The Silicon Review
“Optimum Group’s vision is to strive as a company to fill the gaps between businesses, investors, idea owners, and everyone in-between.”
For investors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and fast-growing ventures, the provision of sufficient funds to foster growth are the most important, if not the key factor of success. Therefore, the role played by venture capital firms is vital, as they potentially increase the business growth of start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses. Venture capital is one of the most relevant funding sources for new ventures and robust investment strategies.
Founded in 2017 by a group of like-minded partners that have been profitable business owners and experienced CEOs for decades, Optimum Group, Inc. is one such firm that offers businesses growth potential through mutually beneficial partnerships—both domestic and abroad. Optimum Group’s upper management team’s vision is to strive as a company that fills the gaps between businesses, investors, idea owners, and everyone in-between. The venture capital and holding firm offer businesses growth potential through mutually beneficial partnerships—both domestic and international.
Also, Optimum Group, Inc. holds the following existing ventures: Optimum Construction;
Optimum Investments; The Clarksburg Room; Optimum Group, Inc.; Optimum Entertainment; Optimum Interiors and Grip, Inc. (private track days & charitable events); and has an exciting slate of upcoming ventures that will be launched in the near future.
Omar Elrahimy, Founder and CEO of Optimum Group, Inc., spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review on how he and his company are helping entrepreneurs/idea owners to obtain the kickstart they need to succeed.
Q. A well-defined mission and vision is the secret behind the success of many firms.’ What is your company’s M&V statement?
We are currently working on an official mission statement, but elements of it include:
Our Vision is to be one of the largest groups helping those mentioned above locally, nationally, and internationally.
Q. Developing a successful business needs the support of high-level talent and dedication. How did you manage to form your dream team?
My team doesn’t “work for me”; they work with me, always. It’s like a family.
It is important to identify those who are loyal and sincerely eager to succeed. This leads to high performance within their role, which makes us more effective and grows the business. Growth potential, professionally for that individual and the business, is one of the most important qualities we look for when building a team.
Q. How do you identify potential investors and evaluate them?
Generally, we do not look for investors; but when we are approached by investors that want to join our team, we want to make sure that they’re not in it just for the numbers. They have to share the same mindset and goals we have. We invest in others in our local community for more than just potential profits; we invest to see the company succeed in fulfilling its mission and have fun doing it. We see profit as just an outcome of our work.
Q. How do you protect the interest of the investors? Brief us about your asset management system.
Our investors are more like our partners. We share the same interests and work closely to succeed together. We have an asset management team; with offices in multiple locations, with more coming soon. We all are involved in making decisions as a team.
Q. How can an investor diversify his/her portfolio?
It is important to be invested in as many substantial opportunities as possible. Most importantly, you have to choose projects you’re interested in and believe in. Maybe it’s the type of business or the person running that business - but you have to feel invested and connected to partner with them for success - and have fun while doing it.
Q. Can smaller business owners make use of your services? How flexible are your services?
Small business owners are the reason why this Group started in the first place. We wanted to help as many local, small businesses as possible - to reach their next level and succeed to their full potential. We’ve been there before and started by wanting to mentor and advise others by sharing our past mistakes with others so they can identify and learn to avoid them. Mentoring and counseling small business owners and seeing them succeed is very fulfilling and rewarding. The same thing applies to start-up businesses and idea owners we consult. Like a family, we are genuinely rooting for them to succeed, and when they do, we all succeed.
Q. How do you market your services?
We don’t. We simply speak by example and achieve excellence in what we do and invest in. Our reputation of how we do business and succeed is the main reasons new opportunities find and reach out to our Group. They see what we’re doing and want to be a part of it.
Q. Do you have any new services ready to be launched?
We have a couple of new ventures getting ready to be launched later this year, and we prefer to keep them close to the vest until closer to launch. However, I can say that they are all very exciting opportunities, and our team has had a lot of fun working with them. It’s been invigorating.
Q. What does the future hold for your company and its customers? Are exciting things on the way?
Our Group is getting noticed for our hard work, dedication, and willingness to be there for other businesses and our community at large. Small & mid-size businesses are a sign of a healthy economy, and we want to continue to help our local community directly. We are here for that purpose - our main objective - to help those whom the greater system might overlook. The minority- or woman- or small- business owner or idea owner that can succeed if given a right chance. We believe we will be known nationwide and internationally because we’re just unstoppable at this point.
The Stalwart at the Helm of Optimum Group, Inc.
Omar Elrahimy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Optimum Group, Inc. Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1983, Omar grew up in Heliopolis—one of the oldest and most prestigious, middle-class neighborhoods within the country's capital city. He attended the distinguished, private French school, Lycée La Liberté Heliopolis, from kindergarten to the 11th grade. At that time, he immigrated to the United States of America with his family.
After settling into his new life in America, he started his first business at age 17. After years of hard work and building a solid reputation within his community, many other up-and-coming business owners and idea owners would ask him for his advice or to invest in them. He eventually would turn his consulting into the Optimum Group, Inc. (OGI), which serves as a parent company for all his existing firms and his future firms.
OGI’s objectives include helping entrepreneurs and idea owners obtain the opportunities they need to succeed. The group also assists existing businesses who are struggling to not only survive tough times, but to adjust, pivot, and succeed — taking their businesses from their next level. OGI also seeks to guide like-minded individuals in order to start investing in local, small businesses for growth. We connect with compatible investors that want to be a part of our team and who have a similar desire to help as many firms as possible—and have fun doing it.
Omar married the love of his life in April 2006. His wife has been a driving force in his life. She has been an instrumental and encouraging partner—in his business ventures and life in general. He lives in the Metro DC area with his beloved wife and four children.