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McQuaid students win national entrepreneurs competition

Rochester Business Journal
June 12, 2014

McQuaid Jesuit High School students Riley Benner and Luke Zaremski have won the 2014 National YEA! 6th Annual Saunders Scholars Competition.

Their company, Phoenix Haberdashery LLC, beat out five other teams for the top prize. The business is centered on reversible ties.

The duo will each receive full-tuition scholarships to any college affiliated with YEA programs, and a national social media and traditional media campaign. They also have an automatic audition for the TV show “Shark Tank.”

The students attended classes at the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy at the University of Rochester to get their business started. One of their competitors was Noah Corette of Hamlin who created Toller Brand Game Calls, a business that makes crafted wooden duck calls.

The award was announced at America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Phoenix Haberdashery is slated to launch their line of ties on Saturday at Parkleigh.

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