Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

Strategic Partners

Our Strategic Partners lend their educational, financial and advisory support to the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, and are ready, willing, and able to answer your questions at an upcoming forum, or to you directly. Feel free to contact them and mention you found them through the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley.

The word "AXiA" translates from Greek to mean "value, capable, merit, worth and worthiness". Our philosophy of doing business is centered on these attributes. We create value for our clients by employing wisdom, knowledge, and creativity. We work capably having the fortitude to always put the customers best interest first. We continually provide the services worthy of being a 'class act'. While AXiA may be a word foreign to some, it has become meaningful to those doing business with The AXiA Group. The AXiA Group is not interested solely in getting you the best rates, we're interested in getting you the best coverage, for your needs, at the best rate. Our Customer Service Representatives pride themselves on taking the time to go over each individual client's needs, explaining their coverage and making the best recommendations.  Let AXiA help you make the right insurance choices. 

Bulkley Richardson is a full service law firm with offices in Springfield, Amherst, and Boston, Massachusetts. The firm has extensive experience in advising family businesses and in planning for the transfer, management, and conservation of family wealth. Since its founding in the 1920s, the firm has grown to be the largest full service firm based in western Massachusetts. However, with fewer than 50 lawyers, it remains a mid-sized, community-based law firm whose lawyers emphasize personal contact with clients. Ronald P. Weiss, David A. Parke, Mark D. Cress, Peter H. Barry, Scott W. Foster and Jenelle Dodds are available at (413) 781-2820.

our new media partner! Founded in 1984 as The Western Mass. Business Journal, BusinessWest is the region’s most respected business publication, featuring timely, informative, entertaining articles that essentially turn a mirror to the region’s business community, the people and institutions that define it, and the issues confronting it. In recent years, BusinessWest has moved well beyond its printed publication with a highly interactive Web site, participation in numerous networking, education-oriented, and fund-raising events across the region, and the introduction of its own signature events.These include 40 Under Forty, an annual program that recognizes the rising stars in the local business and nonprofit communities; and Difference Makers, where individuals and organizations, chosen by the magazine’s staff, are honored for the contributions within the community. Looking forward, BusinessWest will continue to develop new and exciting ways to serve the region’s business community, and, to borrow the name of its newest signature event, make a real difference in Western Massachusetts.

Charter Oak

Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services is an award winning, growth orientated and full services financial services organization. Total assets under management surpass $2.75 billion and for the past eight years achieved an average compound growth rate of 27% per year. The firm has won MassMutual’s prestigious Chairman’s Trophy Competition each of the past eight years. Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services provides life insurance, annuities, disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement planning products, business continuity planning, executive fringe benefits and employee benefit program. The firm also specializes in Retirement and Investment planning. Charles Epstein, CLU, ChFC, FBS (413-734-6418) and Pete Novak, General Agent of Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services (413-781-6850) are available to answer your questions.

Epstein Financial Services

Epstein Financial Services With over 23 years of experience, Epstein Financial Services has provided family business owners proven tools, techniques and products to help retire with greater financial security, reduce income and inheritance taxes, and transition your business to the next generation. Our uniquely effective service, The Family CFO ® Process, gives a clear picture of your financial future, with increased financial independence and reduced anxiety. Your personalized “Crystal Ball Experience ®” provides you greater simplicity, focus and balance in your financial affairs. Charles D. Epstein, CLU, ChFC, is one the first certified Family Business Specialists in America; is a member of the Top of The Table, representing the top one half of one percent of financial services professional in the world; and is one of the original founders of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley. Charles can be reached at 1-877-9FAM-CFO or 413-734-6418

First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 420 branches, $37 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and 6,000 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Whether it's borrowing, saving, or just making it easier to manage your money, First Niagara has the banking products, services and expertise to help you make your dreams a reality. First Niagara is a full service provider of consumer and business financing solutions including banking and cash management, consumer and commercial financing, investment and wealth management services, and more. In addition, First Niagara Risk Management provides insurance brokerage services, and is a nationally recognized leader in business solutions that include personal and commercial insurance, surety bonds, risk management, employee benefits and administration, and life, disability and long-term care coverage. For more information about how First Niagara can help you grow your business, please visit or contact Allison Standish Plimpton, Sr Relationship Manager and VP.

Giombetti Associates

Giombetti Associates In business for over 20 years with with a national/International client base of over 250 companies , Giombetti Associates is a management consulting firm known for increasing productivity and profit through people. Specialties include Leadership Development, Pre-employment Assessment, Team Building, Management Training, and Conflict Resolution. Hiring the “right” person is assured with the Giombetti’s trademarked assessment process, Performance Dynamics. Giombetti is resolute about its highest credo: “Within each individual lies untapped potential. Our job is to identify and develop this hidden talent. Once leaders emerge, effective teams evolve. Challenges become accomplishments and profitability grows.” Paul Alves, Rick Giombetti and Ross Giombetti are available at (413) 566-3863. (video of Sept 2010 presentation by Ross & Rick Giombetti)


Meyers Brothers Kalicka

Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. is the region's largest independently owned accounting and consulting firm, based in Holyoke, Mass. Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. was formed by the merger of Meyers Brothers, P.C. and Joseph D. Kalicka & Company, LLP, in Jan. 2004. Both firms began service to the region in 1948. The Firm is a member of the CPAmerica affiliation of privately owned accounting firms. Through this affiliation, they have access to national firm resources with the attention of a local firm. The Firm specializes in serving closely-held family owned businesses and prides itself with providing timely and personalized service to its clients. More info at Kris Houghton, Kevin Hines and Howard Cheney are available at (413) 536-8510.

Touchstone Advisors is a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) firm that advises the owners of small and midsize companies ($2 million to $20 million in revenue) seeking to sell their business. We work primarily with manufacturing, distribution, and companies that provide services to other businesses. Unlike main street business brokers, we are able to maximize the price for companies we sell by marketing them regionally, nationally, and to strategic and synergistic buyers. By design, our team oriented sales process places those buyers in competition with one another in order to obtain a premium for the business in addition to its “financial” value. During our confidential, no-obligation conversation we provide owners with alternatives in transitioning their company to new ownership or to the next generation. More info at Contact Michael Camerota at 860.253.9087 

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