JIM RYERSON PRODUCTIONS
Address: 160 Newport Center Drive, Suite 155, Newport Beach.
Owner: Jim Ryerson
Business: Television and film production
Startup costs: $75,000
When profitable? 3 years.
History: I'd been a television reporter for 15 years. I formed my own business in 1983, calling on my previous TV experience and contacts. My first major client was Walt Disney Productions. We got started off very quickly, which was good because I was undercapitalized and underfinanced. In the beginning, we mainly did video projects for major Orange County companies. Now we're more national in scope--we're doing 50% video and 50% film, projects like educational films that have been aired on PBS. I started out using my guest bedroom as my office, then moved into the offices we're in now in Newport Center.