I slowly began my collection of vintage Nike Waffle Racers. And now my feet reject any other shoe, boot, sneaker, or slide. Other than the occasional dress shoe, my feet reside solely in Nike Waffle Racers.

Unfortunately, the vintage Nike Waffle Racer is no longer in production. However, this has made my still growing collection of over 90 pairs of Nike Waffle Racers pretty valuable.

The pickings are slim these days – unless you want to pay over $400 [which I refuse to do]. But searching through eBay, Poshmark, StockX, FarFetch, etc. remains a nightly ritual that still gives me the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes a vintage pair will show up for under a hundred dollars, and you know some guy is going to be really pissed when he finds out they are missing from his closet. Occasionally I get burned, but I have purchased vintage Nike Waffle Racers from all over the world, including Japan, Russia, Mexico, and Poland.

While my collection has become a source of entertainment for my family and friends, it has served a higher purpose – my feet feel great.

In other sneaker news, NikeCraft is launching its new General Purpose Shoe on June 10th. Even though the Waffle Racer is perfect, the quest for an even more perfect fit continues, so I’ll be hunting down a US 10, UK 9, EU 44 NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe as soon as I can. We’ll see if it measures up.

https://www.nikecraft.com/

Nike Waffle Racer – the only thing missing is the icing sugar

August 5, 2021 4:00 PM

In the early 1970s, Hayward Field in Oregon was converted from a cinder track to an artificial surface. This meant a new standard for the shoes of the ‘Blue Ribbon’ brand, founded by Bill Bowerman and better known to us today as Nike.

Bowerman actually experimented with a waffle iron for a new shoe. His wife Barbara later told The Oregonian newspaper:

“When one of the waffles came out, he said, ‘You know, if you turn it upside down – where the waffle part is in contact with the track – that might work.’ So he got up from the table, went to his lab and got two cans of whatever you pour together to make the urethane and poured them into the waffle iron. “The end product was a running shoe without heavy spikes.

Barbara Bowerman

Bill was constantly working to change and redefine the status quo of his running equipment. His eureka moment was the Waffle Sneaker, which was successfully launched in 1973. The shoe is responsive and adapts to uneven running surfaces. It also helped spread the idea that not only the midsole but also the outsole can absorb shock.

Previously, many track and field soles were flat and low to the ground, but the waffle-inspired sole had small ridges that provided extra support and rebound. This was the first major innovation from a company that later revolutionized the sneaker industry with inventions such as Visible Air, Flyknit, Lunarlon, and others.

The first Nike Waffle Racer

Priced between $21.95 and $24.95, the running shoe, originally made in Japan, had a nylon upper and was first released in a red and white color scheme. However, the version that quickly became popular with local athletes bore the distinctive yellow and green design of the University of Oregon, while later models also bore the colors of other Californian colleges, such as UCLA.

The first campaigns for the Waffle Sneaker were launched with slogans like “Made Famous by Word of Foot Advertising” (Made famous by advertising with the foot) touted: “You’ve seen them on training tracks and fields all over the country. You know them for their quality, their lightweight, and long life.”

Later, canvas versions were launched, as well as a women’s version and a slightly revised and more expensive version called the Waffle Racer, which was launched around 1977 and cost around $30. The Racer kept the design DNA of the shoe alive and well, with the added benefit of a lightweight EVA midsole and a wider, slightly more stable design.

Nike Waffle Racer
nikevintage.com

Over the course of time, the original waffle sole has been used in a variety of Nike products, for example, in tailwinds and even in shoes for American football.

No one really paid attention to the famous waffle iron itself until an old device was unearthed near a house in Coburg, Oregon. That’s where former Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman lived. The wife of Bill’s son Jon Bowerman discovered it by chance, along with shoe treads that Bill himself had still made.

So Nike’s Holy Grail had been rediscovered and is now on display at the company’s headquarters in Beaverton. Nike historian Scott Reames said of the discovery: “It truly is the headwaters of our innovation. From a historian’s standpoint, it’s like finding the Titanic.”

https://www.sneakerjagers.com/en/n/nike-waffle-racer-the-only-thing-missing-is-the-icing-sugar/23682

UGA Capital Ventures

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Posted by:  Tony
Date:  May 26, 2022

We are well into rebranding the Advantage Co as UGA Capital Ventures.  This rebranding is important because it allows us to better define who we are and what we are building.  

UGA Capital Ventures   I   Introduction
By 1991, I recognized that I no longer wanted to run a business.  The Stereo Advantage, which I had launched in 1978, had become a successful enterprise, but I was uncomfortable with my role.  In 1993, I began a decisive career change in order to focus on building independently owned and operated businesses.  My motivation for building such a variety of partnerships was, and remains, my desire to do different things with an eclectic mix of visionary builders.  

