PARO Peer Lending Circles Information Sessions this June!

Community Futures Peterborough and PARO Centre are holding two information sessions this June on PARO Peer Lending Circles, which offer a women’s micro-loan program.

By joining or starting a Circle, you may be eligible for micro-financing through PARO Peer Lending Circle Program! There are grants/financial contributions/loans available from $500 to $5000.

PARO Peer Lending Circles increase women’s access to:

  • Business plan development and training
  • Networking, peer support, mentoring and encouragement
  • Opportunity to access/share business knowledge


  1. Tiny Greens (431 George St North, Peterborough) on Wednesday June 19th from 6:30-8 pm
  2. Lock Stop Cafe (1919 Lakehurst Rd., Buckhorn) on Thursday, June 20th from 2-3:30 pm

If interested in attending, reach out to Pat at Community Futures Peterborough by emailing or by calling 705-745-5434.

14 Ways to Attract the Best and the Brightest Employees


Everyone wants to attract the best and brightest employees. After all, your team directly affects your ability to provide excellent customer service and that is essential to business success these days.

If you’re a very small business, you might not be looking for the best and the brightest but the willing and capable. That’s good too.

But either way, you want to attract good, quality employees just like everyone else. In today’s job market, it’s a job hunter’s paradise and you’re likely hard-pressed to find the stars you want.


8 Common Mistakes Businesses Make Trying to Engage Online


If you’re online for business, you’ve likely been told to engage and be human. But what does that look like? And can you do it wrong? Yes, you can but it’s also easy to avoid these common mistakes.

8 Common Mistakes Businesses Make Trying to Engage Online

Not knowing your audience. Humanizing your brand online is easy if you know who you’re talking to. If you try to be all things to all people, you’ll find connecting and engaging to be a lot harder than it needs to be. Analyze your demographic. Where are they? What platforms are they on and what do they like to do there? Knowing these things can ensure you reach them where they are in a form they’ll enjoy. Speaking of which…


What’s Happening in the Kawarthas this May Long Weekend

Kawarthas May Long Weekend

The arrival of the May Long Weekend is a sure sign that summer is on its way, and we couldn’t be more excited. To help you kick off the start of summer in the Kawarthas, we’ve compiled a list of some events happening in the area this upcoming long weekend (Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20th)!