Business with 5+ Employees
Sponsor: Janzen’s Pharmacy
Business with 2-4 Employees
P.C. Medic Computers Inc.
Sponsor: Laura Fralick, CFP, Investors Group
Checkmark Centre d’Excellence
Sponsor: Claudette Gleeson, CFP, Freedom 55 Financial
Aboriginal Entrepreneur Off Reserve
Business Manager K-Net Services
Sponsor: Evergreen A United Neighbourhood
Sponsor: l'Union culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes
Green Entrepreneur and Young Entrepreneur
The Green House
Sponsor: Green Entrepreneur- Rebecca Johnson
Young Entrepreneur: Jim Stadey, Eat Local: Pizza and Pasry
Aboriginal Entrepreneur On Reserve
Weengushk Film Institute
Sponsor: Alice Sabourin, Seegerts and Sabourin Incorporated
Firedog Communications Inc.
Atikokan-Quetico Trading Post
Sponsor: Northwest Employment Works
AWARD WINNERS- PARO Awards:
PARO Business of the Year Award: recognizes the business achievement, positive promotion of PARO and its members, and the owner’s determination, integrity, and community spirit.
- Andrea Novoa
- World Dance Centre
Sponsor: The Nurse Next Door
PARO Group Recognition Award: recognizes a peer lending circle’s on-going community and group effort within the group, for PARO, and for their community.
Soul Lynx- members include:
- Katherine Keeping, Gratitude Gem Oils
- Ashley McLean, Positive Change Organizing
- Julie Einarson, Sweet Escape Cake Cafe and Bakery
- Toni McDonald, Natural Paths Healing
- Leanne Wierzibicki, Breathe Live Believe Green Yoga & Spiritual Studio
- Tracy Rowe, Eco-Logical Landscapes
Sponsor: PARO Circle Members
PARO Volunteer Recognition Award: recognizes the individual’s on-going volunteer efforts promoting and supporting PARO. This award does not necessarily reflect volunteer hours during 2011-2012, but can represent significant efforts since the inception of PARO.
- Carlene Graham
Sponsor: PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
PARO Breaking Barriers Building Bridges Award: recognizes an individual who has overcome challenges and barriers in their life to build a sustainable livelihood as an entrepreneur.
- Terri-Lynne Carter
- Shades of Green Garden
Sponsor: St. Joseph’s Care Group
PARO Cluster of the Year Award: recognizes a cluster of entrepreneurs and/or artisans who have benefited each other and their community economically and socially by supportive interaction.
Ladies That Launch – Hillcrest Centre. Members include:
- Life is Precious Yoga
- Weshkaday Traditional Educational Centre
- World Dance Centre
- Thai Healing Centre
- Little Giants Indoor Playcentre
- True Vision Coaching & Healing Arts
- Femme Fatale Pole Fitness Studio
- Janice Andrews Visual Artist
- Hillcrest Marketplace
- Right Track Music
Sponsor: Maria Manitowich, Dominion Lending Centres
We would like to extend a special thanks to all of our sponsors, whose contributions make a difference in the lives in our community.
Gold Level Sponsor: Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission
and the Entrepreneur Centre
Silver Level Sponsor: Investors Group
Bronze Level Sponsors: Superior North CFDC