David Ogilvy once said, “If you hire people smaller than you, you will have a company of dwarfs; but, if you hire people bigger than you, you will have a company of giants.”  This is even more true about partners.  Fortunately, our partnership model has proven to be very successful over the past 30 years – and today, this model has come to fruition as UGA Capital Ventures with our remarkable portfolio of independently owned and operated partnerships. 

“Our partnership certainly has worked well for me as it approaches 30 years on September 3, 2023.  I gave a speech years ago at the University of Buffalo, and someone asked me what our partnership model was.  I told a story I’ve often recounted.  Tony and I were at Brennan’s Bowery Bar in the summer of 1993 after a round of golf.  We had been discussing a possible staffing partnership, and I said, “I’m in 50/50.  Let’s shake hands.”  Tony replied, “51/49, and you’re the 51 percent majority partner.  Frank can do up our partnership agreement.”  I immediately responded, “Ok great, see you on September 3rd.”  Once I got started, I memorably asked,  “What is our secretary’s name?  I have a few letters that need to get typed.”  Of course, I soon learned I’d be typing my own letters and learning how important the ‘Save’ button was.”  –  Joe Kreuz, Founding Partner of AP Professionals

UGA Capital Ventures   I   Who We Are
UGA Capital Ventures advises our portfolio of companies on a full range of liquidity transactions ranging from early-stage growth capitalization [which blends the best elements of venture capital and private equity] to a minority sale to a majority recapitalization with a financial sponsor.  Additionally, UGA has the resources to structure, when desired, the most advantageous exit, whether it be a full sale to a financial or strategic acquirer, a merger, or an IPO.  

With expertise and investments in data management, cloud architecture, cyber security, software development, professional services, social benefit, beauty and wellness, property management, and food services, UGA Capital Ventures is uniquely positioned to help produce significant financial returns and meaningful social impact for each of our portfolio companies [along with the fulfillment of their founder’s vision].   

Our UGA mission is to provide the vision, resources, and confidence necessary to enable the development of our portfolio of independently owned and operated businesses as a rewarding experience for those willing to take the full measure of the challenge.  Building real value in a business is not easy, but it is certainly rewarding.

Battery Attached
The key to launching a dynamic partnership starts with being in sync with the founding partner’s ambition.  But the success of any UGA partnership has always been dependent on having a visionary partner who is not only an expert in the business but, most importantly, the battery attached.  

Power is the ability to initiate and sustain action, translating intention into reality – and without the core power that the visionary partner provides, there is no energy source.  

Without the energetic engagement and inspiring leadership of the visionary partner, there is absolutely no chance of success.  As we look back on all of our really successful partnerships, we have been fortunate to have been engaged with several magnetic and energetic partners who understand the basic premise that defines leadership in UGA’s portfolio of companies: Leadership is the ability to create an environment where people are motivated to give 100% effort toward the desired result.  

Continuous Development & Renewal
In order to bring a visionary partner’s ideas and concepts to life and, more importantly, to continue their ever-changing and dynamic growth, it is UGA’s responsibility to build and support a flexible matrix for each business that enables, encourages, and ensures ongoing paradigm shifts through the simple restructuring of elements providing maximum speed to benefit and market ascendancy.

We never agreed with the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” adage.  At UGA, we believe that if it is working, we can still make it work better [because the competition is definitely working on something better].  For us, the challenge remains to always stay ahead of the competition by continuously renewing who we are.  In our technology partnerships, UGA helped Tom and John to bring value to Autonomic Resources by changing our vanguard FedCLOUD into a FedRAMP product instead of a service and to Capax by splitting it into Capax Global LLC and Capax Discovery LLC [now Zantaz EAS LLC].  Unfortunately, renewal often frustrates those who simply do not want to change.   

In the early years of the Stereo Advantage, we remodeled the entire store every February.  We built buildings, rooms, walls, counters, offices, or displays only to tear them down as soon as we recognized we could [and should] build something better.  And while this disruptive approach can be disconcerting, it continues to stoke the fire within and accelerate our growth. 

UGA Capital Ventures   I   Portfolio
At UGA Capital Ventures, we learn from the past, live in the present, and build for the future.  The past provides us with precious memories, moments, and a building block for the future.  

The present is here to both challenge us and provide enjoyment [and neither meeting the challenge nor enjoying the moment should ever be delayed until tomorrow].  The future provides us with the promise of what we can be.  Fortunately, the future of UGA Capital Ventures provides us with more promise than ever before. 

The profile below of our UGA portfolio of businesses starts with our 10 Tech lineup of independently owned and operated technology companies.  Be big, be a builder.


