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It’s time for another Client Highlight! We’ve gotten a lot of response from these posts. Our clients seem to enjoy seeing the other great clients we serve.

Portland Studios, Inc.is on tap for this month’s post. We’ve not been working with them for too long but have enjoyed getting to know Jamin Micah Jantz, the CEO of the group. His innovation and leadership at the studio are really making this design and illustration firm soar in market presence, efficiency and productivity. We’re glad to know them and show them off to you! (we’re proud of who we serve).

Whether it’s illustration for the book publishing industry, animation or their ever growing abilities in the areas of interactive web, Portland Studios, Inc. is rising to the top of their industry as a leader! Their award-winning illustrators are known to the nation (including the New York publishing industry) and some of the talent on board is truly mind blowing.

See examples of their illustrator’s work here, here, and here. Play some of their interactive web games here, here and here. And see their web design projects here, here and here. Man, they even have an online store where you can buy things: check it out.

Jason M. Blumer, CPA and Jamin Micah Jantz, CEO holding hands

Jason M. Blumer, CPA and Jamin Micah Jantz, CEO holding hands

As we usually do, we asked Jamin to answer four of our questions for our readers. Here they are:

1.  What have you or your organization done to remain competitive and successful?

One unique benefit of operating in the south but working with clients in New York allows us to bill high rates, but generally undercut the competition. We’re focusing a lot of energy right now to expand our client base in order to mitigate the risk of clients dropping off the radar due to financial hardship (which has happened recently). 

Additionally, we’re working to increase current residual income streams to lower our dependence on a constant stream of client work.

2.  What do you or your organization foresee as the greatest business obstacle in the near future?

The current economic situation has definitely affected Portland Studios. We work with a lot of publishers as well as creative agencies. The publishing industry is getting hammered right now and the client’s creative agencies work for are getting their advertising budgets slashed which, in turn, filter down to us.

Additionally, working in a creative environment can be emotionally exhausting as each employee invests so much of himself into each project. It’s a challenge to maintain that energy so that every project reflects the high artistic standards we claim to demand of ourselves.

3.  What do you enjoy most about your work?

Portland Studios is unique. Most of us have known each other for many years prior to Portland starting up. While working with close friends definitely has its own challenges, it allows us to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while still being productive. The relationships also help us tackle wildly creative and team-based projects. And we’ll periodically play Risk™ over several weeks, 1-2 moves a day. We call it a team-building exercise, but really there’s a lot of false alliances and betrayal. I’m not sure how profitable it really is; but it’s fun.

4.  What has the Blumer firm done to assist you in furthering your business and its operations?

Jason helped us to redo our financial books to capture, process and distill vital information in our firm. In the past, the management team relied on gut feelings or long, manual calculations. Jason’s helped us take a step up from an upstart creative firm to one that can grow and plan for the next decade. 

Discussing the strategy behind PS operations, and how to enhance the flow of information using QuickBooks.

Discussing the strategy behind PS operations, and how to enhance the flow of information using QuickBooks.

Additional work on the details of QuickBooks reporting

Additional work on the details of QuickBooks reporting

Jamin showing Jason how he performs the breast stroke. Huh?

Jamin showing Jason how he performs the breast stroke. Huh?

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