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Yea! Local students attend American Small Business Summit

by Jennifer Lee

Washington, D.C. - Hundreds of people, part of the American Small Business Summit, attended the luncheon to watch six business finalists present their business plan to the judges. Three of the students are from Rochester.

"It's crazy. I started off just making duck calls and I've gotten here so it's really exciting and fun," says Noah Corette of Toller Brand Game Calls.

Noah Corette of Hamlin is one of eight students pitching a business plan at the YEA! Scholarship Competition in hopes of getting funded.

Then there is 15-year-old Riley Benner, the mastermind behind reversible ties.

"I'm CEO of Phoenix Haberdashery. We make high-end reversible ties for white collar working professionals and we also have a cotton line for the trendy fashion-forward gentlemen," says Benner.

His business partner, Luke Zaremski, has tested the product on their peers at McQuaid Jesuit High School.

"A lot of them said they would love to be wearing our ties around school because you know our dress code is suit, tie, and dress coat," says Zaremski, CFO of Phoenix Haberdashery.

But on Wednesday, the students tried their best to impress judges and a room full of business leaders. No matter the outcome, they have big plans for their bright ideas.

"Our launch is actually going to be the day that we get back from the American Small Business Summit in Parkleigh. It's very exciting. It'll be out first store and the launch of Phoenix Haberdashery," says Benner.

"I have some plans for the future too. To invent a new kind of duck call that will revolutionize the duck call industry," says Corette.

The winner will be given thousands of dollars in scholarship money. The winner is expected to be announced Thursday.

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