Get to know who you'll be working with at HARKNESServices


Tara Harkness

Though Tara herself acknowledges that her creation of HARKNESServices seems a departure from her previous professional endeavors, it really was a natural evolution of her focus on developing viable businesses that are grounded in strategic partnerships.

Through her connection with a food service hood cleaning business owner and after a thoughtful analysis of the business opportunity, Tara launched HARKNESServices in 2011. Employing a proprietary cleaning process, HARKNESServices provides direct and supervised cleaning services and kitchen exhaust management to large, commercial food service operations.

Just a few of Tara's clients are McDonalds, The Ohio State University, Cedar Point, Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians), Mt. Carmel Hospital and the Columbus Convention Center. As company president, Tara guides the company's executive team and drives business development. Sustained growth and expansion beyond her original Ohio base has allowed Tara to establish a social enterprise goal to launch small businesses through contracts in her markets, particularly with minorities, women and veterans.

Read About Tara Harkness in a recent "The Summit" Magazine article

This article talks about Tara's dedication to small business, particularly those owned by minorities and women, as well as the story of HARKNESServices. READ HERE!

Chris Harkness
Director of Operations

Christopher is the Director of Operations for HARKNESServices. He has a BS Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Ashland College. He played professional football for 6 years and has been an OHSAA Licensed Basketball Official for 20 years and a coach for 19 years.

He is also a personal trainer who enjoys weight training. His daughter, Kaelyn, plays soccer at a collegiate level.

Cornell Smith
Service Manager

Cornell was born and raised in Norwalk, OH. He is the father of two amazing daughters and husband to his beautiful wife Jordan. He is passionate about and loves coaching youth sports. He hopes to not only improve his teams' athletic skills, but their life skills as well.

His hobbies include target shooting, sports, and spending time with his family. He loves anything that has to do with the Michigan Wolverines! Cornell enjoys his job at HARKNESServices. Not only are they going to take this company to the top, they help families and communities reach their goals as well!

Minority Business Enterprise
Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity
Women Owned Small Business
National Minority Supplier Development Council
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Historically Underutilized Business