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Dare to Innovate!

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Buffalo State will be hosting a set of programs and festivities that revolve around the themes of ‘creativity’ and ‘innovation’.

On that day, SUNY Buffalo State School of The Professions (curated by Interim Dean, Dr. Rita Zientek) will launch the “Dare to Innovate!” ceremonies (part of Year of The Innovator) spotlighting five entrepreneurs who will be speaking about what it takes to become successful in their respective fields.

“Being an innovator takes courage,” says Dean Zientek, “Thus our opening program–‘Dare to Innovate’. Historically, innovators have often faced suspicion, and at times, persecution. Our program will feature a courageous and exciting band of entrepreneurs. Their stories will both inspire and delight. “We hope the public and our students alike attend this fabulous program. The timing is perfect – our celebration comes at a time when Buffalo is experiencing an entrepreneurial resurgence, bolstered by all kinds of people – who are both courageous and innovative.”

The entrepreneurs are as follows:

Jabril Shareff, President of Living Green Insulation – An award winning minority owned company

John Harris, President of Jphii Design – Ranked as one of the top five independent jewelry designers in U.S.

Raven Owusu, President of Café Cupcakesdesigns

Charlotte Walker, CFO, Doolli, Inc – Innovative software .com

Emily Stewart, Co-owner of the Co-Operative:  BreadHive

Dare to Innovate | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | SUNY Buffalo State’s Rockwell Hall Auditorium | Free | Open to the public




Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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