Information Technology [10 Tech]
At 10 Tech [which is just an internal name we use for easy reference], our 10 independently owned and operated IT companies are PremCloud Resources, Data Connect + Detect, Zantaz EAS [formerly Capax Discovery LLC], Zovy Cloud, Arcivium for Azure, c1 Secure, c1 Advantage, FedCloud Resources, UnBiasIt, and Fortified Law Data Resources.  

  1. PremCloud Resources LLC
    As an independently owned and operated company of the UGA Capital Ventures portfolio, PremCloud Resources provides the foundation for our worldwide IT business development and support.  When it comes to delivering our world-class IT resources, the deciding factor in their efficacy relies on PremCloudTM to assure secure and reliable performance.  That’s what Powered by PremCloud is all about.  

Our advanced PremCloud Resources speak directly to the strategic versatility of our various data archiving alternatives along with the appropriate data management solutions and services we provide our clients starting with our Proprietary Purpose-Built Data Stacks.  PremCloud Resources offers our clients the most advantageous data management resources based on a number of criteria specific to each engagement.  

  1. Zovy Cloud LLC
    Zovy Cloud is a combination of the original Zovy we acquired plus HPCA, ZIDOL, and a variety of new technologies built specifically for the Zovy Archive by PremCloud Resources.

    Zovy Cloud delivers cost-effective customer experiences through our unique cloud-based hosted distribution and delivery services, taking the burden off our customers to properly identify, manage, secure, and access all data and regulated electronic correspondence in all data forms.  

“The Zovy Cloud was built utilizing advanced capabilities which allow us to archive data more effectively than anyone else in the world, while our Zovy Archive is the premier hosted data archiving solution in the marketplace.”  –  Eric Carpenter, Zovy CCO

Zovy Cloud continues to provide its own Zovy Data Stack featuring new connect and detect technologies to go along with their current archive solutions for legacy HPCA, Nearpoint, and Zovy Archive users.  We are looking forward to launching ZIDOL as an IDOL services resource.  Additionally, Zovy will be building on UnBiasIt’s Racial Bias Alert [Supervisor].  And there might be life in Z Hub.


With our combination of proven HPCA profitability, industry-leading cloud architecture, top tier proof-of-concept customer base, outstanding reputation with our teaming partners, breadth of hosted SaaS platform opportunities, and growth-focused management and technical teams, Zovy Cloud presents a compelling investment opportunity for a strategic partner in order to augment an existing business or as a platform for a market-leading growth strategy.  Most importantly, Zovy Cloud has been a pandemic-proof operation that continues to grow and deliver results even during this period of chaos.  

  1. Zantaz EAS LLC
    Zantaz EAS will pursue maximizing its current revenue stream with our legacy accounts as well as building a stronger account base through the development of a white-label and value-added reseller network [It is estimated that nearly 90% of enterprises using Gartner-recognized archiving software are deploying outdated versions].  Our immediate goal is to continue to grow our EAS Support & Maintenance revenue.
  1. Arcivium for Azure LLC
    Arcivium for Azure is being created to be the most ascendant solution for the demands of secure data archiving in conjunction with Microsoft.  This pursuit dates back to 2017, and it is fortunate that the opportunity has not been lost because of our delay in developing Arcivium for Azure.

By creating Arcivium for Azure with PremCloud Resources, we will have a new company with Azure-hosted solutions based on our proprietary software.  This is a very important consideration when creating equity value and flexibility.  Owning our IP versus licensing makes a considerable difference in value.  

I believe that Arcivium for Azure will be a company that Microsoft – or a key teaming partner of Microsoft’s – will want to invest in or acquire.

  1. Data Connect + Detect LLC
    Data Connect + Detect [DC+D] will be a new company that will focus entirely on our agnostic connect and detect solutions.  In the marketplace, DC+D will not be associated with any of our archive companies [i.e. Zantaz EAS, Zovy Cloud, UnBiasIt, Fortified Law Data Resources, or FedCloud Resources].  This is a necessary degree of separation because DC+D must be recognized a resource for all archive solutions.  In fact, I would like to see many of our archive competitors become VARs for DC+D.
  1. FedCloud Resources LLC
    FedCloud Resources will be similar to Arcivium for Azure but in a FedRAMP authorized environment.
  1. c1 Secure LLC
    c1 Secure provides cyber risk management and continuous compliance monitoring.  Our key teaming partner is Service Now.  We are currently launching over 20 apps on the Service Now platform.
  1. c1 Advantage LLC
    c1 Advantage provides IT professional services.  Our key account is GE.  c1 Advantage has been able to successfully introduce our detect solutions to GE.
  1. UnBiasIt LLC
    BPM has worked with PremCloud Resources and Zovy Cloud to develop UnBiasIt.  UnBiasIt utilizes proprietary data management and compliance solutions designed to fully enable an organization to recognize and eliminate inherent bias and misconduct throughout their enterprise – as well as transform their distended data into a resource that can easily and accurately be drawn upon when needed for the critical information governance that is increasingly demanded of every enterprise. 
  2. Fortified Law Data Resources LLC
    Unlike other critical assets, big data presents a unique challenge for law enforcement organizations because it often lacks the identification necessary for proper recognition, storage, and utilization.  Ever-expanding law enforcement data is created and accumulated in massive amounts from an almost endless array of sources, both internal and external [leading to confusion and ownership disputes, as well as contributing to the obfuscation of bias and misconduct].  The inherent disorientation in most law enforcement organizations’ data optic often leads to costly mistakes, compliance violations, and costly litigation. 

