July 10, 1964 – The Beginning of Advance
As successful managers for their respective organizations, Lois and Alan had a burning desire to start their own company. Living only off of their savings for the first two years in business, Lois and Alan officially opened Advance Business Systems & Supply Company on July 10 at 22 East 21st Street in Baltimore.
Sharing a modest 1,200 square foot office, Lois and Alan handled everything from sales and taking phone orders to packing and delivering supplies. Products sold included copying supplies, ribbons, carbons and duplicators.
With a singular focus on customer satisfaction, Advance’s customer roster soon flourished, leading to explosive growth in services, employees and office space.