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Made In Buffalo
Stayed In Buffalo

Sunday, June 2 | 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Burchfield Penney Art Center




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Moderator & Panelist Biographies

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Moderator: Dan Miner

Dan Miner spent ten years as a business journalist in Buffalo, writing about entrepreneurs who were remaking the city into a vibrant place to live and work. In 2022, he accepted a job at the University at Buffalo and runs its Start-Up NY incentives program for startups and small businesses.

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Panelist: Janna Willoughby-Lohr

Buffalo-native, Janna Willoughby-Lohr is an artist, poet, musician and self-proclaimed “mompreneur”.  Her business, Papercraft Miracles, is an eco-friendly handcrafted paper art company–making magical things out of paper that bring meaning to people’s lives. Janna founded Papercraft Miracles while still in college in 2003 and after returning to Buffalo in 2004, has been building the brand here ever since. She was awarded a $25,000 Ignite Buffalo Small Business Grant in 2018 and was named 40 Under 40 for Stationery & Gifts from Stationery Trends Magazine in 2019.  Her company has worked with major brands such as Twitter, Pinterest and Capital One. Her company created half a million plantable seed bombs that were included in the Lowe’s Spring Garden Giveaway across the US in 2021 and was also featured on the discovery+ crafting TV show, Meet Your Makers Showdown. She was also in the 2021 Top Ten Women Business Owners of the Year for the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2023, she was awarded the Women in Manufacturing Award from Business First.

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Panelist: Dave Horesh

Dave Horesh, co-founder of Oxford Pennant, has a significant relationship with Buffalo, New York, where his entrepreneurial spirit and community engagement have flourished. A University at Buffalo alumnus, Horesh, along with Brett Mikoll, started Oxford Pennant in 2013 with the aim of reviving the classic American pennant and contributing to the local economy. Their business, which proudly carries a “Made in Buffalo” tag, reflects their commitment to the city’s manufacturing legacy and their desire to have a positive impact on the community. Horesh’s initiatives, such as setting a company minimum wage of $15 per hour and community service efforts like the Oxford Pennant Touchdown Plow, demonstrate his dedication to Buffalo’s well-being and prosperity.

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Panelist: Eric Reich

Eric Reich is the co-founder of Campus Labs, having founded the company while pursuing a JD and an MBA at the University at Buffalo. Eventually, Campus Labs would become the standard in data and analytics technology in higher education, being utilized by over 2,000 elite institutions, state flagships, as well as by smaller colleges and two year schools. After leading Campus Labs to be acquired in 2020, Eric has since become a recognized leader in Buffalo’s efforts to develop a local technology ecosystem with abundant early stage entrepreneurial ventures, through serving on the boards of the 43North and TechBuffalo. In addition, Eric’s civic posts include serving as the co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, as well as board seats on the Erie Harbor Development Corporation as well as the Erie County Stadium Corporation, the committee responsible for the construction of the new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Panelist: Julia Jornsay-Silverberg

Meet Julia Jornsay-Silverberg, the founder of Bravery Beats, a dynamic boutique social media agency that takes a very human and customized approach to helping brands show up online. With a passion for helping businesses not just survive but thrive in the digital landscape, Julia brings a unique blend of creativity and strategic insight to the table. As a proud recipient of the 2018 Emerging Alumni Award from the University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association, Julia has deep roots in Buffalo, embodying the spirit of the city in every aspect of her work.


Margie Bryen, Nancy Fernadez, Hadar Borden, Jordana Maisel, Randi Murphy  |  Federation Staff: Robin Kurss, Mike Steklof

Made In Buffalo

Those who call Buffalo home, whether or not they still live in the community, know the sense of pride and closeness that makes Buffalo special. There is a deep connection and love of this place, and we think it should be celebrated.

Made In Buffalo, an ongoing series powered by the Buffalo Jewish Federation, will shine a spotlight on those famous Buffalonians who cut their teeth right here in our backyard.

The purpose of Made in Buffalo is to celebrate a personality who can lay claim to being “made” in our region and allow the Buffalo Jewish Federation to provide a dynamic program as a gift to the greater community.

Past Events

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A Conversation with
Gary Ginsberg
November 2, 2021
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From Buffalo to Broadway
A Live Virtual Event Starring Cheryl Stern
April 25, 2021
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Seth Godin
Made in Buffalo
April 27, 2017