Business Supports and Services


62 Water St. East, Little Current

The Training Centre (accessible space) can be made available to any women entrepreneur who needs a private office for a meeting, a day to work on their own uninterrupted, or host a meeting (the room can accommodate up to 8 around the board table), the seating area for a casual meeting can host an additional 8.  The training centre can provide mount dog professional lighting for video recording if required.  There is access to internet and to TV for presentations as well as whiteboard.  Access to a laptop and printer can be provided upon request.  The training centre also contains a kitchen.  Contact Barbara at 705-368-3114 to book.



PARO‘ is Latin for “I Am Ready

Are You Ready?

As we shift into the ‘New Normal,” all of PARO’s amazing programs and services have stayed the same – we have just shifted our approach to delivering our services to you! PARO Zooms  around Ontario giving women money and business supports!”  From access to the GoForth program to ensure you have all the skills you need to run a business, the B2B Database listing for your business, JetSetter and other programs, any women entrepreneur can be assured the support and information they need is available through a PARO Business Growth Advisor.

Paro offers a 3 pillar program 1) Growing Women’s Companies, 2) Accessing New Growth Opportunities 3) Expanding Access to Export Markets

 PARO also offers a Wednesday on-line seminar series with speakers providing a series of information and education for your business.  You can check out the upcoming Wednesday topics on this website under the events calendar

Find our more about PARO here.  To find a Business Grown Advisor in your area you can contact PARO directly or contact the Manitoulin Island and area Business Growth Advisor – Barbara Baker via

Ontario Business Registry

Launching October 19, 2021



Online government services are critical, not only to individual citizens, but also to businesses and not-for-profit corporations of all sizes.

To serve Ontario better, we are launching the Ontario Business Registry, which will offer simpler, faster, and more convenient access for organizations that are registered, incorporated or licensed to carry on business in Ontario.

This new online registry will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and will make it easy to interact with the government. Businesses and not-for-profit corporations will be able to complete over 90 transactions through the new online registry, including registering a new business and dissolving an existing one.

Sign up and stay up to date with information about the new business registry.

Sign up


Government of Canada

Business Benefits Finder

Find the right programs and services, whether you are starting out or scaling up.


Click here for the link

HR Principles for Small Business

“Effective People Management – Valuing Your Greatest Asset is a quick and easy read, but the advice in these articles has the power to help you grow your leadership skills, resulting in a happier, healthier team and an increased bottom line” 

To download a copy of this informative eBook written by business writer Ingrid Vaughan, please visit the Trenval home page at

BizPal Ontario

The Permit Finder

Find the permit you need for your business


Click here for the link


With Tara Tenant



Providing all the information you need to effectively manage your business finances

Everything you need to know about managing money in your business. No more leaving it to someone else! It’s your money, your business, your choice.


Start up Canada

We connect Canada’s entrepreneurs with the tools, community, and support they need to start and build their businesses.

We know that Canada’s aspiring entrepreneurs have the talent, passion, and drive to succeed in today’s economy. We want entrepreneurs to manifest their own vision, faster


Click here for the link

EXPORTING Learn how to sell outside of Ontario

Ontario helps companies make business connections both internationally and across Canada. We can help your company sell to new markets by providing the expertise and contacts you need to grow your business.

The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade helps Ontario companies expand their business within Canada and globally. The Digital Export Market Development Initiative (DEMDI) helps new and existing exporters in Ontario use digital tools to continue to create business partnerships and opportunities. We also have export specialists living and working in important international markets who help arrange local business connections for Ontario companies.

Link to the website

Questions about exporting? Contact us at

indigenous entrepreneurs aged 18-39

At Futurpreneur Canada, we support Indigenous entrepreneurs aged 18-39, helping them launch or buy their own business. With up to $60,000* in financing, an expert mentor for up to two years, and access to resources, we’re here to help young entrepreneurs bring their business plan to life.

Take the first step in turning your dream into reality. Contact us today.

cambrian College

Youth Entreprenurship Development Iniative (YEDI)


Are you a YEDI, a youth that wants to start your own business? Cambrian College’s has a program available for youth between the ages of 18 and 30 who want to start their own business, are unemployed, or out of school. 

You can register by contacting


canadian agricultural partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billion five-year (2018-2023), investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector with:

  • simplified and streamlined programs and services that are easier to access
  • improvements to programs that help you manage significant risks that threaten the viability of your farm and are beyond your capacity to manage
  • $2 billion in FPT cost-shared strategic initiatives
  • $1 billion for federal activities and programs


Click here for the link

Advancing Women in Agriculture


AWC Conference


We are proud to host the AWC Virtual 2021 Conference!

With increased concern over the number of COVID cases and the great uncertainty with the new variant strains, and the low levels of vaccines that are being made available in Canada, Advancing Women Conference will not be moving forward as in-person conferences in 2021. We are proud to once again bring information to the women and men in the agriculture industry through virtual conferences and events as we did in 2020.

November 22 & 23, 2021


Indigenous tourism ontario

Tourism Relief Fund


A minimum of $50 million over a two-year period will be invested in Indigenous tourism initiatives through the Govt. of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund (TRF). 

Funding will be delivered by Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) directly to tourism businesses and organizations to help aid in the creation of new tourism experiences, or enhance existing ones. In Ontario, the RDA administering the funds to Northern Ontario businesses is FedNor. 

FedNor application Guide

made in ontario branding

1 year old and 750,000 strong…

Ontario is home to some of the world’s greatest manufacturers, representing 750,000 workers.

For generations, Ontario manufacturers have designed, created, and assembled innovative products, such as cars, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, technology, clothing and more right here, every day.

Support Ontario Made.  Get your Ontario made products listed and branded with the Made in Ontario brand.

NOW program

Northern Ontario Women


With only 16% of Canadian businesses being owned/led by women, the Government of Canada recognizes that advancing women’s economic participation in the economy is good for the country’s bottom line and has set the goal of doubling the number of women-owned/women-led businesses by 2025.

The NOW Program (part of LAMBAC) not only provides some funding opportunities but also provides access to free support services.


foodpreneur advantage



The Food and Beverage manufacturing sector of Ontario is the 3rd largest in North America and is vitally important to our local and regional economy.

For over 30 years, Ontario Small Business Enterprise Centres have been committed to guiding people through the start-up and early growth stages of small business. They are key economic development partners within their local communities.

Libro Credit Union supports local food accessibility and employment as two of their key focus areas to grow prosperity in the region. As a credit union with strong roots in agriculture, they are committed to the agri-food sector in Southwestern Ontario.

Under the umbrella of Foodpreneur Advantage, these organizations have come together to offer a collection of entrepreneurial food related programming. Here you will find introductory workshops for any food related business and comprehensive programs for scalable food and beverage manufacturing ventures that produce consumer packaged goods (CPG).


Check out the Foodpreneur Advantage Website for seminars here