PAROBiz25th Event & Award Gala

Nominations Close: September 6, 2019

Do you know an exceptional PARO woman who deserves recognition for her personal or professional achievements? Nominate a PARO Woman for PAROBiz25th Event & Award.

To mark our 25th Anniversary, PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise is recognizing the achievements of Northern Ontario women at a special all day learning and evening Awards Gala. These awards will honour PARO Women who have grown their business, community or region through demonstrated cooperation, ownership, integrity, responsibility, simplification or peer support.


PAROBiz Women are entrepreneurs, mothers, role models,

mentors, community leaders and volunteers.

Award Process and Criteria 

To be eligible for PAROBiz Awards, a nominee must be a woman (in the case of Change-maker Entrepreneur, can be a man) who is the primary owner and operator of a business located in Northwestern Ontario. 

Being the “primary owner and operator” is defined as having a minimum of 51% ownership (being the majority stakeholder) and being active in the business.

  1. A nominee can ONLY be nominated for one Award category.
  2. Nominees must respond to the nomination package to be considered by deadline (October 10, 2019).
  3. Nominees must register and attend the PAROBiz 25th event to receive the Award.
  4. If the nominee is an Award Winner, they may request refund of the registration fee. 
Award Categories & Description 
  • New Business of the Year.  This award recognizes a business, with a successful and notable track record for less than 3 years and giving back to the community. 
  • Established Business of the Year. This award recognizes a business with a successful and notable track record for 3 years or more. A woman who has established a business, taken financial risks, managed the business successfully, and given back to the community.
  • Rising Star. This award recognizes a young woman’s emerging talent. A Rising Star is a current leader or an aspiring future leader who is starting out in business, managing her own business, and quickly rising through the ranks. This award is open to young women under 40 who are ‘women to watch’ in terms of future contribution and community leadership.
  • Changemaker Entrepreneur of the Year. This award recognizes a Social Entrepreneur who has roots in creating social change. The social enterprise is designed to make money, but the primary goal will always be to create positive Social Impact.
  • PARO Circle of the Year. This award recognizes a Peer Lending Circle’s ongoing community and group collaboration.
  • PARO Partner of the Year. This award recognizes a partner whose collaborative work with PARO has contributed to advance women’s economic development.