Building Enterprising Communities: PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
PARO is a Latin term that means “I am ready.” This is a fitting motto for the innovative organization that has enabled hundreds of women across Northern Ontario to build the skills and confidence, and acquire the funds, to become successful entrepreneurs.
PARO helps women start their own small businesses. The organization offers training in important skills such as how to write business plans, apply for loans, and manage customer service. PARO also sets up peer networks that provide personal support and access to funding. PARO’s goal is to give women the confidence to be independent and self-sufficient in both their businesses and personal lives. An added bonus is how this contributes to stronger families and communities.
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