"There's always a risk when you start up a business." says Velika Trajanovska. Velika's new company is one of those that have been hit hard by the economic downturn of recent years. But she is determined not to abandon her dream. "I've wanted to own a flower shop ever since I was at university, studying agronomy," she says, "The Self-Employment Programme has made it possible for me to make that a reality. It's true people are spending less money on luxuries like flowers during the recession, but the workshop helped me get a better understanding of business and to be more realistic in judging the strengths and weaknesses of my ideas."