Typical stories emerge whenever enterprise development in supply chains is discussed. One is of a small business trying desperately, but never winning an order, and struggling to find finance.

The second is of a frustrated big company wanting to encourage small businesses but not finding suitable suppliers, or reporting that suppliers fail to perform.

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