Business Resource: PARO

Published on
January 29, 2023
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Business coaches share resources with their clients to help them achieve their goals.

Are you an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur looking for free resources to help you get started?


If you’re a woman or non-binary person in Ontario, then this post is for you.


When I started learning how to be an entrepreneur, more than a decade ago, I accessed free resources to figure out which parts of my business I wanted to concentrate on, and what I would rather outsource.


I continue to learn new things, even as I coach entrepreneurs for three different strategic partners.


One of my strategic partners is the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise, founded almost 30 years ago.


Through PARO you can access one to one coaching, weekly webinars (in English and French), a variety of business camps (BizCamps), assistance applying for funding and grants, and so much more.


For example, PARO offers BizGrowth, which includes a grant portion, and a portion funded by you, as the entrepreneur. For those in Northern Ontario, it’s a 90/10 split, in Southern Ontario it’s a 50/50 split. With the first number being what percentage of the up $5,000 project is covered by a grant.


The BizGrowth project has to meet a particular set of circumstances, which may include attending a trade show, participating in a trade mission, or purchasing new equipment that will help you measurably improve your business by creating faster or more production, and generating more sales.


For example, buying a commercial mixer for gluten free pizza dough. The mixer would allow you to mix batches faster, produce and sell more.


If you’d like to learn more, follow PARO on social media at:




Or sign up for the PARO newsletter from the link at the bottom right-hand corner of their webpage.