(Photo: Mike Cheung and Paula Chang, the husband-wife team who created Tinkering Monkey in Oakland, California)

“New Year Goodness,” as they are saying today in China. On the Chinese calendar, today (2/8/2016) is the first day of the Year of the Monkey. This made us think of our favorite businesses with a monkey in its name.

tinkering monkey

If you’re asked to quickly name a business with the word “monkey” in it, there’s always Survey Monkey. But at SmallBusiness.com, there is a “monkey business” we think about every day: Tinkering Monkey of Oakland, California.

That’s because we see their work on the wall of our office every time we step off the elevator. Tinkering Monkey worked with us in creating office signage for the customer media and content company Hammock Inc. (Hammock.com), the folks behind SmallBusiness.com. They not only impressed us with their “maker” skills—the husband-and-wife team behind Tinkering Monkey also impressed us with their savvy marketing skills. We were so impressed with Mike Cheung and Paula Chang, we featured them in a SmallBusiness.com article on how great their website and other digital marketing is.

Here are more businesses from around the United States with names just right for the Year of the Monkey.



Monkey Industrial Supply
Irvine, California

Distributor of aluminum, galvanized and stainless steel ducting systems and parts including adapters, clamps, elbows and hoses.


Hockey Monkey
Corona, California

Distributor of sporting goods including ice hockey skates, athletic socks, hockey guards, hockey cages, goals, helmets, sticks, blades, equipment bags, sports apparel and undergarments.


Monkey Bars
Rexburg, Indiana
Manufacturer of garage storage systems and accessories. Products include racks, cabinets, shelves and flooring.

(Note: There are dealers across the country that have “monkey” names.)


Monkey in a Dryer
Hopkins, Minnesota
Custom-screen and silk-screen printing on t-shirts and uniforms for schools, businesses and wholesale distribution.


Blue Ink Monkey Printing Services
Rancho Mirage, California
Printing services including brochures, flyers, catalogs, inserts, business cards, letterhead and posters.


Gutter Monkeys
Chicago, Illinois

(Note: There are several local gutter-related business around the United States with the same or similar names.)