Dear Family Business Center members, Western Mass business community, and friends,

After almost 26 years of providing a trusted learning environment for business leaders of Western Massachusetts, it is with sadness and reality that the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley will close its doors effective immediately and no further programming will be provided. 

Started as an outreach program at UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education, the program evolved into a non profit 501c3, continuing to be a forum for entrepreneurs to develop personally and professionally. Over the years, FBC was a thought leader globally; and proud to serve several hundred family businesses in Western Mass and the Pioneer Valley.

Under the leadership of Ira Bryck for 25 years, and then Jessi Kirley, and with the support of expert advisory and service firms, the FBC produced a series of dinner forums, morning workshops, peer advisory groups, custom consulting, and a network of Western Mass entrepreneurs. 

The changing business environment, coupled with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, has proven to be too much to overcome financially. We believe the spirit of Family Business Center will live on in the legacy of the businesses it served so well. We are grateful for the support of our business community, that was our lifeblood. 

If you have questions, please reach out to Jessi Kirley, E.D. Due to the limited schedules for staff as we wind down operations, please contact Jessi via email first at

Thank you. 


Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc. 

Board of Directors

Charlie Epstein

Ross Giombetti

Howard Cheney

Jim Young