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Young urban entrepreneurs land a deal with clothing retailer


From left, standing, Darius White, Damon Jackson and Hanifah Habeeb, and Damon White, seated, display a T-shirt. Charles Lewis/Buffalo News

From left, standing, Darius White, Damon Jackson and Hanifah Habeeb, and Damon White, seated, display a T-shirt. Charles Lewis/Buffalo News

When the Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase was introduced last summer at the Boys and Girls Club on Bailey Avenue, the idea of youngsters starting their own T-shirt business lured only a few from the basketball court. Four teenagers signed on, and with far from pie-in-the-sky aspirations, they started their company, High Definition Apparel.

“I thought it would be a good way to make a little spending money on the side,” said 19-year-old Darius White, a teacher’s aide.

“I like fashion, so I thought it would be a good thing to do,” said Damon Jackson, 17, a junior at Center for Applied Technologies. “I just thought it would be interesting.”

None of the budding entrepreneurs – despite months of market research and business-plan writing knowledge – thought their company would take off. Click to read more.

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