Helping Local Businesses Thrive...

We are comprised of small and large businesses, professionals, and interested individuals who join together to advance the interests of the community. Our VisionBoard Of Directors

A Community of Leaders

Our Chamber consists of both business and community leaders forming a strong coalition working together to better the community.

Forward Thinking

Our vision is to be innovators in the field of economic development and advocating for businesses in our community. In turn improving the quality of life for it’s residents.

Problem Solvers

Identifying issues, exploring options, and finding solutions for problems faced by areas business owners.

Member Support

The South Summit Chamber of Commerce provides business relationships, business advocacies, marketing opportunities, and a wealth of resources to chamber members.

Our Story

The South Summit Chamber Commerce was founded on February 16th, 1926 in order to support economic development in the South Summit County area. We have grown in membership to include large, mid-size and small business.  Businesses find value in our membership through networking, promotion, education and community service.

  • Boosting YOUR business 80%
  • Creating Jobs & Investment 60%
  • Developing Our Workforce 50%
  • Customer Happiness 90%
Crissy Bessemer Kolarik, Executive Director

Crissy Bessemer Kolarik

Executive Director

Crissy Bessemer Kolarik is an entrepreneur and owner of several businesses. Currently, she owns, KidzArt Akron, which is an after school art enrichment program, Turning Corners Counseling, which provides continuing education for social services workers and WildCard Productions, which is a talent casting business and film/commercial production company. She worked in the social service field for over 14 years, has served on the Board of several non-profits,  and is active in the local community. She has a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Art Therapy and Master’s Degree in Counseling. She was a member of the South Summit Chamber of Commerce for 4 years and is enthusiastic about building the Chamber network and strengthening the business community. She lives in Copley with her husband Todd and their 3 children, Cooper, Kaeden and Delaney.