What is PARO?

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise is one of Canada's most successful business support and networking organizations. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we collaborate to empower women, strengthen small business and promote community economic development across Ontario.

'PARO' is Latin for "I Am Ready"



PARO Centre is led by Rosalind Lockyer. PARO Centre, “today, is one of the strongest peer lenders of small business loans in North America” - Source: Impact – A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario, 2013

PARO is quite simply the best place for women who are ready to start, grow or promote their business. But more than this, we want to help women create new opportunities for their communities and region. In our view, every enterprise - be it for social outcomes and no matter how small - can have a positive impact.

Since 1995, PARO has provided assistance to thousands of women, through innovative business services, peer support and inspirational events. Many have successfully launched for profit businesses and others are creating collaborative workspaces or social enterprises to enhance their community.

Building on our experience, PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise is committed to staying current and adapting to the changing needs of entrepreneurial women and their communities. We are as ready as you are to get started on your next opportunity!