Are you an Aboriginal woman living in Northwest Ontario? Do you want to start your own business?

Then PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise may be where you want to start.

In addition to the workshops listed below, Good Learning Anywhere will be partnering with PARO in the Fall 2012 to bring programming to learners across Ontario. Stay tuned to further announcements on this initiative.

For the month of May, PARO is offering some great courses to start Aboriginal women on their pursuit to self-employment. Building on the concept of business clusters, experienced Aboriginal business women will guide participants through the steps “to create a business to foster cultural/traditional teachings” to a group of women in the community

The Aboriginal Workshop – Cluster Series is open to anyone who is interested in learning about business.

Check out the course offerings below:


Dream, Share, Succeed

Aboriginal Workshop ~ Clusters Series May 2012

12:00pm – 1:00 pm


May 3rd

12pm-1:00 pm

What is a Cluster? Jessica Hill, Women’s Economic Council

Example “The Blue Sky Bead” is owned by Aboriginal women who started this cluster because they wanted to create a business to foster cultural/traditional teachings within their group of women in their community. After fourteen (14) years of business these women now create Museum quality products. Teaching and learning from each other about Beading


May 10th

12pm-1:00 pm

How a Cluster WorksSandi Boucher Sandi Boucher is the manager of office spaces within the “Centre For Change”. This workshop will showcase how a business centre can work for you.


May 17th

12pm-1:00 pm

My First Step ~ Pathway to SuccessLinda McGuire, Cassie Riddle and Darlene Angeconeb “My First Step” – Pathway to Success will show you how and what your Cluster plan can look like within five years. We will take you on a journey into the future and show that dreams can come true.


May 24th

12pm-1:00 pm

My Shooniah (My Money)Kim Bird, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Find ways to access shooniah, budgeting your shooniah, and understanding how shooniah can help you or how you can become Train the Trainer.

  • Focus will be on peer lending


May 31st

12pm-1:00 pm

Social Networking ~ “Swinging in the Web”Alice Sabourin, The Beedaubin Collective

Social Networking – “Swinging in the web” will show you how to market your Cluster. We are all connected like a Dream Catcher.

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

110 – 105 May St. North

Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9
Ph: 807.625.0328 | Fax: 807.625.0317 E: |

Please contact Lori to register for workshops at 1-800-584-0252

or by email at