I have literally had to fight to stay small. I never wanted this to take over much time, or grow to anything more than helping out the fellow word of mouth Midwestern adventure traveler get his rig up to speed. With that in mind, here is what happened while trying to stay small...
Chi-Town4x4 Hosted 27 Wrench Nights to help others install parts with out labor charges
We became the midwest distributor for Baja Rack.
We became an certified install center with Metal Cloak Products
Became a Stocking Dealer with ... 4x4SPOD.com, Tempui Tents, Rigid Industries, Lifetime LeD Lights, ARB, Metal Tech, ICon, Bilstein, Konig Wheels, Good year Tire, Gobi Rack, Rotopax, Bullet Proof Off road, Spidertrax, Gorilla Lugs, Front Runner, yucon gear, piaa, hella, borla, afe, Fox racing, All Pro Off road, Metal Cloak, Yakima Racks, Thule, Reece Hitch, Factor 55, DDM Tuning, Ready Lift, Engle, Ranco, ARE, undercover, Expedition one, and several others.
Installed over 40 lift kits on customers rigs.
We have 6 Sponsored Shop Trucks on the road in Chicago!
For some shops, this is just part of doing business, but for us, in the first year, while trying not to grow shows me 2 things. There is a need for quality shops here in the midwest to provide technical support for the off road hobby. 2, there is a need for local availability of parts beyond what mail order can offer to us Midwestern folks.
So what is next.... no idea.... So ill just keep on doing what I have been and see what happens in year 2 with not trying to grow a business :-)
Again thank you to everyone for your support and the great times we have had over the last year! its been a blast!