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I read your recent article on small business, "Obstacle course", with interest I read your recent article on small business, "Obstacle course", with interest (Cover Story June 14-19).While I agree with many of the sentiments and opinions expressed with regard to red tape and the lack of scale in incubator programmes, what was not mentioned was an issue that we believe is key for the long-term survival of small enterprises: mentorship.In the article, Taddy Blecher is quoted as saying: "If incubators can successfully nurture business through their first year, this would make a difference."As part of an organisation that has helped to nurture entrepreneurial business for a number of years, I wholeheartedly agree that for businesses to succeed past the crucial 3½-year mark, "nurturing" is critical.Our Entrepreneurship Support Programmes feature a strong emphasis on mentorship, which we believe has contributed to the success and sustainability of businesses in such diverse fields as tour...

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