Upcoming Events

International Women's Day Hybrid Event 2024 - #InspireInclusion

Join us on March 8th, 2024 for “International Women’s Day – Inspiring a Healthy You” Hybrid Event hosted by PARO, a conference designed to build resilience and enhance the well-being of women in business.

Experience a day filled with interactive presentations, each dedicated to helping support a “Healthy You”. PARO will unveil insights from their research, the Empower-F project, focusing on addressing mental health challenges for women entrepreneurs. Local experts will delve into topics like setting boundaries, nutrition, financial fitness, marketing and breathwork exercises, all complemented by ample networking opportunities and complimentary breakfast + lunch.

Mooka’am Kwe. She Rises. BIZCamp – APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN 

The Mooka’am Kwe. She Rises. BizCamp is designed by and for Indigenous women, and provides a flexible learning environment where you can learn alongside a cohort of Indigenous women entrepreneurs. You will be encouraged to set goals throughout the program, start your business, and reach new heights!

During this 10-week BizCamp, you will participate in online learning modules, group lab sessions, and individual support from PARO’s Elders-in-Residence. You will also receive one-on-one business support, access to funding and contact development opportunities.

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PARO Mental Health Survey

PARO is researching the impacts of mental health and wellness on women entrepreneurs (WE). Addressing mental health concerns among female entrepreneurs is essential. Resources like mental health support, access to networks and mentorship, stress management techniques, and work-life balance advocacy can significantly help mitigate these challenges. To create adequate opportunities that address barriers faced by WE, PARO will use the information collected to increase awareness effectively in future strategic plans.
PARO has created a survey asking about your experience as a WE, the challenges you may face that impact your overall mental wellness, and the available resources.
Take the survey here:

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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