PARO BizCamps

PARO Women’s Accelerator

The PARO Women’s Accelerator is a pan-regional immersive business development launch pad for enterprising women who seek to access seed for growth, accelerate, scale up and design and develop export strategies for their businesses.

The PARO Women’s Accelerator is designed to provide clients with the skills, knowledge, and connections they need to accelerate business growth and success at every stage of their business journey, from start-up to scale up, to exporting and international growth. Your participation in this Accelerator will expedite achieving your business goals. The Accelerator features three main components to support you on your business journey:

1.      BIZCamps – in accessing tailored BIZCamps, you tap into countless years of experience through knowledgeable business experts and supports through each phase of your business journey
2.      Business Advisory Services –  your PARO business counsellor will support you through the process and all of the dynamics that come your way through the Accelerator journey!

3.      Access to financial opportunities – your PARO team will support you in sourcing and developing financial opportunities, including developing an application to apply for the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) National Women’s Loan Fund where you can access up to $50K in funding (check THIS out to see why WEOC loans are the best option for you!)

We are looking forward to starting this journey with you! Please fill out the following application to get started on building – and achieving – your business dreams!

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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…

Upcoming Events

PARO Summit 2024
Women’s Choice Awards Gala

It’s almost time again for our yearly event! 
Save the date for November 12 for our Summit 2024 Women’s Choice Awards Gala and Annual AGM at Superior Inn, Thunder Bay. This is a hybrid event so you can attend in-person or virtually!

Stay tuned for more information on our Keynote Speakers, Tradeshow and more!

PARO WEOC Loan and BizGrowth Funding

WEOC National Loan Fund

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.

PARO BizGrowth and Trade Missions

Interested in expanding your business? Need new equipment to make it happen? Want to export your product or service?
BIZGROWTH funding may be for you!
For more information about PARO BIZGrowth or PARO Trade missions please contact Karen at or Haley at

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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