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PARO Link , November 7, 2008
The PARO Link
Vol. # 04 - Issue # 45 - Friday, November 7, 2008

In this Issue:
Open House
Peer Loans & Mentoring Circles
Fueling Connections
Workshops for You
Networking: PARO Leads & Links
Interesting Links for You
The Business Accelerator
Biz and Bagel
Business Development Programs
Dr. Donna's Practical Computer Tips
Community Notes & Events


Women of Distinction

recognized on  November 4, 2008

For more information, please see below ...

Open House

 PARO Holiday open house
Monday, December 8, 2008
11 am - 2 pm
at the
PARO Centre

105 May St. North, Suite 110

In the spirit of giving, we are collecting charitable donations and gifts

In support of women and families in the community.

Donations can be dropped off at the PARO Centre

 before or during the Open House.

Peer Loans and Mentoring Circles

Peer support, mentoring and encouragement are among the many things that women can gain from being members of PARO's Peer Circles!

PARO Peer Circles are groups of 4-7 women who are in business, are prospective entrepreneurs, or believe in women helping women. Circle members are also able to access PARO 's peer lending program for small business loans and become members of the PARO Board of Directors.

  • Are you interested in opportunities to meet with other fantastic women?
  • Are you looking for opportunities to learn and share business knowledge, to access a variety of perspectives and experiences?

If you are interested in joining a circle, please give Kirsti a call or an email (now@paro.ca) and she will help facilitate connections with circles that may be a match for you.

You can download a copy of our Circles and Loans Booklet from our website.

If you would like to learn more about PARO's Peer Lending Circles, please contact Kirsti at now@paro.ca

Fueling Connections

We would love to meet with you to provide any assistance that we can:
to learn more about you and to share information about PARO and our programs.

The PARO on Wheels team will be travelling West to Kenora November 12th and 13th & Dryden November 13th


 Wednesday, November 12th from 3:00 to 6:00
(We are full, but would be glad to see you next time, or communicate via the options below)
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. E-learning session Bookkeeping made simple
(click here for more information)


Thursday, Nov.13, 08 12:00 TO 15:00

(Please call us for an appointment)

Sioux Lookout
Thursday, Nov.13,08 5:00 to 8:00
Friday, November 14 

 (We are full, but would be glad to see you next time, or communicate via the options below)

Are you interested in meeting with the team or talking to someone about your ideas or questions?

  • Are you interested in scheduling a webconference? We can provide any of our services on the web or teleconference, or both!!
  • Want to attend a workshop online at your convenience, even at 3:00 am? Let us know what you are looking for and we will work with you to develop a workshop.
  • We can also present a course or program for your group that is custom tailored to meet your needs.

Have some ideas? Please contact Anke at paroonwheels@paro.ca, 807.625.0328 or Toll Free 800.584.0252




PARO Holiday OPEN HOUSE               
Monday, December 8, 2008
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
at PARO Centre,
105 May St. N. Suite 110

PARO Leads & Links are held the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 5-7PM, and offer networking and learning opportunities, as well as great advertising opportunities for your business with display booths available at each event. To find out more about how you can promote and showcase your business, product, or service at PARO Leads & Links, or call Maria at 625-0328 or programadministrator@paro.ca

Workshops for You

 Financial Health:
From Fever to Fabulous!

For a list of workshops in this series, click here

Previous Financial Health Workshops are now available on-line
just click on Financial Health Video Series on your screen, to the left of this Newsletter.

Bookkeeping Made Simple
E-Learning Session -- You can Participate from Your Home
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
7:00pm EST
Please register by Friday, November 07, 2008
at 1-800-563-9435 or 807-475-6550

 PEER Workshops

The Independent Living Resource Centre

FREE Recreational Workshops

 throughout the month of November.

     Click here  or call 577-6166 to learn more!

 What Makes Some Customers Tick?
(...and others talk?)
Monday, November 10, 2008

Lloyd Smith Solutions 
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Ottawa House 
40 Cumberland Street S.
$25 plus G.S.T
Light lunch included


What the heck is Facebook, and why should I be on it?

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends, business contacts and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. www.facebook.com
In an effort to reach out to women who are on Facebook, we have recently started a PARO Group. This group is a great way to network with, stay in touch with and share experiences with other PARO women. It can also be a great place to promote your business! If the link above does not work, enter " PARO Centre" into the search box on the left.

PARO promotes our Biz & Bagels each Monday as well as all other special events on Facebook.

Would you like to learn how to use Facebook to promote your business or your event? Contact Kirsti. now@paro.ca

If you are interested in joining the Facebook Group and are having problems, please email Kirsti now@paro.ca She will assist you.

 Interesting Links for You

Have you seen the “Mompreneur” section at Entrepreneur Magazine?

Listen UP. Good Leaders are all Ears

As human beings, we have a natural wish to improve ourselves, and are always looking for ways to be more efficient, focused and fulfilled.

The Business Accelerator
 Thanks for Celebrating With Us! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the
PARO Women of Distinction Celebration, Tradeshow
and AGM
 on November 4th, 2008.
The support of our members, partners, and funders
helped to make it another wonderful event!

