Hello! My name is Matt Northam and I started Inkway Printing & Promotional Products LLC in March of 2013. I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago & have been living in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood for the past 5 years.
Inkway Printing & Promotional Products specializes in business printing & personalized promotional products. We distribute items like business cards, calendars, banners, pens, drinkware, custom apparel & thousands of other products!
To not fall behind with the accounting. I’ve never been interested in the numbers side of the business so it was something I would procrastinate doing. By putting it off, I ended up wasting more time & money when I could have been out trying to earn more business.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a business in Chicago?
Do your research and ask a lot of questions. If you have a well thought out idea and business strategy, go for it! You don’t have to reinvent to wheel to have a successful business in Chicago.
What product or service of yours are you the most excited about offering?
There are a lot of cool IT products that we offer for your mobile, tablet & computer devices that you can personalize with your brand or business logo. Items like custom gel skins for your cell phones/tablets or mini power banks/portable chargers which make great gifts to clients.
What do you like the most about being located in Wicker Park Bucktown?
I love the atmosphere of Bucktown/Wicker Park. You don’t have to worry about the hustle and bustle of downtown & the neighborhood isn’t condensed to where you feel like you’re living on top of one another. The bars/restaurants are excellent too!
What are the places in Wicker Park Bucktown that you cannot live without?
Since I don’t have an actual store front, I find myself getting a lot of work done at Filter Café. I could probably stay there for 24 hours straight if they allowed me. Lucia’s on North Ave. has the best meatball subs in Chicago. Delicious!