Helping Businesses Stay in Business During COVID-19 and Beyond
Samuel C. Harrell is a seasoned entrepreneur, with a background in engineering, business and program development, government services, and education spanning more than 40 years. During this time, he has participated in some of America’s most noteworthy historical projects in both the space and aerospace industries (Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle Test Launch). As a project manager for one of the nation’s largest government contractors, Mr. Harrell managed a prototype manufacturing and lead s department with a staff of 40 persons on projects valued at more than $30 million. After leaving the space and aerospace industries in 1989, Mr. Harrell owned and operated a business consulting firm, a building maintenance company, an internet-based e-commerce solutions company, as well as serving as a community liaison and program coordinator under contract to local non-profits.
Between 1994 Mr. Harrell invested $1,500 in the creation of Flx-i-Clean, Inc., a building maintenance company based in Colorado Springs, CO. After realizing annual sales in excess of $1.5 mill in 1999, Mr. Harrell sold Flx-i-Clean and launched FlxNet.com. FlxNet.com was an e-commerce solutions business dedicated to the building maintenance and supply industry. During its development, FlxNet.com acquired non-exclusive rights from one America’s leading wholesale distributors to deploy their complete list of building maintenance supplies in its electronic catalog; making it available to more than 10,000 local distributors worldwide. Also, during this time, Mr. Harrell was recognized by the building maintenance and supply industry as one of the leaders of this new field of Internet-based technology. Unfortunately, when the DOTCOM’s bombed in 2001, Mr. Harrell was forced to close FlxNet.com in pursuit of other opportunities.
In the years between 2001 and 2007, Mr. Harrell got involved in the education services field by launching NetAXS Solutions, which later became known as Urban Education Solutions (UES). These efforts led to the formation of a strategic community-based partnership between NetAXS Solutions and the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region (ULPPR) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Through that partnership, NetAXS Solutions developed and launched a supplemental education services (SES) program, which was approved by the Colorado State Department of Education in accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind program. During the three years that followed, that SES program successfully served the school districts and students in both Colorado Springs and Denver.
In January 2007, Mr. Harrell developed the Bricks-n-Books Project, an alternative education program for at-risk youth, which was intended for deployment nationally through partnerships formed with local community-based non-profit organizations. After forming a 501 (C) 3 non-profit by the same name, the National Brinks-n-Books Project was taken to St. Thomas Virgin Islands in 2010 where it was turned over to local organizations for deployment.
Today, operating under S. C. Harrell Consulting Services, LLC, Mr. Harrell provides a wide verity of consulting services to small- medium-sized businesses, while he continues to develop programs that can be used to enhance the operation of businesses using today’s Internet-based technologies. Hence, the FacilityAXS Online Business Directory and axs2Deals Customer Loyalty App!
A product of the public school system of inner-city Philadelphia of the late 1960s, Mr. Harrell’s formal post-secondary education includes vocational and industry-sponsored coursework in electronics, business administration, and project management. Because of his hands-on practical experience, he developed and intimate understands not only the social difficulties and economic barriers of inner-city youth, he also has first-hand knowledge of what doing business in today’s digital age means. Through the FacilityAXS and axs2Deals online marketing tools, he seeks to blend his experiences in business, formal education, and professional positions into a product that empowers its business members and subscribers with a competitive advantage.