Fortis Contractors LLC is a northern Manhattan-based construction firm .The firm was launched in 2017 by owner Rud Morales, who had considerable experience as a project manager for a range of construction companies.
Ms. Morales was seeking to identify business growth opportunities, and was referred to the Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. Ms. Morales met with Pace SBDC Business Advisor Sandra Cely, who worked with her on formalizing project budgets and business financial record-keeping, developing a capability statement, and securing her MWBE designation. Sandra also enrolled Rud in the MWBE contractor training program co-hosted by Turner Construction and the Pace SBDC.
Since that time Fortis has worked with the Pace SBDC to secure over $400,000 in contracts with the Port Authority, creating over 30 new jobs, as well as identify new government contract opportunities to bid on through Bidlinx.