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PARO
latin [adj]: I am Ready!

The PARO Approach

PARO’s approach to supporting women is unique in that it meets women where they’re at. Whether it’s your geographic area, or where you are on your business journey, PARO’s programs and services are designed to support you wherever you are!

Our Logo

Artemis, the Protector of Women and Children and the Greek Goddess of the Hunt

Artemis is one of the principle Goddesses of Greek Mythology. She was the daughter of the God Zeus and Leto. She was chief hunter to the Gods and Goddesses. Goddess of hunting, and wild animals, especially bears. Artemis was also the Goddess of childbirth, of nature, and of the harvest. As the Moon Goddess, she was sometimes identified with the Goddess Selene and Hectate. Artemis was a Virgin Huntress; the Greeks called her the Huntress of Souls. She protected the wild places and animals; to her was known the deep places in Nature where one could rest and regain strength. Violence for itself was abhorrent to her, yet she was swift to deal out punishment to offenders, especially those who threatened or harassed women.

PARO is an organization that not only prioritizes diversity, but builds culturally diverse and gender analyses into all of our programs and services. Our logo includes both French and Syllabic translations to reflect the diversity of the organization and the women we serve. At PARO, all women-identifying people are welcome to access our services in a supportive space.

PARO Services

What About You?

Explore the areas below to find out which PARO service is best matched to you.

I am looking for funding opportunities

Programs Available

BizGrowth
Peer Lending Circles
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I am an Indigenous Woman and I want to start or grow a business in Northern Ontario!

Programs Available

BizGrowth
Peer Lending Circles
Enterprising Indigenous Women
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I have a business idea and I need help getting started!

Programs Available

Making A Difference
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I would like to join a Peer Lending Circle!

Join A Circle!

Peer Lending Circles
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I am an established business owner and I want to grow!

Programs Available

Northern Women in Business - WECNO
BizGrowth
Peer Lending Circles
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I identify as a person with a disability and I want to start my business!

Programs Available

Building Bridges - Breaking Barriers
Peer Lending Circles
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