IN the past few weeks I have met a number of aspiring young entrepreneurs. There are those who have spotted a gap in the market and wish to start a business. Others have heard of an existing business for sale and are investigating the possibility of making an investment. As a business advisor should do, I challenge their thinking, question their motivation and test their grasp of the market they are looking into. What I find refreshing is their keenness to engage, their willingness to learn and the absolute delight they display in being part of creating a plan and a strategy for the next step. Associating with these young people gives me even more reason to believe that the socio economic challenges we face can be overcome. The final part in this week’s “feel good trilogy” stems from doing research into supplier development programmes offered by major retail groups. If we want to address high unemployment in this region the retail sector has to support locally made products. From my initial investigation it appears that they go beyond expectations. A full spectrum of support is offered including finance, mentoring and skills development. Their websites are full of success stories reinforcing my belief that there is always a way to tackle the challenges that face our region, provided the major role players put their muscle behind these initiatives.