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Location, location, location: that’s what they say the key to real estate investing is all about. And there is certainly a lot of buzz about real estate investments in Opportunity Zones. However, the business aspect of Opportunity Zones may prove to be the big winner for long-term OZ revitalization success and true economic development. In this podcast Leonard Mills, the President and CEO of Verte Opportunity Fund, explains why his OZ fund has embraced the concept of business investments, why it’s so important, his acquisition strategy, the kinds of companies he invests in, and why he thinks a Regulation A offering may be in his future.

Listen to “Don’t Sleep on the Job Creation Aspect of Opportunity Zones Investments” on Spreaker.

Verte OZ invests with intent to promote development and commercialization of paradigm-shifting seed and early stage companies in all stages of development within federally designated Opportunity Zones. As mentioned on the podcast, Dr. Mills understands the importance of establishing and utilizing local partnerships in his search for high-growth, impactful Opportunity Zone businesses. To do so, he relies heavily on resources such as State and Municipal Economic Development Offices, Incubators and Universities, Philanthropic Foundations, and OZ leaders to provide him with invaluable access to local businesses, investors, and grassroots community engagement.

It is so important to understand exactly why relying on these resources is so important, especially from a business development perspective! If the goal of the Opportunity Zones program is to truly revitalize communities, the importance of business related investments can not be discounted. And Len brings that point home very convincingly in the podcast! That is why his Verte Opportunity Fund focuses on high-growth, innovative investment opportunities and business development impacting opportunity zones and why you should understand how the goal of these projects would be the very same business owners investing in their local areas as well. When they grow, the area grows. And that’s the goal of not only Verte, but should be the goal of the OZ program as a whole. It’s all about job creation!

It’s time to start thinking about making business investing your legacy. Leonard Mills can be contacted directly at (301) 651-4809, by email here, or by visiting his website at VerteOz. Don’t sleep on this! Wake up to what REALLY is going to make this entire program a success!

ABOUT OUR GUEST: Leonard Mills

Leonard MillsThe Verte Opportunity Fund is managed by PI Analytics, LLC, a venture-capital investment adviser. PI Analytics investment advisory team is led by Dr. Leonard Mills, who has over 30 years of experience and proven success in asset selection and portfolio management.

Dr. Mills prior experience includes senior level positions at the Federal Reserve Bank, Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo, and as an adjunct professor. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Hampden-Sydney College and a doctoral in Economics from Tulane University, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Dr. Mills spent over 15 years as Head of Portfolio Analytics and Research for Fannie Mae’s direct portfolio which peaked at over $1.5 trillion in assets under management.

Dr. Mills and his team of quantitative analysts were responsible for the proprietary analytics and research underlying asset selection and portfolio management strategies for the direct portfolio. After leaving Fannie Mae, he was a Principal at Unison Investment Management that managed two funds with $130 million under management

Dr. Mills founded his first early-stage business fund in 2015, Verte Capital, to invest in the emerging, high-growth cannabis industry. He founded his second fund in late 2019, Verte Opportunity, uniquely investing in high-growth Opportunity Zone businesses making a sustainable impact in Opportunity Zones.

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