PARO Programs & Services To Assist Your Business During COVID-19

Second Wave! The global COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact the economy and Canada as a whole significantly. As of September 8, PARO business counsellors are scheduling one-on-one meetings with clients, by appointment at PARO Centre in Thunder Bay and Marathon. Also, PARO has started taking appointments at Impact Hub or Co-Workly in Ottawa. The PARO Presents Store is operating “on an appointment basis” to increase sales and assist in the facilitation of sales for women entrepreneurs.
Be assured that PARO is taking all precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19; including wearing masks, sanitizing, and physical distancing to ensure the safety of clients and staff. Business counsellors are rotating between working in the office and at home to allow for safe social distancing for all. Be assured that the PARO Team is continuing to work diligently whether in-person or virtually to offer all the supports we can to entrepreneurs. We continue to provide webinars, events, funding forums, cluster innovation tables, networking opportunities, and most crucial one-on-one business counselling, and access to funding opportunities. These funding opportunities include BIZGrowth funding from $5000 to $7500, and Circle grants/loans from $1000 to $5000, and support to complete application to outside sources. 
For support anywhere in Ontario, contact info(at) or 807-625-0328 or 1-800-584-0252. In Ottawa, contact parobizeast(at) for appointments at Impact Hub or Co-Workly.  

PARO offers a myriad of programs and services geared toward assisting women entrepreneurs. PARO recognizes the importance of maintaining your business during the COVID-19 pandemic; during this time we would like to highlight the following programs that can assist you in your business operations and contingency planning:

Weekly Webinars 

Embracing Innovation, Productivity, and Profitability for Business and Social Entrepreneurship.

Upcoming webinars will focus on how to scale-up your business despite social distancing! During self-isolation, you can brush up on your entrepreneurial skills with us! We will be hosting webinars focusing on adapting your business to suit the changing economic climate, and addressing how you should alter your business operations to suit. To view the schedule for the webinars link to the page. To register email makingadifference(at) today! For more information click here!

Mentor Moments 

Mentor Moments is a program that seeks to engage mentees and mentors from PARO's Peer Lending Circles, networks, and all business sectors. We invite mentors and mentees who are new to PARO to join, as well. Our mission is to enhance the success of Ontario women, helping them to fulfil their business goals and dreams by matching mentors with mentees in a fruitful mutually beneficial relationship. This is an opportune time to sign-up for this program as all mentoring can be conducted virtually. In light of the pandemic altering your business operations, it may be the time to focus on areas where you may need assistance. With regards to mentors, if you find yourself seeking connections while quarantining you should consider sharing your business expertise, sign up today! For more information click here!


Take your business to the next level.

Growing a business can be challenging particularly if growth involves greater human and financial resources. At PARO, we have supported thousands 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, including the BizGrowth Grant option. For more information contact Karen Evans at trainer(at)