Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Instructions for Business Card and Stationery Orders

Customized products, including business cards and printed and electronic letterhead, are available for purchase for individuals, departments and units associated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine through the iBuyNU marketplace. iBuyNU is a web-based ordering tool that provides departments and schools with the most streamlined, cost effective way to order from preferred vendors.

The following instructions are for ordering business cards and stationery through our vendor, Active Graphics, Inc. Please note, you are also able to order Northwestern Medicine-branded products via this process.


Follow these steps to create and purchase through Active:

  1. Log in as a shopper or log in as a requester to iBuyNU.
    • Find the Office Supplies, Promotional Items, Books and Business Cards/Stationery - Punchout  section of the menu.
    • Select the Active vendor button.
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  2. From the welcome screen, select whether you are a School (e.g., Feinberg) or Non-School department (e.g., NU Human Resources). To get to the Feinberg and NM-branded products, choose School.

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  3. From the dropdown menu, choose the appropriate school (e.g., Feinberg).

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  4. You will next be taken to the catalog page. Use this list to choose branding and product categories. Please note, there are two layouts for Feinberg business cards, but only one layout for Northwestern Medicine business cards.
  5. Select a product category, then choose the product you want to purchase (provide quantity, if necessary).
    • All letterhead is available in both non-personalized and personalized versions. The non-personalized will contain your Department’s contact information. The personalized version allows for an individual’s name and contact information to be included.
    • Please note, electronic letterhead is its own category. You’ll receive a Microsoft Word document with the letterhead elements included.
  6. Add the product to your cart.
    • Once you’ve selected a product, customize it using the form.
    • Depending on your department, your business card will have between 4-6 lines available for your title and 7-9 lines available for contact information.
  7. If you have a long building name or email address, it may ‘break’ into 2 lines, eliminating one of the other available lines. You will have the opportunity to review and alter your card at the next screen.
    Title and address fields
  8. Submit the form to view your proof.
    • Click the ‘View PDF” button under the picture to see a larger version or download a PDF to send to a colleague for their approval.
    • Click the “Make Changes” button to make changes to the form.
    • Click “Approve” to proceed as is. 
  9. View your cart.
    • Clicking the pencil enables you to make changes to the product.
    • Clicking the pushpin icon allows you to ‘pin’ the product to your cart. This allows you to leave an unapproved item in your cart while you order other items. The product will be in your cart when you return to the site.
    • Clicking the red X deletes the item.
    • Select rush order status of the order, if needed. Additional fees will apply.
    • Select "Begin Checkout."

      View Cart
  10. Review your order a final time on the Order Summary page. Click “Submit Order” to complete your order.
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Please direct all questions about the ordering process to Megan Carroll at 708-329-1424 or For technical support, email Active at


Please direct all questions about the ordering process to Megan Carroll at 708-329-1424 or For technical support, email Active at