Nathan T. Edwards, Founder and CEO of Advanage Diversified Products, Inc., is a true visionary and an inspiring figure in the business world. With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, he has left an indelible mark on the industry.
At the heart of Nathan's success is his unparalleled invention, 'ADVANAGE the Wonder Cleaner®', renowned as the world's finest multipurpose cleaner. This groundbreaking product has captivated the hearts of over 50 million customers and continues to amass thousands of new customers every week. But it's not just the product that sets Nathan apart; it's his unwavering dedication to building a strong, motivated sales team.
Nathan's journey began humbly in one of Chicago's inner-city neighborhoods. Fresh out of high school, he joined a traveling magazine sales crew and quickly rose through the ranks. His exceptional talent caught the attention of management, who handpicked him to start his own company. However, instead of simply pursuing profit, Nathan had a greater vision.
He decided to give back to the underprivileged, inner-city communities he knew so well. Nathan targeted areas plagued by violence, high dropout rates, and unemployment, offering ambitious young individuals a chance at a better future. By providing jobs, training, and a sense of purpose, he bestowed upon them the skills and discipline needed to cope with life's uncertainties.
Over the years, Nathan's leadership has propelled Advanage to become a national leader and a symbol of social justice and equity. The company's corporate headquarters in Harvey, Illinois, stands as a testament to Nathan's commitment to revitalizing disadvantaged areas. Through his employment of tens of thousands of individuals from our nation's inner cities, he has brought hope and opportunity to those who often feel forgotten.
Nathan's contributions extend far beyond his successful business ventures. Recognizing the importance of social responsibility, he established a non-profit foundation that supports underserved communities across the USA. This foundation provides entrepreneurial education and recreational programs to empower young people and help them thrive.
As a hands-on leader, Nathan meets with his sales and business management teams daily, fostering a culture of motivation and recognition. His entrepreneurial spirit has also inspired him to fund and assist over 50 former employees in starting their own businesses, focusing on eco-friendly products that exceed customer expectations.
Nathan's wide-ranging expertise encompasses all aspects of business management, from product development and distribution to marketing and finance. He has truly done it all, becoming a champion for social justice and equity since the tender age of 19.
In Nathan T. Edwards, we find a remarkable leader and businessman, unparalleled in his generosity, vision, and commitment to making a difference. His management credentials align perfectly with a business that embraces social justice and equity as core values. With a social conscience, a passion for environmental sustainability, and the courage to overcome any obstacle, Nathan embodies what it means to be an extraordinary individual in the business world.
And so, the story of Nathan T. Edwards and ADVANAGE the Wonder Cleaner® continues, inspiring others to follow their dreams, make a positive impact, and create a successful business driven by purpose and compassion.
Nathan has received numerous proclamations and awards including Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; Small Business End-of-Year Award by Chicago Chamber of Commerce; Black Role Model Orange County, CA; Specials Days in Ohio, District 1072 and in Topeka, Kansas; Chicago Area Manufacturers’ Award.
First Black Director of National Field Selling Association
LA Times article on Nathan Edwards: A Hard Sell for Success
Nathan has worked with Community & Business Leaders accross the country on Social justice issues including recruiting, hiring & educating inner city youth.
He shows them how to make some money, and helped prepare them for a productive life by instilling in them the disciplines needed to cope with life and its uncertainties.
Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Governor Joan Finney honoring Hiring & Educating inner city youth
Dean Wim Wievel, Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
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Thousands of ADVANAGE alumni Have gone on to successes in all walks of life
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