Questions fréquentes

Existe-t-il un programme qui peut m’aider à transformer mon idée en un plan d’affaires, même si je ne suis pas admissible au chômage?

Oui, , le programme Faire une différence program offers business and employment development services to women at PARO Centre, or through PARO on Wheels throughout Northwestern Ontario.  The program offers business counselling, weekly workshops, on-line workshops, access to financing, and tele-sessions.


Existe-t-il un programme pour aider les femmes qui possèdent déjà une entreprise établie?

Oui, le programme Femmes du Nord en affaires (NWIB) program is designed for women who are already in business and who need help with making their business more productive, efficient, and profitable.  Also, we hope to help them make connections to new opportunities such as getting larger contracts from the MUSH and the Mining Sector.   So if they need help with financing, marketing, exporting, franchising, staffing, need a mentor, or are just out of date, out of tune or out of balance, we are here to help. The NWIB program provides flexible advanced business workshops, and expert coaching. It provides an opportunity to access grants and loans and be supported by a PARO Peer Lending Circle in Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario. It provides resources and helps build your knowledge, skills, capacity, and confidence.


C’est quoi PARO Presents?

PARO Presents est une boutique située au 111, rue May Nord, qui vend des cadeaux uniques. gift items.  Operated by a group of enterprising women: entrepreneurs, artisans and PARO support staff, the store front presence provides Northern women with a retail location from which to launch and sell their products. It also serves as a venue for training, where women can learn customer service, merchandising, cash management, business machine operation and more. Stop in at PARO Presents Visitez PARO Presents aujourd’hui pour une belle expérience de magasinage, ou contactez-nous à propos d’opportunités de commercialisation de vos produits ou l’accès à une expérience de formation à la vente.


Do you have to register for PARO’s Glow & Grow networking events and is there a fee?

Les évènements Briller & Grandir events are held at PARO Centre every Wednesday from 9:30pm-1:15pm.  Registration is not required if attending on site at PARO Centre, and there is no fee to attend these workshops.  They are open to the public, and provide an opportunity to learn new skills and network with other women in business.  If you can’t make it to PARO Centre or are out in the region, E-learning, and video conferencing, options allow you to fully participate without being in Thunder Bay!  Contact PARO at makingadifference@paro.ca ou appelez le 1 800 584.0252 pour en savoir plus et vous inscrire.   


Comment rester informé des évènements PARO?

Souscrire à l’infolettre hebdomadaire de PARO, le Les évènements Briller & Grandir, will keep you informed about the workshops and events hosted by PARO in Thunder Bay and other communities in the region.  It also provides you with information and useful links on business development.  You can subscribe by providing your email at the bottom of the page under ‘Get Email Updates’.  Also, you can always check up on PARO events by visiting the Events section of the PARO website. 


What are PARO Peer Lending Circles?

PARO Peer Lending Circles are self-selecting groups of 4-7 women who meet to approve grants and loans for their businesses, offer peer support, mentoring and networking.  Circles can be formed across Ontario and into the remote First Nations communities. Grants are available for eligible beneficiaries from $500 to $1000. This amazing women’s micro-loan program is the only bank in Canada where you can borrow $1000 and only pay back $500, and then if you pay that back, get $2000 and only pay back $1000.  Then, you graduate to the Stage three and can borrow $3000, followed by Stage four when you can borrow $5000. Contact our Circles Coordinator at circles@paro.ca ou composez le 1 800 584-0252 ou le 807 625-0328 pour en savoir plus. 

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