FLD Resources will coordinate and provide technologies specifically built for the challenges that law enforcement agencies now face with their escalating demands of data security, archiving, search, access, and sharing.  Fortunately, through PremCloud Resources’ experience in building the first FedRamp Authorized Cloud Platform [ARC-P], FLD Resources’ key 10 Tech infrastructure partners are uniquely prepared to develop a comprehensive data management system based on the CJIS standards as well as any and all other compliance demands.

By managing law enforcement data effectively with our FLD Resources data technologies, we provide our law enforcement customers with a remarkable resource to access, integrate, cleanse, unify, govern, store, secure, and prepare data to unlock its inherent value and maximum utilization.

The key selling points of our FLD Resources product are the fact that our Unified Data Stack is far and away the most robust archiving solution for their data, while our Unified Data Stack Solutions provides the most secure and compliant environment for their data management.  Essentially, FLD Resources is better at data archiving than anyone else, and it is more secure than anyone else.

Don’t forget you are a guest, so behave accordingly.

As with nearly all of my posts, this one is especially for my grandkids.

Whether you believe in god and country is of little matter to me. I simply hope you recognize that we are nothing more than a brief guest here in this world – and we should behave accordingly.

No one likes a bad guest.

We all know the bad guest. They take advantage of everything and add little. They expect to be served and satisfied. They are entitled – and they truly believe their existence [or the brief entertainment or service they provide] justifies their insouciance.

On a small scale, they expect it all and provide little. They borrow something and rarely return it in its original condition. They order big and tip small. They drive your car and never fill up the tank. They piss in the well but expect fresh water when they are thirsty. They demand 100% and are aggrieved by anything less. And they always deserve more.

The bottom line is that they expect more than they give.

The common thread with poor guests is that they just don’t get it. They think their bill was somehow overpaid in advance. They have a steadfast belief in their exaggerated self-worth – as if they matter. They fool themselves into thinking they are valuable because they attract, support, and feed off other bad guests. They harbor a secret zest in others’ complaints. They are a nidus.

As long as they have something to complain about, they have the air-cover they need to tear down anything without consequence [to them].

In the big picture, they are more destructive. They are morally superior while always the critic and never the builder. To the bad guest, those in charge are always idiots or corrupt, the accommodations are always substandard, the water is never hot enough, the salmon is never cooked right, the weather never suits them, the service never measures up, and it is always someone else’s fault. Accountability is not their strong suit. It is always someone else who is accountable for their hardship – and their hardships are endless.

They are in no one’s debt because they believe they are always getting less than they deserve. Of course, their host is always distressed by their complaints – knowing the accommodations will never be enough.

Unfortunately, with victimhood now in fashion, it’s getting harder to tell the bad guests from the truly afflicted. But you still know who they are – and it would be a big help to everyone if you told them that they are merely guests here and should start behaving accordingly. And remind them that nothing is free – and nothing is just there for the taking. And then tell them to try not to make a mess – even if they think they are a rock star. We are all getting tired of cleaning up after them.

Of course, it might help if they knew whose guest they really were. Maybe then they would appreciate the accommodations and just how fortunate they are to be staying here for a while. After all, even if fate gives them a late checkout, their stay here will eventually come to an end – and the bill will come due. And they are the only ones who can pay that bill – the host insists.

On the other hand, I have some friends, family, and associates among the most generous guests. The family member who cares, the employee who everyone relies on, the doctor who is tireless in his aide, the business partner who builds and then builds some more, the friend who stands fast, and those that love. They are the ones that don’t just pass thorough but actually make it better. They appreciate life. They are the guests you want in your world, and it’s the guest I am trying to be [knowing full well that I’ve not always been a good guest].

Be big, be a builder. Your host will appreciate it.

The Root Keeps Growing

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-9-18-25-amhttps://tonywalkerpost.com/root-philosophy/

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.
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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.’