Upcoming Events

PARO Power Hour! Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

PARO Power Hour! Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
An hour for you to learn and share tools and tips to keep your idea on the path to success.
Join PARO’s Business Growth Advisor living in British Columbia, Cathleen Lundgren, as she shares insights on navigating the path to entrepreneurial success.
Cathleen will host twelve (12) 1hr PARO Power Hour sessions over the next 12 weeks. The topics covered will include resilience, flexibility, communication skills, and confidence. She will share tools for developing your network and support system and maintaining a work-life balance.
Each session will include:
An Introduction to the PARO Power Hour
Introduction of attendees – Your 60 Seconds
A focus topic (list at the end of this description)
Q&A Addressing questions and concerns
Join us for one, two or twelve! By registering, you will receive information on PARO programming, support networks, mentorship, and funding. To find out more, email

Balancing Act: Women Entrepreneurs and Mental Health

In 2023, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise (PARO) received funding through the Government of Canada, Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) program, which works to advance equality with respect to sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression through the inclusion of people of all genders, including women, in Canada’s economic, social, and political life.

PARO was approved to use the funding to research the impacts of mental health and wellness gaps and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs. Addressing mental health concerns among female entrepreneurs is essential for Ontario’s economic prosperity. Resources like mental health support, access to peer networks and business mentorship, stress management techniques…

Thank you for Celebrating with us on International Women's Day Hybrid Event 2024

Thank you for joining us for International Women’s Day 2024!
It was wonderful seeing all of you in person, networking, chatting and spending the day with you all celebrating amazing inspiring women like yourselves

On behalf of PARO we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to TD Canada Trust for sponsoring our event, The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound for being our event partner and hosting this event with us. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors who donated to this event: our Gold sponsors NECO CFDC/SADC North Bay, The City of North Bay, Royal LePage | Northern Life Realty, our Silver Sponsor The Business Women’s Network and our Bronze Sponsors Canadore College and The north Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

A huge thank you to all of our expert speakers who shared their knowledge and experience with those who attended and everyone who came together to make this event happen. Your presence at our event made it even more special and we are grateful for your support. 

PARO would like to acknowledge the Best Western North Bay Conference Centre for allowing us to host our event in their beautiful facilities and all of the wonderful businesses who donated gifts for the door prizes for both in-person and virtual attendees.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to attend our event. We truly appreciate your support, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

WEOC National Loan Program – Up to $50,000

Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada is proud to deliver the WEOC National Loan Program, which will support women and non-binary entrepreneurs as they start, scale, grow and maintain their businesses.

It takes a different approach to setting you up for continued growth and success by providing robust wrap-around services to guide you through the process.

Are You Ready?

As we shift into the ‘New Normal,” all of PARO’s amazing programs and services have stayed the same – we have just shifted our approach to delivering our services to you! PARO Zooms  around Ontario giving women money and business supports!” 

PARO‘ is Latin for “I Am Ready


Funding and Supports Available

PARO offers grants and loans through our various programs and services. Check out PARO’s Peer Lending Circles to learn more.

Contact us today to discuss PARO’s PPE Funding opportunity.

Learn about the BizGrowth Funding Program!

Our team can provide you with business counselling and support. Ask your business counsellor about funding opportunities in your area!

Our Services

What stage is your business at?

PARO can support any and every woman to start a new business so what are you waiting for? Helping women to start their own businesses is what PARO does best. At PARO, we help women turn their business ideas into reality through business development programs, advisory services and technical resources. 

Take your business to the next level. At PARO, we have supported hundreds of businesses to successfully achieve the next level of growth. Our team can advise you through difficult decision-making processes, facilitate essential connections and help you find the right resources.

Are you seeking to develop your networks?

This is for all entrepreneurs and enterprising women who want to build new connections to improve their businesses. Check out the various opportunities to develop your networks. 

Women's B2B Database

Women-Owned Vendors and Suppliers Serving Northern Ontario

Gender and ethnic diversity helps everyone and promotes a stronger economy in Ontario. The PARO Women’s B2B Database connects diverse and highly skilled women-owned businesses with companies operating in Ontario that need qualified suppliers on their projects. Build your capacity. Make connections. Get contracts! All women living in Ontario may apply.

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