We congratulate this year's Women of Distinction:

Gabby Cross - Gabby's Spudz and More

Karen Kerk-Courtney - Bare Organics Inc.

Maggie Holbik - Crystal Clear Coaching

Carole Huston - Integrated Health Centre

Danielle Larose - Integrated Health Centre

Cindy Maki - True Vision Coaching

We also congratulate the winners of the 2008 PARO Group,
Volunteer, and Business awards:

PARO Group Recognition Award - New Beginnings Circle
(Levina Collins, Tasha Sutton, Patricia Dellacecca, Norma Fawcett,
Judi Benard, and Linda Harbinson)

Volunteer of the year - Bonnie King

Business of the year - Cindy Maki, True Vision Coaching

Biz and Bagel
November 10
Business and Matrimonial Issues
Deborah Humphreys, Partner, Weiler Maloney Nelson

November 17
Setting Up Your Small Business
Nancy Chuchmuch, Canada Customs & Revenue Agency
 November 24   
Practical Estate Planning  
(12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Kristen Bucci, Associate Lawyer,
Buset and Partners
Barristers and Solicitors

Join us Mondays from 12:15 until 1:15 pm at the PARO Office.

Can't make it to the PARO Centre? Out in the region? We have a teleconference phone that will allow you to fully participate in Biz and Bagel without being in Thunder Bay!! If you can give us some notice we can arrange to email you any handouts or a copy of the powerpoint presentation (if there is one). If you can't give any notice, just contact PARO at info@paro.ca or at 1-800-584-0252 and we will provide you with the current teleconference numbers and pass-codes.

Business Development Programs
Building A Bridge to Self-Employment for People with Disabilities - Workbook Course.

Are you a Woman with a Disability?
Are You Dissatisfied With Your Work?

Do you want to become Self-Employed?
Do you have a self disclosed disability?
Completely FREE for you to use!

Self-employment, can allow YOU to create employment opportunities for yourself- and design your choice of work and lifestyle. Participants will have completely free access to the program as well as a coach to help them use the on-line tool

For more info, please call 625.0328 or 800.584.0252

Are you a woman contemplating going into business but do not know where to start?
Are you looking for assistnace writing a killer resume?

Join the Making A Difference Program

Please call 625.0328 or 800.584.0252

Funding provided by The Government of Ontario

Workshops Online

Do you have a computer? Can you surf the internet easily?
Are you interested in learning how to plan, research and write a business plan?
Why not try our new project...Workshops On-line

Contact PARO for your username and password now to get started.
625.0328 or 800.584.0252 makingadifference@paro.ca

Are Interested in Starting Your Own Business?
Have you been on EI now or in the last 3 years?
Have you had Maternity benefits in the last 5 years?

You MAY qualify for PARO's GATEWAY Self-Employment Benefits Program

Check our website for more information

This program is funded by the Government of Canada

PC Medic - Dr. Donna's Practical Computer Tips
Technical Terms: 
Malware  Malicious Software specifically designed to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus or Trojan. 

Simply Explained
A generic term given to nasty little computer programs which invade the unwary computer user’s system without their knowledge.  These programs include virii (More than one virus), Trojans, adware, spyware and pop-ups.

What software can you use to protect your computer from malware attacks?
Malware is so varied, that multiple programs are required to get the best protection.  An Anti-Virus Program paired with several Anti-Spyware Programs are your best choice. 

PC Medic’s Pick:SpyBot- Search and Destroy
detects and purges spyware from your system.  This program matches its’ dictionary of known malware to pests detected in your system, and will prompt you to quarantine or remove anything this is detected.  Don’t forget to check for updates. The best news is this program is free!  Simply type the program name in Google and pick the website of your choice to download it to your computer.Got a Computer Question?  Ask the Doctor dbrown@pcmtb.comDr. Donna wants to hear from you, and is willing to assist. Send your questions, and the solutions will be featured in a future PARO Link newsletter. PC Medic is located at 1319 E. Victoria Avenue.  Stop in Monday – Saturday 9 – 5 p.m. for all your computer needs.  Official drop-off depot for Pack Pros Plus for your e-waste.
Community Notes & Events

 Autism Ontario and Wesway
proudly present
David Pitonyak
"Supporting a Person with Difficult Behaviours /Supporting the People Who Care"
Travelodge Hotel Airlane - January 19 - 20, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Connie Sakiyama at Wesway
Phone: (807) 625-6689

Downtown Artisans & Farmers Market
Come for the food and stay for the fun!

507 Victoria Ave East

Open Sunday afternoons in November and December 

PARO Centre For Women's Enterprise - 110-105 May Street North, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9
Tel: 807.625.0328 Fax: 807.625.0317 Website: http://www.paro.ca/ Email: info@paro.ca

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PARO is on the Road...

Are you in the region?

  • Do you want to start a business
  • Want to build your business
  • Need assistance with a resume or cover letter
  • Find out how PARO can help you

To make an appointment or for more info, call Lori 1.800.584.0252 or email makingadifference@paro.ca

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