Encouraging words from Syracuse Builders Exchange

July 16, 2020

Hi Eli,
I’ve been meaning to email or call you over the past month to let you know I’m thinking of you, your family, friends and the entire African-American community as you address the social justice and economic issues impacting the African-American community both locally and nationally.
I appreciate the person you are, find you to be a leader in the construction industry community, a role model to many, a kind and caring person and someone with high character. I am blessed that you are in my professional life to educate me on issues of importance to the minority business community and minorities in general.
Thank you for being a Board member of the Syracuse Builders Exchange as we are a stronger, more diverse organization because of your participation. I thank you for inviting me into the African American business community so I can learn not only the issues impacting the people within the community, but how to provide possible solutions. One example is our Growth Accelerator program. Thank you for initiating that and making that program a success.
I look forward to the day where we can interact again other than via Zoom. We miss seeing you here at the office and saying “hi” to the girls in the plan room. Please feel free to stop by some day just to say hello.
Thank you for all that you do not only for the construction industry, but the minority business community in general. You should be proud of the man you are and know you remain a role model for so many who aspire to be like you. I just wanted you to be aware of how much I value and appreciate our relationship.
Kindest regards,

Earl R. Hall, Executive Director
6563 Ridings Road
Syracuse, New York 13206

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The New York State Small Business Development Center at OCC has chosen E Smith Contractors as the Bonded Contractor of the Year award winner.

E Smith Contractors LLC owner Eli Smith was delighted with the announcement. “We are thrilled that OCC has recognized our organization with this award. Our employees are the key to our success and we are happy that OCC has highlighted the work we do with the downtown community that makes up our workforce.”

The award will be held at the Syracuse Downtown Marriott on Monday, April 14th.

Representative John Katko welcomes attendees to the Minority and Women Owned Business Expo and talks about his conversation with Eli Smith of E Smith Contractors and SGTR LLC.  “I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Eli Smith and our discussion on growing opportunities for small businesses in CNY. And the importance of growing new ventures to help alleviate local poverty.”

President of E Smith Contractors, Eli Smith, was featured in The Daily Orange in the February 2017 issue.  “Smith strives to be a role model for the young members in the Syracuse community who may not have those people to look up to.”

“Smith emphasizes the importance of everyone understanding the company’s goals and how the company is working at all times, whether people are in the offices or out in the field. His team understands that although the Syracuse community would like to see small businesses like his grow, there is not enough work for them to stay solely in the Syracuse area.”

Read The Entire Article here. The Daily Orange [Source]

President of E Smith Contractors, Eli Smith, met with Representative John Katko on January 24th to talk about how local businesses can continue to grow and flourish under the new administration. Their discussion also centered around poverty and bringing more jobs to cities that are in need of economic prosperity.

Representative John Katko on Twitter [Source]

Eli Smith was honored to receive the Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Award from Governor Cuomo at the Oncenter in early October.  E Smith Contractors was recognized for entrepreneurial spirit and achievement in New York State contracting.

The award was named after Carey Gabay who was tragically killed as a victim of gun violence in September 2015 at the age of 43. Before his death, Carey served as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo and as First Deputy Counsel for Empire State Development. During his tenure with New York State, Carey worked tirelessly to ensure that the Governor’s MWBE program was a success.


Our team was featured in the city of Syracuse Neighborhood and Business Development Report as a Minority and Women Business. We are thrilled to be a part of the vibrant community of small businesses in Syracuse and Central NY.

City of Syracuse Neighborhood and Business Development Report