July 2020

Group intakes every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30am (EST) with PARO Business Counsellors

Time listed in Eastern Standard Time
 Embracing Innovation, Productivity, and Profitability for Business and Social Entrepreneurship


July 2nd 

12:15pm - 1:15pm


Your Business Plan
Develop a Great Value Proposition for your Business
Presented By: MJ Levesque, IM Transformation
  • The Path to Recovery and Success- cultivating plans that will have impact while pivoting your business for the “new future”. This webinar is required if you wish to apply for funding and counselling support from the new BIZGROWTH program. For more information, email info(at), or visit:


July 8th       
 11:00am -12:00pm


Your Funding

BIZGrowth Application Process - what you need to know?

Presented by Karen Lynn Evans, Lead Business Counsellor, PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise

If you are an existing women owned business located in Northern Ontario looking to grow, scale-up, or expand BizGrowth may be for you. Businesses may have difficulty moving their business to the next level and this program is designed to help businesses increase and capitalize on market opportunities to grow and expand. Or if your business has been adversely impacted by the Covid19 Pandemic, and planning to continue or resume operations, and need support to strategize, plan or learn how to best recover your business, this program may be for you 


            July 8th    
  12:15 pm-1:15 pm



Your Design

Designing Considering Client Preferences

Presented by Nisreen Rashid, MBA

Design Thinking is a non-linear, iterative process which seeks to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions to prototype and test. 
  • A recipe for innovation and creative thinking
  • How to challenge your assumptions
  • Collaboration and thinking outside the box
  • Creative problem-solving


June 15th       
 12:15pm -1:15pm


Your Business

Business Model Canvas
Presented By: MJ Levesque, IM Transformation
  • Review the 9 components of your business model
  • Assess the strengths of your business model
  • Identify what you should continue doing, stop doing and start doing to build a stronger business 



To register for any of the workshops, register by emailing makingadifference(at)  
Indicate which Contact North Access Centre location you wish to attend. Registration must be submitted two business days prior to workshop.  No fee to participate